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The Skincare Report

The Skincare Report

By Amalah

Lately your serious advice column has been very serious. Can we talk about make-up and skin care, like the old days when you wore heels and sported Coach purses (I have been reading that long!)?

Specifically, what do you use for mild hormonal break-outs? I love Philosophy’s Hope in a Bottle, but then I learned it’s been discontinued. I have no idea what to turn to next.


I would also love to hear any likes/dislikes (LISTS!) about your make-up and skin care routine in general. You always seem to know the best stuff. ūüôā


So there’s a full-on topic mutiny going on in the Advice Smackdown queue, you guys. In the past two weeks I have received at least a dozen hair/make-up/skincare questions, from people claiming Serious Subject (and All-Baby-All-The-Time) Fatigue. So okay! We’ll go old-school today and talk about beauty products.

Since I last covered this topic, a few things have happened: I had my third baby, I developed an Allergy Of Mystery to eye creams, Philosophy discontinued my favorite moisturizer, and¬†I officially hit my mid-30s. AND IT SHOWS. ON MY FACE. MY SIGNATURE LOOK IS “EXHAUSTED.”

So it’s been a…challenging year, to say the least. My oily-to-combination skin is as temperamental as ever, with the added bonus of being officially “aging,” with fine lines and all that good stuff. I get breakouts and blemishes if I don’t keep the oil under control…but going too harsh means the not-quite-as-oily areas get dry and tight and red. My eyes really need a good moisturizer, but suddenly almost every cream I try results in raised, red, scaly patches of angry under-eye skin. And then on top of all this is my desire to use more natural products and move away from suspect ingredients and packaging and blah blah hippiecakes.

I’ll tell you right now: I’m still not 100% successful on that last bit, despite my best efforts. I tried plenty of all-natural, organic products…and wasted plenty of money on them. The eye allergy was triggered by a range of products, from low- to high-end, organic and otherwise. I broke out, dried out, you name it. Eventually I had to cry uncle and and demote some of my ingredient concerns and 1) find something that WORKED, and 2) find something I could TEST OUT before I bought it.

So, here’s the current line-up of All The Crap I Put On My Face In Order To Not Look As Good As I Did Five Years Ago:

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Face Cleanser: This is the closest thing I could find to Philosophy’s Purity face wash, in a paraben-free version. It’s a nice, gentle cleanser for all skin types. My only problems with it (and the Neutrogena Naturals line in general) are:

1) It’s NOT fragrance free, for reasons I cannot even begin to fathom. Why go to all the trouble to remove parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, dyes and phthalates and then add fragrance to it? Argh!

2) It made Jason break out like crazy. He refuses to give up the Purity wash, so I am alone in my principles, stupidly buying a whole second bottle of face wash just for myself while he keeps buying the ginormous economy-sized bottles of Philosophy.

3) The line is very limited, and hard to find around here. Neutrogena’s website lists several products (moisturizers, night cream) that I have yet to actually see in stores (Ulta, Target, neighborhood drugstores, etc.). You might have better luck, though.

Coalface soap by LUSH: Since Philosophy discontinued the Hope in a Bottle salicylic acid/exfoliating moisturizer (see the update in the comments section below– the product is back), I’ve had a hell of a time keeping my skin clear, yet balanced. No other moisturizer came close (oil-free Hope in a Jar, Murad, Burt’s Bees Acne Solutions, countless others), so I’ve had to add other products to my routine to keep blemishes at bay. I use the Neutrogena cleanser at night when I’m removing my makeup, but in the morning (when my skin is at its oilest), I wash with Coalface. It’s a gritty, hardcore soap — the kind I used to run screaming away from — but it gets the job done. Some mornings I skip it, while other times of the month (you know what I’m talking about) I use it every day without fail. It’s also completely preservative free, and the “perfumes” in Lush products are at least 60% natural…some are 100% natural, depending on the product.

Tea Tree Water toner by LUSH: After a.m./p.m. cleansing, I spritz this on a cotton ball and rub it only on my T-zone. Definitely improves my ¬†blackhead-prone pores. Pros: One or two sprays is all you need, so it lasts for-freaking-ever. (That’s true of most LUSH cosmetics, I’ve found, which is why I’ve become such a fan. They’re really a good value, considering how long they last.) Cons: Methylparaben. You can read LUSH’s take on parabens. Basically: They believe they are safe, the scare-studies are overblown, but they still use as little as possible in as few products as possible.

