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Every Saturday Kate brings you the best of Sephora as only an insider can!

wonder if there is a technical term for the strange hormonal changes we women go through in your twenties. Not puberty, for me that was around age 13 or so. It’s not menopause because I’m not quite old enough for that yet. But I know my metabolism has been hard to keep with. I’ve gained weight, but only gone up one dress size. And my skin! I used to be glowing and normal-combination. And I suppose I would still be considered combination because I’m not super oily. But I have become acneic. And its really frustrating. Especially at a time in my life where I’m constantly in pictures (wedding parties, mostly). And I am so self conscious. And it was hard to understand because I use great products so it wasn’t like I was not taking care of my skin. What was/is the problem?

So I always knew that salicylic acid is anti-bacterial and anti-acne. I’ve heard it in countless Sephora training. Even so, salicylic acid is my new friend. In just a week using some Skin Effects products (soon up for review) as well as the Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion (Clinique’s fancy word for TONER), my skin is looking so much better! And no further breakouts! (When I say breakouts – I mean 10 active blemishes at one time!) This “clarifying lotion” [TONER] is a “gentle, medicated formula exfoliates skin, and unclogs pores. Helps to reduce excess oil that can lead to breakouts.” Use a cotton pad or two dampened with this magic potion all over your face after cleansing. You will be surprise (and a little grossed out) at all the makeup that your cleanser does not take off! But be comforted by the fact that it is now on your cotton pad and not your face!

Another great salicylic super hero is Dr. Brandt’s Pore Effect. It’s a night time moisturizer (or daytime if you’re EXTREMELY oily). It is absolutely packed with powerful ingredients to fix up your pizza-face! Things like:

-Tea Tree: Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, clarifying ingredient which is exceptional for treating acne prone skin.
-Lavender: Soothes and calms the skin, evens out redness and discoloration in the skin.
-Willow Bark Extract (Salix Alba): Calming and cooling agent. Also is antibacterial.
-Hyaluronic Acid: Plumps up the skin by holding water up to 1000 times it’s weight in natural moisture.
-Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy): Anti-inflammatory, controls excess oil, tightens pores, and treats acne while calming skin down.

I also can never say enough good things about the Boscia Clarifying Detox Mask. “This deep-cleansing clay mask contains pure botanicals, herbs, and select ingredients like kaolin clay and phellodendron bark to absorb impurities, control excess oil, detoxify, and renew your skin from deep within. A unique combination of anti-irritants and purifying agents soothe and refine the appearance of pores as powerful antioxidants along with other therapeutic elements revitalize skin and help protect against the appearance of aging. ” You can not even imagine how amazing your sking looks after you use this mask! Next time you have $20 in your wallet just head to Sephora and pick it up. Its great for all skin types and you’ll feel like you have baby skin!

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