Looking for Miracle Product

Updated on March 09, 2009
N.T. asks from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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Hi, I am nearing 40 and have dry/combo skin with large pores. I am searching for a new "miracle" product! A foundation and/or powder that doesn't settle into wrinkles & pores. And a good hydrating moisturizer too! I am looking for ideas of drugstore/dept store products, please! No home business like Mary Kay/Avon/Arbonne, etch..I have tried those all. Thanks!

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K.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

I like Dr. Patricia Wexler's products. She is a well known dermatologist. The line addresses all skin issues from acne to anti-aging. They sell them at Bath & Body Works for a reasonable price. Kate Sommerville (facialist in Hollywood - has many celebrity clientele) has good products too but they are pricier.

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T.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

I have dry/combo skin as well and use the N. Miller line. It's available online. Email me at [email protected]____.com re:N. Miller, and I'll share what I know with you and see if it's a good match. Have a great day!

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D.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

I have found the Oil of Olay products to be really good, but now I use products from Mary Kay. I really have had good results and my skin really looks the best is has in years. I am 40 myself and definitely have used these products for the last 10 years. Mary Kay representatives have samples of products for you to try which makes it better than buying and not being satisfied and wasting that money. Hope this helps.

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H.A.

answers from San Diego on

I love the make-up, cleansers and moisturizers that Costco is making and marketing under the Kirkland brand. Inexpensive and nice on my skin, I recently switched from the liquid foundation to the powder, mineral type and really like the look and feel - very natural with no creasing!

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N.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

Good Morning N.,

I can't see your face, but what you described sounds like to me you may have food allergies. Many of the problems that we have are manifestations of something that we rarely consider, food allergies. Most if not all skin problems are manifestations of food allergies. I recommend that you log onto site NAET.com and locate a NAET allergist near your home and be tested for food allergies. NAET.com is a group of allergists around the world who ELIMINATE allergies. As far as I know, they are currently the only ones who eliminate allergies.

Matter of fact, I just had another treatment for my allergies yesterday and I did notice about 6 hours after my treatment, my skin appeared softer.

If you have any questions, I can answer them, [email protected]____.com, but I suggest you just jump in the NAET water and get tested, the fee is nominal for testing or free depending on the NAET allergist. Also, you can go to Amazon.com and locate the book Say Goodbye To Illness by Dr. Devi Nambudripad, she is the doctor who created NAET.

Also, I use origins on my face. I don't use anything but Origins. It may work for you. You can find Origins at some malls or online.

Be Well.

N.

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S.H.

answers from Honolulu on

Hi,
Kiehl's makes great products. www.kiehls.com

Or, I hear a lot about "Bare Minerals" make up.

I'm a little older than you (I'm already of the 40's age bracket)....and to be honest, the older you get the less make-up you put, looks better. If you can get away without using 'foundation', then do so. For me, I only use a transparent face powder on my face, over a sunscreen/face lotion underneath. I just use the basic "Corn Silk" powder from my local drug store.

Also, for your pores and just over all face 'beauty', trying doing a facial mask at least once a week. And, also a face 'scrub' thing... Clinique, has a great 7-Day face scrub that can be used everyday. It keeps the skin new looking and refined. I like it.

My sister who is older than me, LOVES Kiehl's products, and she gives me her samples, which I use. I really like it too.

All the best and good luck,
Susan

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R.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi N.,
I'm about your same age with dry-combo skin and large pores too.
Right now I am loving When Hope is Not Enough (Philosphy) for the really dry areas and Clinique Anti-Gravity face cream and eye cream for the rest.
Also, to solve the problem with pores, I changed my makeup routine to just concealer over the red areas, then I am using Philosophy powder makeup (applied lightly with a brush and not the supplied sponge), then some touchups with Clinique pressed powder if needed. This has been working pretty good. The Clinique pressed powder is really great - makes everything look smoothed out.
Hope this gives you some ideas! :)
-R.

