- First impressions: First, I was a bit taken aback, because the paste has a green-greyish colour. The packaging is fairly simple and the 15 ml will last a few months, since the consistency is so stiff. Unfortunately, you always have to put your finger into the jar, which is not that hygienic. What I disliked about this product from the start was its smell
- Ingredients: (I have put the controversial ingredients in italics) Zinc Oxide, Aqua (Water), Lanolin, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Olus (Vegetable Oil), Decyl Oleate, Cetearyl Ehtylhexanoate, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 39-C), Ocyl Strearate, Sobritan Oleate, Myroxylon Pereirae (Balsam Peru), Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Parfum (Fragrance), Hydrogenated Coco Glycerides, Ichthammol, PEG-7 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearyl Heptanoate, Aluminium Magnesium Hydroxide Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Castro Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cetyl Palmitate, Lanolin Alcohol, Trihydroxystearin, Stearyl Caprylate, Azulene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Streacric, Acid, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Allantoin, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Thiamine HCL, Benzyl Salicylate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Amyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Limonene
- Application: The paste is supposed to be applied point by point onto the blemishes. Afterwards, you’ll have green spots all over your face, so I prefer to use it overnight. By day, however, you can apply it in a thin layer, then the green tint also evens out any redness. The past does not really sink into the skin, so ideally, in the mornings you wake up with the green spots on your face. Otherwise, the product might be all over your pillow or shirt. Therefore, you should be a little bit careful and stay away from luxurious white covers.
- Effect: Small pimples get forced back over night, bigger ones take a little longer. But I have not had a problem area that was able to survive for long. Pimples get dried out, the inflammation and the redness fade away.
- Availabiliy: Some estheticians sell Dr. Eckstein products and it used to be quite difficult to get a hold of them, but now they are also available online. I bought it on Amazon for 8€, which is — in my opinion — neither a bargain nor overpriced.
- Overview of the advantages and disadvantages:
+- availability, ingredients, pricepoint
To fight breakouts effectively it is necessary to know their cause. To put it simply, pimples develop when the sebaceous glands produce too much oil and clog the pores. Bacteria that feed of these oils cause inflammation. However, acne is a very complex topic, it has to do with hormonal causes and if you have severe acne, you should really consult a dermatologist. This post is just about simple tricks to prevent pimples and scarring, by keeping away bacteria and getting rid of too much oil.
You should change your pillowcases as often as you can. Personally, I find that too much of a hassle, so I simply put a fresh towel over my pillow every night.
Towels also need to be changed daily and you need seperate towels for your hands and your face.
Your hair has to be away from your face! The hair is also full of tallow, bacteria and of course hair products, which are not helpful for the skin on your face. That’s why I wear my hair in a bun at night and in the shower after washing my hair I clean my face meticulously. Pimples around the hairline often have to do with shampoo residue!
Brushes must be washed regularly! I try to wash those for liquid or creamy consistencies daily, powder brushes twice a week. I rub them in a tissue with olive oil and wipe them off until most of the colour is gone and then I wash them with a mild kids’ shampoo.
2. Skin Care
This is about keeping the golden mean. You should cleanse your skin, but not stress it. Therefore, it is recommended to wash your face in the mornings and at night, for example with a washing gel and a toner. It doesn’t help to dry out your skin with harsh products, because the reaction will be to produce even more oil. It is essential to take your makeup off at night, because that’s when the skin regenerates and makeup will clog your pores. Moisturizing doesn’t do any harm as long as you resort to non-comedogenic, mineral oil free creams. In addition, current breakouts can be fought with spot-on-treatments like tea tree oil.
Acnefighting products often include active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. The former inhibits the overproduction of horny cells and fights acne bacteria. Salicylic acid is supposed to soften horny bits of the skin and facilitate the effluent flow of sebum.
Peelings get rid off dead skin cells and can thus avoid blocked pores. But you shouldn’t be overusing these, because if applied more than once or twice a week, they can irritate the skin. I have also had good experiences with self-heating masks, that have a warming, clearing effct and I whole-heartedly recommend steamy baths and healing clay masks.
