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Skincare is such an individual thing for most people.  What might work for some, may not work for others and sometimes products that are expensive or affordable may offer different results for each person.  I have tried so many different skincare products over the years, that I kind of know what may be a dud for me the first few times I use it and what may turn into my holy grail of products.  Today I’m going to be sharing with all of you my thoughts on a few products I have tried from PCA Skin.  Prior to being contacted by this company, I really didn’t know much about them.  But, I’m finally able to share my thoughts with you on products I tried from my specific treatment plan.

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Let me start off by saying that this post is very long overdue.  I have been using these products for quite a few months now but as a beauty blogger, I get so many skin care products to test, that it can take me a while to see what works and how it works in combination with favorites I already have in my beauty routine.  PCA Skin sent me 5 products to try that were specifically recommended for me since I have Eczema prone, dry skin.  I also wanted something that would help cleanse my skin since I had been struggling with acne over the last few months.  I’m going to discuss with you what products I got and how I used them all.

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Let’s start with the treatment bars.  The Dry Skin Relief Bar (net wt 3.2 oz / 90 g – $40) was probably one of my favorite products that I had the chance to try out.  This bar is formulated to help soothe and improve dry skin concerns, including psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.  The bar is formulated with 3% salicylic acid and antioxidants.  My skin really takes on a ton of damage during the winter months and that is usually when my Eczema likes to flare up.  I used this bar daily and loved that it had a light lather and left my skin feeling clean without stripping the moisture that my face needed to keep from drying out.  This bar can be used all over the body and even on the scalp which is perfect for dry scalp issues.  I also enjoyed the fact that it helped to calm the recurrence of itching, redness, flaking, and irritation I often get from dry skin during the winter months.

I think the packaging was a bit of a challenge to work with (even if it came with a sponge to use with it) and I would love to see this in an actual bar form so it would be easy to use, but overall, I enjoyed this product.

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The Blemish Control Bar (net wt 3.2 oz / 90 g – $40) was also a favorite.  Honestly, I think the bars from PCA Skin are definitely worth checking out.  The Blemish Control Bar is a skin purifying and cleansing bar that is perfect for oily skin or those suffering/experiencing acne.  It is formulated to clear pores of oil and to soften the skin, while reducing existing acne breakouts.  It also prevents future acne breakouts with 2% salicylic acid.  With purifying ingredients like eucalyptus oil, this bar is definitely something for anyone experiencing unruly skin may enjoy.  I can’t use this bar daily, but find that it’s perfect for once a week for me and keeps my skin looking fresh while purging my skin of impurities that tend to make it’s way to the surface.  I haven’t had many breakouts since using this so I’m pretty stoked at how well it has been working for me.  If you have sensitive or dry skin, you may want to use a little of this at a time and don’t use daily.  I found that when I first started testing out the product, my skin became extremely dry for several days.  Once I figured out the best solution for using it, it has been great.

Again, like the other bar, I’d love to see the packaging switch up on these.

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The Intensive Brightening Treatment was something I was a bit scared to use but I do enjoy a good retinol product.  This product is expensive considering the size of the tube (net wt 1 oz / 29.5 g – $109) and I honestly would be deterred by the price having not tried the brand before.  But, I’m so so glad that I had the opportunity to try this specific product because I immediately was hooked after the first try.  In just three days I noticed a huge difference in my skin.  The discoloration I had before had lightened so dramatically that my mom just had to get her hands on this product immediately.

This retinol night-time treatment is powerful and creates an even, bright and radiant complexion.  With pure retinol, resveratrol, and niacinamide to help promote a healthy glow while also improving discoloration, I loved the results.  The Intensive Brightening Treatment has potent, stable ingredients that are patented in an Omnisome delivery system to carry the ingredients deeper into the skin for superior results.  I have used many brightening creams in the past and I think this may be my favorite.  I’m super thankful that a little goes a long way with this thing because with that price point, I’ll be saving my coins for a while before I can replace it.  But, I have to say, it’s definitely something I’m going to repurchase.

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This photo was taken today. I am not wearing any makeup and it was taken with my phone. There was no editing done to my complexion or my face, what you see is what you get.

