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Skin care brands, the best and the worst

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#1 Ingrid


Posted 23 April 2010 - 06:21 AM

I decided to start a thread so everyone can talk about which skin care brands they are using, Which one is the best and which is the worst.
For me, I only use high end products, I have heard many positive feedbacks about olay, nivea or neutrogena et cetera. But I always believe that high end products use better ingredients and more trustable. For me, My favorite skin care brands that actually work on me are Clarins and Vichy. These are the two brands I ALWAYS recommend for people. The Dior cleansing milk is my favorite facewash. The worst I have tried so far is Anna Sui, I guess it's because Anna Sui is more of a makeup brand.
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#2 Dragonfly


Posted 23 April 2010 - 06:53 AM

I think Neutrogena consistently puts out great products.
And Olay as well.

#3 Johnnie


Posted 23 April 2010 - 07:58 AM

Never had any luck with any high end brand. Cetaphil and KissMyFace are the only drug store brands I thought were alright.

#4 magosienne


Posted 23 April 2010 - 06:43 PM

I can't say i'm a big fan of the cheaper brands, although Nivea and Neutrogena are probably the best for me.
In higher end, i would say La Roche Posay works best for me. Never had much luck with the other brands. I also like Weleda and Logona in organic skincare.

#5 Skyelovee


Posted 23 April 2010 - 08:43 PM

I have very sensitive skin, so the cheap brands didn't work for me..
Neutrogena had no effect, on some occasions made my skin dry.

Clean& clear dried out my skin so badly.

I had an allergic reaction to St Ives Olive cleanser.

I have tried a lot of brands but most didn't really do anything though.

I used to use Murad's Skin Care line cause i had a massive acne breakout and it worked for me so i think i am going to buy their other line Pomegranate just to touch up and keep my skin flawless !

I am on the search for other brands right now in aus, just to try and see if it works cause Murads line will be expensive to re buy each time.
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#6 xjackie83


Posted 23 April 2010 - 09:47 PM

@Skyelovee it sounds like you have my skin. LOL.

I've had acne prone skin my whole life and it's a constantly battle to find products that work for me, even my derm couldn't do it. I use to think that since I had acne that I needed to use acne wash and benzoyl peroxide, but it turns out those irritated my skin and made my acne worse. Now I just use Cetaphil to wash and then Clean & Clear acne moisturizer. My skin isn't 100% clear but I'd rather have a few small pimples then a face full of them.

I am trying to find a good facial spf. Eucerins SPF 30 face block completely broke me out. So I'm onto something else. I need to remember to keep my receipts when I buy beauty products so I can get my money back. Those $8-$10 purchases of products that end up not working with my skin end up adding up.

I'm also looking into a nighttime cream. I'm turning 27 this year and I think it would be a good time to start taking extra care of my skin.

#7 Skyelovee


Posted 23 April 2010 - 10:13 PM

@ xjackie83


Haha yeah having sensitive skin is a big problem especially if we have acne as well but i recommend Murad's line as when i used it, it took less than 1 and a half months for my skin to clear and now i have minimal breakouts to nothing. I think it helped balance out and tighten my pores but also by changing my diet, helped as well. It varies between people but if you speak to a Murad specialist and listen to their advice, i can guarantee it works.

The only thing is that using that line, the acne serum is very heavy, if you use it during winter it might dry out your skin faster but if you are good and use the moisturizer daily twice to 3 times a day, your skin will glow. stick to 2 during summer but 3 for morning, afternoon and before you sleep during winter. Even for normal skin care ranges that is what i recommend.

It costs a lot to startup but if you go on the website, there are a lot of special offers and start up kits to try. I have to say that, you only use very little (cause its very heavy on the skin) so it lasts for more than 6 to 8 months ( for the acne serum and facial wash + mask), the only think you might have to re-buy every 3-6 months is the moisturizer. I am not sure of their return policy so you might have to ask them on that. Once you start with a good brand, touching up after that is easy but cause i'm young and still studying i have less income coming in, i went for cheap products that have ultimately made my skin so so dry and break out more often than usual.

I think when you find a really food product that suits your skin, its best to stick with it and not change, i think i have learnt that haha.
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#8 Ingrid


Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:31 PM

If you have acne skin. I highly recommend vichy's acne prone facewash. I had that problem a year ago but ever since I started using that brand, my face is free of pimples. I only get a pimple maybe once a month.
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#9 Orangeeyecrayon


Posted 24 April 2010 - 01:37 AM

My favorites would be Aveno (or was till i found out they do animal testing), Aveda, The Body Shop.

I have not really tried anything more expensive than that

#10 Johnnie


Posted 24 April 2010 - 01:41 AM

Originally Posted by Orangeeyecrayon View Post
My favorites would be Aveno (or was till i found out they do animal testing), Aveda, The Body Shop.
Thanks for sharing. I didn't know they did animal testing on Aveeno products. *sigh*

#11 perlanga


Posted 24 April 2010 - 06:38 AM

Havn't found the best yet, still seaching.

