Chic and -- Not so green?

Friday, February 27, 2015

I have been blogging here at Chic & Green for nearly 8 years. My boys were in diapers. Now they are 9 and 11. I was going green and beginning to research the impact of skin care and cosmetics ingredients on our health.

In this almost 8 year journey, a significant amount of my time has been spent on research, interviews, and reading studies about the links between health and products. Weeding through the hype, the possible connections, the contrasts between articles based on speculation versus peer-reviewed studies, etc.  has been very enlightening. And, to be honest, I used to fall for the fear mongering and the scare tactics and the "what ifs" more than scientific data. Maybe because I am a worrier, an emotional person, and a very cautious person, I have actually "come around" on many ingredients and prroducts over the years.

My blog has been called Chic & Green for almost 8 years because the emphasis has been GREEN beauty and being chic. I have built a very solid reputation on being a top tier green beauty blogger. I have made lasting connections and friendships because of this blog.

What if, though, my opinions on certain ingredients have changed? What if I do not believe passionately anymore about it being Natural vs. Synthetic, no exceptions? What happens is this -- I have ALWAYS believed in being myself, owning my opinions & not apologizing for it. I am human. I can change. And as I type this and look at my makeup bag right now -- well, it is 50% green beauty instead of the 100% it once was. I would be a hypocrite to keep GREEN in my name if I am only halfway green.

I believe in vaccines. I get a flu shot--so do my kids. I love essential oils, but do not believe they can cure illness or are an adequate substitute for Western medicine. I love natural and green, but I also have the utmost respect for SCIENCE. Sometimes I wash my hair with a shampoo with the occasional sulfate because my hair just feels better.

I blog about beauty. Chic & Green has been a baby of mine for so many years. But it does not fit MY LIFE or my beliefs. This journey has been AMAZING. But I need to be true to myself.

I still LOVE natural and green products -- if they are preserved effectively and if they work. I have so many favorite brands that I will ALWAYS adore and support because I know that they are putting out stellar products-- from Au Naturale to (seed) to Original Moxie, and more.

Writing about THOSE products still brings me great joy. That said, I still have many other products I adore. And I'd love to write about those, too. That is being true to myself and sharing ALL of my product love with you.

I have purchased the domain name I am a beauty blogger, have been for (nearly) 8 years, and so C & G's name has changed to The Beauty Blogger.

This will be a hard change in that my social media handles have been /chicandgreen for so many years. I do not want to live in a way that is not true to myself or representative of the real me, though. And I think that is why I haven't been excited to sit down and write each day like I used to.

Always be true to yourself--and don't apologize for being who you are.

Debunking Popular Anti-Aging Myths

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Today we’re going to dispel some anti-aging skin care myths.  We’ve all heard them. We’ve heard the outrageous product claims and slick magazine ads. Chic & Green takes a look at 7 of the most common skin care myths and truths.

Myth #1:  Dry skin causes wrinkles.

Truth: Dry skin does not cause wrinkles. A breakdown in collagen is what causes wrinkles.  Dry skin will most definitely make wrinkles more obvious, but skin hydration has nothing to do with whether or not one will develop wrinkles.

Myth #2: My mother looks very young for her age, so I will too.

Truth: While genetics do play a small role in terms of aging, lifestyle habits have a much greater impact. If you are smoking, eating a poor diet, and skipping sunscreen, your genetics will not help you stay younger looking. These lifestyle choices have much more of an impact on your skin than genetics.

Myth #3: Moisturizing faithfully will help prevent wrinkles.

Truth:  Regularly applying moisturizer will help your skin stay hydrated, but it will not prevent wrinkles.  You can apply all the moisturizer you want to and there will still be no impact on wrinkle prevention. Moisturizer will add hydration to the top layer of your skin.  It has no impact on wrinkling.

Myth #4:  It’s cold and cloudy so I do not need sunscreen.

Truth:  You need to apply a broad spectrum SPF each and every single day--rain or shine.  The fact is that your skin is still exposed to UVA rays (the aging rays) even on a subzero cloudy and snowy February day in Upstate New York. The sun’s rays are the number one cause of aging and everyone should be applying sunscreen before going outside.

