Best skin products

As one who does not use make-up, I have to admit I am a skin minimalist.  My favorite products are Vitamin E oil and epsom salt baths for skin healing.  I do go to the Dermatologist as needed.

What works well for you and why?  (I am especially interested in natural products, home remedies and not medicines, as this is not meant to be a pharmacological forum.)

 

 

 

 

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44 Comments

  1. For many years, I have been very ticky on certain skin products. I prefer Olay shower gel with moisturizes and Secret deodorant. When it comes down to using specific skin product it tends to dry my skin. Olay is all I use far as the shower gel. I have very sensitive under my arm and women. Secret deodorant is the only brand that doesn’t break me out.

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  2. I love to use shea butter, it’s wonderful. However, I have oily acne prone skin and I use pure tea tree oil on my face to take off makeup and help treat the acne, then I use black soap to cleanse, and for a night moisturizer, I use 100% aloe vera gel, it gives great moisture without being greasy. I’ve lately started to incorporate a few Korean skincare products and use their 7 step skin care routine. Its a lot of steps and involves double cleansing, but it really does give you perfect skin where you can be makeup free. I’m very interested in this topic as you can tell!

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    1. I use Epsom salts whenever I need to soak in a bath of hot water after a long day. For whatever reason, it works well in easing sore muscle.

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  3. I do not use any products personally, but I have heard that oatmeal and honey make a great face mask as well as turmeric.

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  4. I use Vitamin C serum on my face to help build collagen and even my skin tone. For any women reading this, it is also a great primer for makeup and does not clog pores!

    I also love to use manuka honey for breakouts. It is a anti-inflammatory and helps get rid of the nasty bacteria that infect your pores causing the breakouts. This can be used as a preventative measure (make into a mask a few times a week to prevent breakouts) or as an on-the-spot treatment for when those unexpected breakouts happen!

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  5. Vitamin C is great for skin! It fades dark spots and works in synergy with sunscreen to protect from free radical damage. I’m a skincare nerd, and don’t use much in the way of “natural” skincare, but I feel like vitamin C is pretty darn natural. Speaking of sunscreen, it’s by far the most important skincare tool in anyone’s arsenal. Wear sunscreen!

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  6. I also use Vitamin E, but I put the Vitamin E into my lotion and shake up. It makes my skin look amazing. I do not like to put to many products on my skin because I do not think it healthy.

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  7. Since I don’t like the feel or ‘texture’ of face cream, I personally use homemade rose water. Apperanty, roses have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin. It’s also good for getting rid of acne and eczema. The process is fairly easy: pick apart some rose pedals, rinse, have them simmer in low heat, and place the watery concoction in a spray pump bottle. I would reccomend googling or YouTubing the process for a more accurate description, considering this is all from the top of my head. Hope this helps!

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    1. I’ve never heard of using rose water. I have sensitive skin and don’t like using many products. Many products do not benefit my skin because of my eczema. I will definitely look into it and give it a try.

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  8. I like to use a cinnamon and honey mask every once and a while as well as washing my face daily with a cleanser, using a toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen. I enjoy and have to take care of my skin since I get breakouts.

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  9. I agree with Vitamin E acting as a healing agent, I use a Vitamin E stick instead of regular chapstick & it works wonders for healing cracked lips or preventing dry chapped lips period.

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  10. I use Biore mostly, but I find the products with microbeads work best… or maybe they just feel that way because it scrubs. I have used Cetaphil before and it didn’t do much for me. My sister uses this stuff called Purity from Sephora and although it doesn’t have microbeads in it, I think it’s amazing.

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  11. For my face, I use Clean and Clear Exfoliating Scrub every morning. It seems to have worked for me. Every night, I use a soft Cetaphil Cleanser on my face. I also have a prescription. Most other things I have used on my face tend to irritate it. I have used these two products for years.

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  12. I like to use Blackhead eraser scrubs, charcoal wipes, and moisturizing primer. That way my makeup doesn’t dry out my skin. I like to use the charcoal masks once or twice a month too!

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  13. I have really bad acne one day I could have clear skin and the next day I can have a face fulled with bumps. On a daily basis I wash my face with dial soap which is an antibacterial soap. I really don’t have like natural products that I use because they work for while and then I’m back to having break outs.
    I use to have eczema and I can say I overcame my eczema by taking oatmeal baths.

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    1. I also struggle with acne, but mine never fully clears. I still haven’t found the right thing to help me with my skin. I drink water & try not to eat terrible things. Ive used benzoyl peroxide cream and that helps for a little bit but ultimately my skin becomes immune to any acne remedy I try.

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  14. oatmeal is very good for the skin. also egg whites help with brightening of the skin. you can even use yogurt it helps moisturize. and no they are saying charcoal can help with fixing blemishes.

