My sensitive skin has been dehydrated for years and my adult acne has continuously worsen. I know I have to work on my diet to include more fats, less sugar and carbs, and drink more water. But I need something topically to use so that SN mineral foundation will look smoother (I need to wear foundation because I won't dare go out in public with all my blemishes).
I've gone through the message board, and the Green Tea and Aloe Hydrating Serum seems to be highly recommended for those with dehydrated skin. I'm still not convinced if this is right for me. I could order a sample, but I don't need anything else from SN at the moment, so it wouldn't be cool to pay shipping just for one sample. And I don't think I can make a return if the full-size doesn't work for me.
I was about to purchase Rohto Hadalabo Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion (Moist) and the Milky Lotion (if anyone has any experience with this or other Asian brand hyaluronic lotions, please share), but I see that SN's Green Tea and Aloe Serum description states that tamarind seed extract performs better than hyaluronic acid.
I read that hyaluronic acid molecules are too large to penetrate into skin. And topical hyaluronic acid in gels and creams won't penetrate either. It easily washes off so it must be continuously reapplied according to this article http://www.dermaviduals.com/english/publications/special-actives/hyaluronic-acid-a-legendary-agent.html
that was supposedly published in Kosmetische Praxis 2008.
In my father's country, women use tamarind water as a beauty, relieving and whitening facial mask. I actually just found a solid block of tamarind paste in the fridge (you can find in Asian market..maybe some Latin or Caribbean markets too), and I might try making a mask. But I don't know anything about tamarind seed extract. Where can I find reliable sources on the web that describes the benefits and scientific evidence that tamarind seed extract works just as well or better than hyaluronic acid? I probably will have to stop by a library.
I did find this: http://www.cphs.chula.ac.th/J%20Health%20Res/files/FullText/23/4/mayuree_159.pdf
...but uhhh..I can't understand any of it except for part of the conclusion. Heheh.
A brand called Juara has a toner with tamarind seed extract AND hyaluronic acid...for $27....ahhhhhh..I'm so poor!
I've purchased a full size Vitamin C Peptide Serum last year, and decided to stop using it because I think I had slight itchiness and I didn't see any improvements. I've also tried a sample of the Oatmeal Hydrating Serum, and I couldn't tell any difference (well maybe a week wasn't enough). And I've tried the Hemp moisturizer and Intensive moisturizer, and those didn't really do the job for me either. Thank you kindly.