 

Now, let’s talk Purifying Mask.  The PCA Purifying Mask (net wt 2.1 oz / 60 g – $58) is a mask that is developed and formulated for oily, normal and combination skin.  I was a bit worried because I have dry skin and I had hoped that it wouldn’t cause me any issues.  This purifying mask is an at-home clay-based treatment mask that exfoliates, detoxifies and removes impurities from the skin.  It leaves the skin feeling smooth and looking clear and bright.  It includes a well-balanced botanical blend of ingredients to promote clear complexion while also having the clay included to eliminate the build-up of impurities in the pores.  It gently exfoliates the build-up of surface debris, leaving your face with a smooth and clear canvas.

I have used this product the last few months and have enjoyed it, but I have to use it sparingly.  I can easily have a dry spell or dry spots on my face if I use too much of it or if I use it too often.  But, when I do use it, my skin feels so soft after and even radiant.  It is definitely a mask I enjoy, but I have to make sure I’m not overdoing it too much.  I love the way my skin feels once I remove it and how vibrant it looks, but it definitely does purify, so I have to be sure not to strip my natural moisture so much that my Eczema flares up.

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Lastly is the Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 (net wt 2.1 oz / 60 g – $44).  I use SPF daily because I have such sensitive skin and I’m not getting any younger, so if I can help my skin out by protecting it, I’ll do it.  I have tried many different kinds over the years and I do have my favorites, so I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy this one, honestly.  This Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is quick absorbing, which is a huge deal for me since I’m always on the go.  It is lightweight and perfect to be worn under makeup.  It provides the skin with antioxidant protection and protects against UV rays.  I thought it was awesome that it was Awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation as well.

I didn’t notice any white cast while using this SPF, which is always a plus for me.  And, my skin absorbed it well.  Here are a few of the ingredients in this SPF for those who are wondering:  Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Silybin, and Caffeine.

This SPF applies easily and again, it is so lightweight, I forget that I have it on.  I have been using this on my sons as well since I always have it on me and they forget they have sunscreen on at all.  I especially enjoy that it doesn’t make my skin feel oily or greasy and I don’t feel the need to overly reapply like other sunscreens on the market.  I’m not a huge fan of the fact that it has Octinoxate in the formulation, but so far, it’s working for me.

So, after months of trying out these products from PCA Skin, I finally have some information to share with all of you.  Overall, I do really enjoy the products I’ve tried so far.  There are a variety of pros and cons for each, but I’m just really thankful that it didn’t cause my skin to go to war with me.  PCA Skin was founded in 1990 and for over 25 years they have continued to provide great products for their customers and beauty professionals worldwide.

PCA Skin does not perform or condone animal testing at any point during their formulary process and all ingredients used have decades of research proving their safety on human skin.  I was quite excited to try these products and as I mentioned before, I do really like them.  I will be saving up some money to continue using these products as a part of my skin care regimen and I look forward to trying others the brand has to offer.

Interested in learning more about PCA Skin and it’s wide range of products for all skin types?  Check out their website:  https://www.pcaskin.com/

What about you, have you tried anything from PCA Skin?  Comment below and let me know if you have or if there is anything I mentioned that you may want to try.

 

 

 

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Pregnancy Safe skin care???  Hmmm… I’ll be honest, I didn’t think there was any type of skin care that I couldn’t use while pregnant, but it’s probably because most of what I used during my two pregnancies with my boys, I had picked up for convenience.  Pregnancy can be a very trying time on any mother (to be) and worrying about your skin care seems so tedious and annoying.  I’ll be honest though, what I know now could have really helped my skin through the tough time it experienced while I was pregnant, so that is why I’m sharing it with you.  Today, I introduce you to Belli Skincare.  Their mission is simple, to take the guesswork out of skincare ingredient safety and to provide effective and luxurious formulations.  Let’s chit chat a little about what I had the chance to try out, shall we?

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Belli Skincare was born in 2002.  It has earned the respect and recommendations of OB/GYN’s and Dermatologists and most importantly the trust of moms, just like myself.  I was quite intrigued to learn about this brand and very interested and excited to try the products for myself.  Having gone through two pregnancies, my skin really took a toll on my self-esteem.  My pregnancies were harsh on me, losing over 50 lbs during each one, I really had to deal with a lot, including issues with my skin that I would have loved to fixed during that time.  Finding safe and effective skin care during your pregnancy, well – I didn’t think that was an option so I went without or used basic necessities to make it work for me.  However, Belli Skincare which is developed by a Medical Doctor and Beauty Expert has become the trifecta of maternity skin care, offering ingredient safety and effective solutions that provide clinically proven ingredients and luxurious formulations (including aromatherapy) to provide a spa-like experience.

