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An esthetician explores skincare issues and concerns

Is There A Correct Way To Wash Your Face? January 31, 2010

The title of this post might seem a bit strange because how can there be an incorrect way to wash your face?  Well it turns out that what seems like a simple and straight forward act is actually more complicated than you might realize.  I think it is also interesting to point out how many people don’t wash their faces daily and find it a hard thing to do.  I wonder if some skincare issues people have could easier be solved with the right daily facial cleanser and cleansing technique?  I think Paula Begoun makes a great point in her book The Beauty Bible, 2nd edition (page 178) that is essential to get the cleansing step of your daily skincare routine “right, and that means thoroughly, but gently, cleansing the face.”

So first things first, you should wash your face daily.  Now do you need to wash your face twice a day?  Until a short time ago I would have answered that question with a resounding yes!, but now I am rethinking that stance.  Currently I am reading the book Simple Skin Beauty  by dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur, and in the book she writes that she usually doesn’t use cleanser to wash her face because her skin is dry and sensitive.  Furthermore, she writes that unless you have very oily skin you only need to wash your face once a day.  Dr. Marmur recommends splashing your face with cold water in the morning instead of washing it.  If you have dry skin, Dr. Marmur recommends that you only use warm water and a washcloth to clean your skin (pages 59-65).  Now this isn’t the first time that I have read or heard of a dermatologist recommending that you use only water to “wash” your skin.  I have always found this advice bizarre since it seemed to me that not only did this just move dirt and oil around your face, instead of removing it, but not cleansing your face would lead to clogged pores and breakouts.  I have always thought of the idea of using washcloths as harsh and disgusting because I figured, I don’t know why, that the washcloths were harboring lots of bacteria.  Paula Begoun writes in her book The Beauty Bible, 2nd edition that “using a washcloth can prove irritating for some skin types and should probably be avoided” (page 179).  Ok – so who is right – Marmur or Begoun?  I actually think I am going to side with Dr. Marmur on this one though I would never recommend to anyone to just splash their face in the morning with cold water as a way to wash it.  If you have very dry skin or very sensitive skin then just using warm water and a gentle washcloth to cleanse your face in the morning might be a great solution for you, but overall I think that most people will be just fine using a gentle cleanser twice a day. 

I thought about discussing in this post the different types of facial cleansers, particularly cleansers with added ingredients like salicylic acid or glycolic acid, but I decided that such information should wait for its own separate post.  So let’s get back to the matter at hand – how exactly should you wash your face?

A while ago Allure magazine published an interesting article about new facial cleansers called “Power Wash”.  Included in the article are directions for washing your face.  (By the way, this article also recommends that people with dry skin should only wash their face once a day.)  To wash your face use warm water, lather quickly with a massage like motion, and rinse.  Blot your skin dry, don’t rub.   Pretty straightforward right?  Well if you continue to read chapter 6 in Paula Begoun’s book you will see that not only do you need to be concerned about the temperature of your water when washing your face but also if you have soft or hard water in your home.  Hard water will leave a film on your skin and hair even after cleansing.  Begoun recommends that you try a water softener in your home if you have hard water.  Once you do you’ll find that your skin is softer and smoother.   

I would add one more comment about washing your face.  I love cleansing oils as a first step in your evening face washing routine if you wear any sort of make-up.  I personally use and love Dermalogica’s Precleanse, but I’ve heard (but have yet to try) great things about Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils as well.

So – how do you properly wash your face?

  • remove your make-up
  • wet your face with warm water
  • gently massage your cleanser over your entire face
  • rinse thoroughly
  • pat your face dry (and always have a separate towel just for your face)

Skin Cancer Affects All of Us January 30, 2010


I wanted to write a short post today that would tie into some of the information I mentioned in my post yesterday about winter skincare.  One of the things I discussed in the post yesterday was the importance of using sunscreen (spf 30) all year-long.  Though I would like to devote a longer post in the future about skin cancer and how to prevent it I thought in the meantime I would post some very important information about skin cancer.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation :

  • Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.
  • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  • If those statistics aren’t enough to make you sit up and take notice (and put on sunscreen) perhaps reading this article from Self magazine about skin cancer survivors will do the trick: Diagnosis Skin CancerWomen are continually updated with information about the fight against breast cancer.  I wish as much attention would be given to skin cancer.