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T.N.

answers from Los Angeles on

my best friend who was 59 years of age taught me this...
do not smoke. and do eat your food prepared with the freshest ingredients (grains Fruits and veggies and meats, etc, from scratch) available to you. do not use canned or bottled foods except in an emergency. and do use any lotion in all your body just before going to sleep or after bathing.My friend used vaseline straight from the jar, and both my grandmas used any kind of oil they could get their hand on , olive, corn, almonds, the natural oils that is)vaseline in cold weatherin your face will protect you tops.my grandmas and friend their skin and their body's was like that of a missy. these same advice was given to me by my paternal
aunts. I'm 54 years of age and the most thing I do to myself is dye my hair everyone to two months. also try to take care of all your problems best you can and if you can't, just don't take them to bed with you. my paternal grand mother also spent a lot of her hard earned money in all the beauty products she could get in her lifetime and concluded there is no miracle best than taking care from the inside out. so in addition to what I already stated drink lots of water with a minimal amount of at least 2 quarts a day, not in one big sip but in well spaced small sips spaced troughout the day. also smile a lot and presume of any face lines you might have since those indicate you are alive! my mother is 75 years of age and takes one capsule of omega 3 oil(may include vitamin e and or fish oil), before this she was so itchy and went from dermatologist a-thru-z and all they wanted was her money. cream this cream that etc. another thing my mother uses is keri lotion. good luck to you, from an old school girl!

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S.A.

answers from Reno on

I just read an article the other day about this. (If I can find it, I will post the link.) It stated in there that the best way to determine your skin type is to visit a dermatologist and find out exactly what your skin type is. Often times we use the wrong products for the wrong skin type and that causes a lot of the issues we have. Most people tend to think their skin is dry and use heavier moisturizers which actually cause the pores to become larger. Hope this helps.

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L.P.

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N. I can absolutely relate, I have the same type of skin. Some parts are really dry, some oily, and some combo areas all at once. Fortunately since I've been with Sensaria Natural Bodycare I use their products which have a specific facial system for every skin type.

We have a Nourishing Facial System which is amazing for dry skin, the moisturizer keeps your face hydrated all day long (I use this on my son it also works well for his exzema). They also have a Balancing Cleanser which is specific for those with combination skin like you and other systems to choose from.

The great thing is that we have a very reasonable package that offers your cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and a repair product to take care of fine lines and wrinkles. Email me if you would like to try a sample and visit the website www.sensaria.com/pamper.me I'm sure you'll find what you need. Best wishes!

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N.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hello,

I am a freelance make-up artist and have experienced the same problem. Since i wear make-up everyday, i have had issues with clogged pores. I recently discovered Laura Merciers loose Mineral powder foundation $35-. I use it everyday and it provides great coverage. I have been exfoliating regularly and using this product and i have to tell you my pores have dramatically cleared up. I bought it almost 2 months ago and i use it 6 days a week, sometimes 7. You can find this product at Nordstrom. Let me know how it works. Make-upbynancy.com. I will be happy to offer you make-up tips and techniques to acheive a flawless look. Feel Free to ask.

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L.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Try Mary Kay products. They have so many different foundations, mosturizers and beauty products that your skin care is customized to you. They are also the top selling skin care in the nation.

I've been using it for over a year now and love it.

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A.C.

answers from Las Vegas on

Hi N. :)

Melaleuca sells N. Miller products, which are natural, healthy skin products. There are all kinds of products which will help your skin be beautiful and glowing again. If you would like more information, check out my website, I'll give you a call, and share more with you.

www.ACWomensSuccess.com

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P.D.

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Try 100% Pure; I love the tinted moisturizer and powder; actually, I love all their products and their philosophy. The products are all natural and organic and the colors are from fruit pigments. All natural means ALL NATURAL! Check out their website at www.100percentpure.com, but you can get most of the stuff at QVC for great prices.

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S.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi N..

I know just what you mean...

40 snuck up on me and is now almost 3 years behind me.

I use a botanical and vitamin strength line with N. Miller. I love her products. There is one particular one that is an age defying cream. It really works well and is not too costly.

Let me know if you are interested in learning more about it.

The store I shop at has a 60 day 100% total no matter what satisfaction guarantee. And it is shop by invitation only...word of mouth. If you would like to see more let me know. (I get credit for my referrals woo hoo! You could too if that was something that interested you)

I love my skin now... I do not see any large pores and never have breakouts like I once did. Soft, and smooth and the wrinkles have virtually diminished.

