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  • Ladies: re skincare: over-the-counter retinol? Glycolic acid? Opinions?

    Have you used any of these OTC products? Any you'd recommend? I wonder if they are effective or if prescription level the only way to go...or if there is a more natural approach. I'd appreciate any input.
    Starting Weight: 197.5
    Current Weight: 123
    Far healthier!

  • #2
    I use Alpha-Hydrox 10% glycolic lotion and it has been really helpful for keeping my complexion looking younger than my age.
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    • #3
      I've found that putting on a mixture of coconut oil and castor oil 1:1 on my face at night before bed make a huge improvement. Sometimes I use just plain castor oil under my eyes at night and by morning my usual dark circles are gone. Castor oil is magic!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BestBetter View Post
        I've found that putting on a mixture of coconut oil and castor oil 1:1 on my face at night before bed make a huge improvement. Sometimes I use just plain castor oil under my eyes at night and by morning my usual dark circles are gone. Castor oil is magic!
        I do something like this, except with olive oil to castor oil ratio 2:1. My skin has never been better.

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        • #5
          I use a 50% glycolic acid solution on my face once a month in between my monthly facials. I've used it for years. When I say face I mean face, neck, decolletage, and the back of my hands. Anything I do to my face I do to those areas as well. I also use it on my heels a few times a month to keep them soft. Recently I've started trying out more natural forms of skin care and none of my super hydrating soothing creams that I'd use after the acid treatment work as well as simple rendered beef tallow. That stuff is amazing.

          The oil cleansing method is a new find too and so far so good. Right now I'm doing an 8:1 ratio of Avocado/Macadamia:Tea Tree oil. The tea tree oil stinks but my skin feels incredible afterwards. I also use oil/salt/lemon juice as a cleanser/exfoliator/lotion all in one. I recently bought some emu oil to try as well as I've heard good things about it.

          If you do glycolic acid or retinol make sure everything you use on your skin is ultra gentle, soothing, anti-inflammatory, and super hydrating.

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          • #6
            Sometimes I use just plain castor oil under my eyes at night and by morning my usual dark circles are gone. Castor oil is magic!
            I need to try this!
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            • #7
              http://www.healthyskinsolutions.com/...-peel-at-home/

              Glycolic acid is found in sugar and fruit acids, so need to buy a product, you've already got it in your kitchen!

              I sometimes give myself a honey mask facial; if I'm feeling fancy, I might steam my face for a few minutes to open up my pores before applying the honey. My husband actually sometimes requests that I do a 'honey face' because he likes how soft it makes my skin, so I think that's proof it works!

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              • #8
                Thanks so much for the responses. I had been using just coconut oil, but my skin was still dry, so I'll combine it with castor oil as mentioned. I was hesitant to use glycolic or retinol as my skin is somewhat sensitive, but may give it a go as well -- perhaps in a lower % solution or not every day...or even with some kitchen fruit. I appreciate your help.
                Starting Weight: 197.5
                Current Weight: 123
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by janie View Post
                  Thanks so much for the responses. I had been using just coconut oil, but my skin was still dry, so I'll combine it with castor oil as mentioned. I was hesitant to use glycolic or retinol as my skin is somewhat sensitive, but may give it a go as well -- perhaps in a lower % solution or not every day...or even with some kitchen fruit. I appreciate your help.
                  If you've got dry skin I really wouldn't use castor oil... it's extremely drying and I damaged the skin under my eyes by putting it underneath I believe it's fine for people who have oily skin, but if you've got dry, sensitive skin then oil isn't a good option.

                  After I wrecked my skin I did some desperate searching around and I found this forum: http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum...dd7148c35188ae
                  It's an amazing resource for info. Post up a question describing your skin type and problem and I'm sure you'll get really helpful feedback. It's not as active as this site so you may not get a response immediately, but I've posted all my woes there and they've been great. Good luck!
                  "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                  In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                  - Ray Peat

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                  • #10
                    I use pure jojoba oil on my face (and sometimes an AHA cream when I remember) but nothing else. I started using it a couple of years ago to sort out adult acne and love it, wouldn't use anything else now. I think the AHA helps but the oil is the main thing. 40 in a couple of months and constantly get told I look much, much younger!

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                    • #11
                      I cleanse with a homemade oil/beeswax wipe-off cleanser which is similar to Lush's Ultrabalm. I'd never use anything but oil now. Also I make a toner with half organic apple cider vinegar (with 'the mother') and half water and use this a few times a week. Brightens, makes me look fresher/younger, and most of all keeps acne at bay. I've been searching for acne solutions for 20 years and can't believe no one ever mentioned this, I only discovered it a couple of years ago. For me, a miracle product

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                      • #12
                        I have sensitive and relatively dry skin. I have been using coconut oil for daily cleansing and moisturizing for a few years. I use honey or brown sugar occasionally for the glycolic acid properties. I couldn't be happier. My skin looks better than it has in 15 years and people often tell me my skin is glowing and they never guess that I am 47 when they guess my age they often think I am 32-35. I have never had anyone guess I am older than 35. My skin also looks even better since adding healthy fats back into my diet last June.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by janie View Post
                          Thanks so much for the responses. I had been using just coconut oil, but my skin was still dry, so I'll combine it with castor oil as mentioned. I was hesitant to use glycolic or retinol as my skin is somewhat sensitive, but may give it a go as well -- perhaps in a lower % solution or not every day...or even with some kitchen fruit. I appreciate your help.
                          You definitely don't want to use glycolic acid everyday. IMO start with a 20%, leave it on for 1-2m, then rinse with copious amounts of water. Do that every other week to start. Glycolic acid is all about the dose. I want the concentrated effects so I use a concentrated solution. The tiny amounts found in produce are fine for daily use but for a good chemical peel effect you want the concentrated stuff.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by YogaBare View Post
                            If you've got dry skin I really wouldn't use castor oil... it's extremely drying and I damaged the skin under my eyes by putting it underneath I believe it's fine for people who have oily skin, but if you've got dry, sensitive skin then oil isn't a good option.
                            Interesting...I have very dry skin, and castor oil has made such an improvement. Also, I think not using a face wash anymore has also helped; only using either honey or oil to cleanse my face doesn't leave it feeling like I washed it with sandpaper (which is how store-bought face wash usually feels to me).

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                            • #15
                              I have used Neo Strata for years. My skin is typically very dry, this is the only thing that works for me. Usually the strongest one.
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                              Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
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