Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Skin care report...I am cautiously optimistic.

I am happy to be reporting my observations on the new product so soon.
It will be a very quick report as you might be getting bored and starting to nod off....
You may recall that I posted about introducing some new elements to my ongoing skin care regime.
It's a bit of a leap of faith for me...

I am very careful when it comes to my face as the rosacea can be triggered by so many things...
I try to use the purest products with the least amount of chemicals possible in order to avoid flare ups.

Janet from the gardener's cottage is an Aveda esthetician and cautioned me about using the vitamin C after my post and so I quickly emailed her to find out more.
She was gracious enough to answer some queries and concerns that I had.
Thank you Janet!

I have been using the Avalon C twice a day and find my skin is visibly smoother, the texture has improved and my pores are less noticeable.

My skin looks a bit pinker in the cheek area which might be the effects from the Vitamin C
so I am going to reduce the treatment to once a day and see if that helps...

it also could be that I am out of sunscreen and have been in the garden
under cloud cover for a few hours this week
and have yet to purchase a new tube...

I have been using this twice daily on the lowest setting
it is very gentle almost like having a facial massage.
(which I love!)

I'll keep you posted 
in the meantime... I am cautiously optimistic.

Janet uses Aveda Sunscreen
she lives in sunny California where sun protection is the order of the day.

I went to the Aveda Salon where I have my hair tended to and they did not have the sunscreen
I was told is has been discontinued...
 in Canada.

What sunscreen are you using
have I put you to sleep yet?
Enjoy your Beauty Rest!


  1. I use La Roche Posay Anthelios XL which is considered one of the best by dermatologists. It's been hard to find here, I've always had it sent to me from random places but I think it's more widely available now. I'm 47 in a month and have no static wrinkles, no age spots, my skin is the same as it was when I was 21 - aside from sagging which is now kicking in!
    Alas, I tanned my body all these years and I kid you not, that skin looks 30 years older than my face, it's very crepey and depresses me.

  2. I use Olay sunscreen and moisturiser in one and find it very good. Am intrigued by this new facial thingy you are using I have to say! XX

  3. Living in the skin cancer capital of the world I use sunblock every single day all year round without fail. I have a few which I rotate depending on my mood or the days activities.
    Like Tabs above I use La Roche-Posay 50+ from the dermatologist.
    Invisible zinc (natural and preservative free).
    Olay complete defence 30+ lotion for sensitive skin and probably my favourite.

    Hostess I'd love you to see the huge range of suncare in our stores. As a nation we must go through tons of the stuff!

  4. Boring? These sorts of posts are my favorite!

    I'm 45, and had melanoma 10 yrs ago.I have yet to find a facial sunscreen that is not thick and heavy. My solution is to avoid the midday sun and wear a hat if I am outdoors. Also, lots of Vit. D supplements.
    I never was a serious tanner, but have lived an active life outdoors. I think winter sports have probably aged my face more than anything.
    What do you think about the Olay facial brush? Does it rotate? Is it any different than using a buff-puff?

  5. Hostess, I agree with Genuine Lustre, not boring at all!

    For sunscreens, you want to look for those where the active ingredient is titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These are "mineral" sunscreens. If you see other active ingredients like "avobenzone" they might be sensitizing for your skin. Clarins makes a good one (at $32 US) and as I posted earlier this week, I LOVE the Clinique Sheer City Block SPF 25. You might like that one as the slight tint tones down redness. Neither of these are oily, though they both have a bit of a sheen when first applied, they'll absorb and appear less shiny.

  6. Interesting discussion here. My esthetician has turned me on to an amazing and different suncreen. It is called Sun Defense Mineral Powder by Eminence ( a Hungarian company with a full line of organic products). It is applied by a brush, smells wonderful and seems to provide good coverage. It has to removed by soap and water. It does not come off any other way which is great if you are at the beach. It is about $55 but is long lasting. I am a convert. I like the idea of natural protection rather than chemicals with side effects unknown at this point.

  7. matter what, I use Neutrogena UltraSheer dry-touch sunblock spf70. I have heard that La Roche Posy is excellent but I am very satisfied with the Neutrogena, and...I spend a lot of time in the sun! (I always wear a hat when gardening) The rest of my skin care is comprised of RetinA prescription strength, which I have used for years, and a variety of antioxidents ~ lately it has been SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic. A couple of times a week I exfoliate with Clinique's 7 Day Scrub. Like you I have spent a lot of time looking into skin care...the aforementioned works well for me and I do get quite a few compliments on my skin. I think this subject is fascinating.

  8. Hostess,

    I use Vanicream when I exercising outside or spending the day at the pool or beach. Otherwise, I am using a mineral based tinted sunscreen that I bought at Whole Foods called Juice Beauty. It's certified organic and it's got lots of natural good stuff. I paid $30 for 2 ounces, so it's not cheap, but it goes on light and the tint gives my skin some much needed evenness.
    I used to use La Roche Posay, but it stained the necks of my light-colored tops when I used it on my decolletage. I could not get the stains to come out and had to toss three tops that I loved :(. I know you like to wear white, so you may want to observe how your sunscreen reacts with your clothing if you do wear it on your chest.
    Happy to hear you are liking your Olay brush. I may have to invest in one of those!

  9. I use Clarins very high protection cream for face uva/uvb 50+.The uva is most important as those are the rays that cause the most damage.
    As a red head and ex cancer nurse I am very careful to stay out of the sun,after my 10mins worth of vit D!!Large sun hats,specs,linen trousers and big white cover up shirt,and sit in the shade is how I cope with the sun!!!!

    The hospital consultant always said he could spot a sun tan patient the moment he saw a new patient.

    Wow Hostess that is a quick result for a skin product,enjoy 'hearing' about new items let us know how you get on,from your photos thought you had great skin anyhow. Ida

  10. Hello:
    You are clearly approaching all of this in a well researched and scientific manner which leaves us slightly unnerved as we perhaps are not paying sufficient attention to skincare.

    That said, we do avoid direct sunlight although we like the warmth.

  11. I wrote up a list of mini-reviews and Blogger ate them! Oh well, here's the main thing: I love Olay Regenerist SPF 50 lotion. It doesn't clog pores, doesn't feel heavy, doesn't have that "sunscreen shine" that so many products do, and contains niacin which helps control both acne and aging effects. It's a chemical sunscreen but it doesn't irritate my skin like many chemical sunscreens do. I actually find it very calming to my skin.

  12. hi leslie,

    i'm glad your vit c cream is working so well. i love that when i find a product that you can actually see results from. i love my green science moisturizer. i'd eat beans before i gave it up. wait a minute, i already eat beans. you get my point.


  13. I like Clarins sunscreen - SPF 40. It isn't greasy, and my skin doesn't feel heavy afterwards.