Imperialis moisturizer by LUSH: Yeah, the LUSH store pretty much gets all my money these days. But seriously, after years of hovering around the $50 price point for moisturizers, $24 for a giant tub is pretty good, considering. After giving up on finding an acne-fighting moisturizer like Hope in a Bottle that didn’t irritate my skin or leave the dry patches extra dry, I went with this one for combination skin. I would still get the occasional breakout without the Coalface or Tea Tree Water, I think, but Imperialis is really moisturizing while still being gentle and non-clogging. (I might try one of their moisturizers for strictly oily skin next, to see if I can eliminate the need for the extra oil-control products, so check back in like, two years when I finally run out of the stuff I already own.)

Enchanted Eye Cream by LUSH: Jason and I both tried this stuff in the store (he gets really bad dark circles) and miracle of miracles, we both loved it. Super soothing and moisturizing, even if you barely use a full half-squirt from the bottle. AND it was the first eye cream I’d tried in six months that didn’t cause that awful red rash. SOLD. DONE.

Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Spot Treatment:¬†I tried Burt’s Bees full line of acne products (wash, moisturizer, mask, etc.) and they didn’t really work for me. But this works about as well as other more expensive and additive-laden spot treatments I’ve tried.

Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral Powder SPF45. Since none of the above products contain any sun protection (and I still don’t like most moisturizers with SPF in them — they ALWAYS clog my pores eventually), I’ve been really digging this alternative to slathering on a whole separate greasy sunblock. It’s a translucent powder, so you can brush it over your makeup without adding any tint. It works nicely to control shine as well.

My makeup routine hasn’t changed much, since I last wrote about it — mostly because I don’t wear all that much on a regular basis, so I haven’t had to replace anything other than my foundation in ages. (Still wearing the Sue Devitt Triple Seaweed Gel Foundation¬†(UPDATE: now discontinued– find Amalah’s new faves here). I’ve tried other kinds and always end up wondering why I bother. Stick with what works, brainiac!)

Most days I just wear that, blush (NARS Orgasm) some neutral eyeshadow, a little eyeliner (I’m a fan of the metallic moss green/brown shades, but no particular brand preference), and mascara (L’oreal). ¬†Lip gloss (oh good lord do I still own a ton of ancient, half-empty tubes of lip gloss) if I’m feeling fancy. I wear more eye and lip makeup when I go out, and most of that is from a Tarte holiday gift box/palette thing I bought YEARS ago that’s still going strong. The rest is probably all NARS, I think, since I had my colors done at the NARS counter after I dyed my hair red and had no idea what to do with my makeup. The nice lady made me look pretty and handed me a list of recommended shades. I’ve never deviated from it since.

Welp, that about brings you up to date on the ABSOLUTELY THRILLING goings-on in my skincare and makeup routine. Now you can probably get a better idea on why I don’t tackle many questions about it these days, because I’ve been either flailing wildly or stuck in a rut for ages now.

(I still really do love wearing very high heels, though, whenever I can invent an occasion to. And I still own all those nice handbags. I’m still me! My purse is just more likely to be full of burp rags and Legos than lip gloss and disposable income now.)

Photo source: iStockphoto/ Thinkstock

About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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  • Jodi

    April 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

    You can buy Hope in a Bottle at . . . I just did! Nothing works as good. NOTHING.

  • K

    April 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Just thought I’d throw this out there–sea salt soap from the Naples Soap Co. ( ¬†I’ve never actually been to the store, but an internet friend from afar turned me on to it, and this stuff works wonders! I belong to a message board with women from all over the country, many different ages and skin types/skin issues, and we have ALL found our happy place with this soap. I’m not affiliated with the store or company whatsoever…just a very satisfied customer!

  • cindy

    April 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I’m transitioning from my winter moisturizer to my summer moisturizer, which is the kind that my dermatologist recommended YEARS ago: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream.

    It’s not so great at moisturizing (which is why I only use it in the summer), but I have oily skin that clogs a lot, and I’ve been happy with this.

    In the winter, I use a Caudalie moisturizer that I can’t seem to find a link to, but damn, it’s pricey.

