Oxy Daily Defense Cleansing Pads

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I have been suffering from acne since my teens. I had a lot of acne then. I regret not taking much care of my skin during my teens. But over the years, I have learnt how to treat my skin and the ingredients that actually help my skin to look better. One of them is salicylic acid. It is found in a lot of acne care products such as moisturizers, face cleansers and acne treatment creams. I decided to try the salicylic acid pads from Oxy. I had a coupon from CVS and I had read of Oxy Pads being an effective treatment of acne for many.

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Price: $4 (with the coupon)

Quantity: 115 pads

Ingredients: Active ingredient being salicylic acid 2%

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Directions: Use a pad to cleanse and cover the affected area with a thin layer of medicine 1 to 3 times a daily because too much drying can occur. Start with one application and gradually increase to 2 to 3 applications.

Claims:

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My take on the product:

The moment you open the jar, you can smell the strong fumes which I think is alcohol combined with salicylic acid. I take a single pad and wipe it on my face, avoiding the eye are, and onto my neck. I stop wiping with it when I start to feel that the pad is going dry. Yes, the pad goes dry after about 2 minutes, similar to a hand sanitizer. So, keep the jar tightly closed after you have taken out the pad. The new jar is sealed with an air tight foil that needs to be broken.

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I apply this only once in a day. Before going to bed, I use one pad to wipe my face. Then I use a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide over it. I have done this treatment for a month and I can say that I see substantial results. I see no cystic acne that I had before using this. Now there are a few tiny boils which is clearing up. Prior to this, I only used the benzoyl peroxide which I did not find effective in treating my acne. All in all I am very happy the way it is working for me. I plan to continue this treatment every night. I do not plan on using these pads more than once a day. I think using this more than once may dry out my skin. So far I am liking the results. Right now, I can describe my skin as normal to combination. If you have an oily skin, you can use it more than once. Dry skinned people should be cautious while using this as it can be very drying.

Likes:

  1. Affordable
  2. Easy to use
  3. Available at drugstore

Dislikes:

  1. The strong fumes

Will you repurchase? Yes, I will definitely buy these pads. If you suffer from acne and have combination to oily skin then definitely give this product a try.

Ratings: 5/5..

DIY Lip Balm

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I could have simply used the Vaseline on my lips. The only problem was that I found it to be really sticky and very light on my lips. It simply didn’t do a good job of staying on my lips and most of the times it would make the area around my mouth all greasy. So I came up with this idea of making my own lip balm.

I love DIYs for many reasons. I love making my own easy to use cosmetics simply because they are so easy-peasy, I know what ingredients actually goes on my skin, these DIYs are really cheap and moreover I can recycle the empty bottles and jars.

Here’s a step by step tiny tutorial on how I made my lip balm. Here’s what you need:

  1. An empty Jar or an empty lip balm tube. Click here to know where I found my empty jar.
  2. Beeswax pellets. I bought mine here. You can just go on ebay and search beeswax pellets and there are many sellers. Just make sure you buy the clear one and not the yellow ones.
  3. Petroleum Jelly. This is what I have

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Price: $6 approximately.  This is the price for total ingredients. I can use these ingredients to make many more things.

How to make the lip balm:

I decided to change the consistency of Petroleum Jelly to a thicker and non-sticky one. So I melted about 4 pellets of beeswax in that jar in microwave for about 45 seconds. It takes a little longer to melt the beeswax. Make sure you do not add too much of beeswax pellets else you will find it difficult to scoop out the end product. And then add about 1/4th teaspoon of Petroleum Jelly. I eyeballed the quantity. I just made sure that it didn’t spill out of the tiny jar.

I also added another lip balm that I had but never used.

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This lip balm that I never used was too thick to scoop out and was also a tad too bright on my lips. So I added a pea sized amount of this to make my lip balm a tinted one and this is what it turned out like.

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What is the end product like?

The lip balm is very moisturizing. Beeswax is also known for its moisturizing properties. And everyone knows Petroleum Jelly. I know that there are no harsh ingredients here.

I am simply in love with this DIY. Here’s all I have to say

  1. Just the right consistency, can be poured in a lip balm tube
  2. The lip balm doesn’t get around my mouth area.
  3. Does stay on for a good amount of time
  4. The balm goes clear on my lips
  5. I can wear it under lipsticks that tend to be a bit drying
  6. No preservatives or harsh ingredients

P.S.: I have made an easy-peasy makeup remover using just 3 ingredients. You can check that out here.

 

Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil Eliminating Astringent

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Toner is not something I used regularly. I had got the Neutrogena Clear Pore Oil Eliminating Astringent long ago here. But I dint use it regularly for a very long time and decided to do so. I have almost finished it and here is the review.

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Price: $5 (from my Walmart)

Quantity: 8 fl. oz./ 236 ml.

Ingredients:

Salicylic acid 2% is the main ingredient

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Claims: Effectively treats and helps prevent breakouts without overdrying

My experience with using the product:

I have very recently incorporated toner in my skincare routine after having a bout of acne breakouts. I had this tall bottle of toner but had never used it regularly. I can definitely see positive results with its regular use. Although it comes with a flip top cap, I have transferred this to a sanitized pump bottle for convenience. I use a cotton ball to apply this evenly all over my face. My major concern is the content of alcohol in this toner. The fumes are very strong when you are applying it on your face. It stings a wee bit but after a while of using this, you get used to it. Once it dries up, all that feeling is goes away. True to its claims, it doesn’t dry out your skin at all and I can see an improvement in my acne prone skin. It contains salicylic acid which is an effective acne treatment. I feel it pulls out the gunk from my pores. I like how it makes my skin feel especially when I use it in the summer. It keeps my skin from getting oily. Once I finish this up I will be trying other brands too and find a ‘non-fumy’ one which is as effective as this. This is good quantity that is going to last me a long time. I do like this product. If you are someone who has an oily or combination skin which is acne prone, I think you should give this product a try.

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Likes:

1)      Makes my skin feel clean

2)      Contains salicylic acid

3)      Non drying

Dislikes:

1)      The strong fumes

2)      The stingy sensation

Will you repurchase? If I don’t find an effective and better toner, I will come back to this.

Ratings: 3.75/5…