Skincare

cleanse and moisturize

Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be talking about two products that I have enjoyed using. These products were given to me by a friend, Jeanette Weeks…click on her name for more information about her! 🙂

The first product is the Mary Kay Clear Proof Clarifying Cleansing Gel. Say that three times fast…
On the Mary Kay website you will find this run down of the product:

  • Gently removes dirt, oil and complexion-dulling impurities.
  • Deep cleanses skin to penetrate and clear pores.
  • Helps reduce and control shine, leaving skin with a beautiful matte finish.
  • Helps maintain a clear complexion.
  • Does not strip skin of moisture.
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth and fresh.
  • Rinses clean with no residue.

It’s also fragrance-free, oil-free, non-comedogenic and suitable for sensitive skin.

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This cleanser gets it done! It’s a clear gel that foams into a nice lather. It doesn’t have any distinct smell as it is fragrance free, which I love! FRAGRANCE DOES NOT EQUAL SKINCARE!!! So thank-you Mary Kay for leaving irritating fragrances out of a cleanser designed for already irritated skin…applause! I find that this cleanser effectively removes excess oil and dirt from my skin. I have tested it by using a toner on a white cotton pad after cleansing. Nothing shows up on the cotton pad! Yay! After using this cleanser my skin feels clean and soft. I don’t feel dried out at all. The only claim that Mary Kay makes about this cleanser that I cannot vouch for is whether it reduces and controls shine. My skin will grease through the best mattifying products on the market. About 1 hour after washing my face I can see the oil start to seep through my pores, but that’s okay because I have always been this way.

The second product I want to talk about is from the same line. It’s the Clear Proof Oil Free Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin. What is with these hella-long names!? Aha! Anyways, here’s what Mary Kay says about this moisturizer:

  • Replenishes moisture to provide balanced hydration.
  • Is lightweight and quick-absorbing with no oily or greasy feel.
  • Does not clog pores.
  • Helps control excess oil, leaving skin with a beautiful matte finish.
  • Feels soothing to irritated skin.
  • Improves the appearance of skin’s tone.
  • Helps skin feel healthier, nourished and smooth.
  • Helps maintain skin’s moisture.

It also is non-comedogenic, suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin, and clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy.

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I really like this moisturizer! It’s a gel-cream texture that feels absolutely amazing on my greasy face. I find that this moisturizer absorbs quite quickly and it doesn’t leave any sticky or oily-looking residue on my skin. I don’t think I have been using this product long enough to make a conclusive statement as to whether it has altered or improved the texture or appearance of my skin but after a few more weeks I’ll let you guys know. I have been rolling through different moisturizers for a while and none of them have really impressed me, but this one is definitely impressive. I will enjoy using every last drop of it!

Thanks for reading my review! If you’re interested in trying these products or any other Mary Kay products click here!

 

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april 2014 skin update

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Hi friends! I’m a few days late on my April skin update, but I did take these pictures on the very last day of April, so technically it still counts.

As you can see my skin has improved even more over this past month. You can check out my March skin update here to compare.

My cheeks have maybe 3 pimples in total. There is still hyperpigmentation and redness present, but I feel like each of these problems has improved since my last update. Hyperpigmentation takes a really long time to resolve so I am trying to be as patient as I can. As for the redness, I am trying to be as gentle with my skin as possible in order to reduce any irritation. I’m not using any harsh cleansers or soap on my face, I moisturize morning and night, and I’m using a buttload of SPF on my face…that’s right, a buttload. Since the sun has started peaking out I have upped it to an SPF of 30 or greater every day.

My forehead is going a little cray…I think I’m experiencing a bit of a PMS/hormonal breakout because I have 4 giant pimples on my head. They are the deep, painful type. Not quite a cyst, but definitely cyst-like. I think it’s probably going to take two or more weeks for these suckers to vacate the premises…ugh! Due to the fact that my forehead is acting up I’ve added some benzoyl peroxide back into my skin care routine. I’m only using a 2.5% concentration, and I’m only putting it on my forehead. I use a small dot of the Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment and then spread it all over my forehead. Then I put my nighttime moisturizer on.

