Need a Moisturizer

Since having Lucas, my hair and skin have rebelled. My hair went from a 3b/c to a 2b/3a. My skin is now much blotchier and my pores look gaping.

I used to use Olay's general moisturizer. Now it doesn't seem to be doing anything all that great. I tried a sample of Lush's Gorgeous, but it didn't do all that much.

What I'd really like is something to diminish my pores and take away some of that blotchiness. My skin is combination - more so on the oily side. And if it had an spf in it, all the better.

Any suggestions?
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I have no advice, since I am not very diligent with any skincare routine. But I just wanted to pop in and say hi! I miss seeing you post, CGG. I'll have to keep in touch via your blog.
I tried a sample of Lush's Gorgeous, but it didn't do all that much.
Originally Posted by CurlieGlamourGirlie
Well, sure - they'd love it if you'd drop $85 on a jar of Gorgeous, but it's really not all that. Believe me, I used to work at Lush, and there are plenty of cheaper moisturizers that they have that are far better.

Enzymion is very good, but that's for oily skin. Imperialis is very good for combo skin - did you get a sample of that? Skin Nanny is a new one - they didn't have it yet when I worked there, but it does have sun protection. However, I think it's for drier skin. The new Vanishing Cream moisturizer is very good for oily skin as well.

Two nice ones if your skin is showing any sensitivity are Celestial and Cosmetic Lad. Made for more normal skin types, but they're good for very sensitive skin. Try samples of those next time you're over there.
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i have and use the lush vanishing cream (only at night). i use aveeno positively radiant moisturizer w/ spf 30 on my face and neck every day.

i have been reading that cerave is a great moisturizer for the body. i think you can find it in drugstores and on drugstore.com. i bought it for my nephew when he had ezcema as a baby and it worked good for him.
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My hair went from a 3b/c to a 2b/3a. My skin is now much blotchier and my pores look gaping.
The same happened to me. The only things that helped were a good cut, a flat iron, and some foundation primer to make the pores look smaller under makeup, at least. I'm had some success with using Proactive every few days, but it's so hard to buy just one product at a time and not the whole thing (no, we don't have those mall kiosks here...we don't have a mall). I'm having some success with Murad.

Being really really super careful about what I eat helps and when I get more sleep, that seems to help as well. I know a lot of people don't think diet has anything to do with skin, but if I eat low carb, whole foods my skin makes a huge turnaround. It's just very difficult to stay on top of it.

Good luck. It's so frustrating when all your old tricks and products don't do anything because you've got totally new issues.
How old is your baby?

I found that my melasma didn't go away for a LONG time after I had my babies, and I still have a touch of it on my temples; it gets worse if I get a lot of sun.

The dryness continued for a while, too, nothing helped it. My face continues to break out, but I think that's more me/environmental than it is from having kids.

There are very few moisturizers that I can use for a LONG period of time, they all seem to lose their effects after a bit.
you might want to try Eucerin's Everyday Protection Face Lotion w/SPF 30. It's the ONLY moisturizer I've EVER used for more than a month or two. It actually gives me a glowy (NOT oily), yet mattifying look, if that makes any sense. It's also the only lotion that I've ever used every day.
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In terms of moisture:
You could try jojoba oil (light and great for skin and hair)

Emu oil (non-vegan, but has great rejuvenating properties for skin, hair, etc...)

Regarding pore size issues: off the top of my head without examining your skin, tentatively i'd say--Maybe a mild Medical Microdermabrasion treatment and/or Gentle Waves therapy (now called Deep Penetrating light therapy) could help (technically, the body (including pores don't change that much over time), but pregnancy can leave you a bit depleted depending upon amount of weight gain over the term which can and sometimes does possibly temporarily affect the appearance/condition of your skin) ..What the treatment will do is restore some elasticity by stimulating natural collagen production and so on.

But in terms of a nice pick-me-up, there are lots of new maternity/mommy & baby spas that are great.

Good luck and congrats on your new baby.
I began using CeraVe moisturizer about three weeks ago, and I've seen a huge improvement in the balance of my skin. The line claims to help improve your skin barrier, and I think it's actually delivering. It's a drugstore brand (I bought it at CVS), and I think I paid like $15 for a huge bottle of it. My skin is recovering beautifully from a string of bad breakouts, and it's helping to level out my dehydrated but still oily skin.
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I have no advice, since I am not very diligent with any skincare routine. But I just wanted to pop in and say hi! I miss seeing you post, CGG. I'll have to keep in touch via your blog.
Originally Posted by medussa
I miss posting!! I'll try to come by more often! It's also because my hair is so screwy that I have no idea what I am anymore. I think I've gone to a 2b in some parts.
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I use C.O. Bigelow products on my face. I know you can get to a store in your area, but Bath and Body Works also sells it -- and they sometimes have small samples for sale there.
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Thanks for all the suggestions. My skin isn't dry, it's more on the oily side.

Lucas is 16 months old, so you'd think my skin and hair would be back to its old self, but alas, not so.
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