  • Bliz

    April 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Yay! I’m sure my friends/family with babies are thrilled to hear me constantly saying “well, this advice-blogger I read says…”, but personally I’m happy to see a little subject variety ūüôā

    However… I had no idea my beloved Purity was now on the “bad” list! Noo!

  • Ashley

    April 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Have you tried the oil cleansing method? It’s super popular on all the crunchy blogs. That and the whole no poo movement. I’ve tried oil cleansing and it worked ok. Then I got pregnant and my face went crazy! Trying to figure something out without going back to Proactive which I used with my first pregnancy. That was before I upped the crunch in our lives! I’ve been too scared to try the no poo on my hair, especially now that pregnancy has made it even more oily. I use a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner which get the job done but my hair is not looking super right now.

    • tasterspoon

      April 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      During my last pregnancy I tried no poo and I looked, as they say, like I’d been wearing a bacon hat. I stuck with it for about two weeks (which I thought was supposed to get me to the turning point) and finally gave up.
      At another point in the same pregnancy (see, babies work their way in no matter what the topic!) I tried the shampoo with bar soap and rinse with diluted cider vinegar thing and that was okay (I mixed essential oils in with the vinegar rinse and I loved the light perfume all day). But while traveling I used my mom’s plain old Suave shampoo and conditioner and my hair looked amazing, like I’d forgotten how shiny and light hair was supposed to look and feel. So now I’ve gone commercial, sorry Fetus #2.

      Nevertheless I’m intrigued by the oil cleansing method, too. I’ve heard people swear by Coconut Oil as an all purpose moisturizer that also has some antiseptic, skin-beneficial qualities (it works great as a cloth-diaper-friendly diaper cream and is pretty cheap at TJ’s) but fear the greaseball look. Any feedback from the reasonable-person trenches?

      • annemarie

        April 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm

        I tried to go no-poo and ditched it after awhile for your bacon hat reasons. But I use coconut oil as my cleanser every evening – it takes off makeup and my skin is more joyful than it’s been since puberty. In the morning I just splash water on it. I have dry and very sensitive skin – I’ve read that for oilier skin, extra virgin olive oil + castor oil is the way to go. I also use coconut oil as my moisturizer for me and my kiddo. Mmm coconut oil.¬†

  • Kristen

    April 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I too was upset by the discontinuation of Hope in a Bottle, but great news, it’s back!!

  • Erin W

    April 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    I am also in my mid-thirties, 1st time mom and needed major help with my skin after baby. I am using and loving Kiehl’s. I use the Ultra Facial Cream (they also have a lotion) in the morning and the Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate and Midnight Recovery Oil at night with an eye cream they discontinued. I have combination skin that tends to get dry and flaky, but breaks out too. My skin is VERY sensitive and I was afriad to try this all, but it has been wonderful! I also use Burt’s Bee’s spot treatment and love it!

  • Amy in StL

    April 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I defected to Kate Somerville Nourish which my skin and I loved but didn’t have any sunscreen or anti-aging stuff. So now I’ve gone rogue and am trying a sample from Lancome that my skin so far seems to like (Refill 3x something) it’s only been a week so time will tell if my skin gets enough and goes oily or breakouty.

  • Sara

    April 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Have you ever hear of NA PCA? It is amazing and $5 a bottle. I spray it over myself twice a day and it rocks on my SW dry pasty skin. Also only has 5 ingridents in it!

  • Julie

    April 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I have nothing of value to add to the discussion, gonna check out some of Amy’s recommendations. Just wanted to say Oh Thank You Jesus for the change in topic!!! I have my very own toddler at home, and although the advice on the child front is always ever so spot on and helpful, a refreshing Make Mommy Look and Feel Pretty column every once in awhile is oh so nice. I had been hoping for one of these for the longest time and am so glad the collective readership went all mutinous, as I was really close to joining those ranks. Any chance we dare hope for advice along this front more often?? ūüôā

  • Traci

    April 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Thankful to finally see a non-baby topic. I appreciate that that’s where you are in life now and I think you give great advice but I miss the actual product SMACKDOWNS that started this blog! Please keep the variety coming.

    I’m also a devoted Philosophy girl who just hit the mid 40’s. I started using the “Miracle” line, hoping it brings me some!

