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Philosophy's The Microdelivery Pads.
I bought these on a whim after hearing a couple online reviews and overhearing a conversation on the Metro where a woman, “Owed her skin and her renewed sex life” to these pads. I figured, what the heck. I read online that the pads were sort of big, so cut them in half to have the container last longer.
The directions say to use once a day or once a week depending on how sensitive your skin is. I usually have sensitive skin, but these pads do NOT cause any burning, irritation, or redness. I wash my face as usual at night, use half a pad on my face, then my neck/collarbone. I then add my nightcream (more on that).
I didn't really see much difference after a week. After two weeks, I still didn't see much of a difference, but I did realize that my skin wasn't breaking out pre-period. After a month, I realized I went an entire month without any breakouts, and need far less foundation to look healthy. I also see that my brown spot on my cheek is a bit more faint.
So… I am a fan. I love a product that makes me look like me, only better. I love how utterly gentle it is. I love that I have found a product that keeps me bump-free and doesn't have Salicytic Acid in it (allergic). And I love that though it IS $55, I have enough for 200 evenings of treatment – that's a major bargain! This product can be used anywhere on the body – I think it would probably be great for those weird bumps/clogged pores I and many other women get on their upper arms, I use it sometimes on my forearms and hands to counteract sun damage, and think it is doing great things for my décolleté!
Almond Oil for Night Cream
So I was reading a blog of a woman who obsesses over fabulous long, thick lashes. She did some reviews of the new prescription-only products and had many comments about OTC products that also guarantee fabulous lashes. Since having Emerson, I notice my lashes are a bit more brittle, and they have never been as lush and long as I would like (my sister has amazing lashes and Emerson has fab lashes and I would love to have even half of the lashes they do). Anyway, in the comments I read that someone uses almond oil on their lashes at night and it keeps them supple and strong.
So I got a bottle of pure almond oil. Hey it can't hurt, right? Put a little on my lashes and while I'm at it, rub some into my cuticles.
Well I ran out of my night cream (Olay Pro-X from the starter kit) and I thought hrm, why not almond oil all over my face? I guess I was feeling bold since the Philosophy Pads were keeping me zit-free. So I put a bit in my hand, rubbed it into my hands and cuticles and then rubbed it all over my lashes and whole face, neck and collarbone. The next morning I didn't wake up all greasy and zitty… in fact my skin looked fantastic. It was really soft and dewy looking, plump and healthy. My cuticles and hands looked healthier too.
The almond oil from Aura Cacia is organic and very pure – no almond smell… no smell at all. A little goes a very long way (been using for over a month and have only used maybe 1/6 of the bottle). My lashes don't look that drastically different, but I seem to have less breakage and lash loss.
I know this wouldn't work for all skin types, but for my sensitive, combination skin that is super dry and unhappy in winter… this is a total winner!
I am slowly cleaning out the linen closet and medicine cabinet of my half-finished bottles of not-yet-expired products and am going to need a face wash in about a month. Any suggestions? I would prefer something that isn't full of chemicals (figure I am getting my daily chemical allowance from the Philosophy pads), and no individual use/wipes stuff (want to keep it as eco-friendly as possible). I don't need a scrub, just a gentle face wash. Used Cetaphil in the past and for some reason it doesn't like me and I don't love it in return. Right now I am using Purpose and a travel sized bottle of Philosophy Purity Made Simple and neither is bad, but neither really makes me write home to mom. Your suggestions will be very welcome!