Tag Archives: Acne

Menswear Fall 2012: snuggie

Ann Demeulemeester3.1 Phillip LimAcneDolce & GabbanaPaul SmithEtroVersaceThom BrowneIcebergHermès

iS Clinical Active Serum

In this week’s quest for clearer skin, I bring you iS Clinical Active Serum, a product that – GASP and clutch your anus – actually delivers results. 

iS Clinical Active Serum markets itself as a “multi-purpose formula designed to generate rapid and dramatic improvements in skin quality… diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation, smooth texture, and is anti-acneic.”  Apart from making up the word “acneic,” the serum more or less keeps its promises.  Made of extracts of sugar cane (glycolic), bilberry (lactic), willow bark (salicylic) , and mushroom (kojic) with a kick of menthol for tingle, not sure exactly what it is about this serum, but I saw dramatic improvements in skin texture after a few uses.  It reduces inflammation, fades healing spots, and brightens overall.  The cooling effect makes me a little nostalgic for Sea Breeze

If you are looking to give iS Clinical Active Serum a try, shop around.  There is a wide variance in pricing across retailers, and it comes in a few different size bottles.  Do your research and you can find a respectable deal.  This effective serum is well worth the splurge.

SPRING 2012 RTW: day concluded

CommuunChristian DiorYohji YamamotoAcneDiane von FurstenbergRick OwensBarbara TfankBurberry ProrsumDonna KaranGabrielle GreissJ MendelHermèsValentinoJean-Charles de CastelbajacLoeweLanvinStella McCartneyNorma KamaliLouis VuittonJohn Galliano

Sunday with Nimue Smit

Are you over-exfoliating?

Went to the high priestess of skincare again today and realized I’ve been over-exfoliating.  I attributed the downturn in my skin’s appearance to tremendous stress.  A demanding life taxes the skin for sure, but I shoulder partial blame as a result of my over zealous exfoliation routine.  Too frequent or vigorous exfoliation can cause inflammation and over-active oil glands.  This extra oil paired with extra stress results in extra unhappy skin. 

I learned my lesson, and I’m taking it easy.  The wise and generous Joyce Bunch of La Boe Salon hooked me up with an amazing array of products like Facial Cleansing Gélee, a Fortifying Toner, an incredible Daily O2 Optimizing Creme, an ALA Eye & Neck Lifting Creme, and a Calendula Crème for day.  After applying the products as advised, my skin already feels more balanced and less aggravated.

If you are experiencing a breakout resurgence, reevaluate your routine.  What worked at twenty years old may need some tweaking at thirty.  If you find yourself layering one harsh product over another and working a physical exfoliation program too, it might be doing you more harm than good.  Try dialing it back a bit and see if your skin doesn’t positively respond.  

Resort 2012: interesting outerwear

Rachel RoyAcneCarolina HerreraThe RowBurberry ProrsumNarciso RodriguezMichael AngelMax AzriaOrganic by John PatrickNarciso RodriguezBurberry Prorsum