Myth #5: The ad said that I will look younger in just 7 days. This has to be true, right?

Truth:  Unfortunately, this is just a tactic to get you to purchase the company’s products. The FDA does not monitor or control the claims made by the skin care and cosmetics industry.  You have to take these claims with a grain of salt and do your own research. Just because the company selling the product promises you the fountain of youth doesn’t mean that it will happen.

Myth #6: You can exercise your facial muscles to get rid of wrinkles.

Truth: No, this is just a myth. We’ve all seen those facial exercising machines late at night on home shopping television channels. Stretching and making exaggerated facial expressions with a special “exercise” gizmo for the face could actually cause you to look older, so do not waste your money.  

The muscles on your face are unlike the muscles in other parts of your body.  Do your facial muscles have the ability to get bulky like your biceps? No.  There is no evidence that facial exercises will erase lines and wrinkles.  In fact, doing so is more likely to create lines than diminish them.

Myth #7: Expensive anti-aging skin care products are always better than drugstore ones.

Truth: What matters the most in a skin care product is the quality and concentration of ingredients used. You might actually find that are $30 serum works better on your skin than a $100 one in fancy packaging. It’s what is in the product that makes it good or bad. Product efficacy does not always have to do with the price. Remember that there is no such thing as a cream to remove wrinkles, so do not buy into the slick marketing campaigns. That said, please know that you are not very likely to find $10 serums with peptides and potent actives. Why? These ingredients are more expensive, which will make the product more expensive. When it comes to cleansers, toners and body care products save your money. Splurge on your serums and targeted skin treatments.

Anti-Aging Skin Care Truth

We all want to prevent and correct the signs of aging, but the most important tip is to take good care of yourself and treat your body with respect.  Eat fruits and veggies.  Stay hydrated. Wear sunscreen.  Don’t smoke or use alcohol in excess. Take time to be out in the fresh air being active.  Choose your products wisely and don’t fall victim to the latest product advertisement promising you the fountain of youth.

And now the nitty-gritty: What can I do to help prevent and correct the signs of aging? There is no magic pill or product to just erase wrinkles, but there ARE many things you can do to help your skin look younger! Stay tuned for part 2 on skin and aging tomorrow on the blog.

What's In It Wednesday: Lemongrass Spa Foundation

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I have mentioned Lemongrass Spa before. My cousin, consultant Ashley Sanford, introduced me to this handmade in Colorado brand of natural skin care and beauty products. I recently mentioned the body scrubs and have nothing but glowing things to say about these products!

I recently ran out of foundation and was pondering getting the Pur Minerals 4-in-1  Pressed Mineral Foundation, but decided to try a loose one again. I was browsing Ashley's website and after hearing rave reviews about the foundation from my friend Krista, I decided to order the Sheer Minerals Foundation from Lemongrass Spa.

I chose the Oatmeal Light Foundation and have been using it the past few days now. It is talc-free, contains no harmful chemicals and offers physical sun protection.

Here are the ingredients:

Mica, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, iron oxide for color

That's all -- no artificial fragrance, irritating bismuth oxychloride or other unnecessary ingredients. This is as pure & natural of a foundation as you are going to find.

Does it work, though?


This is a lovely foundation. It provides a buildable coverage, does not settle into fine lines, and has a silky, non-chalky texture. I use the EcoTools Buffing Brush to apply.

My skin is fairly dry. I apply my skin care products, a light layer of primer and then apply this foundation. It is the perfect shade for my complexion and I love how it feels completely weightless. When you're around 40, you also notice that makeup can settle into fine lines halfway through your day and this does not.

It is an excellent foundation. I highly recommend this to everyone who wants to get back to basics and eliminate the junk ingredients from the beauty routine.

It is now my go-to foundation!

I am so impressed. I had given up on loose mineral powder foundations. My favorite was $44 and I just didn't feel it was worth the splurge. This one is $20 and rivals any mineral powders from Sephora or Ulta. The reason I stopped using them is because my skin would itch and just feel uncomfortable after using them. That is because of the bismuth oxychloride. This is a highly irritating ingredient found in many powders. 

