Top 7 Exfoliators

So the last few months, I haven’t done any updates. Good news is I am finally seeing some progress. So, at the bottom, I will have some 5 month progress pics to share. Until then I thought I would talk all about my favorite exfoliators.

 

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Overall, my time on isotretinoin hasn’t been too bad. I haven’t had any adverse effects. The only noticeable thing has been the dry skin. Mostly, I can handle it. Where it becomes problematic is when I want to put on makeup. If you try to put foundation over all that dry skin, well it just doesn’t look cute.

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Korres Wild Rose Exfoliating Cleanser  ($28) is a great choice if you are needing a daily exfoliator. It should be gentle enough to use frequently for most skin types. The only downside is that it has a light rose scent. I enjoy it but some people may not, especially if you have sensitive skin.

  1. Another great option for a gentle exfoliation is the Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Face Exfoliant ($33). I really enjoy this one because it is gentle enough for me to use daily and the brand is very clean and natural. These light exfoliators are great for people got don’t have a lot of dry patches.

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Ole Henriksen Transforming Walnut Scrub ($28) has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I love it becauses it exfoliates as well as cleanses. I would only use this one a few times a week. It is a little rougher on the skin but always leaves my skin feeling good.

For some people, the Boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Exfoliating Peel Gel ($34) might be a intense scrub. For me, I have found that I can use it a few times a week. It works decently well, but doesn’t completely get rid of all the dead skin. It is a mix between a physical and chemical exfoliant. I think this is a good one to try if you are too worried to go straight to a chemical exfoliant.

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The Dior Hydra Life Glow Better Fresh Jelly Mask ($69) is a great option for beginners to chemical exfoliants. This one is nice because you only have to leave it on for three minutes. It has a nice smell and it stings just a little bit. It exfoliates fairly well. It smooths my skin, but I usually have one or two spots that are missed.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™ ($80) is expensive, but it is so good. The packaging is great because it keeps the product from getting bacteria and gives it a longer shelf life. It does sting a bit when you put it on and you do have to let it sit for 20 minutes. That being said, it completely gets rid of any dry skin. You do want to make sure to use this once a week. There is a reason why this brand is so hyped, it is just that good.

I didn’t think I would find anything better than the one above, but I did. The Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel ($34) is a great price and it works so well. It doesn’t sting and you do not have to leave it on the skin. It is quick and easy to use plus it left my skin baby smooth. I would only use this every three days or so. It is truly amazing.

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The important thing with exfoliators is to always use a good moisturizer afterwards. Now that you know my top 7 favorites, here is a little update.


My skin has really been clearing up. I have only had one or two breakouts. Now, my biggest concern is reddness and scaring. I have also had a problem with my hands.


As you can see, they are so dry. I found out that it is a form of ezcema. The doctor have me a cream, and it is already clearing up a lot. So far, I only have a couple more months and I will be all done.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Xoxo Sammie

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Favorite Moisturizers While On Isotretinoin

Normally, I would give an update on my isotretinoin journey with pictures and an updated skincare routine. However, I do not feel that I have had such a huge change this month. My skin care routine is pretty much the same. While my skin seems to be a little bit dryer, it’s nothing unbearable. So, this month I decided to go over all of the best moisturizers that I have found, everything from head to toe.


I don’t feel like my skin has made any huge improvements this month and I have not had any changes with symptoms or mood. Although that is great, it makes for some lame progress photos. Hopefully next month I will show some more progress. Without further adue, here is my favorite moisturizers while on isotretinoin.


These first products are ones that I use while in the shower. I am in love with the Sea Mineral Moisture Body Wash by OGX. Not only does it smell fresh, but it leaves my skin feeling so soft. I also love to use it as a bubble bath. Also, the scent does not irritate my sensitive skin or cause migraines. If you are not into scented products, I also love Cetaphil Body Wash. The other product I love to use in the shower is the Nivea In Shower Body Lotion for very dry skin. Basically, I use this after cleansing and shaving. Basically, it is like putting an oil on your skin. I will let it sit in while I condition my hair and exfoliate my face with the clarisonic. After that, you just rinse it off. The only note I have is make sure not to put it on the bottom of your feet and take care to rinse out your shower after you are done because it can make the floor slippery.