Here’s a lovely picture of my forehead…Please ask small children to leave the room before scrolling down.
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My sincerest apologies.

I will be posting a full skin care routine that includes all of the products I use. For those that are wondering, I am still using my Clarisonic Mia 2 and the Arbonne Intelligence Genius.

Thanks for checking in with The Beauty Remedy! Please leave any comments or questions below, I love hearing from you! 🙂

 

Body Beauty

You cleanse, exfoliate, treat, moisturize and protect your face everyday, sometimes twice a day.Well your body is jealous and it wants some attention too. If you are guilty of neglecting the skin south of your collarbones now is the time to change that. Spring is in the air and the hemlines are coming up and the necklines are going down, so let’s get all of your skin glowing like this…

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Cleanse. I assume that most of us use some sort of soap when we shower or bathe…If you don’t then maybe you should start. Soap is good thing. Use it. Use whatever type of soap that makes you happy. Bar soap, body washes, unscented, scented…blah blah blah. I buy whatever is on sale and smells good, so I don’t have any tried and true recommendations for you.

Exfoliate. Here is some magic. Use that soap with an exfoliating mitt or a loofah. Get rid of all that flaky skin that hangs out around your elbows, knees and ankles. Exfoliating the skin on your body can help heal and prevent bacne or chestne (is that a word?) and it can also help with those annoying bumps that live on the backs of your arms (you know what I’m talking about). Just like exfoliating your face leaves you all soft and glowy, the same will happen for your body. Who doesn’t want some extra glow?

Treat. This tip is for those of us that have body acne, scars, or stretch marks. I am blessed with all of these things. Le sigh. For body acne I use tea tree oil. Just a few drops smeared over the affected area once or twice a day will do the trick. I’ll be doing a post on the wonders of tea tree oil sometime soon! For scars and stretch marks I have used bio oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E cream, regular moisturizers, etc, etc. For fresh cuts and scrapes that you know are going to leave a scar I would suggest coconut oil. I had a really terrible spot of road rash a few years back from falling off a bike. I started putting coconut oil on it immediately. I applied the oil everyday at least twice. After about a month of use you could barely tell that I had slid 4 feet across some gravel. Very impressive. I have yet to find a product that helps with old scars so please leave a comment if you have any product suggestions or tips and tricks! For stretch marks I find that a regular regimen of exfoliating and moisturizing has lessened the appearance of any stretch marks on my body.

Moisturize. Go out to the closest Costco, buy an economy size barrel of body lotion, and apply liberally! Everytime you cleanse and exfoliate your body you should follow up with a moisturizer. This one is my all time fave, I have been using it forever. Moisturizing your skin will help keep it in tip top shape. You will glow. You will be less itchy. Healthy moisturized skin is less susceptible to irritation from your environment…that means less unexplainable rashes. Moisturizing is not just about beauty, it is about your health. HA! No but seriously

Protect. If you are not won over yet by this impressive blog post about the importance of treating the skin on your body just as well as your treat the skin on your face then please, please, please start pay attention to this one thing. PUT ON SUNSCREEN. That is all. This is probably more important than any of the aforementioned tips and tricks (except maybe soap). Sunscreen will not only keep your skin looking younger, longer, it will protect you from sunburns, sun damage and skin cancer. Melanoma is a serious thing and it is completely preventable with a little SPF.

Thanks for dropping in! Please leave a comment with your favourite body beauty tips, tricks or product recommendations. I’d love to hear from you!

Arbonne Intelligence Genius Review

I discovered Arbonne through a friend of mine. She and I have had similar skin issues and she swears that this is the miracle product that saved her skin. Obviously my interest was piqued. I needed to see if this was worth the hype.

Arbonne states that their Intelligence Genius is the perfect addition to your nighttime skincare routine.

