Review of Biore Daily Scrub

I’ve found recently that the St. Ives Apricot Scrub I usually use is a bit too harsh for winter, so I thought I would go to the store to find a new scrub that might work better. I came upon Biore’s Daily Scrub, which comes in a squeeze tube like most other scrubs do. I noticed immediately that the beads are spaced a lot farther apart than those of most other scrubs.

The texture of the scrub is creamier than most I have come across, but it certainly isn’t oily, so the “oil-free” advertisement of this product is definitely true. It has a pearlescent look and lathers up a little so you can use this as a cleanser. This product does dry my skin a little, but it’s nothing that moisturizing right afterwards can’t fix. Thus, this product is probably fine for most skin types.

I’ve read reviews on this product that claim it prevents breakouts, which I find untrue. In fact, I got a few pimples on my nose that may have actually been caused by this product, and I almost never get acne. I was disappointed that this product seemed to make my skin worse.

I’ve found that this product is not that effective as a scrub. I don’t think the beads do all that much exfoliating because they are so small and so far apart. However, if you have incredibly sensitive skin, this may be the only way to exfoliate at all. I just don’t think it is that effective in removing dead skin cells, as I would expect an exfoliater to do.

Even as a cleanser, I didn’t find this product to be very effective. I’m disappointed to say that this product really did little to nothing to improve the state of my skin. I’ve found that my skin in recent weeks is in worse shape than before. I think I will go back to using my old skincare while I hunt for a good scrub that will actually do something for my face. I would not recommend this product because it did nothing for me.

Evolution Man: An Evolution in Skincare for Men

Evolution Man, an LA-based company, is changing the way men think about skincare with their brand new line of skincare products for men. The Evolution Man line offers everything a guy needs to be clean, protected and wrinkle-free.

The Good Stuff

With key ingredients like Algae Extract to balance skin’s moisture content, vitamin C to encourage collagen production, and Grape Seed Extract to soothe irritated skin, Evolution Man keeps men looking great at any age. Some of the products include Wash amp; Buff, Cleanse amp; Shave, Moisture Protect, Revitalize Eye Gel, and even a specially formulated lip balm.

And as an added bonus, the handsome white-on-black packaging makes these products perfectly OK to take in your gym bag, to work, or even in your overnight bag.

The Evolution Man products are missing a few things, too. They are specially formulated without all the nasty stuff like parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, GMOs, and Triclosan-all the stuff you don’t want in your skincare.

One of the faves

Conceal is an awesome product, and definitely a must-have in every guy’s man bag. It is basically a sheer lightweight concealer that smooths skin imperfections, blemishes and dark circles in seconds. It is easy to apply and stays on all day. Plus it is available in three shades: light, medium and dark. According to our guy testers, “It was a well spent $20.”

What people (like my guys) are saying:

Our team of guy testers sampled several Evolution Man products including the Wash amp; Buff, Cleanse amp; Shave, Moisture Protect, Revitalize Eye Gel, and the lip balm-the entire team loved all of the products.

A thirty-something tester said he liked the Moisture Protect SPF 20 because “It absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling on your skin. Plus it lasts all day and has a subtle scent.” He also liked the lip balm for the same reasons.

Our teen tester really liked the Wash amp; Buff “To keep skin clean and smooth.” He also liked the Moisture Protect SPF 20 and the lip balm “because they are simple ways to take care of your skin without a lengthy (and girly-feeling) routine.”

Evolution Man products range in price from $10 to $24, or they have entire skincare systems available for $110.
The entire Evolution Man line of products is available at or at select retailers.

Skincare Tips for “Tweens”

A “tween” is usually defined as a child between the ages of 10 and 13. This is a time of transition, as the child is no longer a “little” boy or girl, but isn’t an adolescent, either.

However, it is not uncommon for the first signs of puberty to appear during the “tween” years.

These can range from the development of body odor in both boys and girls to the beginning of muscle mass formation in boys and the laying down of fat deposits in certain areas in girls. And, depending on genetics and other factors, many “tween” girls may begin menstruating during this time, and some boys may begin to mature sexually.

If your child is entering into the “tween” years, you may wonder if you really need to start worrying about skin care. When it comes to the formation of acne blemishes or other types of skin problems, you may not see this occurring to any extreme at the beginning, but that doesn’t mean your child doesn’t need to start learning a good skin routine.

If your “tween” is a boy, you may be thinking that you don’t need to read any further, because boys don’t have to be as concerned with their skin as girls. This is not true; all children need a skin care routine.

