@OsGirl FYI - the technique of applying a moisturizer first is called "buffering." It prevents your skin from getting too irritated because (duh) the moisturizer acts as a buffer. It's just a way of acclimating your skin to Retin A. But it does NOT work with Retin A Micro because that is time-released.
If your skin is not sensitive, you can go ahead and try applying straight on the skin followed by a moisturizer, like 20 minutes- 1hour later.
Retin A user! It's pretty potent stuff so Jane is probably right that it will find a way to work. The reason that they tell you to wait a half an hour after you wash your face is so that it doesn't irritate your skin. I've been using it for years and am now using Tazorac. My derm told me that the less water in your skin, the less likely it will irritate it.
If you're just starting to use it, I have some thoughts on what worked for me and other friends. Wash your face, apply an emollient moisturizer (to act as a buffer), wait 30 minutes and apply Retin A. I'd start by doing it a few times a week and then work up to every other day. After you've built up a tolerance, apply every day. Eventually (like me), you'll probably be able to slap it on straight out of the shower with no peeling. Just remember to use a pea sized amount. Any more and I find it too much.
Big Willie style's all in it!
@Lily Rowan We did both as well! We talked about getting married and went to go look at rings together. We went the custom route so I didn't know when I was actually going to get it. The actual proposal was a surprise - and it was lovely.
@mayonegg Jumbotron proposals are gross, but your username is awesome
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Eh, I don't know. She's the one who wrote in for advice, so it makes sense to focus on her. It's probably not worth it to argue over which one of them is the bigger jerk.
@paddlepickle Agreed. Come on, the point has been made. Birth control isn't a super fun for anyone. Fears of a vasectomy are pretty legit as is trepidation about using the pill, IUD, etc.
Ah, love colorful historians. In this genre, particularly love all of Michael Farquar's books. My favorite is A Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories History's Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors. Although A Treasury of Great American Scandals: Tantalizing True Tales of Historic Misbehavior by the Founding Fathers and Others Who Let Freedom Swing is also a fantastic read!
@teebs Agreed with the above. Sephora's return policy is ridiculously generous. I've never been hassled. If you've forgotten your receipt though, they ask for your driver's license and you get store credit.
@werewolfbarmitzvah The certain cream of which are you speaking that has a certain Germain dupe. (okay, this is silly - can I just say what they are? I'm saying what they are. There is a cult of beauty enthusiasts that swear that Creme da la Mer is the same as the German version of Nivea) Nivea is made in Mexico and in Germany and the US we get the Mexican version. They are slightly different and I've tried both. The German one has an ingredient list that is similar to the Creme de la Mer minus the seaweed.
I don't think either one is that great. I've also tried Creme de la Mer and its precious seaweed extracts and I think that it is one of the most ridiculously over-hyped beauty products of all time. Also, all of these products have high concentration of mineral oil. If you are in any way comodogenic (prone to clogged pores), or break out - it's so not worth it.