3. Squeezing your pimples
Please don’t do that! The scarring can last you a lifetime! However, if you just can’t help yourself, because you have an interview and you can see the whitehead… at least sterilize the area, sting the zit with a sterilized needle and hold a paper tissue to it that can absorb the pus.
The relationship between nutrition and acne is a controversial subject in the scientific world. But you can easily find out for yourself, whether or not certain foods have a negative impact on your skin by simply not consuming them for a month. Possible causes are sugar and dairy products. What is, however, pretty clear, is that you need to drink enough water for a beautiful skin, basically the skin consists of 80% water. Thus, you also stimulate the blood flow and support your metabolism.
5. For girls/women: With certain birth control pills you can fight hormonal acne quite effectively. But these pills are highly dosed and full of progesterones, which can affect your mood and even lead to severe depressions. So if you decide to take these pills, you should observe yourself. Also, you have to wait for up to three months to see results.
6. For men: dry shaves are more gentle, which is great for inflammation and causes less irritations.
I hope these tips helped and if you have different or additional information, please post it in the comments below.
Inspired by Blair Fowler’s videos I will confess my beauty sins and deduce some new year’s resolutions. In a month and in a year I will let you know if I really abide by them…
I am technically aware of the importance of sunscreen to prevent wrinkles and — more importantly — skin cancer. Nonetheless, I only apply sunblocker in at the height of summer. Beside laziness there is another reason for my neglect: my acne-prone skin reacts badly to all sun cremes I have tested so far. That’s why I intend to look for a product that doesn’t make me break out.
Instead of buying lots of cheap makeup products that don’t satisfy me a hundred percent, I will go with quality next year. Then I will also have less products standing around and more of an overview…
Unfortunately I am not that happy with the texture of my hair, I get jealous of girls with either shiny, sleek, superstraight hair or voluminous curls and accordingly ill-treat it with heat and styling products. My natural, air-dried hair is really not that attractive, so I plan to try out some new hairstyles in 2012, braid my hair and wear it in a ponytail or bun more often.
I love reading beauty blogs or watching recommendations on Youtube, but just because a product is hyped, I DON’T NEED TO BUY IT! I already own several highlighters, so why did I have to greedily grab the one from the new Essence LE??? I will not be doing that any more. First, I need to use up the products that I already own.
This morning, my legs got a few new scratches once again, because I just don’t use shaving foam. This is perhaps down to the fact that I am ALWAYS LATE, but it also has to do with me not wanting to spend more money on my beauty routine. Recently, I read on a blog that you can also use conditioner as a substitute for shaving foam. Since my switch to silicone-free hair products, I have lots of useless conditioners standing around my bathroom, so I will definetely give that a shot.
Skin care for my face is superimportant to me, in return I neglect my neck and décolleté. Now I even have wrinkles on my neck, is that normal for a 25-year old?? As of now, I will moisturize these areas just as thorougly as my face, I have an Alterra Pomegranate Cream which is too rich for my face anyway, so that won’t go to waste.
As I mentioned before, I am always late in the mornings. The first step I skip in my beauty routine is always applying bodylotion. From now on, I will rather do without eyeshadow, bronzer, blusher or highlighter and use that time to take care of my skin. I think my priorities need to change when it comes to this.
I’m really curious how this goes, I’ll let you know how I’m doing in a month from now!
This year, I have discovered some amazing products, but I have also stayed true to certain classics. Personally, I think that skin care is more important than makeup, so that’s what I’ll start with:
1. Skin Care
This summer, the Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel combined with the respective toner, the Purete Thermale 3 in 1 Calming Cleansing Solution really cleared up my skin. In the wintertime, however, this series, just like the amazing AOK Pfirsichhaut Fluid, is too drying for my combination skin. Once or twice a week, I peeled my skin with AOK Sex-a-Peel and applied Luvos Heilerdemaske, a healing earth mask, both of which helped to keep my acne at bay. Every once in a while I pampered my skin with the Garnier Pure Self-Heating Sauna Mask. The Alverde Eye Creme Augentrost did an amazing job throughout the year and as usual Bepanthen Wund- und Heilsalbe has worked miracles for my dry lips (this is actually supposed to heal nappy rash and sore nipples, I think it’s sold as Bepanthen Cream internationally).