    Sunscreen Tips:

    First of all, please remember that there is no such thing as a healthy tan.  When your skin gets darker after being in the sun that is actually your skin’s way of protecting itself from damage.  If you love the way you look after getting a tan use make-up (or get a spray tan) in order to achieve that “glow”.

    Use a moisturizer that has spf 30 or higher or a sunscreen with spf 30 or higher.  Be sure to use at least a teaspoon size of either (or both) of those products on your face in order to get enough protection.  Apply sunscreen AFTER your moisturizer (if you aren’t using a moisturizer with spf) and BEFORE applying your make-up.  Reapply your sunscreen every two hours if you are outdoors or in a sunny room in-doors.  If you are in an enclosed space all day reapply your sunscreen before going out to lunch or leaving your office for the day.  (See my post about brush-on sunscreens)  Don’t rely on make-up with spf to give you enough protection.  It is always better to use a separate sunscreen in addition to your make-up to get enough protection.

    Don’t neglect the rest of your body.  Any part of your skin that is exposed, even if it is incidental sun exposure (walking to your car, etc.), needs to be protected from the sun with sunscreen.  You can use a body lotion with sunscreen like Eucerin.

    And remember – anyone can get skin cancer!  Skin color, where you live, and your lifestyle choices may lower your risk of skin cancer, but they will not prevent it.  Use sunscreen daily!

    Recommended Website:

    Once again I’ll recommend The Skin Cancer Foundation’s website.  It is an excellent resource for all your questions about this disease.

    And lastly, what is the single most recommended anti-aging product?  Sunscreen!  So while you are protecting yourself from skin cancer by using sunscreen you are also preventing wrinkles and fine lines.   Do you need any more reasons to use sunscreen?

    Also please read:  Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers a National Epidemic  Skin IncMarch 2010



    I’ve noticed a growing interest in this post in the last few weeks so I thought I would add a few more things to the post.  I’ve written extensively about sun protection in this blog.  I think three of my more relevant posts about sun protection are:

    Also please see my post – May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – for more links to my posts about skin cancer.


    Winter Skincare Tips Or Don’t Put Away Your Sunscreen January 29, 2010


    It is always important to “check in” with your skin at least four times a year – during each new season.  Now that winter is really upon us I felt it was a good time to talk about some winter skincare tips.

    Generally the biggest skin issue people have during the winter is dry, flaky skin which makes perfect sense, of course.  Cold, wind, and dry air all take moisture from the epidermis, the top layer of the skin, leaving it dry.  Since our dermis is our skin’s shield from external factors it is important to keep it well hydrated.  Even people with very oily skin might find that they need a  moisturizer during the winter.  There are a few ways to get that extra moisture that your skin needs.  You could simply buy a creamier, thicker moisturizer with more emollients to use during the coldest months of the year.  I actually prefer another method since I like both my daytime and nighttime moisturizers a lot.  I started using a little bit of jojoba oil on my face before applying my regular moisturizers (I buy my jojoba oil at Trader Joe’s; it is about $7 for 4 fluid ounces – very reasonable price).  Jojoba oil will not clog your pores so it is a great choice for any skin type.  You can also use a B5 serum since B5 is very hydrating.  Skinceuticals and Dermaquest both make good B5 serums.  Or you could use a hydrating mask once or twice a week in order to help your skin regain some of its lost moisture.

    Make sure that you don’t spend too much time in the shower or rinse your face with water that is too hot.  If you do you are further compromising the skin’s dermis and once again leaving it vulnerable to moisture loss.  If you are using a cleanser with AHA or salicylic acid you might want to switch your cleanser to one without those added ingredients during the winter.  Though both of those ingredients are great they can dry skin out over time and as such generally most people will find that cleansers like that are better suited for the warmer months or when you are feeling especially oily.  Instead of using such a cleanser exfoliate gently about two times a week with a lotion, mask, or gentle scrub.