The proprietary solution and resurfacing pads work together to reduce the look of dark spots and fine lines for smooth, even-toned, beautiful skin. It’s the perfect addition to your nightly skincare regimen.

They also make the claim that:

In just 2 weeks, 100% of study participants showed Genius improved the appearance of skin moisture, firmness and elasticity.

Arbonne Intelligence Genius contains 3 different types of retinoids as the active ingredient.

I’ve tested this product out for over a month now, and I feel I can give an unbiased review based on my results.

Here is what that little magic potion looks like…
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If you have read my previous skin update you already know that I love this product…But now I get to tell you why I love, what would make it better and why some people might pass on the product.

The good. This product works. ‘nough said. After 30 days of using this product I agree 100% with the claims made by Arbonne. The hyperpigmentation left behind from my acne has started to fade, my skin feels moisturized, I have less redness. The combination of this product and my Clarisonic Mia 2 has increased my skin’s ability to absorb moisturizer and treatment products. The only thing that I can’t really lay claim to are those that pertain to  increased firmness or elasticity. I am still quite young so I don’t have a problem with either of those at this point.

The bad. Arbonne products can be a bit on the expensive side. This product rings in at $110. For some women with minor skin flaws it might not be worth it to spend this much money on a skincare product. However for women with acne or significant skin problems $110 on a product that works is completely worth it. I know that I have spent 10 times that amount on products that didn’t work. Also, women with sensitive skin might find this product quite strong on their skin. Retinol, or retinoids, can irritate the skin if they are used without due care. Those with sensitive skin may only want to use this product two or three times a week as opposed to those with oily skin types who could use this product every night.

The final verdict. I think this product is totally worth it. It has worked for me over the past 30 days and I can’t wait to see what my results are going to be over the next 30 days.

If your interested in trying Arbonne’s Intelligence Genius or any Arbonne products here is the link. 
Thanks for checking in with The Beauty Remedy! Please leave a comment below. xo
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Clarisonic Mia 2 Review

The Clarisonic Mia 2 revolutionizes skin care via facial sonic cleansing. Woah! Science!

The Clarisonic website states:

Unlike spinning devices, our patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action works to loosen dirt and oil, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments.

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This baby rings in at approx $180CAD. For that pretty penny you get a sonic cleansing device that has two  speeds (universal and delicate), a one minute timer that pulses to let you know to switch areas on your face, an extra brush head (and the option of buying different types of brush heads), and a two year warranty. So the question remains…is it worth it?

I’ve been using my Mia 2 for over 30 days now so I feel as though I can offer a well rounded review without any “honeymoon state” bias.

The good. The Mia 2 is easy to use and only takes 1 minute of your time. It cleanses your skin like crazy good! I usually use an oil cleanser to take off any makeup first and then I apply a gentle, soap free cleanser to my face. Then I use the Mia 2 and go over my whole face for 1 minute. After I use it my skin feels amazing. My face feels so clean and so smooth. I feel like it really does live up to it’s claims, my moisturizer and targeted treatments really feel as though they are sinking in to my skin after using the Mia 2. My other skin care products no longer “sit” on top of my skin anymore.

The bad. This sucker is expensive. It’s about $180CAD for the Mia 2. There is a cheaper option but it doesn’t have the handy timer that tells you when to move it to a new part of your face. I have put off buying the Mia 2 for over a year because of the price. It’s hard to spend $180CAD on one item to cleanse your face. I know a lot of people would feel a bit guilty about spending this much money.

The final verdict. The Clarisonic Mia 2 is worth it for me. I love it. I am in love with it. It has changed my skin completely. However, this product is not for everyone. If you have dry, sensitive skin this might be overwhelming for your complexion. But if you’re like me and you have problematic skin in any way, shape or form I would encourage you to check this bad boy out. Your skin will thank you.

Do you have any experience with the Clarisonic or other skin cleansing brushes? Let me know in the comments!