I tried out three products from the Belli Skincare line:  Anti-Blemish Facial Wash, Eye Brightening Cream and Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator.  Each of these products have been a great addition to my skin care regimen,used in combination with some of my favorite products, I have been enjoying them every step of the way.

The Anti-Blemish Facial Wash ($22.00) is a great product for my skin.  It’s obvious I’m not pregnant, but I do need a product that will work well with my sensitive skin and boy do I wish I had this when I was pregnant.  It’s smooth formula facial wash leaves my skin feeling absolutely clean, refined and fresh without drying out my skin or leaving it yearning for moisture.  The tube is quite large so I know that even with the price point, it will offer me a few months of use without any issues.  It’s a nice smelling facial wash and smells of citrus which is great and invigorating to use, especially during the day or for my morning face wash.  While I don’t have issues with breakouts very often, I do get them now and then, especially during that time of month, and I find that this facial wash has really helped with keeping them at bay.  I haven’t had a bad breakout since using this wash.

Just a note – this does kind of exfoliate my skin and livens it up.  I can use this product without issues if I’m not using it too often.  I tend to use it about 3x a week.  This is a nice facial wash for my morning cleansing routine.

INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lactate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Glycerine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium PCA, Lactic Acid, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (and) Glycereth-2 Cocoate

The Eye Brightening Cream ($39.00) is a great product as well.  I am huge on eye creams and use them daily.  Since I have sensitive eyes, I usually can tell right away if I like an eye cream or if it will be a miss for me.  This eye cream feels really nice on my skin, almost cooling to the touch while it doesn’t have that sticky texture that some eye creams can have.  It also has a cooling feel without the burn – it feels like cool cream or cold cream to the touch.  I don’t have many dark circles, but noticed that it did help with the appearance of fine lines due to rubbing and my allergies and I do love that my eye area looks brighter and rejuvenated.  It’s definitely becoming a favorite eye cream of mine.  With Vitamin K, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin E – I’m loving the combination of ingredients for my sensitive eye area.

INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (and) Squalane (and) Polysorbate 60, Glycerine, Sodium PCA, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Esters, Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate, Phospholipids (and) Phytonadione, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein (and) Oxido Reductases (and) Glycerine Soja (and) Deionized Water (and) Glycerine, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Ginseng) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) (and) Glucose, Panthenol, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Squalane, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (and) Glycereth-2 Cocoate

The Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator ($32.00) has been my go-to day or night to help hydrate, refreshen and cool my skin.  This facial hydrator is perfector for morning or night to help give you an antioxidant boost of Vitamin C and grape seed oil for radiant, healthy looking skin.  This hydrator is lightweight and works for all skin types, including my sensitive skin.  I especially enjoy using it after cleansing and before moisturizer.  One pump of the product smoothed onto my face and I feel like I’m ready to take on the day. I love the citrus scent too – it just wakes me up.

INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sodium PCA, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleutherol) Root Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ascorbyl Palmitate

With Belli Skincare you can enjoy peace of mine.  Belli Skincare products are allergy tested, Paraben free and do not contain artificial dyes or fragrances.  They are also OB/GYN and Dermatologist recommended.  They do not do any animal testing, are gluten free and Made in the USA.  I wish I knew about this brand during each of my pregnancies, because it would have been so beneficial for me then.  I’m glad I know about them now.  Sensitivities can develop in the skin during pregnancy because your hormones and body are so out of sorts sometimes so it’s great to know there is a brand out there that can help with that issue.

Over the last couple of months I have enjoyed using Belli Skincare.  The price point is reasonable but the products are really nice and feel absolutely great on my skin.  I have tried many different skin care brands and products over the years and I am thankful to be able to share this product with all of you because I enjoy it.

Learn more about Belli Skincare or purchase something to try on their website: http://www.belliskincare.com/.  They have a variety of products to take a look at for your needs, including those for stretch marks.

Have you heard about Belli before?  If so, what are your thoughts?  If you haven’t, do you think you or someone you know could benefit from trying this skin care line?

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Over the last couple of years, I have been reading heavily about Paula’s Choice via trusted blogger friends and have had my eye on the brand since.  About two months ago, I took advantage of a sale that the site was having and purchased my first product – Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer, which I have been enjoying.  Recently, I was given the opportunity to try more from the brand and to say I’m impressed would be an understatement.