The most important element of a “tween” skin care routine is the use of sun screen. And, this applies to boys and girls. Severe sunburns suffered in childhood or early adolescents may increase the risk of skin cancer later in life.

And, even boys need a good cleansing routine. It may simply be a matter of using a mild soap and water for daily cleansing, but dirt and sweat need to be removed thoroughly and as soon as possible.

“Tween” girls may start noticing signs of oiliness or problems with blemishes. A good sin care routine can help control these problems before they get worse. In fact, properly cleansing the face may actually help alleviate the problems to some extent. Acne break-outs may be diminished, and oiliness may not be as noticeable with proper skin care.

And, it’s never too early to start moisturizing, and this, too, includes boys. The moisturizer should be lightweight so that it will not cause or contribute to oiliness. If your child participates in sports, the moisturizer should be sweat-resistant. All moisturizers should contain sun screen.

As your “tweens” mature, they will not have to worry about learning a skin care routine. They will already have one in place, and the results of it will most likely already be evident in the healthy complexion and even skin tone.

3 Skincare Secrets I Had to Learn Myself

With all the skin care advice available, beginning with our mothers and continuing all around the internet, you would think someone would have found a solution for what ails 17 million people in the United States alone-acne.

Like the rest of the population of acne sufferers, I tried everything I possibly could do to eradicate this problem. I exfoliated, used salicylic acid, went without makeup, had facials, and used only high end products for a long time. Nothing could permanently change my acne. I would see results for a month at best! Many people go to even more extreme measures (think major detox diets) to see results-often to no avail.

With a little logic I was finally able, after a 7 year battle, to discern my skincare needs in three simple steps. Finally I saw a permanent change in my complexion! Try these for yourself-it certainly won’t hurt and for me, these simple steps have been the cure I was feverishly searching for.

Skincare Secret #1
If it’s gentle enough for my baby, it’s perfect for my face.
After running out of my regular facial cleanser and out of time to hit the store, I had no choice to use what I had on hand. What I had on hand was baby shampoo. I reasoned for a minute that it didn’t hurt my son’s delicate skin so it would probably work for my skin for a day or two. It left my skin feeling clean, soft and elastic. I continued using it through the end of the week, then the end of the month, and now it’s been two years of original baby shampoo for my face. Not only is it the best cleanser I’ve ever used but at about $3 a bottle (which easily lasts 6-8 weeks) it’s a steal!

Skincare Secret #2
Italians have done it for thousands of years!
A couple of years back I began my love affair with extra-virgin olive oil. I cooked everything in it. I even loved it on my fresh strawberry salads. In my quest to find other ways to use this golden oil, I began researching olive oil skin care. At first I couldn’t wrap my mind around using an oil to combat oil, but I was desperate and I reasoned that Italians have been using olive oil on their skin for thousands of years so this advice must carry some weight. At first I used it on my body as a lotion replacement after showers. This is when I saw results. The backs of my arms became smoother and my skin took on a gorgeous glow! Overall my tone began improving. So on the face it went! It is, in my opinion, the single best thing a person can do for their complexion. Extra virgin olive oil has amazing anti-inflammatory and healing properties. It took roughly a month to see my acne fade but it has never returned since!

Skincare Secret #3
A little scrub here and there..
After I began seeing noticeable results from my nightly regimen of baby wash and olive oil, I noticed I had scars; something I never even thought about before as I just wanted the acne gone. I decided I needed one more adjustment. Microdermabrasion. I wasn’t willing to frequently go for treatments; I knew I needed something I could do at home. After a little searching online I found a perfect microdermabrasion and peel kit that I use every other night like clockwork.

So in a total of two months time I saw significant improvement in my skin tone. In fact, my acne went away and never came back! Take my advice and give a few of these (or all) tips a try!

Men’s Skincare: Simple Ways to Get Men to Add Skincare to Their Daily Routine

In today’s society, not only women are purchasing skin care products. More and more men are concerned about the appearance of their skin and are seeking ways to find informative solutions to common problems like breakouts and sun damage. Everyone feels better when their skin is smooth and clean and it is never too soon to begin suggesting simple ways to add skin care as a daily routine.

As a mother and beauty specialist, I began buying products to help teach both my children (daughter and son) to cleanse their skin before they became teenagers. I will admit, even though I approached the subject of proper skin care and maintenance with thoughtful consideration, my son was a little apprehensive about having more products on his bathroom shelf to try and figure out. My daughter was easy; she likes to read about beauty products so for me, the suggestion part was taken care of.