    I find that my hands become extremely dry and even crack during the winter.  Wear gloves when you wash dishes or clean the house in order to protect your hands.  I am constantly washing my hands, partly because I have a two year old and I am constantly washing my hands after changing diapers and wiping his runny nose, so I find I need extra moisture to combat the dryness and cracks.  Lately I’ve been using a Vitamin E oil in the morning and night.  You can even slather your hands at night with A&D ointment which will create a protective barrier over your skin as you sleep.  (Though this is a post about winter skincare tips I will mention that in the summer I find my hands don’t need quite as much moisturizer as they do during the winter, so I simply use a regular sunscreen on them which works great to both moisturize and give me the sun protection I need.  Last summer I used the Target brand Up & Up Face Lotion spf 70 on my hands) 

    And above all – don’t forget your sunscreen!  People seem to think once it is no longer summer there is no need to use sunscreen.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  According to an article in Skin Inc. –  “Even on gray winter days, about 80% of both UVA and UVB rays penetrate clouds. And 100% of UVA rays penetrate glass.”  Further more The Skin Cancer Foundation points out: “No matter how many layers we wear, one part of the body — our head and neck area — tends to remain exposed to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation year-round. Not coincidentally, the face, head and neck are where the majority of skin cancers occur.”  I cannot emphasis enough how important it is to use sunscreen daily (I recommend spf 30 or higher and be sure your sunscreen is labeled “broad spectrum” so that it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays) and to reapply that sunscreen before you go outside again after having been indoors. 

    And don’t forget to use lip balm with sunscreen (Blistex, which you can find almost anywhere and is cheap, makes a few types of lip balm with sunscreen.  There are also lots of lipsticks and lip glosses with sunscreen).  Lastly, don’t neglect your hands.  Yes, you will probably be wearing gloves when you go outside because it is cold, but do you take your gloves off while driving?  Your car is a confined space, and you are being assualted by UVA and UVB rays while in the car.  There are lots of really nice hand creams for sale that already include spf in them.  Try Neutrogena Age Shield Hand Cream, Peter Thomas Roth, or Studio Gear hand creams.  (And for my Israeli friends I highly recommend this Crema hand cream – Daily Sun Defender)

    Since dry air is extremely dehydrating to skin think about getting a humidifier to use at home. 

    Sources and further reading:


    Book Review: The Mind-Beauty Connection by Amy Wechsler, MD January 27, 2010


    The first thing I would like to say about this book is – I loved it!  If you are at all interested in the connection between your skin and everything else that is going on in your life – stress, lifestyle choices, etc. – this is the book for you.  If you are wondering how to set-up a skincare regime that you can integrate with a healthy lifestyle (a healthy physical and emotional lifestyle) this is the book for you.

    Dr. Wechsler is both a dermatologist and a psychiatrist (according to her she is one of only two such people in the country.  I assume the other one is Richard G. Fried who wrote the excellent book Healing Adult Acne), and her dual choice of professions certainly shines through in this book.  I loved that this book wasn’t simply about skincare or how the skin functions but instead addresses the effects of stress and lifestyle on your skin and overall health and happiness.  Simply put – Wechsler wants her reader to feel good about themselves and their healthy skin will follow.

    As already mentioned Wechsler is a psychiatrist so her book is pretty interactive; she wants her reader to really give their skincare routine and issues some thought.  As such the book begins with a questionnaire so that the reader can determine how they really feel about their skin.  But the book isn’t all questions, plenty of answers are provided as well.  The book contains clear, concise advice about daily skincare routines, has good product suggestions (though as with all product suggestions don’t take Wechsler’s word as the final word on which products to use; take some time to do your own research on products before buying), and plenty of good tips.  I found two tips particularly helpful.   One tip is that you should have three separate towels in your bathroom – one for your face, one for your hair, and one for your body.  You don’t want products that you use on one part of your body getting to somewhere where they shouldn’t be (for instance hair products getting on your face and clogging your pores).  Another tip Wechsler gives is to moisturize your face before you body so that the lotion you use on your body doesn’t accidently clog the pores on your face.

    The crux of Wechsler’s book is her 9 day program for optimal skin, body, and emotional health.  She clearly outlines her program and how each new step, on different days, will help you achieve your goal of having a happy, healthy life.  Some of the aspects of the program are spending more time outside (I thought this was a refreshing reminder how we take the outdoors for granted), seeking connections with friends and family, pampering yourself, and remembering to reflect on your week.  The great thing about this program is that it is definitely within reach.  Wechsler never asks her reader to give up too much too quickly or make unreasonable changes.  Instead she advocates for self-reflection, self-love, and relaxation.