In fact, I'd like to take a look at some of the more popular loose mineral foundations so you can compare the ingredients.

Bare Minerals Original SPF 15

Active: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide. Inactive: Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Iron Oxides

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

Quartz, Ruby Powder, Tourmaline, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Smithsonite Extract, Sea Salt/Maris Sal/Sel Marin, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, BHT, Kaolin. May Contain(+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510)

Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15

Active Ingredient - Zinc Oxide. Ingredient: Pearl Powder. May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

L'Oreal True Match Naturale SPF 19

Active Ingredients : Titanium Dioxide 10.0%. Other ingredients : Boron Nitride, Kaolin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Calcium Gluconate, Manganese Gluconate, Magnesium Gluconate, Copper PCA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Panthenol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Iron Oxides

Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Loose Powder Foundation

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 7.5%. Inactive Ingredients: Mica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Zinc Stearate, Silk Powder, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Flour, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pantothenic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid. May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

The C & G Bottom Line:

As you can see, the most popular mineral foundations contain irritating Bismuth Oxychloride.

What is Bismuth Oxychloride? Let me preface this by saying that, in my view, you would be better off using talc than bismuth oxychloride in your makeup. Talc is actually more pure and natural than Bismuth Oxychloride. This "natural" ingredient is not that natural. Bismuth is actually the by product of the copper and lead refining process and then combined with water and chloride. It is notorious for irritating the skin, especially sensitive skin.

Why on earth is this a common ingredient? It's common because it gives a slightly shimmery, pearlized effect,. Nothing more. It is in no way beneficial to your skin.  So skip it.

Some of the above powder foundations also contain potentially parabens, which are believed to be endocrine disruptors. There are so many truly unnecessary ingredients in the other brands -- I am loving my Lemongrass Spa Foundation. It really is top-notch and I look forward to trying more makeup products from the line! 

A disclaimer -- most of the makeup I review on this blog was sent to me for the purpose of review. I purchased this product on my own and I am not affiliated with Lemongrass Spa.

DIY Beauty: The Ultimate Facial Cleansing Oil

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Today, I am going to show you how to make my facial cleansing oil. This was my best-selling cleanser for a good couple years and I know you'll enjoy it! If you are newer to Chic & Green, you may not know that I used to formulate skin care products. My handmade facial care line was open until September 2009, when I stepped away to enjoy more time with my boys. KZM Facial Care Boutique products were featured in Martha Stewart Whole Living (Body + Soul) magazine, multiple newspaper articles, and they made an appearance at the Blue Planet Film Festival.

We've all seen the facial oils on the market from brands like Shu Uemera, DHC, and more. The only thing I believe setting this recipe apart from others is the cost.

In fact, I believe this is less irritating because I do not use emulsifiers in this. No, this cleansing oil doesn't rinse right off with a splash of water, but that is not a bad thing. Sometimes people mistakenly believe that the OIL is what can aggravate breakouts in retail cleansing oils, when indeed it is the synthetic emulsifying agent. The emulsifying  agents used in some of the popular retail cleansing oils have been shown to promote acne and aggravate eczema.

Do you double cleanse?

This facial oil is what I use to remove my makeup at night as part of "double cleansing"--using a cleansing oil first followed by a second cleanser.

Do not be afraid of the word "oil". Most vegetable oils do not, in fact, clog the pores. My facial cleansing oil is a wonderful blend of high-quality ingredients. You may use this to remove your makeup. It will melt it right off. I prefer to gently dampen the skin and then massage into my skin and wherever I have makeup. I rinse with tepid water and then follow with Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Creme.

The Oil Cleansing Method has been embraced by several well-known brands. Why? It is gentle, yet effective!

Here are the oils I put in this FACIAL CLEANSING OIL. You do not need all of them. You may use just one, two, three--all of them are just a FABULOUS blend! 

