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Skin care brands, the best and the worst

post #1 of 96
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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.
post #2 of 96

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I think Neutrogena consistently puts out great products.
And Olay as well.
post #3 of 96

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Never had any luck with any high end brand. Cetaphil and KissMyFace are the only drug store brands I thought were alright.
post #4 of 96

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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.
post #5 of 96

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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.
post #6 of 96

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@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.
post #7 of 96

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@ xjackie83

Hey,

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.
post #8 of 96
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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.
post #9 of 96

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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
post #10 of 96

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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*
post #11 of 96

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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.
post #12 of 96

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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!
post #13 of 96

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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.
post #14 of 96

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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.
post #15 of 96

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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...
post #16 of 96

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The worst for me: CLEAN&CLEAR!! horrible
post #17 of 96

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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
post #18 of 96

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Cetaphil and Neutrogena are the only kinds that don't tick my skin off so far.
post #19 of 96

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!!!!

post #20 of 96

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.

post #21 of 96

I think almost every skincare line has good, mediocre and bad products. Also, if anyone uses a product that´s not for their skintype and it doesn´t work out it´s not necessarily the product´s fault.

post #22 of 96

I have never had any luck with the Clinique brand.  It just generally sucks for me. 

 

What has been working best for me is my DIY oil cleansing mix - jojoba, sweet almond, hempseed and castor oil.  Overall, I've been satisfied with my own concoctions over any store bought products. 

post #23 of 96

I rotate around a lot since my skin gets so "used" to certain products - I need to give them a break and then go back to them a couple of months later.  I mostly switch around between Lush (except for their moisturizers, which suck), Philosophy (and usually, the one thing that I always stick with is Hope In a Jar SPF 25 - LOVE that moisturizer!), OCM, and a little Ole Henriksen.  You can usually find a combo of any of those in my bathroom cabinet.

post #24 of 96
I don't know. I think all brands, really, have skincare gems. But some are rather hit & miss.

Nothing/little but good things:
Avene
Bioderma
Caudalie (with the exception of the Cleansing Water & the Premieres Vendages moisturizing cream. It's not like either of them are bad persay, I just don't think the $$ price tags for those products, in particular, are justified.)
Clarins
Cetaphil (with the exception of the Daily Moisture Therapy with SPF15.) The only drugstore line I really like...
La Roche Posay
Lancome
Laneige

Not a fan:
Vichy - not bad, but I think other dermatological brands (like the aforementioned LRP, Avene, Bioderma, as well as Neo Strata, and ROC) are generally better and frequently more consistent
J&J/Clean & Clear. I have no idea why companies like Clean & Clear seem to believe drying out the skin is the best way to clear acne. People with combo & dry skin also deal with acne! I understand they're targeting to teenagers - who generally have oilier skin -, but everything I ever tried from them - generally - just dried out my skin. I found, as someone with dry, sensitive, clog-prone skin, I was forced to move into HE and (generally) French dermatologist/chemist brands because brands like C&C were way too drying for me. Even when I did deal with acne...
Neutrogena. I don't get the hype. Crappy sunblocks, average skincare, and terrible acne and redness reducing products. I finally had to quit using the Body Clear wash in Fall when it started to get too cool. Give me Olay or L'Oreal Ombrelle for affordable sunblock...
Clinique. Dear God! So frickin' harsh.
Murad. Honestly, I'm in the midst of using a serum my facialist recommended, but my hopes aren't high. Everything I've tried has been bad to just average, and I'm not sure it's worth the heavy pricetag. I do like I only have to use one pump of this serum versus the Caudalie one I was using for my entire face...
LUSH. But honestly, I'm biased against the whole 'organic' and 'natural' thing. And truly, I've never found any of the products I've tried - with the exception of a couple - to be any better than any products that actually lasted more than a month before expiring.
post #25 of 96

What about Pro Active?? Anyone ever tried that? Ive been wanting to try it , ive been breaking out recently, and ive heard of pro active and murad being really good.

 

Ive tried over the counter clean and clear,  Neutrogena and olay and they dont work for me.

post #26 of 96
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What about Pro Active?? Anyone ever tried that? Ive been wanting to try it , ive been breaking out recently, and ive heard of pro active and murad being really good.

 

Ive tried over the counter clean and clear,  Neutrogena and olay and they dont work for me.


Everyone I know who's used ProActiv (granted, it's only a couple) - with serious, cystic acne, not breakouts around one's period, or under stress - claimed it worked at getting rid of acne, but they all had the driest skin imaginable after using.

I'd personally take a couple of whiteheads, and some oil over flakes, but that's just me.

ETA: I have sensitive skin, and dealt with acne (whiteheads especially concentrated on the forehead, and clogs in the nose and chin area) between 8th and 10th grade, and never used ProActiv. For one, my acne was never cystic, and eventually it cleared up on it's own with sensitive skin products, as well as with age - I can't believe I ever dealt with combo or oily skin. Personally, under no circumstances - with my sensitive skin - would I have ever used ProActiv. Even SA and BP are both too harsh for everyday use (not that I need to, at this point) with my skin.
post #27 of 96

ProActiv is pretty harsh, especially on sensitive skin. I haven't tried it b/c I think it would make my sensitive skin worse, but I do use benzoyl peroxide & it works great against acne.

post #28 of 96

I always go for natural skin care products and follow homemade skin care recipes. They are quite safe and effective.

post #29 of 96

I only use Suki balancing toner and once a week La Roche-Posay Effaclar mousse and my cream was made by my dermatologist. I don't have a favorite brand.

 

And 4 years I ago I tried Proactive: It helped in the beginning but after 2 months I gave up on it. Got horrible cysts! :(

post #30 of 96
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I think Neutrogena consistently puts out great products.
And Olay as well.


I use kibio, made from natural extracts.  It is very effective.

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