  • Jackie

    April 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    My regimen doesn’t really work that well but it keeps me from having major breakouts. ¬†I still have whiteheads and blackheads that won’t go away but I’ve also been pregnant or breastfeeding for almost 4.5 years so we’ll blame that. ¬†

    I’ve been using the system on from acne dot com with mild success but I’m almost out and ready to move on. ¬†I may copy your LUSH regimen because I don’t even know where else to begin. ¬†I do struggle with solid bar soap though…where do you put it? ¬†It’s so messy!

  • BMom

    April 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I don’t get dark circles as much as Puffy Eyes that last all day. Oy. Would the LUSH cream help? Who’s got a favorite?

  • Kimberly

    April 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I too am a long time reader happy to see a “Smackdown!” return. ¬†I started using Philosophy on Amy’s advice ( I still think they should have paid her a commission!) plus Aveeno shaving cream and many others. ¬†I recently decided to “jumpstart” my whole facial routine due to the fact that suddenly my old prescription break-out remedies were no longer helping & I just could not seem to get my complexion under control. ¬†I went to a medical grade skin care establishment (one with a dr. in office) and had a salicylic acid peel, then 3 weeks later a deeper peel. ¬†It took a week to recover from that one, but I’m considering going back in 3 more weeks for a second deeper peel. ¬†So far I am really pleased with the results. ¬†I will gladly pay for a high end peel, but I balk at their super-pricey products. ¬†I purchased Watts Beauty Hyaluronic Solution (no alcohol, no fillers, paraben free) from Amazon for a LOT less than the glamour brand they were selling. ¬†In the comments someone else extolled the value of Pure Argan OIl (also by Watts) and because I’m highly suggestible and this stuff had great reviews & was not too pricey, I tried that, too. ¬†I’d love to hear someone else’s take here (haha) regarding these types of products. ¬†So far I like these products but I think I have changed up too much too fast and I ‘m pretty certain my drastic, much-improved results are the jump-start peels I’ve just had done. ¬†Btw – I’m probably a bit older than most ladies here @ 46 (ohhh god it hurts it hurrrrts to type that) but I do have a 2 yo & a 3 yo! ūüôā ¬†thanks again, Amy, for allll of the fabulous advice over the years!

  • Jae

    April 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    While not overtly hippiecakes, Paula’s Choice products rock the house. She tries to keep her products’ packaging Earth-friendly and uses the best ingredients based on research. I adore her products and have used them for the last three years or so. I particularly love them since someone mistook me for a college freshman at 28! ūüôā

  • Colleen

    April 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I loves my LUSH. I have incredibly allergic/sensitive skin and love being able to try samples of products from LUSH, and know that if I end up having a reaction all I have to do is bring the product back for a refund. My husband likes it too, because it cuts down on the collection of barely used bottles and jars hanging about the bathroom. I just wish that the overpowering scents in the store wouldn’t ¬†give me a headache everytime I walked in.

    • Jay

      April 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      Paula’s Choice is my choice too (ha! ¬†See what I did there??). ¬†The customer service is excellent.

  • Margie

    April 2, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I’m 32 and having ridiculous breakouts (on my neck especially, wtf??), so I’m trying some Kiehl’s products to see if I can get things back under control. No report yet on that – too early. If that doesn’t work, LUSH is my next place to turn. My skin is dry, sensitive, breaks out, and now I’m doing the fine line dance too *shakes fist at having aging skin AND zits*

    I can comment on the Argan oil, though. For me, I love it. It’s totally gentle, doesn’t cause breakouts, and is totally worry-free as far as ingredients go. I use it on my face, skin, toddler and hair. I just wish it had SPF and more specific wrinkle help and then i could just put it on and be done! I use this one which my sister has happened to visit while vacationing in Morocco – it’s made by a co-op of women and ecocert certified (and I’m unaffiliated except for liking it). Good luck to us all!

  • Ashley

    April 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Spent way too much time OB Lush’s website today! I anticipate spending a lot of money.

  • Karen

    April 3, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I just can’t spend anymore on face stuff, none of it every seems to work better than my cheap routine. At the moment I’m using Cetaphil’s cleanser and lotion on my face. I’ve had breakout problems my whole life until I got preg (huh?) but am doing ok now. They don’t do anything for “aging” though. I need to step it up in that area.