    Wechsler spends quite a bit of time in the book discussing stress and its extremely negative impact on your life and skin.  After reading that section of the book you should definitely be motivated to give meditation at least a try for one evening.  The book includes clear advice about aging and anti-aging products.  Once again, Wechsler asks her reader to fill out a questionnaire about how they really feel about aging in order to help them determine the best course of action to take in order to either slow down that process as much as possible or embrace what is happening to your body.  As in most books about skincare this book also includes chapters about skin disorders such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rocasea, and cold sores.  There are also chapters about sun protection and skin cancer.  The back of the book has a chart that lists skin issues and which treatments are available to treat them.  I especially liked the information contained in appendix A which had a chart of “dos and don’ts” for your skin and life divided by age.

    All in all, I highly recommend this book.  Wechsler takes a refreshing and original approach to caring for your skin.  Well worth reading.


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    Is Your Diet Causing Your Acne? January 25, 2010

    Filed under: Acne,beauty,Recommended Reading — askanesthetician @ 7:52 pm
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    One of the more controversial issues surrounding the causes of acne is the role diet plays in triggering acne.  Experts’ opinions on the subject vary tremendously and are also very polarizing.  For example in her book Rx for Brown Skin Dr. Susan Taylor writes: “Although many women believe that certain foods contribute to their acne outbreaks, there’s no evidence that food contributes to acne.  So the good news is that fried foods, greasy foods, chocolate, soda, and candy do not cause acne!” (p. 173).  Furthermore, Dr. Taylor writes that if you notice breakouts after you eat certain foods you shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that the foods triggered the acne.  Instead she points out: “the foods you may tend to eat when you’re stressed – sugary or greasy comfort foods – are probably just coincidental.”  (p. 174)  The acne that you see after eating sugary or greasy foods is related to  hormonal changes brought on by stress and not by the foods, Dr. Taylor concludes.

    Dr. Doris J. Day takes a similar approach to Dr. Taylor in regards to foods as an acne trigger.  While Dr. Day writes in her book 100 Questions and Answers about Acne that “there is no scientific evidence available to show that high-carbohydrate and/or fat intake has any effect on sebum production or acne” (p.45) she does point out that there might be an explanation to the long held idea that diary can make acne worse.  Dr. Day explains that the hormones that are naturally found in the milk of cows, particularly pregnant cows which produce between 75% to 90% of the milk sold in stores, could play a role in acne formation (p.45).  Further, Dr. Day does suggest that eliminating certain foods from your diet that you deem are acne triggers is ok as long as those foods do not affect your overall health.  Dr. Day will concede that there is one ingredient that, if consumed in large enough quantities, can trigger acne.  That ingredient is iodine.

    At the complete opposite spectrum is the advice of dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone.  As outlined in his best-selling book The Clear Skin Prescription and on his website Dr. Perricone promises a flawless complexion, in only four weeks, if one is to follow his anti-inflammation diet, take the supplements he recommends (which he conveniently sells for a very high price on his website), and use the topical treatments he recommends.  Why is Dr. Perricone so convinced that food does make a significant difference in the appearance of one’s skin and in the formation of acne?  Because Dr. Perricone believes that all acne is inflammatory acne and that a diet that combats inflammation will positively affect acne, i.e. stop acne from occurring in the first place. 

    How exactly does the inflammation trigger acne?  Acne begins to form when pores become clogged with dead cells that have not been properly removed.  In his book Dr. Perricone writes that an increase in blood sugar causes retention hyperkeratosis or the retention of and sticking together of dead cells in the pores.  This same increase in blood sugar causes inflammation on a cellular level and can even increase sebum production in the sebaceous glands.  The inflammation continues working on a molecular level in the cells, and causes the sebaceous cells to secrete proinflammatory fatty acids.  The crux of Dr. Perricone’s reasoning for following his anti-inflammatory diet is that by reducing the inflammation on a cellular level through the foods we eat will radically affect existing acne and prevent future breakouts.