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It’s taken me several years to get my skin in check over the years.  With many changes to my cosmetic routine and a huge overhaul in my skin care I learned over the last two years what works for my sensitive, Eczema prone skin and what doesn’t.  While I have found many products that work wonders, I am beyond ecstatic to have found a brand that is my “ideal”.  As I mentioned previously, I had already fell in love with the Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer, so when I had the opportunity to have a skin care consultation with someone from Paula’s Choice and I got to try out more products from the line, I was not only amazed, but found a favorite.  The consultation lasted just a few short minutes, but in that time I learned that the original moisturizer I had from Paula’s Choice was a great selection for me it was nice to know that this service is available to me at anytime or available to anyone.  Since Paula’s Choice is committed to customer advocacy, education and helping people find the best products for their skin you can receive a FREE personal skincare consultation by calling 1-800-831-4088.

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I don’t really have breakouts, but being in my mid 30s, I feel like I tend to get hormonal breakouts especially during that dreaded time of the month.  Since I don’t use a specific acne treatment for these breakouts, it was definitely interesting to try something made for mild to moderate breakouts from Paula’s Choice.   The Clear Acne Kit includes:  Cleanser (177 mL/6 fl.oz.), Exfoliant (11 mL/4 fl.oz.) and Treatment (67 mL/2.25 fl.oz.).  The products in this kit are non-irritating and fragrance free.  But, since I have sensitive skin, I was advised to use start off using the products gradually, starting with the cleanser daily and the exfoliating solution and treatment about 2 times a week.  If my skin tolerated it well, I could increase the use of the other products four times a week.

Here’s what I did:

1.  I cleanse with CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser and started off using this product once a day.  This cleanser refreshes the skin without causing any dryness which is a plus for me with my Eczema prone skin.  It reduces red marks and prevents redness and also dissolves pore-clogging dirt which helps to leave your skin perfectly clean.

2.  Then I used the CLEAR Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution two times a week.  I applied this product like I would a toner to exfoliate the dead skin cells and to really clean out the pores.  I found after the first week, that I could not use this product more than once a week.

3.  Last is the CLEAR Daily Skin Clearing Treatment which I used to spot treat areas that were an issue or breakouts here and there.  A thin layer of the product takes you a long way and just a little is needed.  It dried out my little breakouts quickly and I love that I can pull this out during that time of the month when I may need it the most.

Since beginning the CLEAR Acne Kit Treatment, I have had to decrease how often I use the Exfoliating Solution and Skin Clearing Treatment due to my skin sensitivities.  Since I do not often have breakouts, I have been saving those for times when I do have a breakout or issue, but otherwise I have been using Pore Normalizing Cleanser as a part of my skincare regimen a few times a week.  In combination with the CLEAR system, I have been using the Skin Recovery line.

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The Skin Recovery products are perfect for normal, dry and very dry skin.  They are clinically proven to be non-irritating and are 100% fragrance free with no added dyes which makes them perfect to use on my very sensitive Eczema prone dry skin.  I have been loving these in combination with the CLEAR line and since the Replenishing Moisturizer has already been a favorite, it works well with the Acne line to keep my skin moisturized.

1.  I use the CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser as my daily cleanser or incorporate the cleanser I was already using from my personal skincare stash.

2.  For daily use I then incorporate the Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner which helps to hydrate my dry skin and calms my skin sensitivities.

3.  After cleansing and toning, I apply the Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum (which I LOVE).  I can use this product daily and it feels wonderful on my skin.  It helps to fight multiple signs of aging and has Retinol in it but has been a great additive to my skin care.

4.  I finish my skin care regimen with a moisturizer.  If part of my night routine, I use the Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer and if my day routine, I will use the Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

5.  As I mentioned above, if for any reason I have a breakout or a pimple, I will incorporate the CLEAR line Exfoliation Solution and Skin Clearing Treatment.

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With sensitive skin, it can be a struggle to find products that not only work, but will not cost you a pretty penny to use them.  I love that Paula’s Choice products are pretty affordable and easy on the pocket book.  You are getting luxury skincare products for a reasonable cost and these products work.  Paula’s Choice offers a 100% money back guarantee (within 60 days) and you can find products for everyone including those experiencing acne, rosacea, aging and pores.  There is a product available for anyone and I think it’s wonderful that Paula’s Choice does not do any animal testing.  My sensitive skin has been loving their products – with no dyes or fragrances, this brand has become the ideal skincare brand for me.

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