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Clarisonic- Not Just A Gimmick!

25 December 2013 - 09:50 PM

**I have no connection with the Clarisonic company. This review is completely based on personal experience!**


Oh my gosh guys let me tell you... I have found what works! I received the Clarisonic about a month ago (for Hanukkah for course haha) and I was so nervous to start using it. I was terrified that there would be a purging stage or that my skin would become super irritated or something disastrous would happen. I could not have been more wrong. 


I received the Mia 2, which comes with the sensitive brush head, and I finally worked up the courage to start using it about a week and a half ago. My skin has literally not looked or felt this good in more than a year. I usually wake up in the morning with at least one new pimple and this hasn't happened since starting with the Clarisonic! Every time I use it (in the AM and PM) I feel like I'm giving myself a mini facial/deep pore cleansing. It removes makeup like magic and leaves your skin feeling refreshed without stripping it. Lest be known that I am still using my regular cleanser (La Roche Posay Effaclar), which is effective in conjunction with the Clarisonic. They have other cleansers made by their company, but honestly the reviews are a bit iffy. Not worth the money in my opinion.


The bristles on the sensitive head are short and soft, so there is no possible way to cause irritation. I just purchased the acne cleansing head and used it for the first time tonight without any problem. The bristles on that head are longer and thicker, so it covers more surface area in a short period of time. Speaking of which, the whole process takes ONE MINUTE. The machine vibrates after a certain amount of time to let you know when it's time to clean another part of your face. (i.e. one cheek for 20 seconds, then the other for 20 seconds, then your chin for ten seconds, then your forehead for ten seconds) Perfect amount of time to get your face squeaky clean. :D Oh and as a side note, there are two speeds with the Mia 2. I personally prefer the faster vibration because I feel like it's opening up my pores and allowing the cleanser to penetrate deeper within. 


I honestly cannot stop touching my face because of how soft and supple it feels. I am currently 98% clear and am noticing that those pesky blackheads that tend to linger on my nose are starting to disappear, along with the weird skin colored bumps I complain about on my forehead. Plus the Clarisonic is said to even out skin tone, so I can't wait for a couple of months from now to have a smooth even texture and tone to my skin. 


Yes, the machine itself is a little pricey ($160 for the Mia 2 + additional heads). But let's think about it... You only need to put down the initial cash for the machine and only need to replace the heads every 3 months. For the results that I've had within this past week and half, I would have payed triple that amount if necessary!! I can almost promise you that you will not regret making the investment to purchase this wondrous piece of machinery. 

Calling All Knowledgable Health Junkies!

29 August 2013 - 08:28 PM

Okay, so I am on a very good supplement regimen. I have always taken vitamins (basically whatever my dad handed me), but for the past month, I have been religiously taking all the supplements listed below (see signature). Upon doing some research, there are a couple things that I want to add in,  but I don't know what forms or how much of anything I should put into my body. I rummaged through my shelves and found a few different supplements that seem worth taking, but I wanted to ask all you lovely, knowledgable people what you thought of it first! So, here we go!


Things I want to add: Chromium and Vitamin B Complex of sorts


Other things that people have added (wanting to know if it's worth the time and money): Primrose, Biotin, Vitamin C


Things I'm afraid to add, but think maybe I should: Omega 3 Oils, Cod Liver Oil


Things in my cupboard that look worth a go:


Refora-Plex Supplement (contains: Thiamine 10mg, Riboflavin 10mg, Niacinamide 10mg, Vitamin B-6 10 mg, Folic Acid 200mcg, Vitamin B-12 100mcg)


Nature Made Super B-Complex (Vitamin C 150mg, Thiamin 100mg, Riboflavin 20mg, Niacin 25mg, Vitamin B-6 2mg, Folic Acid 400mcg, Vitamin B-12 15mcg, Biotin 30mcg, Pantothenic Acid 5.5mg)


Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails (Vitamin A 5000IU, Vitamin C 120mg, Vitamin D3 100IU, Vitamin E 15IU, Thiamin 5mg, Riboflavin 5mg, Niacin 25mg, Viamin B-6 5mg, Folic Acid 200mcg, Vitamin B-12 8mcg, Biotin 5000mcg or 5mg, Pantothenic Acid 15mg, Calcium 711mg, Iron 3mg, Phosphorus 180mg, Magnesium 100mg, Zinc 7.5mg, Selenium 12.5mcg, Manganese 5mg, Sodium 5mg, PABA 25mg, Choline Bitartrate 75mg, Inositol 30mg, Ribonucleic Acid 30mg, Citrus Bioflavonoid 37.5 mg, Horsetail 3mg, Hydrolyzed Collegan 50mg, Alpha Lipoic Acid 10mg)



I would probably want to add one of the first two listed, and the last one. It seems like the Nature's Bounty Supplement has a lot to offer. I remember taking that supplement a couple years ago when I started losing my hair (medical reasons) and it seemed to at least slow the process down a bit. It also encompasses many of the vitamins that are great for combatting acne in 3 capsules.  


What do you guys think? Also, what about any of the others I listed above? I am definitely adding Chromium Picolinate (250mcg, bump up to 500mcg after a week), but I'm a little tentative about any others.  


Any and all responses, experiences, advice, and success stories are greatly appreciated! i Trust all your judgment's better than the internet... Thanks in advance Xo

If It's Not One Things, It's The Other!

19 August 2013 - 08:09 PM

The title really says it all...


Since my acne has been improving, although I believe I still have a long way to go, I have started noticing my scars and overall complexion. All my scars are from picking my skin. If I would have left the zits well enough alone, i would never even have to deal with scarring. Anyways, my dark marks and red marks are going to drive me insane. Even with make-up on, I still think my skin tone looks so even and that you can actually see the dark marks through the concealer, foundation, and powder. I don't know if it's because I hone in on my problem areas when I look in the mirror, or what. Either way, it's just another thing to worry about. My acne isn't even completely gone and I am already completely stressing about the scarring. WHY??


Oh, and this is just fantastic. Since, I started this whole healthy eating regimen (a few months back), I have lost a ton of weight. Which is not good. Everyone keeps pointing it out, which is making me more aware of my physique and focused upon the number on the scale. I wouldn't say I want to lose even more weight, but I'm terrified of gaining weight...again. I was getting to the point where I could deal with my maintenance weight and tolerate fluctuations, but now I'm dead set on a number. And this all leads back to my acne. It's amazing how one problem triggers another, which triggers another, which triggers another, etc.


Anyways, I'm sorry for all the ranting. I'm kind of at my wits end. I'm sure some of you out there understand and I would love to hear about how you're handling this horrific cycle. I sometimes feel like this is never going to end :( 

Red Marks, And Dark Marks, And Scars! Oh My!

17 August 2013 - 01:35 PM

Okay, so after being on a strict regimen (see signature) for almost 6 weeks, I think my acne is beginning to retreat *viciously knocks on wood*. Whenever my acne decides that it wants to disappear, I know I am going to be left with a less than perfect complexion. All my scarring is thankfully superficial, but my skin tone is soooo uneven. I would day 95% of my scarring is dark marks, mixed in with the odd red mark. I have one tiny tiny indented scar by my right eyebrow, but I'm not too concerned about that right now. 


The problem is that my skin is super sensitive. I'm pretty sure using AHA+ is out for me, because last time I put glycolic acid on my skin, I felt like my skin was melting off. I'm going to start using Paula's Choice BHA to get rid of the clogged pores on my forehead and chin, so any scar treatment I want to attempt has to be somewhat gentle. I'm considering going back to doing microdermabrasion, but the drawbacks are increase in whiteheads, skin is really sensitive afterwards so I may have to take breaks from my acne medication, and obviously the price. $85-$100/session isn't really in my budget right now. Does anyone have any experience with fading this type of scarring?


My goal is to have the perfect complexion by next summer. So maybe I can actually go to the beach, or go swimming, or be outside in the heat without having to worry about my skin. Seems like lightyears away until that will actually be a reality. Anyways, thanks for any replies in advance!


Any replies, success stories, and advice are very much appreciated!