    Dr. Perricone writes that the foods one eats as well as the foods one avoids are equally important.  Dr. Perricone explains that one needs to carefully regulate their blood sugar level in order to have clear, healthy skin.  A rapid rise in blood sugar levels makes the body create insulin which then causes the body to have an inflammatory response.  More insulin equals more inflammation equals more acne, according to Dr. Perricone.  Sweets are certainly rapidly converted to sugars in the body but so are simple starches such as bananas, potatoes, corn, and peas – to name a few.  When you eat these foods your body experiences a rapid rise in blood sugar, which triggers an increase in insulin, and then inflammation on a cellular level (p.57).  In addition to avoiding foods that trigger that above mentioned responses it is important, according to Dr. Perricone, to integrate anti-inflammatory foods into one’s diet.  These foods are usually high in essential fatty acids.  He particularly advocates eating a lot of wild Alaskan salmon, fresh berries and melon, and drinking lots of water ( p.59). 

    Dr. Perricone is only one of a few experts who see a direct connection between food and acne.  Certainly his argument does make some sense and the before and after photos in his book are dramatic and intriguing, but if Dr. Perricone is so right about the role diet plays in the formation of acne why do more experts not agree with him?  In my opinion, Dr. Perricone’s advice is certainly another acne solution to consider especially if one is inclined to seek more natural solutions for health issues as opposed to prescription solutions or if one has tried numerous options and has yet to experience relief from acne breakouts.  Yet for Dr. Perricone’s advise to be taken more seriously more studies have to be done that are independent of his own research.  It will be interesting to see what research about the connection between acne and diet reveals in the future.


     UPDATE:  Since I wrote this post I’ve reconsidered the idea of how diet impacts acne.  See my post Book Review:  The Clear Skin Diet for more information.



    Elective Cosmetic Surgery for the Right Reasons January 24, 2010

    Earlier this week a friend of mine gave me an old copy of More magazine (April 2009).  I had never read More before because I thought there wouldn’t be much in the magazine that I would enjoy since I am not their target demographic (the magazine is meant for women 40 and older, and I have about five years until I reach that milestone).  Much to my surprise I have really enjoyed reading the magazine.

    In the copy of the magazine my friend gave me I came across an article by Annie Groer entitled “From Buyout to Face-lift” about her decision to get a face-lift when she turned 60 and had just been laid-off.  I thought it was a great article – thoughtful, funny, and entertaining.  The article also did a wonderful job at describing why someone would choose to have elective cosmetic surgery and why such a choice isn’t entirely vain or ridiculous.  I know many, many women (and men) who consider elective cosmetic surgery a silly, narcissistic decision.  Of course there are numerous, numerous examples of people who choose elective cosmetic surgery for all the wrong reasons – completely giving in to societal pressure to look young and beautiful, deep-seated self loathing, or they are trying to change their appearance to fit in with a certain desired group.  For all those people there are many others who just want to make a few physical  improvements.  Perhaps the way your breasts look bothers you or perhaps your body (no matter how much you exercise or watch what you eat) never “recovered” from having children.  What is so wrong then with getting a few improvements?  It is clear that when you feel good about how you look your attitude and outlook on life changes, your confidence grows, and your ability to cope with what life throws at you is greatly enhanced.  This article clearly shows how a physical improvement can have those desired impacts on your life.  What I also liked about this article is that the author realizes that a face-lift won’t change her life entirely, but it would as she writes “ease [her] entry into [an] uncertain new phase” of her life.  Groer saw the face-lift as a much-needed ego boost.

    I expect that more than one person will disagree with mine and Groer’s stance on elective plastic surgery, and I think that it is important to continue to have a debate on the subject since there are many plastic surgery “abusers” and “addicts” out there.  But bottom line – if you can find a way to make yourself look better in order to feel better, and have realistic expectations about the physical and emotional results of your surgery, why not do it?  If elective plastic surgery makes you enjoy your life to the fullest than go for it!  For those reasons I don’t consider the decision to get elective plastic surgery to be a frivolous or selfish decision.  Keep your expectations in check but your goals high and enjoy your new look.


    How to be a Savvy Skincare Product Consumer January 23, 2010

    How can you be a savvy skincare product consumer?  I think the answer is actually pretty straightforward – don’t believe the hype and know your ingredients.  Of course following through with those two rules is easier said than done.