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  15. I don’t wear any make up so I usually wash my face in the shower everyday but just with water. But sometimes I’ll use a face mask to help clean my pores. I never have acne

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  16. As someone who has struggled with Eczema my whole life, I have not found a product that truly works for me. I have used every cream and lotion known. They might would work temporarily, but the rashes and itchiness always comes back. Any natural recommendations or suggestions? I know I really didn’t answer your question, but maybe you could answer mine.

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    1. I got eczema for the first and only time in my life when I was living in Iowa in the winter. The waistline area where cold air could get in proved disastrous for my skin. I think skin issues are multifactorial….a lot of things can contribute to skin problems. In this case, exposure to wickedly cold air took its toll on me.
      I try to think about skin nutrients in my diet that can heal me from the inside out….I am not a dermatologist, but fresh fruits and vegetables especially, seem to make sense. This gives my body the healthy building blocks to be successful.
      Most people don’t drink enough water, either. I think a lack of water in the body is a serious issue in many health concerns.
      Detergents used even in washing clothing, irritating soaps and shampoos…..these can pose a problem.
      Multifactorial is a key word.

      This site is enough to make one paranoid, but informed:

      http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/atopic-dermatitis-eczema/symptoms-causes/dxc-20341958

      Possible genetic origins are mentioned in the Mayo link……complicated.

      Skin problems are the specialty domain of the dermatologist….

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  17. I am also a minimalist and do not use much on my face. I teach and drive a bus, so no time for makeup and honestly my high school kids don’t care. I try to use a good facial soap because I am prone to break outs. I like to use products with essential oils, really because I love how they smell. I did use Lancome for a while, but I had kids and they take all my money. One day when I am not teaching and have more money I will try some nicer products and try to turn back time. Until then, I will look like a broke teacher with 3 kids!

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  18. I love trying new skin care products! I use Clean and Clear Morning Burst every morning followed by Clinique’s moisturizer and Thayer’s toner. The toner I use has rose oil infused into it and it makes my face smell wonderful! I love love love it!

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    1. I have read somewhere that the Clean and Clear Morning Burst products are good for combination skin. Atleast that is my skin type and I try to find products that cater to my skin. I normally use Cetaphil. Although it says its for all skin types I think it dries my face more than it hydrates it.

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  19. I LOVE SKIN PRODUCTS! Like, I genuinely enjoy taking care of my skin. I use this Africa Raw Shea Butter. I have extremely dry skin in winter and battle off oily skin in the summer, so I was skeptical of using something with such potent moisturizing abilities, but it hasn’t inflamed my oiliness at all. I think it also battles aging of the skin, wrinkles and such. I’ve paired it with an African Raw Face Cleaner. I’m not sure what it is called, but it is the same brand. The formula is black, so that’s intriguing. I love raw & organic products without added chemicals. Chemicals are yuck! I have a skin disorder on my arms and shoulders. It’s like tine versicolor, but a little worse because it cannot be cured! I use coconut oil when I have it, and if I don’t, I use straight Vitamin E oil (I think that’s what it is). It is SUPER oily for my dry, reptile arms. I’m a fan of oatmeal & epsom salt baths, too. I exfoliate my face with a brush. I also have a charcoal black head remover mask that is kind of painful, but works magic! This also isn’t skin related, but I use activated charcoal to take stains our of my teeth. It is the best natural teeth whitener I have yet to try! I brush with it for 5-10 minutes about 2-3 times a week. It keeps your teeth sparkling!

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  20. I prefer to use coconut oil. I like to use this because it helps keep my face and hands moisture. It also helpful during the winter months, because my hands and face getting really dry because of the cold weather. I know many people that use coconut oil for this, as well as for other things.

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  21. A simple thing to use when out in the heat or doing something that can get you dirty are baby wipes. I know this sounds weird but they clean your face without drying you out and they do not mess with the natural oils in your skin. They can actually be used for a lot of things. I do agree with Paris on the vaseline for the lips. But babywipes are good for more than just changing diapers!

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  22. Since I am a make up wearer I prefer Merle Norman products. I know it seems commercial, but most soaps these days have so many additives that they dry you skin out and just makes you feel gross. I also prefer Aveeno body lotion. I have used many over the years and love the way it hydrates my skin.

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  23. For my face I use a product called “black soap” with an exfoliating brush. And then organic coconut oil to moisturize. I do not use bar soap on my skin because of the lye in it used to make it a bar. it is said that lye is a harsh ingredient. Epsom salt and lavender oil is what I put in my bath water. Sometimes I will add pure baking soda as a detox. Vaseline and sugar is a very good exfoliator for my lips, I do this every night.

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    1. I like to use coconut oil too! It helps clean my face, and it also gives it moisture. It helps especially for me during the winter time when my face and hands get dry. I also know people who even use coconut oil on their scalp.

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