I first purchased a variety of well known brands. I now know that, staying within one product line helps clear up skin more efficiently because all the products are designed to work together. When bigger issues surfaced like hard to manage acne, I sought out the advice of a licensed dermatologist who recommended easing into a different formula, or backing off of a certain product that might be drying, like too much benzoyl peroxide.

Grown men and young men alike want to learn ways in which to take care of their skin, but are often too intimidated to ask. My husband asks me what to use as a daily maintenance skin care regime as he still goes through periods of adult break outs. I helped him tailor his shower routine with his skincare routine and he was able to better correct and balance his skin, without hassling with too many things to do in the AM. Fortunately, skin and hair care companies have realized the need to target men and boys, and are creating great products that answer their specific hair and skincare needs.

As of late he has asked me about those little lines that are showing up around his eyes and mouth when he smiles. I showed him the products that I use and how to use them. So far, he seems pleased, and although he doesn’t go through the routine that I do each night, I find he is taking much better care of his skin, and he remembers to use an SPF dermatologist approved sunscreen.

My suggestion for anyone who has a child or significant other who are reluctant to ask about skin care products is to be open minded and suggestive with them when explaining their options. This way you have an equal exchange of information and get a good idea about what they are looking for.

Ask them if they would like to try certain products that you already have or if they are interested in talking with a skin care professional in order to develop a routine that would work best for them. Remember, not all skin types fit into a cookie cutter mold for skin care and one product may not work for everyone.

I do suggest a visit to a licensed skin care specialist, and when you are there; ask about scheduling a mini-facial with a skin analysis. This way, you have the undivided attention of someone who is excited about sharing their knowledge about skin care with you. If you have problems with your skin that they feel might be beyond their control, every professional will recommend a visit to a dermatologist.

In some circumstances you may need a more intense therapy in the form of a prescribed medication or a topical cream. In today’s society more and more males are beginning to understand the need to take better care of their skin. Proper skin care routines including the use of sunscreen are not just for women. There are simple ways to suggest to the men in your life to add a skin care as a daily routine to help improve their overall appearance.

Six Best Winter Skin Care Products for Acne Prone Skin

The harsh winter cold has a tendency to leave our skin looking dull and drab. Acne prone skin is no different; it still breaks out in the winter even though it may feel a bit dry and tight. My skin especially has these problems. It feels dry in spots, but is still oily and acne-prone in other spots. And without great skin care products, it starts to look pretty dull and drab. Here are my top skincare products that help my skin look great and feel great.

Mark Skin Care. Admittedly, I was skeptical of Mark products because Mark is a division of Avon, and Avon was not my favorite company. However, Mark products are very on trend, and Avon is a large, longstanding company which means they have plenty of research – and research dollars – to back up their products. So I finally tried the Mark Skin care line, hoping it could help my acne prone skin this winter. What did I find? I love it! I use That’s Deep Purifying Gel Cleanser, and every couple of days I mix it with a little bit of Berry Grand Super Exfoliating Beads to exfoliate my skin and get rid of that dull complexion. It works! The beads are actual pieces of pomegranate and cranberry. They are surprisingly gentle and easy to use.

Toner. After I cleanse, I use the Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Toner. It contains salicylic acid and helps keep my breakouts under control. I also use it on my back to prevent any blemishes from forming there, since heavy layers of clothing in the winter can trap pore clogging dirt and moisture other places than just our face.

Moisturizer. I really like Mark’s Break Out Plan Acne Gel Moisturizer. It comes in a cute little jar with a clever pump, too. These Mark acne products are great because they contain real fruits and herbs, such as Apple and Willow Bark, to keep skin clear, along side of tried and true salicylic acid, which is acne fighting and age fighting. The only down side was the slight smell from the natural ingredients, but I did get used to it. If my face still feels dry, I follow up with a little Mary Kay Timewise Age Fighting Oil Free Moisturizer, just on my cheeks. It soaks in, but doesn’t clog my pores or make me shiny.

Eye Cream . Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Night is a very heavy cream that delivers serious results. I never would have tried it because it is pretty costly at over $100 an ounce, but I received a free sample. My teeny little jar of Un-Wrinkle Night makes the perfect eye cream. This cream would probably be too heavy for my entire face, but is great for just around the eyes. I’m not sure what I’ll do when my little jar runs out!

Of course, skin care is very personal. You have to find which products work for you. For some people, results are better when they stick to a single line of skin care products. For others, like me, with acne prone skin, it works best to mix and match. A little trial and error, and a little bit of recommendations from others, and you will be well on your way to skin that is clean, clear, and glowing.

