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Saturday, April 7, 2007

Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize!

It's about time that I write an entry on skin care. Honestly, I'm quite the stubborn, lazy type when it comes to the "cleanse, tone and moisturize" regimen, but I still get myself to follow it given my combination skin (which needs more than facial wash for maintenance, I tell ya.)

As my mother always tells me, you should put skin care at the top of your beauty regimen (yes, ladies, it ranks higher than makeup.) Great skin, after all, is the best foundation for makeup. It's even nicer to have clean, radiant skin even without cosmetics, but there are only few who have been blessed with skin that flawless. The bottom line is, it's important to be responsible and take good care of your skin.

The basic steps to follow are to cleanse, tone and moisturize daily.

Since I am not a dermatologist (and even if I were, I couldn't see you -- LOL) I cannot tell you exactly what products would be best for your skin type. I can, however, give some recommendations based on my experience.

FYI: I have combination (oily and dry) and sensitive skin. I am prone to having rashes from certain products due to allergies, which is why I always buy hypoallergenic bath products and cosmetics.


1. CLEAN AND CLEAR



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Clean and Clear Oil-Free Dual Action Moisturizer


While their skin care line didn't do my skin any harm, Clean and Clear turned out to be too mild for me. Their Oil-Free Foaming Facial Cleanser didn't seem to do the job, so I tried the Daily Pore Cleanser. This gently exfoliated my skin and made my skin feel cleaner, although it didn't get rid of my blackheads. I still needed to use their nose strips for that. The only Clean and Clear products that I use until now are the Oil-free Moisturizer and the Oil Control Film, which have kept my skin moisturized and, at the same time, oil-free.


2. CLINIQUE

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion


I used their 3-Step Skin Care System for about three years, but I shifted eventually because my mom thought it wasn't working very well. I did see some results with their Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, a moisturizer that I applied at night. It made my skin very soft and smooth and didn't feel oily.


3. L'OREAL PURE ZONE

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L'Oreal Pure Zone Skin Care Line


The L'Oreal Pure Zone Skin Care Line suited my skin perfectly, (though I still prefer the Clean and Clear moisturizer over theirs.) I hardly have breakouts now, and when I do get the occasional pimple, it doesn't take long for it to go away. (Of course, I still have to put Benzac to target pimples, but the renewal of my skin became faster with Pure Zone.)

I highly recommend the Deep Exfoliating Gel Wash which really cleanses the skin and gets rid of blackheads, as well as the Pore Tightening Astringent/Clarifying Toner which helped minimize my pores and control the oil.



So there you have it. Take note, however, that what I have written are based on my experience alone. Different skin types call for different products. This is why you MUST have a dermatologist to consult with about your skin before putting on anything.


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Therese, where did you buy your Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer? thanks ^^

Therese San Diego said...

Hi!

This post is pretty old, haha. But I believe the Clean and Clear moisturizer's still available at drugstores like Mercury Drug and Watsons :)