Worst- Clean and Clear, the products are SO drying and irritating! havn't used any of their stuff in years.

#12 jellypicnic


Posted 24 April 2010 - 09:10 PM

If I had the money right now to be able to afford the higher end brands (ie Clarins, Estee Lauder) then I would. I've used only a couple products from those lines, but the items I did, I would definitely buy again if I could afford it.

Of course my favorite line all of time though is most certainly Clinique. I know the 3 Step System gets alot of BAD review and to be honest the only products I don't really enjoy of Clinique's are the Clarifying lotions (toners). The mild one isn't bad because it is alcohol free. But I just don't like the texture. But ya, the Liquid facial Soap and DDML are 2 of my favorite skincare itmes ever! Well besides my new Differin cream. :P I now use the Super City Block SPF 40 and I don't want to jinx it but i think I might have finally found my HG routine! Eep

The thing I really like about Clinique is if you look hard enough the line has pretty much something for every skin type and issue. I have heard people have bad reactions to them, but I know every product can't be used by everyone so oh well. I love that they are fragrance free and one of the only affordable 'higher end' lines. And I'm just starting to try their makeup (Superbalanced Mineral Foundation) and so far I have been loving it too!

#13 magosienne


Posted 25 April 2010 - 01:19 AM

I think it's a love or hate thing, i know Clinique was too drying and the moisturizer not enough moisturising for me. Plus my cult fave mascara was discontinued so i'm kind of pissed at that brand.

#14 lolaB


Posted 25 April 2010 - 01:28 AM

The only drugstore skincare item I used was an Aveeno exfoliator, and it was nice, but a little too gentle.

I'm a fan of Dermalogica. It works with my skin, so I haven't ventured out to try very much else. I still use some of my Philosphy stuff occasionally too.

#15 Anissa


Posted 25 April 2010 - 12:15 PM

Baby oil...I use Johnson & Johnson's. It cleans, softens and takes off makeup...what's not to love?
Also, Dermalogica's concealing spot treatment. It worked wonders for my problem skin (benzoyl peroxide dries it terribly after a while, so I can't use it, but this thingy contains sulfur instead and it works great for me) --- it's supposed to be a spot treatment but I apply a layer all over my face when I go to bed, after a few months of using it my acne was all but gone.

The moisturiser/lotion that I use constantly is Curel ultra healing/intensive care. It's technically a lotion for your body but it's perfectly all right to put it on the face, and then let it absorb for a while... If you're using it on your body it moisturises great but can tend to be a little sticky afterwards, so I follow it up with baby oil.
However, that's just a personal quirk and the lotion may not work for some people...

I also like Aveeno, but it's almost $15 for a small bottle (the face moisturiser at least) so I don't use it very much, when I can buy a much bigger bottle for a lot cheaper that works just as well in the end.
And, call me heartless but, while animal testing may not be a great thing to do, I don't see how it affects the quality of the product...

#16 AnnaKG00


Posted 25 April 2010 - 01:28 PM

The worst for me: CLEAN&CLEAR!! horrible

#17 Smokey Eye

Smokey Eye

Posted 25 April 2010 - 10:31 PM

My skin is so incredbily sensitive, but these have managed to not aggravate/worsen my skin:

Lower end:

Johnson & Johnson's Clean & Clear Cream Cleanser (in the blue & purple tube)
Neutrogena Daily Essentials Continuous Hydration Eye Cream
Chap Stick

Higher end:

Serious Skin Care Glucosamine Skin Resurfacing Cleanser
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
Origins Brighter by Nature - still have to use it longer to see if I notice an improvement
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#18 Dalylah


Posted 26 April 2010 - 12:47 AM

Cetaphil and Neutrogena are the only kinds that don't tick my skin off so far.

#19 perlanga


Posted 22 January 2011 - 06:09 PM

I have found promising products in aveeno and purpose, both do their job and seem gentle on my skin. Worst is still Clean & Clear!!!! I will never use any of their stuff again!!!!

#20 StakeEdward


Posted 22 January 2011 - 06:49 PM

I didn't like Clean & Clear either until I discovered their foaming cleanser (Finishes Even Tone). I think that's the only product from their brand, aside from the oil blotting sheets, that I will buy. I actually bought this product because most of the other cleansers at the drugstore contained salycic acid or were exfoliating. I was surprised I actually liked it. Works much better for me than Mary Kay, Clinique, or Philosophy. Everything else I've used from C&C sucks, though.


I actually hate Philosophy's Purity cleanser. It was sooo incredibly drying on me that I had to use massive amounts of moisturizer afterward.


Also really dislike Clinique's 3-step system, though I do use their moisturizer. I use the lotion, not the gel, even though the gel tends to get better reviews & I have oily skin. The gel didn't moisturize well & I always had to use two or three pumps of it before my skin wouldn't feel tight & dry anymore.


I like Neutrogena simply because they sell a benzoyl peroxide cream that's 2.5% and not 10%...have never used any of their other skincare products. The % benzoyl peroxide is why a lot of people don't think BP works. The 10% stuff will dry out your skin & be extremely irritating for most people.

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