  • Jadzia@Toddlerisms

    April 3, 2012 at 7:09 am

    If you have any kind of sensitivity to your skin, I cannot recommend highly enough Phytomer’s “Accept.” ¬†It’s French. ¬†It’s expensive. ¬†It is magic in a jar. ¬†I’ve only used the thick cream (and really, a dollop the size of a pea will pretty much do it) and it is AMAZING.

    Sadly, in addition to rosacea, sensitive skin, and getting old, last summer during my 3rd trimester I also developed ACNE. ¬†Because being old, fat, and exhausted WASN’T BAD ENOUGH. ¬†The ladies at Sephora set me up with Ren Clearcalm 3 Total Clarity Day Fluid, which has worked really well. ¬†And Clinique (I know!) anti-blemish solutions liquid makeup, which covers up the zits better than anything but wearing a mask.

  • Janice

    April 3, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I have very sensitive skin, and was fighting the oily/breakout cycle until my Dr. suggested that I”d overly-drying my face out with SA products (designed for breakouts), and continuing my dilemma….so, I found Chagrin Valley Soaps, who make a variety of natural, gentle formulas that clean (not dry out) my skin, moisturize, and generally make my skin glow!!

    Check ’em out! Also – a good moisturizer on the “main stream” market is Cerave!

  • andrea

    April 3, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I love Kiehls. ¬†I know they are a bit pricey but they last a long time and they work. ¬†My favorite product is just their basic moisturizer with spy 30. ¬†It’s not “heavy” like most spf creams tend to be.

  • melissa

    April 3, 2012 at 11:13 am

    had to laugh. my boyfriend is sooo granola- I am trying to become more so, but I still dye my hair red which drives him nuts. the chemicals, the un-naturalness, the throwing away of the monies. I am glad to see I have a sidekick. ūüôā fyi l’occitane products rock, though they are expensive sigh. for anti aging I have found their immortale line to be quite impressive, esp the eye cream. yeah for old school smackdown return!!

  • Lexi

    April 3, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I totally agree with Amy on her selection of Lush products. My bathroom could double as one of their stores. The one thing I can say about Lush is if you walk in and one of the nice salespeople asks if they can help you, tell them what the problem is (oily, dry, pregnancy hormones made my skin go bonkers, etc) and they’ll help you without a doubt. They saved me two days before my wedding (who knew chemical hair removers could cause dry patches that don’t respond to any lotion known to man?!) and when I was pregnant. The value of their products is great!

    I will also recommend a lovely little boutique in Chicago. Mojo Spa ( has a full line of natural products that I live on. I have a 9 month old and I work full time but I was tired of looking… tired. So I went and found a collection of products that make my morning routine simple and makes Mommy look pretty again! My faves are SWAK, Doll Face and their translucent Healing Powder. Enjoy!!

  • Brenna

    April 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    full disclosure: I work for Aveda, so most of my skincare products come from there. Our products are paraben-free, have all natural aromas, and average over 80% organic ingredients. The Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser I use twice a day on my combination skin, and supplement occasionally with our Outer Peace Acne Relief Pads.
    The Green Science line is great for anti-aging, though I confess I’ve switched to Origins for the best eye cremes. The No Puffery is awesome for mornings after my 8-week-old babe decides that sleep is for suckers. Origins also has several excellent options for lotions with SPF, though Aveda does make a tinted moisturizer with SPF 15, great for a one-step part of my morning.

  • Jessica

    April 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    My skin is all over the place after the birth of my third baby. I’ve started using skin care from Apothederm and my skin is SO much better. LOVE their skin brightening line. I swear it adds hours of sleep to my face and can’t we all use that?

  • AmyRenee

    April 4, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I’ll second the awesomeness of Chagrin Valley Soap, I love their Body Sorbet Sugar Scrub and their soap & shampoo bars. They also sell almost everything as a trial size as well as full size, so you can try out lots of products. They don’t ship all products in the summer though since some of them melt, I’m glad I saw this post to remind me to check my supplies.

