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  • Anybody know of something that's effective? I might pay $145 for a bottle of goo if I believed it would work. I saw the before and after pics for Clariton or Clinique's or something bullshit product and I could see NO difference whatsoever. So I ain't about to pay for that.
    It’s just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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    • Got my haircut and brows did today and I'm having a panic about my (2) age spots. So I bought this overpriced bullshit.

      But then I got home and realized I really need to try this! So Imma use that overpriced bullshit until I finally place my order for the cheap shit that Issie rec'd upthread.

      And when both of those things end up doing no-thing for my lone age spot Imma buy that cheap bleaching cream.
      It’s just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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      • Who here has tried the BM liquid foundation? Considering using something with better coverage for brother's wedding in two weeks but I'm forever scared to try new products.

        Is, I used that Dermalogica product for a few months years ago when I went to a facialist who pushed Dermalogica. It didn't really do anything for me but that doesn't mean it won't work.

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        • This says laser beams are the way to go:

          Who: Dyspigmentation and acne spots tend to respond well to over-the-counter products, like dark spot correctors. Age spots, sunspots, and freckles respond better to other treatment, like lasers.

          How: When buying a dark spot corrector, both Dr. O’Brien and Dr. Chapas agree that you want to look for ingredients like hydroquinone, kojic acid (derived from mushrooms), niacinamide, arbutin, alpha hydroxy acid, retinol, and vitamin C (especially at high levels--studies show that it’s especially effective at levels of 15%.)
          Speaking as a cheap Asian, I would totally try the nearest Asian market for some vitamin-C filled skin whitener.

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          • SO. I tried Issie's crazy mud mask and I gotta say: THUMBS UP. I didn't think it was a big deal until the next morning. It was messy and weird and stinky and made my husband complain (and me, too, since it's a time suck) but this morning? Y'ALL. My skin looks GOOD.
            It’s just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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            • I stopped OCMing, yo! All of the ridiculous levels of fish oil + flax seed oil I am taking made the OCM pointless. I can always start up again if I want to, but for right now, my skin is AMAZEBALLS. Dewy and perfect and gah. I wish I had known about this 20 yrs ago. Even all of my old flat blemishes that marked where really bad zits used to be are gone. And it's mos def having an affect on what wrinkles I was starting to get. At the doc's office, they thought I was under 30. So! I'm reccing a high quality fish oil and flax seed oil to everyone I meet.

              Oh, and blah blah all the health benefits too, of course.

              I take four of these per day: https://www.mossnutrition.com/produc...tWidgetID=1015
              and two of these: http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Made-Fl.../dp/B00126FELQ

              I take a super high dose because of dry eye, but I'll bet most folks won't need quite as much to get the same skin effects.

              And as a side note, magnesium oil sprayed on at bedtime and absorbed transdermally has totally replaced melatonin and all sleep aids for me. I sleep fantastically after using it, which also might be helping my skin.

              Oh, and blah blah all the health benefits too, of course.



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              • Wait, what happened to the cod liver oil? I CANNA KEEP UP.
                It’s just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                • I still take that, but not every day. The cod liver oil is really good stuff for a lot of body functions, but I guess I was never taking it at high enough doses to make this much of a difference, maybe? I'm not sure what else could be causing my skin to look this damn good, unless it's the (non-cod liver) fish oil, because it didn't truly clear up and smooth out until I'd been on the oil capsules for two months.

                  My eye doc says she thinks it's the combo of fish oil plus flax seed oil that kicked everything into a higher gear. But then, she's an eye doc, not a derm, so I don't know if that's accurate info.

                  I am doing very little else for my skin. I use Burt's Bees wipes at night, and I apply Dr. Bronner's lotion at bedtime, and again after my shower in the morning. That's it. No other creams or ointments or anything.

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                  • A rec for people with horny feet:


                    http://www.amazon.com/Amope-Pedi-Per.../dp/B00LE99PA2




                    Just got mine today, so I've only used this once on my cracked heels and hard toes . . . but I now have the feet of a 25 yr old. So smooth! Super easy to use, too.

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                    • Oh, I need that; my feet horrify me, in all truth.

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                      • It was really nice to be able to pull socks on last night, without feeling them catch on the rough part of my heel. But! One warning . . . when you use this doohickey, it kicks up a lot of dead skin dust, so you might want to wear one of those masks they wear at real pedicure places. I didn't do that, which means I probably inhaled half a pound of pulverized gross feet skin.


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                        • anyone have any reccs for cheap, cheap, cheap skin tag treatments?
                          It's winter and those damn things are going to get caught in my sweaters. I don't know where they all came from - - it's like I could play connect the dots with those damn things.

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                          • I know I've seen commercials for some kind of skin tag removal ointment, but I doubt that's cheap. This website describes several home remedies that might be worth trying?

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                            • I've used Bare Minerals liquid foundation a handful of times now and it's ok? The pro is that it provides much more even coverage than the powder and the con is that is made me break out like crazy because there's so much more oil in it than anything I use. So then you kind of need more coverage which I guess makes them geniuses. The reservoir brush makes application super easy though considering it's liquid, but the makeup itself kind of smells funny.
                              All in all, I've been using it for nighttime or events when I want a better base but I have to really wash my face after.

                              Also since I did get Teh Cancer* I *feel* I should probably stop using Cetaphil** but I have no idea what to use instead. I'm not going back to OCM and I need something super, super gentle.

                              I still want to try Issie's mask.


                              *This reference re: beauty products still amuses me. That could change in a day though (or lbr, an hour. #moodybitch)

                              **I don't really believe there was any correlation between Cetaphil use and my thyroid cancer but since they don't know what causes thyroid cancer yet, I know when to say when.

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                              • I'm not going back to OCM and I need something super, super gentle.
                                My face isn't as sensitive as yours, but when I don't OCM, I use Burt's Bees Facial Wipes For Sensitive Skin :

                                http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/...ensitive_Skin/

                                Only a three on the DANGER index, and it's never caused me any breakouts.

                                As for Cetaphil, no idea if there's any link at all to what your going through, obviously, but I still really, really, really think it's awful toxic stuff, and I can't resist the opportunity to shout that from the rooftops. So many freaking parabens.

                                http://wellandgood.com/2010/07/20/ce...in-any-favors/

                                Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser contains just eight ingredients: water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben.

                                All but the water are chemically manufactured (let’s hope), and propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and the three parabens have a seat on the dirty dozen, a list of cosmetic ingredients to avoid as potentially toxic.

                                One look at the label and you’ve got to go “Wait a minute! What?”says Spirit Demerson, who analyzes skin-care ingredients for Spirit Beauty Lounge, her online natural beauty store. “Cetaphil does not contain even one single beneficial ingredient and what it does contain is the equivalent of toxic sludge. Whether you think it’s keeping your skin healthy or not, it is absorbed into your bloodstream and research has proven almost all of the few ingredients in it are carcinogenic. I know it’s hard to imagine that washing your face can give you cancer but it’s worth consideration.”

                                Julia March, a top NYC facialist, says that so many New Yorkers believe that Cetaphil is healthy, they tend ignore the ingredients completely. “Cetyl alcohol, an emollient used in many cosmetics, is essentially a wax,” says March. “Propylene glycol is a common humectant (meaning it brings moisture from the air to the skin), but it also enhances product and chemical penetration into the skin and blood stream.Sodium lauryl sulfate is a foaming agent, and skin and eye irritant, that disturbs the healthy lipid barrier of the skin, and parabens are a group of preservatives being phased out for potential health risks.”
                                PARABENS ARE EVIL.

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