This category will be a lot shorter, I’m not as fussy with body products and particularly in the mornings everything just has to be quick for me… The Dove Beauty Bar is my faithful companion, I haven’t purchased a shower gel in years. Gilette Venus is just the most thorough razor and to peel my skin I go with a cheap peeling glove. In the summertime, I moisturize with CD Feuchtigkeitscreme Wasserlilie, in the winter I prefer to go with body butters such as Balea Bodybutter Kakao.
First of all, I would like to refer to my post about drugstore makeup, there you will find swatches and detailed descriptions of many favorites.
Especially when it comes to makeup I have been experimenting like crazy this year. The only two products I have been using regularly for more than a year now are by Artdeco, their classic eyeshadow base and mascara, the Artdeco All-in-One Mascara. I switched my concealers and foundations a lot, because my skin colour varies quite dramatically. In the undereye area I love L’Oreal Touche Magique, against pimples and scars I prefer cream concealers , recently Manhattan 2in1 Concealer. For special occasions I like the high coverage Vichy Dermablend Foundation, but generally I went with tinted moisturizers, for example by Nivea, but I’m still looking for a better product. My absolute favorite makeup product of 2011 has to be the Fairy Dust highlighter from the Catrice Floralista LE, hopefully Catrice will have a similar subtle highlighter in their basic product range soon. My favorite eyeshadows this year are also by Catrice: C’mon Chameleon and My First Copperware Party. Unfortunately I dropped my favorite blush yesterday so it has survived exactly one year: BeYu Nr. 270 Salmon, at least I’ve used it almost daily. That’s it! Of course I’ve used a lot more, but I didn’t want this entry to be superlong and these are the best of the best!
My fragrance collection is growing and growing, but mostly I only go with one or two perfumes for a certain period of time. Last winter, I went with Dolce&Gabbana The One a lot, especially at night, in the daytime I preferred Armani Emporio She, whereas in the spring and summer I was totally into DKNY Be Delicious. Since the beginning of autumn, I’ve been using Versace Versense and Valentino Rock’n Rose quite frequently.
Once you have used up a product, you can really judge whether it does its job properly. You automatically ask yourself if you want to repurchase it or try out something new. These are the products I have recently used up:
- Dove Beauty Bar (<1€): my alternative to a shower gel. I have been using it for years and never want to do without it. It cleans the skin effectively like soap without drying it out and has a very subtle smell. I love that because I really like my perfume and I don’t want to smell like several different beauty products.
- Balea Leicht-Kämm-Shampoo (<1€): I got this travel size for a weekend trip and only used it once. It is very gentle and facilitates combing. But since I don’t apply hair products with silicone any more, I used it to clean my brushes, for which it works very well (I also loved the way they smelled after cleaning). Nonetheless, I won’t repurchase it because of the ingredients.
- Normaderm Cleansing Fluid (11,60€): a good investment. The Normaderm Skin Series cleared my skin up the most and I would stick with it if only it didn’t dry my skin out. In summer, when my skin gets a little bit oilier, I will repurchase it. Right now I am using a cheap drugstore alternative, as my pharmacist said that toners don’t actually differ that much in terms of their formula.
- Catrice Multi Colour Compact Powder, sand (4,49€): This powder is dark enough for me to use it as a matt bronzer. I like the silky texture and the pigmentation, but unfortunately it has that hint of orange that I dislike. It just doesn’t suit me, so I’m looking for alternatives.
- Alverde Augentrost Eye Cream (3,49€): a product I definetely recommend, a very gentle eye cream with organic ingredients. The only reason I have switched to the Vital eye cream, is my age and the fact that I like something almost greasy, especially for the winter. Also, I can see the first wrinkles, so my skin seems to need something very rich. But Alverde Augentrost is the perfect product for young people, also, it’s super affordable and it lasted me three months (applying it twice a day).
- Essence Nail Art Protecting Base Coat (1,95€): It worked quite well at first, the brush is great and accordingly it is easy to apply. However, the polished dried pretty soon and it was difficult to work with that consistency. In the beginning, it was a good foundation for my nailpolishes, but it never made them last longer. That’s why I prefer the P2 Base+Care Coat.