After the shower, I lather on a good body lotion. Right now, I am absolutely in love the the Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer. I love how soft and smooth my skin feel after putting this on. In fact, I usually only have to put in on once a day. I also love all the wonderful scents that they offer. They are so fresh and natural. The best part is that the scents do not irritate my skin or set off my migraines like Bath and Body Works does. The only downside is that these can be a little expensive. However, I tend to pick them up when Ulta does their Buy 1 Get 1 Half off. I think they are worth it because they are high quality and last a long time. Right now my favorite scents are White Peach Rose & Peony, Velvet Cashmere & Tuberose and Sweet Pineapple & Honey Melon.


When it comes to cleansing my face, I am quite particular. For removing my makeup and double cleaning my face, I really like the Burt’s Bees Cleaning Oil for normal to dry skin. While it might seem kinda expensive, a little goes a long way. You don’t even need to use a full pump for your face. It melts off all of my makeup without leaving my skin feeling stripped. However, I do not like using it alone because the oil feels too heavy on my skin. So after I have rinse this off, I go in with the First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser. I love FAB products because they are so gentle on the skin. This cleanses without stripping and leaves my face feeling clean and soft. When my face is all clean, I like to exfoliate my lips. I have been really into the Hanalei Sugar Lip Scrub. A little goes a long way and the sugar is a great gentle exfoliator. After I have exfoliated my lips, I let the product sit for a little while as the oils help moisturize the lips.


I find the most relaxing thing is to put on a good face mask and relax with a cup of coffee and a book. In the past, I used a lot of face masks targeted at clearing my skin or shrinking my pores. So, it was a little strange to have to look for something that soothes and hydrates. My favorite sheet mask has to be the Tony Moly Tea Tree Skin Soothing Mask Sheet. As the ingredients are all in another language, I can’t speak as to what is actually in this mask. What I can say is that it works every single time. If my skin is hurting or feeling extra dry, I will use this mask. I just put it on and let it sit till it is dry, usually about an hour. Afterwards my skin always feels soft and hydrated. Another great mask is the Lumene Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask. This stuff is so cool! You only need a little bit and it goes on with a cooling effect. You can leave it on for 10 minutes for a quick session or even use it as an overnight treatment. I love exfoliating my face and then using this over night to keep my skin plush.


Before I apply moisturizers, I love to prep with a spray or an oil. Usually, when I first get out of the shower I will spray my face with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray. I feel like it not only helps to hydrate but also calms and cools my skin. It smells great and is very refreshing. Pro Tip: if you already have your hair done, spray twice into your hands and then pat into your skin so that is doesn’t get sprayed all over your hair and clothes. Before putting on my moisturizer, I am all about a good oil. In the morning, I love to use the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir. Now I know, at $55 this stuff is expensive, but I have created an inexpensive DIY Version. Basically, it is Pumpkin Seed Oil. It sinks into the skin quickly and moisturizes without leaving a heavy feeling residue. This has been my savior for my dry under eyes. At night time, I like to use the Tarte Maracuja Oil. While this is another expensive one, it is a great quality and I have been using the travel sized one forever. This oil is a little heavier which makes it great for night time. It helps to keep my skin soft and I wake up feeling hydrated instead of dry and flakey.


After I have let any facial oils sink in, I will put on an moisturizer. For the day time, I like to use a gel moisturizer. Right now, I am really enjoying the Clinique Moisture Surge. I find that this moisturizer helps to give my skin that drink of water without being too heavy or oily. It is really great to use before putting on makeup. Another moisturizer that I love for day time that is not pictured is the Belif Aqua Bomb. This one is amazing! It is really perfect for days when I am feeling extra dry or sensitive. I love to use this after sun exposure or to help my skin heal after traveling. The only reason it isn’t pictured is because I need a new one. Another gel moisturizer that I like to use if I have been in the sun is the Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask. Although it is technically a mask, I tend to use it as a moisturizer for days I do not put on make up. It just helps to calm my skin and hydrate it as well. Perfect for when it is a little burnt or irritated. At night, I almost exclusively use the Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins. I have been using this for months now and I still love it. It is a thicker cream the works all night long. It is great to use when while my skin is so dry and it smells great too.


One of the things that has been driving me crazy is my lips. It is probably the one part of my body I cant seem to keep hydrated. That being said, I have three products that I have been using on a daily basis. Throughout the day, I generally use the Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm. I like these because they have great ingredients, smell good and contain SPF 25. I really enjoy the Shea Butter and Mint ones. For the most part, these do the job. Whenever my lips crack or bleed, I use the Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm. This works amazing at healing cracked lips because it contains hydrocortisone. The only reason I do not use this all the time is because I have heard that too much use of hydrocortisone can actually thin out the skin making it more prone to cracking. However, it is great at healing my lips quickly. The final product, not pictured, is aquaphor. This is a classic product that anyone on isotretinoin has heard of and used. It is great to use overnight because it is so thick.