Be in touch.

S.

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K.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

I have dry skin too and I use Cetaphil Facial Moisturizer for my skin. I use MAC for my powder and foundation.

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D.T.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi N.,
First, there really isn't any miracle product but rather great products that use miracle ingredients. I figure if they are from the safest and healthiest source and then the science and technology we have is used to create a product that has RESULTS- we are on the right track.

I am 49 (this past Dec.) and I am still being told I look 40- God blessed me with some good genes, but I also feel great these last 4 years using my new products!

Educating myself on what actually goes into what the world of cosmetics tries to sell us, led me to ARBONNE.

Withing 3 days my crows feet started to soften (not just be covered) and even my husband could "feel" the difference.

Now, I am using the whole regime (at huge savings) realizing it last 4-5 months for each product.

See for yourself- either send me an email or register as a client and I will send you 3-day Supply ($15) FREE!!

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Blessings,
D.
(http://www.beautifulfreedom.myarbonne.com)

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J.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

So you are probably going to get 100 responses of everyone telling you theirs is the best. Well I will start it differently to share my story and then why Sensaria is different. I have experienced acne since I was 12 and I am now 50. My pores were so big you could eat cereal out of them (very gross but gets the picture across), cystic, you name it. Tried everything and did regular professional facials where they would have to charge me extra for the time spent doing extractions.

It turns out that the ingredients in a lot of products were not good for me and for the past seven years I have been acne free with only a very occasional breakout which now clears up after a day or two. Most products contain harsh cleansers (sodium laurel sulfates) and just about EVERYTHING contains mineral oil or petroleums for moisturizing. The biggest offender for me is when alcohol, synthetic perfume or dyes are used. These all are bad for your skin and especially for your face as that is more delicate than the body yet exposed to more elements.

Whatever you use, there are five steps that are important: one is to cleanse twice a day, two is to use a toner (a must!), three to moisturize (especially with oily skin - didn't expect that I bet. When you don't moisturize, you are telling the oil glands to make more oil and if you have blockage on the surface you will have pimples), four is a good mask to use at least once a week, and the fifth step is a good sunscreen for the face. (I explain at a spa class, in a fun way, why you need these steps.)

Sensaria Natural Bodycare has a Basic System which has a cleanser, toner, moisturizer for $45 and will last you three to six months AND has a one-year guarantee AND is made in the USA (what is that, about .15 a day). A fun way to try the products is through a spa experience. I come to your home, you invite some of your favorite girlfriends over, and we play with the products. This is so fun and you get to try it beforehand. You, as the 'host' will earn free and half off products, of your choice.

What happened to me is that after a couple of weeks, I had a glow coming to my skin, after two months I did not have to wear makeup anymore and after six months my acne was gone. Today, you would think my skin was at least ten years younger with the scaring and sun damage gone. I still spend a lot of time out there but make sure that I use our sunscreen on the face every morning.

www.sensaria.com/J.

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J.W.

answers from San Diego on

If you are serious email me and we will get together for a demonstration. I will sample you the products you need and if you buy them and they don't work you get your money back.

I am talking about Artistry products, I have the same skin you do and I have been using them for 13 years and would not change if you paid me. I like them so much that I sell it now. www.we-us.mychoices.biz

Check it out!

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C.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi N., you've received a lot of responses. Two of them recommended Mary Kay and I am a Mary Kay consultant. I love the product and have been using and selling it for five years. I'd love to show you the product line and find what works best with your skin. I can visit you, send you samples and/or speak with you. My contact information is:

H: ###-###-#### C:###-###-####
www.marykay.com/cinakmanu
[email protected]____.com

Everything comes with a money back guarentee. I hope to hear from you soon so we can start improving your skin today.