5 Ways to Freshen Up Skin After a Long Winter

Winter’s ice-cold temperatures and dry air may have made your skin flaky, irritated and looking dull. Even if you were moisturizing your skin every day to protect it from the elements, the harsh weather and cold climate could still severely dry out your skin. As the weather warms up and you prepare for spring, you’ll need to make some changes to your skincare routine and work on bringing out your natural, healthy glow. Here are five ways to freshen up your skin after a long and cold winter season:

1. Give yourself a head-to-toe exfoliation. Use a buffing cloth and exfoliating tools to get rid of dead skin cells sitting on the skin’s surface. You have probably accumulated a lot of dead skin cells from head to toe over the winter months, and can “shed” this layer easily by buffing it away. Use face and body scrubs to loosen dead skin cells and a body-buffing tool to work on tougher areas of skin.

2. Use petroleum jelly to keep skin soft. Petroleum jelly is still one of the best – and most affordable — skin moisturizers available, and is especially helpful for getting rid of rough patches of skin on your knees, elbows and heels. Apply a layer of petroleum jelly to these dry and rough areas, and wear socks or gloves overnight so that your skin softens up quickly.

3. Choose a body wash with glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is a natural exfoliating agent and can be very effective for smoothing out rough and untoned skin all over your body. Look for a quality body wash or scrub that contains glycolic acid for the ultimate exfoliation in the shower. If you have sensitive skin, choose a body wash with a lowest concentration of glycolic acid.

4. Use a moisturizing body scrub at least once per week. A natural body scrub infused with essential oils, moisturizing oils, brown sugar or white sugar can be particularly effective for smoothing out rough patches of skin and reviving your skin after a long winter. Applying a body scrub using a vigorous, circular motion can also increase circulation to the skin’s surface, bringing out your natural glow.

5. Get a faux tan. If your skin is looking especially pale after a long winter, pick up some sunless tanning products and work up a faux tan! Your fake tan will look more natural and last longer if you exfoliate your skin thoroughly before application. Most sunless tanning products last between five to seven days, depending on your natural skin tone.

Top 5 Natural Organic Skincare Gifts

The holidays are approaching and you owe it to yourself to get into the game. When it comes to natural/organic skincare gifts for that special health fanatic in your life, there is so much to contemplate. It is 2008 and today people prefer the essence of naturalism more than ever, as opposed to artificiality. Although you cannot put a value on your skin, you can look like a million bucks at anytime. I have narrowed down an array of amazing natural/organic skincare inspired products to only 5 of the best natural/organic skincare gifts.

5. Lavanila Healthy Lip Shine Trio. I first discovered this product when watching television. I was very intrigued, as it was so natural and healthy. Exclusively available at Sephora, this startling natural/organic lip shine trio only produces the best results. Made with powerful antioxidants and 100% pure ingredients, this skincare gift makes only the best gift to that natural fanatic in your life. Because it is free of ingredients such as menthol and phenol, this brilliant product is ultimately worth your inquiry. The set includes: Vanilla Coconut, Pure Vanilla, and Vanilla Grapefruit lip shines. If you don’t own this lip shine trio, you are truly missing out. It is one of the best natural/organic skincare products in the world today.

4. Lavera amp; Lavere 21st Anniversary Gift Set. Love the skin you are in. There is just no greater feeling. If you haven’t heard of this miraculous product, you definitely need to discover it. This gleaming and astounding natural/organic skincare set includes: Lifting Serum, Hydro Sensation Energy Cream, Eye Cream, and Hand Cream. You can purchase this directly from Lavera amp; Lavere. For one who appreciates affluent products that possess only the best ingredients and produces only the best results, this is your product.

3. L’Occitane Ultra Comforting Skincare Regime Kit. Don’t let your skin feel weighed down. Allow it to come to life with this brilliant natural/organic skincare product. Formulated for every skin type, including sensitive skin. The set includes: Ultra Comforting Cream, Shea Ultra Comfort Milk, Shea Ultra Comfort Mask, and White Skincare Pouch. You can purchase this at L’Occitane directly. If you don’t own this amazing product, the time is now to purchase it today. You won’t regret it.

2. Juice Beauty Organic To Go. I first discovered this set, when it was given to me by a good friend of mine. She looked at several gifts, before she chose this gift. Knowing I am a vegetarian who appreciates holistic methods, she knew this organic inspired skincare kit was destined to attract me on several wavelengths. Available at Sephora, this 6-piece organic skincare starter set is truly a force to be reckoned with. Imagine a $45 value for only $29. This surprisingly elite skincare regime contributes to healthy skin. The set includes: cleansing milk, antioxidant serum, green apple peel, hydrating mist, oil-free moisturizer, and an organic bamboo washcloth. If you are looking for the ultimate natural/organic skincare gift, this would be it.