The final products I want to talk about are makeup products. Now there are tons of products that are great for dry skin, but I wanted to keep this specifically to products that hydrate the skin. When I do my makeup, I always start with the Hard Candy Hydra-Prime Priming Lotion. I feel that it not only helps to keep my makeup on all day, but it keeps my skin looking hydrated as well. It also contains dimethicone, so it helps to smooth the skin and fill in pores. For foundation, I have been IN LOVE with the Tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation. I love the coverage and how a little goes a long way. The color is great and it keeps my skin looking hydrated and fresh all day long. The only thing I dislike is that it comes in a pot. You can check out a full review and wear test here. The final makeup product that I swear by in the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer. I have had the hardest time with dry under eyes. Using an oil has helped a lot but I have to be careful with which concealers I use. Like the Tarte Shape Tape leaves my eyes looking so dry. This stuff not only covers well, but it leaves my under eyes looking smooth and hydrated.

These products have all done wonders for my dry skin. I have to tell you, it was quite the struggle at first transiting from super oily skin to desert dry. Luckily, I have found a ton of products that work great and leave my skin feeling wonderful, even while taking isotretinoin.

What are products that you swear by for dry skin?

Xoxo Sammie

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My Skin Diary

This last month has been great! At least it has when its come to my skin. I haven’t noticed any symptoms with taking isotretinoin except for my skin is getting increasingly more dry. However, it isn’t too bad and I think that has to do with my use of oils in my skin care routine. I’ll discuss that more below, but first here is my morning and evening skin care products in order.


AM Face:

  1. Farsali Rose Gold Elixir (DIY Version)
  2. Origins Ginzing Moisturizer 
  3. Origins Ginzing Eye Cream
  4. Hanalei Lip Treatment

AM Body:

  1. DIY Shimmer Body Oil
  2. Sunscreen
  3. Essence of Beauty Hand Cream

PM Face:

  1. Tarte Gel Cleanser
  2. Tarte Maracuja Oil
  3. Origins Night-A-Mins Cream
  4. Origins Plantscription Eye Cream
  5. Lumene Gel Mask

PM Body:

  1. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

I think the oils have really been helping the most. A lot of people are afraid to use them because they think that the oil will worsen their acne. However, I haven’t had any breakouts and I also checked with my dermatologist. She agreed that as long as the oils are noncomedogenic then it should be fine. Here is my progress for the last month:


    They decided to bump up my dose one more time. So for May, I was taking 40mg. Now I am taking 80mg of isotretinoin. The best part has to be that even my dermatologist noticed that my skin was clearing up.

    What are your go to skin care products?

    Xoxo Sammie

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    Top 20 Products to Control Oil and Hide Blemishes

    I remember all throughout high school, I had fairly good skin. I felt comfortable with using a light mineral powder foundation and rarely broke out. Fast forward 6 years and I have the skin of a teenager. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve been considering starting Accutaine (more on that later).

    Although my skin has been driving me crazy, I’ve nailed down a bunch of products to help conceal my acne and control my oils. So here it is, my Top 20 Products to Control Oil and Hide Blemishes.


    Just as a disclaimer, these are all products that have worked for me personally. Remember makeup and skincare are very personal items and may work differently for everyone.

    So I’m going to start my list with how I apply everything. So first step would be skin care.

    These 4 items have worked miraculously for me.

    1) Bosica Detoxifying Black Cleanser: this works great for detoxing my skin. I find that it really helps keep my oils and breakouts at bay without overly drying my skin.

    2) Clarisonic Mia Fit: now this little brush is expensive and honestly I never considered buying one until I found a promo code. That being said, it had made such a difference. It has really helped clean out my pores and minimize the texture on my cheeks and forehead. I would discuss with a dermatologist first if you are unsure just because this may not be great for all skin types. I also prefer to use this every other day or any day that I wear makeup.

    3) Boscia Deep Pore Exfoliating Peel: this is a newer product to me, but it has quickly become a staple in my beauty routine. It is a chemical peel and exfoliant and it works miracles! I only use it once or twice a week and it leaves my skin so soft and smooth. I especially like doing this the night before a special event. Just make sure not to use the clarisonic or other exfoliant the same day.

    4) Neutrogena Hydroboost Water Gel: so I actually use this, the eye gel and the one for extra dry skin. I love this because it moisturizes my skin without making it oily or shiny. It’s also light enough to wear under makeup. I like to use the water gel in the morning and the one for extra dry skin at night.

