Product Review: Volcanic Origins Face, Neck & Body Contouring Masque

I received this product at The Makeup Show Orlando this past September from the lovely lady running the booth (sorry I didn’t get her name). I finally got around to trying it out on my face tonight while watching football.
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Product Review: Shu Uemura Skin Purifier High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula

If you have checked out any of my previous posts you may already be aware that I am an oily girl with a few skin issues. Because of this, I’m always on the look out for skincare products that help my skin. I’ve had a deluxe sized sample of the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil for awhile but didn’t commit to using it as a cleanser on a daily basis until recently. Prior to this, I used it on occasion as a pre-cleanse to remove makeup (much like the Dermalogica PreCleanse that I love to use and is created for that specific purpose) but always followed up with my usual cleanser. For the last 3 weeks I decided to use this exclusively to see how it really worked.

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Skincare Series: Acne and my Epiduo Journey

This blog post was originally intended for another blog that I was working on before I created this one. Due to it’s skincare nature, I decided that it would be better suited for here since skincare and skin issues are related to beauty and the way we choose our  beauty products. 

For any one that struggles with Acne it is easy to understand the feelings associated with the disorder. Self confidence can be severely affected despite knowing that looks aren’t supposed to be the most important thing. Imagine going through this experience as an adult that had the luck of skipping the dreaded awkward teenage Acne curse. I started having skin issues about 3 years ago…many years removed from being a teenager. Eventually, my treatment options brought me to Epiduo.

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Product Review: Clarisonic Acne Clarifying System

First, let’s get the most important info out of the way! I know there are a ton of reviews on the Clarisonic system so I advise that you read up on several others to help with your decision. As always, check with your dermatologist before making any changes to your acne care regimen if you are using any prescriptions.

I personally have been dealing with adult acne for the last few years. Previously, I have never had any skin issues (including the usual teen acne that others have gone through) so when my acne issues began I was unprepared for the frustrations that came along with it. For awhile, my acne was under control with the acne medication Epiduo (which I may post a review on later). But after having to be off of the medication for several months and using only OTC Acne care products (again, I may post additional reviews on some of those. I have already done one on the Dermalogica Medibac Clearing Wash) I began to have the most painful and visually obvious acne issues that I had ever experienced. Once I began using the Epiduo again I was able to clear up the worst of the acne, but there was still some stubborn acne flare-ups that I could not seem to fight off. After several months of research and contemplation I decided to give the Clarisonic Acne Clarifying system.

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Skin Care Series: Dermalogica Medibac Clearing Skin Wash

This is a quick review about the Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash. I have been using this particular face wash for about 8 months now so I feel like I can give a pretty accurate review about it. If you are an acne sufferer or just someone that feels like their skin is less perfect than they would like it to be, then this may be a great wash for you to consider. I would warn that if you have dry skin this would NOT be the product for you…or you may need to work more on your hydration needs (a better moisturizer for example or alternating this with a more gentle face wash that you could use on your morning skin care routine).

This product is part of the Medibac skin care program, which is targeted to those with Acne/breakout prone.05% concerns. It is a clear gel wash that contains 0.5% Salicylic Acid. If you are new to using any face wash with Salicylic Acid or the one you use has a lower amount then you may need to start of using this only once per day to get your skin used to it. Also, if you use any topical treatments you will also need to gradually introduce this to your program as the combination would likely dry your skin out initially. I personally am an Acne sufferer and use a rx topical treatment along with this face wash and did initially experience drier skin (something I always experience when using any gel cleanser) mainly because I started using it during the drier winter months. Changing my mositurizer to my dry skin go-to helped combat this.

My personal experience with this face wash has been amazing! It is especially helpful to me during the spring and summer months where the heat and humidity really increase my oiliness. I have used this when I was not on rx medication for several months and it continued to work well (I added another Medibac product to the routine to combat my acne during that time, which was the Special Clearing Booster. That is a Benzoyl Peroxide concentrate that is stronger than most over the counter options. Another option for someone that doesn’t need BP is the Overnight Clearing Gel which is more gentle and is included in the kit or can be purchased alone). Although my skin issues require extra attention (hence my use of a rx medication) I can say that this product works better than most for anyone with breakout prone skin. My mother uses it for her breakout prone non-acne skin and it has dramatically decreased her issues to only one or two small pimples a month.

It can be purchased alone or as part of the Medibac skin care kit, which contains small bottles of products meant to give you a 30 or 60 day regimen. The negative to this product…and the Dermalogica brand as a whole is the price. I have found that you can often find Dermalogica products on sale at beauty.com for far cheaper than the retail prices at places such as Ulta. Dermalogica is almost always excluded from any coupons or discounts Ulta offers.

Overall, I would highly recommend this product (and a few others from this brand that I may do reviews on later) for anyone that isn’t satisfied with their current skin care cleanser and has breakout prone skin, acne, and/or oily skin. If you are near an Ulta or other retailer that sells Dermalogica I would suggest stopping by and having a free Face Mapping analysis done by a Dermalogica skin therapist (anywhere that legitimately sales their products will have at least one specially trained representative on site) to find the right products for you. As a side-note, I also highly recommend the Murad brand of products which is what I used prior to switching to Dermalogica and which I still use when my skin needs a more moisturizing acne-focused face wash or when I transition to my day skincare routine that differs from my night one. My teenage son currently uses their gel face wash and it works great for him!

If you have any questions or feel like I left out some info that may be helpful let me know by posting a comment! Also, if you currently use this brand or have in the past feel free to share your experience (good or bad!)