…and the hottest natural/organic skincare gift is…

*drum roll*

1. Origins Skin Care Starter Set. Skincare is as universal and diverse as the individual that uses it. When it comes to this amazingly fluent skincare set, anyone experiencing the need to own a marvelously healthy part of a skincare line, you are destined to love this. This amazingly immaculate set includes: Purifying Tonic, Foaming Face Wash, and Nourishing Face Lotion. You can purchase this amazing natural/organic skincare set through Origins website or at your local Origins counter. I love this and I just know that you will, too.

Organic Bath and Body Products on Etsy

Etsy is an awesome website for sellers and buyers of handmade and vintage goods, and many of the sellers on Etsy choose to sell organic, earth-friendly items. One of the biggest categories of organic items on Etsy is organic bath and body products, and these are some of the greatest shops for buying organic skincare items on Etsy:


Herb Friend is a wonderful shop that features natural bath and body products, many of which organically grown herbs and herbal infusions. Some of their products include natural artisanal soap, such as clementine lavender, citrus forest, and spiced organic apple soap, natural lip balm, in flavors like lemongrass tea tree, organic icy lime, and organic vanilla, and other herbal body products, including organic calendula salve, organic whipped shea butter, and rosemary and mint herbal bath salts.


Mirasol Farm is a great shop for organic bath and body products on Etsy. They create handcrafted skin care, including creams, lotions, and balms – all of which are made from scratch. Their skincare products are made using raw organic ingredients, including pure, essential oils and botanicals, and they also take care in their packaging, making sure it’s eco-sensible, as well.


At Green Springs Body Works, they focus on creating natural and organic products free of synthetic chemicals, parabens, and artificial colorants. Some of their eco-friendly bath and body products include soaps, scrubs, salves, butters, balms, lotions, and perfumes – all of which have been created with the consumer and the earth in mind.


Raw Element is another one of the awesome organic bath and body care shops on Etsy. All of their all natural skincare products are free of parabens and other synthetic preservatives, pthalates, artificial colors, sulfates, propylene glycol, and petrochemicals (like mineral oil). Some of their offerings include body and face moisturizers, body oils, exfoliating scrubs, lip balms, and bath salts and bombs.

Be sure to check out these awesome, eco-friendly Etsy shops full of organic bath and body products, as well as the many others on the site.

Velvet Skin Coat & Matte Cream: DHC Skin Care Products Reviewed

My first experience with DHC products was at my dermatologist’s office. My doctor was offering free samples of DHC Velvet Skin Coat and DHC Matte Cream, and I gave them a try. I was so impressed with both products that I had to buy them.

Velvet Indeed!

DHC Velvet Skin Coat is a primer that you use before applying make up. This is a great product that keeps your foundation color even while controlling oiliness. It also helps your make up look fresh throughout the day.

DHC Velvet Skin Coat can also be used by itself. The gel gives my skin a healthy, even glow without making it appear oily. It also has a noticeable softening effect on your skin.

Application of this product is simple; you apply the colorless gel with your fingertips and give it a few seconds to set.

Shiny nose? No problem!

DHC Matte Cream is a great product to have on hand if you live in humid climates. I live in the Midwest and deal with humidity every day of the summer.

This cream absorbs excess oil and minimizes shine. You can use it under make up or alone.

DHC Matte Cream has made me forget about having a shiny nose. I no longer do mirror checks to see if I need to get out the powder. If you live in humid areas or have problems with oily skin, this would be a great product for you to try.

Guilty Little Splurges

I am usually quite frugal. I love DHC products so much that I let myself splurge a little when it comes to them. I bought DHC Matte Cream on sale for $19.50. It normally runs $28.00 a bottle.

DHC Velvet Skin Coat is not cheap either. I ordered a .52 ounce bottle for $20.00 and paid $5.00 in shipping.

Is it Worth It?

Since it is almost the end of summer, I probably won’t buy any more DHC Matte Cream unless I see it on sale again. I will continue on purchasing DHC Velvet Skin Coat though, because I love how it makes my skin feel.

Free Samples

With every DHC purchase you can choose 4 free samples.

If you have not purchased anything from DHC, you can request a catalog by calling 1.800.DHC.CARE (342.2273) or going to their website at The catalog will have 4 free samples included.

Where to Find It

You can find DHC products at .