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T.O.

answers from Los Angeles on

I may be partial, but I am just turning 40 this year, and I have found that I love Pink Papaya's products. You might want to check them out. www.pinkpapayaparties.com/tolvera

retexturizing face primer SPF 20
"Our virtually weightless serum contains opalescent light reflectors that diminish lines and leave a translucent effect on your skin. Anti-oxidant Vitamin A and E seal in moisture, creating the perfect plate for applying makeup. Ideal for all skin types. 1 ounce, $29.00

liquid powder mineral foundation SPF 15
This innovative liquid formula, fortified with a multi-mineral complex glides on velvety smooth resulting in a soft-powder, flawless finish. Provides the sunscreen and anti-oxidant protection that works for all skin types. Oil free formula is great for skin with large pores and oily t-zone. $36.50

There is more for you to choose from but you get the idea!

Pink Papaya carries aromatherapy, soy candles, bath and body, skin care, mineral makeup, and inspirational jewelry.
Pink Papaya has been around a couple years and just recently donated a $150 gift basket to the OC Parenting Magazine's Pampered Lady Cruise.

You might want to check them out and contact me if you have any questions!

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D.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

u should first get a filter for your shower if u don't have one..and try some glycolic products..DDF is good ...sounds like u need to talk to a skin doc...i like Caudelie..they have great products i always go back to their day and night creams..u can get samples at Sophora

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M.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi N., u can try using christain Dior products they are good becuase I used 2 wk for them as a Beauty Advisor....or for something less expensive you can also use Elizabeth Arden.....You can find that one @t Costco for 2 i think for $30 and u get 2 of them which is a really good deal but if I were u I would also buy a Primer..because it used to fill in the fine lines it would also help with aging "Boots" has one its called Restore n Renew you can find that one in target... and it also helps for the foundation to go on more smoother........if u dont mind me asking which foundation were u using b4? Sometimes people put 2 much founation on......becuase u only need a dime on your face......Are u even using a brush when u apply your foundation? Because u get a better finish if u do.......well i hope this helps u!!

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K.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

You are going to get alot of responses!! ; )
I personally use Bare Esentials and love it!! I'm 49!!!
I also have alot of Arbonne friends that love their product.I haven't used the make up,but people love the line!

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J.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi N.,
I'm 40 yrs old, and I've been using the Galvanic Spa, which is a patented, hand-held machine from Europe that diminishes wrinkles, minimizes pores, and ultra moisturizes the skin. The Galvanic Spa was recently in the news (http://www.nsevideos.com)

I can offer you a free demo so that you can try it with no obligation.

There is also some amazing moisturizers from NuSkin. One is called Moisture Restore Intense Moisturizer strengthens skin’s natural lipid barrier to restore suppleness and plasticity to extremely dry or flaky skin. With nourishing pistachio oil, soothing aloe vera, and free-radical fighting vitamin E, Moisture Restore Intense Moisturizer is our prescription for supporting the comfort and health of skin prone to extreme dryness.
It retails for $30, but I can get it for you for $22!

Let me know if you would like a free demo of the Galvanic Spa with no obligation. There's more info including before & after photos at http://www.jenniferaquino.com/antiaging

You can email me at [email protected]____.com or call ###-###-####.

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C.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

N.,

Although a little pricy, its well worth it... Mary Kay.

I've always had bad acne problems since a teen which really sucks... About 9 mos ago I tried the Mary Kay products and now I'm going to become a consultant in order to ensure I am getting my products with a discount.

My complexion has cleared up, I follow the treatment for evenings and my skin is great... I've had quite a few compliments from co-workers, friends, my mother (A big critique person about appearance) and my HUSBAND>>>

Try it and good luck.

C. B>

p.s. I tried Pro-Active and it only worked for a couple months... and i've also been given stuff my medical drs...

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S.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

N.,
I am a consultant with the Body Shop at Home and I have great skin care products and make up from the Body Shop. I can bring our skin care products to show you and you can sample and try before you buy. Our Vitamin E, Vitamin C, or Wise Woman skin care lines all contain community trade products so you not only care for your skin, but you help women though out the world.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
S. Morgan
[email protected]____.com
www.thebodyshopathome.com/web/susanmorgan

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K.H.

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Hi N.,

I make my own skin care product and I would be happy to give you a sample. There are no chemicals or perfumes. The only preservative I use in my product is Vitamin E and that is excellent for your skin. Just call me or email and I can give you more info on the anti-aging formula. I also use Y-age anti aging patches that are unbelievable in more ways than one. Go to Lifewave.com/kherihealth or call ###-###-####

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