I use equal parts safflower & rice bran to make the bottle half way full. Then mix equal parts olive squalane, jojoba, sunflower, grape seed and argan to the mix to make up the other half. This is my personal best formula. Some people may want more grape seed...others more jojoba. It just takes a little experimentation to get the right blend for yourself. I make this without essential oils. I used to use them more in skin care, but I prefer not to most days now.

To purchase the oils for this DIY, check out Mountain Rose Herbs. Their quality is outstanding.

More on the ingredients used--

Safflower Oil: Safflower oil has firming and hydrating properties and consists of over 75% Linoleic Acid and is very high in Oleic Acid. Both are very moisturizing, yet this oil penetrates the skin very quickly so it isn't greasy.

Rice Bran Oil: This wonderful oil can held reduce inflammation and skin irritation. It absorbs very quickly without leaving a film on the skin. This oil is antioxidant-rich, as it contains vitamin E and gammaoryzanol. Rice Bran is a great, lightweight oil to give your skin a velvety feel.

Olive Squalane: Has been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It is ideal to soften your skin as well. We naturally produce squalane, but as we age, the production slows down. This ingredient is vegan (traditional forms come from sharks), from olive oil. It can improve cracked skin, and skin suffering from conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. It has regenerative properties and can help restore a youthful, supple appearance. It is very light in texture, so it will not leave a greasy residue on the skin.

Jojoba Oil: is wonderful for the skin because it mimics your skins own sebum, drawing excess oil out. Jojoba oil is pure and it is natural. This oil is hydrating without being greasy. It will not promote acne or aggravate an existing case of acne.

Sunflower Oil: is chock full of vitamins A, C, D, and E. It is highly protective. It has also been shown to fight bacteria, which makes this a wonderful oil for acne, and why I believe this is ideal for all skin types.

Grape Seed Oil: This is very lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. It contains antioxidants and has high amounts of linoleic acid.

Argan Oil: Argan is a very special oil. Argan itself contains more antioxidant and cell regenerative properties than olive oil, grape seed oil and avocado oil combined together. Argan oil has been shown in many studies to help increase cell regeneration and improve cell turnover. When applied to the skin, it absorbs quickly, and without an oily film, leaving behind a silky and satiny feel.

Argan Oil contains Omega 6 fatty acids, twice the amount of Vitamin E than olive oil, Vitamin A to improve elasticity; Phenols, which are tremendously beneficial antioxidants, as well as anti-fungal and antibacterial agents; and something called Triterpens, which aid in cell restructuring, can slow down the cell aging process, and also act as an anti-inflammatory. It is one of the more expensive oils to buy, but it is commonly referred to as "Liquid Gold" for a very good reason!

How To Use Facial Cleansing Oil: Dampen skin with tepid water. Apply cleansing oil to your fingertips (no larger than the size of a dime) and massage into the skin. Massage for at least 60 seconds in upward circular motions. This oil is able to remove stubborn waterproof makeup, sunscreen and mascara. Gently massage and rub ever so gently with a gentle microfiber facial cloth like the Makeup Eraser. Rinse again. Follow with your favorite gentle cleanser.

In search of the best loose leaf tea? Try Tealightful!

I don't drink soda. I drink water, coffee and tea. I enjoy the occasional glass of red wine or indulge in a craft IPA (or Stella Artois). Throughout the day, though, I am sipping tea or coffee.

The difference between the two? Well, for me personally, I *feel* better when my hot drink of choice is tea. I drink a lot of tea, and loose leaf tea is my go-to for tea.

I have written here on the blog over the years about loose tea. In the past, I have enjoyed varieties from Teavana, Adagio and Harney & Sons. Smaller indie companies SBS Teas and LiberTeas are no longer in business. They were my favorites back when I started drinking loose leaf tea in 2009. Tea for All Reasons is another on Etsy that I have purchased from. I believe they are still around.

Not long ago, though, I was introduced to another loose tea company. After trying their teas, I will never buy from another. They are that good. Even better? The company is based right here in Rochester, New York!

Today, we're talking about Tealightful.