    Next we have primers:

    5) ELF Blemish Control Primer: I like to use this primer on the perimeter of my face where I break out the most. I find that is just helps to control my breakouts when wearing makeup. It is not 100% necessary, but I find that it helps my skin.

    6) Rimmel Stay Matte: this is the primer that I use on the majority of my face. I find it is one of the best at controlling my oils throughout the day. I apply this over my forehead, nose and chin. It keeps my skin matte and also helps my makeup to stay all day.

    7) Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer: for me, this primer is a must. I use it mostly on my nose and cheek area to help fill and minimize large pores. It works best for pores if you press it in instead of rubbing it in. I also like to use this on dry patches or blemishes to help smooth them out before applying foundation. Just make sure to use sparingly as a little goes a long way.

    8) L’Oréal Infallible Color Correcting Kit: this is my final step before foundation. Again, it may not be necessary for everyone but I find it helps immensely when it comes to concealing breakouts. I use the green color and apply to where ever I have breakouts or redness. The biggest thing it to make sure you blend it well. It does not take a lot to really even out your skin tone.

    Next, I apply foundation and concealer.

    9) Artis Oval 7: I know that this is a brush and not a product, but it has done miracles for my foundation game. This brush helps me to achieve the most full coverage look with a lot of my foundations. It really helps cover up my blemishes the most without making my makeup look cakey.

    10) Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation: this stuff is amazing! It is full coverage to the max. I love using this for special occasions or when I will be taking pictures. The only downside it that it can look cakey if not applied properly. For best application, I recommend using either an Artis brush or a beauty sponge.

    11) It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact: I like this foundation for everyday where. It feels light on the skin and has buildable coverage. The best part is that this product has high SPF, skin benefits and doesn’t get overly oily throughout the day. Check out my full review here.

    12) Tarte Shape Tape Concealer: after apply my foundation, I go back and spot conceal. This particular product is highly pigmented. Most of the beauty gurus like to use this under their eyes. While it is great for that, I really like to use it to further conceal blemishes.

    After foundation and concealer, I would apply powders unless I am using a liquid highlighter. I find liquid highlighters do not emphasis texture as much as powers. My favorite liquid highlights are:

    13) Maybelline Master Strobing Liquid: when I have a lot of texture on my skin, I prefer liquid highlights. I love this one because it is so strong, but beautiful. It looks great under powder or foundation and blends beautifully.

    14) Milk Makeup Highlighter: this is similar to the Maybelline highlighter, except it is in a stick form. I like this one for a more natural highlight as it is not as metallic as the Maybelline. The best way to apply is to take some on your fingers and blend in.

    After using my liquid highlight, I start applying my powder products.

    15) Covergirl Outlast Finishing Powder: this is one of my favorite powers to use. I like to use the buffing technique with this powder. It sets all of my makeup, adds a little more coverage and helps mattify and control oils.

    16) Kat Von D Lock-It Powder: I like to use this powder to set my whole face. I think it works best with a big, fluffy powder brush. It is also great for baking under the eyes. It helps to lock in my makeup all day.

    17) Wet n Wild Photo Focus Pressed Powder: although this is a foundation face powder, I like to use the shade Cocoa as a bronzer. I really like this powder because it does not emphasize any of the texture I have.

    18) Tony Moly Cats Wink Powder: this powder is great to carry in your purse. It is similar to a blotting powder so it can be used throughout the day. My favorite way to apply is to first use blotting papers or a paper towel to get rid of excess oils. Then, I use either the included puff applicator or a powder brush to apply to my oily areas. It helps to remattify my face and keep the oil at bay throughout the day.

    My final step is to seal my makeup in with a good setting spray.

    19) Makeup Revolution Oil Control Fixing Spray: this is my favorite spray. It is perfect for people who prefer a more matte finish. It sets in my makeup and helps to further control my oils. I like using this spray when I am going to have a busy day and be running around a lot.

    20) Milani Make It Last Setting Spray: this spray is perfect for people who want a more natural finish. It is not overly dewy and does not make me look shiny; it just does not mattify the skin. What it does do is help all my makeup to melt into my skin and to get rid any powderiness I may have. I prefer using this if I am going to be inside all day.

    So that’s it, my top 20 products to help control oil and hide blemishes. I hope you find this helpful!

    Do you any products that you swear by? Leave them in the comments below!

    Have a great weekend!

    Sammie

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