  • Heather

    April 4, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I didn’t see anyone mention Dermalogica products – I switched after philosophy changed the acne fighting line and for the first time in my life I have balanced reasonably clear skin at 36! Dermalogica is not very natural but they are better than most and I am ashamed to say I happily compromised my natural ingredient priciples for clear skin. I use the Clearing Skin Wash day and night with Daily Microfoliant thrown in about twice a week. And I vary my moisturizer depending on the season.

    Also happy that skincare is back on the Smackdown!!

  • Amber

    April 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Seriously.. HyaGlo. I think they have a website, but usually it’s in natural product stores. Hyaluronic acid serum. Love, love lovey love love. $35 for 2-3 months of fabulousness.

  • Dawn K

    April 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Just though I would throw this out there since you are concerned about starting to age. I am !ahem! older than you and wish I had started using anti-aging products earlier. Sunscreen by the way is the most important anti-aging product you can use. I LOVE Dr. Jart’s BB cream from Sephora! It is simply marvelous. Makes your skin look great. Gives you a nice dewy glow. Is SPF45. Doesn’t have a lot of crap in it either. Like you I started getting scaly red spots under my eyes, and I have really had to weed through the beauty products to find stuff I can use. You should try it. I think you would like it.

  • Suzy Q

    April 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Count me as another who is happy to see a change  in topic, however brief.

    I am still looking for the perfect eye cream. I have puffiness AND dark circles. Every. Damn. Day.

    I also am very fair, almost invisible, and spent WAY too much time in the sun when young, so now I have what I refer to as dinosaur skin on my legs. ¬†Beware, fair ladies! ¬†I use 40% urea lotion, AmLactin and Curel in rotation. ¬†Still not much improvement. ¬†But Curel is a miracle worker when I get occasional dry/scaly spots on my face. ¬†So, I have to thank you, Amy, for turning me on to the Curel, even if it works in ways you and I didn’t imagine.

  • M

    April 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    I had a hard time caring/paying attention to this until recently when I started really noticing my skin — after my second pregnancy and upon turning 33. ¬†So I finally turned to my mom who, I have to admit despite her constant pestering, looks not a day over 40 and amazing at 70 and on her big birthday. She’s been using Jurlique products for at least 20 years. ¬†And turns out Jurlique is pretty natural/organic (I think!? ¬†Until you tell me they’re not?) and she didn’t even know this. ¬†I ordered her regimen and after a month, I definitely notice a difference and also coincidentally? ¬†not coincidentally? ¬†haven’t had any breakouts –unusual for me. ¬†She has me using their day cream both in the morning and at night, their SPF 30 with it during the day and the herbal gel recovery at night. ¬†i also love the dermalogica microfoliant. ¬†

  • Lauren

    April 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I am a skincare freak, and my dermatologist is (in my mind) my best friend. I wrote a post describing my perfected skincare routine…

  • Sarah

    April 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Nothing to add to the discussion….but heads up: Friendship Heights Nordstrom Rack has several of the Neutrogena Naturals products, including the moisturizer.

  • Maggie

    April 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Center City Philadelphia CVS’s all have the whole line! So does the target at City Aeve & 76- maybe next time you visit your mom?¬†

  • jodifur

    April 8, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    It is expensive, but I love aveda’s spot treatment. ¬†I’ve started using Aveda everything since I started getting my haircut at an Aveda salon. ¬†Organic, all natural, and everything works amazing.

  • jodifur

    April 8, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    oh, and the Aveda enbrightment line SAVED my skin

  • nhb

    April 9, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    LUSH products are chock full of SLS and parabens and fragrances. As much as I love their bath bombs, I have to warn you that their claims to be natural and hippiecakes are pretty much pure greenwashing.

    I strongly second the commenter who recommended Dermalogica.

  • Cheryl

    April 12, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Just another option: DDF Glycolic Moisturizer. After Philosophy threw the baby out with the bathwater, this has been pretty awesome. Not natural and no sunscreen, but definitely helps with the combo skin.,default,pd.html?start=4&cgid=anti-aging-preventative&navid=anti-aging-preventative

  • Sabrina D.

    April 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    If you are looking for all natural high quality skin care try Suki (online at and at various high end retailers. This stuff is awesome, the¬†exfoliating¬†foaming cleanser¬†works¬†great and smells incredible, it’s lemon and sugar magic, I swear!¬†They¬†also make¬†the¬†best lip balm ever!!! Everything is made with natural food grade ingredients.¬†