Tealightful is a company using the direct sales (often referred to now as social selling) model. I first sampled Tealightful while I was having lunch at friend's house. We started our meal with the Lemon Ginger Green Tea, which was outstanding. We had Pralines & Cream scones for dessert -- Tealightful offers scone mixes, too -- and enjoyed a cup of Butterscotch Mocha Pu-erh.
This contains coffee beans and offers a more robust flavor.

Just before I left lunch, Charlene Phillips, the CEO of Tealightful stopped over. It was lovely meeting her and talking with her about both tea and direct sales. After meeting her in person, I knew I'd be a customer for life.

My friend sent me home with a catalog and a sample of the Toasted Almond Spice Cake. It was so good! And it is a rooibos, so there is no caffeine at all. I do not generally add sweeteners to my tea or coffee and these are perfect on their own!

I decided to order some of my own and then decided to host a party. I was able to get oodles of rewards and I got myself a pretty robin's egg blue infuser pot.

Tealightfu offers so many choices -- Rooibos, Oolong, Black, Green, White, Fruit Tisane & Iced.

Here are some of my own--

Let's have a tea party! Toss out that bag of yours. Tea bags are basically just tea dust. Seriously! YUM. A nice bag of flaky tea dust. If you want all of the benefits of tea, choose REAL tea. I am going to make a cup of tea right now. I am going to walk you through making a cup of the Green Rooibos Peach right now:

And VOILA! A hot cup of Green Rooibos Peach!

Looking for a consultant? Mine is Jarrod Parsons! He will help you with all of your tea needs.

Monday Beauty Round Up: Green Tea Edition

Monday, February 16, 2015

I am working on a post that is all about tea. We haven't talked about my love of loose tea in a LOOOONG time. Later today or tomorrow, I am going to tell you about an amazing Rochester-based company called Tealightful -- and we will have a GIVEAWAY too!

Until then, I want to talk about green tea.

Green Tea is a powerhouse antioxidant, which has been shown to significantly halt the glycation process as they promote collagen synthesis. Choosing skin care products formulated with Green Tea can help fight glycation and minimize the signs of skin aging caused by dietary indiscretions such as sugar consumption.

For your health, antioxidants are believed to help inhibit cell damage and are said to help prevent skin damage from the sun's UV rays, lower the risk of heart disease, help prevent Alzheimer's and more. That is why Green Tea is so amazing!

Green Tea is also wonderful when used in skin care products.This is because they help protect against free radicals. Free radicals not only impact your health, but they also impact your skin. UV damage, smoke and other pollutants can wreak havoc on your skin, accelerating the aging process and damaging cells. This damage causes collagen and elastin to break down, making you look older.
When you apply skin care treatments with antioxidants, you are shielding your skin from harm.

This milky cleanser has a beautiful consistency. I used to be a bar cleanser girl. I also liked gel cleansers. Now I just adore milky cleansers as I get older and my skin is dryer. This really has a beautiful feel to it. The first three ingredients are aloe vera, green tea, and milk. It is about as wholesome as cleansers come and it is oh so gentle on my skin. I like this. A lot. It can be used as both a mask and a cleanser. They recommend applying to the skin and letting it absorb for three minutes as a mask. The soothing effects of the green tea are really apparent. This is a top notch product. As a basic cleanser, you can use it as normal and massage in. It also removes makeup without stinging. 

This is one of my four favorite shampoos. In addition to bamboo and avocado, this is rich in Green Tea. You may not be aware of this, but Green Tea is believed to help strengthen thinning hair and protect it from the elements.

A bargain at, this body butter in a hygienic tube is amazing. It rivals any uber high end brand. Shea butter is the number one ingredient, followed by Green Tea. It is extremely rich and ideal for winter-dry skin. You will not be disappointed.

They have this one at Walgreens and it is lovely. It is non-irritating even to my watery, sensitive eyes. It removes stubborn eye makeup, including Cargo Swimmables Eye Liner. It doesn't leave a greasy film either. 

5. Homemade Green Tea Toner

And here is a recipe that I make in a pinch and have for well over a decade! It is a DIY Green Tea and Vitamin C Toner. Will it be as potent as a really good, dermatologist-crafted green tea skin care product? No. But this is still lovely!