    It is hard not to get caught up in the hype over skincare products.  We all want to look our best, and when we see an ad for the newest cream, lotion, or serum, accompanied by a beautiful photo, rational thinking quickly disappear.  If you have some sort of chronic skin issue like acne, redness, or fine wrinkles you can be especially vulnerable to the lures of cosmetic advertising.   It is important to remember that cosmetic advertisements purposely use promising but vague language and plenty of pseudo-scientific jargon to lure in customers, and it is actually legal for them to do so. 

    Yes, it is actually perfectly legal for cosmetic companies to advertise their products using the above mentioned vague and pseudo-scientific language since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require cosmetic companies to prove their claims.  The only restriction the FDA places on cosmetic companies is that they cannot claim that their products can bring about a permanent change to the skin, but even this prohibition is easy to get around if you are creative.  Both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulate advertising, but, once again, if you use vague enough language you can pretty much say anything you like about your product.  As such cosmetic ad are filled with phrases like “appears to”, “looks like”, and “may experience”.  Additionally, the results of “studies” that you see listed in advertisements?  As bogus as they come.  Don’t believe a word!

    Ok – so you can’t believe a word of what is written in an advertisement for the newest cosmetic product and the photo in the ad is so photoshopped it barely looks like a person anymore – what are you supposed to do now?  The simple answer to that is – learn how to read labels.  You have to learn about ingredients and know the chemical names of ingredients.  It is also very important to note that ingredients are listed on skincare products in descending order – from the largest quantity to the smallest.  That means if you want to buy a serum with a high concentration of Vitamin C in order to fight free radical damage and to perhaps increase collagen production in your skin don’t buy the product where Vitamin C is found at the end of the list of ingredients.  In order to know that you have an effective amount of an ingredient in a product remember that the ingredients that make up the majority of the product will be between the first 5 to 8 ingredients listed on the label. 

    Not believing the hype and learning about ingredients will help you be on your way to being a more educated consumer.  Yet there are so many products out there and even when you are armed with a good amount of information and the right attitude you can still be overwhelmed and confused.  I believe one way to remedy that situation is to always read about new research, ingredients, and products.  I know that not everyone is interested in this subject as much as I am so luckily there are lots of different resources out there, depending on your level of interest.

    Recommended Reading

    Sometime soon I will devote a whole post to Paula Begoun because I have so much to say about her and her work but in the meantime I will recommend a chapter of her book The Original Beauty Bible “Understanding the Hype” where she goes into much greater detail than I have about cosmetic company advertising, beauty myths, and the psychology of cosmetic consumerism.  Begoun also has a short article on her website addressing this subject.  Paula Begoun calls herself “the cosmetic cop” and though she is neither an esthetician or a doctor or a chemist she has set herself up as a consumer advocate and skincare expert.  I certainly don’t agree with all of Begoun’s skincare tips or even all her product evaluations, but her work is important because she is basically one of the only cosmetic consumer advocates out there.  Begoun is also important because she has been able to reach a large audience and many, many people take her advice as truth.  I actually follow her research and even use some of her Paula’s Choice products.  On her website you can access an ingredient dictionary and sign-up for her weekly e-newsletters that cover a wealth of skincare issues.  But please don’t take her word as the final word on skincare issues!  Though Begoun’s opinions are generally well researched they are still her opinions.  Keep educating yourself.

    In an earlier blog post from January 14th I listed a number of websites and magazines that normally offer sound and interesting skincare advice and information.  Reading any of those will certainly increase your knowledge about skincare products and ingredients.

    Other Ways to Find Good Skincare Products

     Get a facial and have the esthetician recommend products.  Go for a consultation with a dermatologist and ask for advice.  If you have a friend who has beautiful skin you could ask them what products they use.  Of course there is a risk in doing that since your friend’s skin might be nothing like yours.  If you are thinking of buying a specific product look at the reviews for that product on,, or  Seeing what other consumers have to say about a product can really help you make up your mind about whether to buy something or not.  Certain companies do sell sample sizes of their products.  That is always a great way to try a product without making a great financial committment. 

    Bottom Line:

    Before purchasing the newest cream, lotion, or serum take a little time to do some research.  Both your skin and bank account will thank you.


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