  • Chilled green tea (one cup of tea made with distilled water)
  • 5-6 drops of lavender essential oil
  • a drop of vitamin E oil
  • one crushed up 500mg vitamin C with rosehips tablet
  • Shake really well. I store it in an amber or cobalt spray bottle and spritz on.
  • Keep refrigerated and discard after 1 week.

How to get rid of acne scars

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Scars are a visible reminder of  acne. While acne skin care products are able to help clear existing acne and prevent new flare ups, acne scars can linger long after the breakouts have gone away. I've compiled a list of some of your most common questions related to acne scars, from how they happen to how to fade them.

1. I have acne now. Will it leave scars later?

Not necessarily. While it is estimated that as many as 95% of acne sufferers may experience some form of scarring, this is not a cause for concern if you only have an occasional pimple every now and then.
While most acne scarring is very mild and hardly noticeable, there are many who will experience severe scars.  The more inflamed your acne, the more likely you will be to experience scarring. Lasting scars have an impact far more reaching than just the physical -- embarrassing scars can lead to low self esteem and depression.

2. What makes acne scars form?

When the dermis of the skin is damaged, scars form. In the case of acne, pores can experience swelling and inflammation. When this happens, the swelling may cause the follicle wall to rupture. If there is a minor break, the resulting acne scar tends to be very minor. A larger rupture will destroy healthy skin tissue because dead skin cells, excess sebum and bacteria will seep into the dermis. Generally, new collagen fibers are produced by the skin and will ultimately repair the problem. Sometimes, too much collagen tissue is formed, which results in a bumpy or uneven texture.

3. How can I prevent acne scars?

It is imperative to treat your breakouts right from the start in order to prevent scars. Using the right products for your acne are first avenue to take. Choose gentle formulas without harsh chemicals that will strip your skin and cause it to produce even more oil than before. In most cases, the right acne care regimen will quickly improve the appearance of your skin, helping to clear pimples.

If you do not find any improvement with your acne skin care routine, you may want to make an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss other options. Be sure to include sunscreen as part of your acne skin care product lineup. Based solely on ingredients, I recommend the acne care line from Eminence Organics. I have to go by ingredients, because my skin is dry and I do not have breakouts. 

4. Are there different kinds of acne scars?

Yes, there are actually different types of scars associated with acne.
  • Hypertrophic scars are caused by too much tissue being formed during the acne healing process. These scars are raised and often shiny and dome-shaped. An example of this type of scar would be a Keloid.
  • Atrophic scars are depressed and sunken scars. This is a result of lost tissue and can create a pitted appearance. Common types of atrophic scars include boxcar and icepick scars.

5. How do I treat my acne scars?

There are very potent skincare ingredients that are very effective at treating acne scars. The most controverial ingredient out there proven to help fade discolorations associated with acne scars is hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is effective and will lighten your scars faster than any other ingredient, but is it safe? I would not use it myself. Some medical experts believe it is safe, while others consider it one of the most dangerous ingredients out there. I would err on the side of caution and personally cannot recommend it. Would I use hydroquinone? NO.
Sun protection also plays a role in acne scar treatment. If you have scars, these areas react differently to the sun than areas of normal skin. The sun actually has a greater impact on scarred areas, as they are less resistant to the effects of the UV rays. In other words, this makes the skin more likely to burn. Additionally, when these sun-induced changes occur, the scars will be more likely to change color. Be sure to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen daily.While I normally advise mineral-based sunscreens, they are NOT the best for acne prone skin. In this case, I recommend Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30.
Bumpy, uneven texture -- another visible effect of acne scars -- can also be improved with products formulated with gentle Ascorbic, Lactic and Glycolic acids. These help create a smoother appearance on the skin surface. Combining this type of product with gentle acne skin care products can give a fresh and glowing appearance to the skin, make skin feel more even and lighten discolorations. My pick? The Purifying Acne Serum from Suki.
Do you have a question for us about a particular skin care topic? Please ask me in the comments below and we may answer it for you in a future blog post to help others with the same question!
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