May 30, 1999
This week I am very pleased to bring you my review of Sage Skin
Care, located online at http://www.zerozits.com.
When I'm not locked up in my bathroom testing cleansers and
trying different brands of eye shadow, I am regularly online
surfing around for interesting beauty sites. During a recent
jaunt, I discovered Sage Skin Care by Barbara Strickland.
Barbara is a published author and has 17 years experience as a
Para-Medical Esthetician. Her Sage Skin Care site features
products she has created to treat acne, fine lines, wrinkles,
and skin discolorations. Barbara also shares some great
information in articles about preventing acne, avoiding common
skin care product ingredients that can aggravate acne, and using
Here are a couple of Barbara's tips that I now swear by:
o Wash your face with slightly warm to cool water. Hot or very
warm might feel good but that heat makes the skin swell and your
pimples get irritated. Now that we're getting into summer, try
using cool water and see how refreshing it feels.
o In Barbara's words, "Be an acne detective." Learn about
product ingredients and which ones to avoid. This advice alone
has made a marked improvement in my skin far beyond what any one
cream or mask could do. I never realized just how many
ingredients I was using regularly were making my problem skin
When you first visit Sage Skin Care and browse the selection of
products, you may wonder why everything seems a little
expensive. This is not another skin care line charging high
prices for fancy packaging and expensive advertising; what you
are paying for is truly product quality and unbelievable
service. For every customer and every product ordered, Barbara
will work with you to get the best results for your skin,
whether that means exchanging products, reformulating
ingredients, or customizing a program that suits your needs. I
only wish every shopping experience could be so warm, personal,
Corrective Grains ($17.50 for 4 ounces)
Because Barbara will re-blend her products depending on your
skin's reaction to the initial formula (made of ammonium lauryl
sulfate, aloe vera, benzoyl peroxide 2 ½%, polyethylene beads,
aloe vera, and preservative), I actually tried two versions of
this scrub. The first was a little too grainy and drying for my
skin, so Barbara made a new blend with fewer scrub grains and
more cold pressed aloe vera and hydrolyzed sunflower oil, which
worked wonderfully for me. I also modified my program so I use
the scrub once a day in the morning rather than morning and
night. I almost can't imagine my morning without it!
Facial Shampoo ($17.50 for 4 ounces)
Again, some trial and error led me to trying three different
versions of this cleanser. The first was a little too drying for
my normal to dry skin (made of ammonium lauryl sulfate, aloe
vera, hydrolyzed safflower oil, allantoin, panthenic acid, and
preservative), so Barbara sent me two other formulas, one
foaming with more cold pressed aloe, and one non-foaming with
hydrolyzed safflower oil. I love both and use the foaming in the
shower and the non-foaming at night. This cleanser is very
gentle and removes all your makeup effortlessly without
irritating your eyes.
SPF 25 Sunblock ($21 for 4 ounces)
For my pale skin, sunblock is something I already use faithfully
but never really liked. Almost all the ones I've tried are
thick, too white, smell awful, or leave my skin feeling greasy.
Barbara created hers to work with the water left on your skin
after cleansing, so it absorbs more quickly and easily into your
skin. It contains octyl methoxy cinnimate (uvb), octyl
salicylate (uvb), menthyl anthranilate (uva), titanium dioxide
(uva) plus aloe vera. If you never use sunscreen because you
hate the consistency, consider this one. I don't get ready in
the morning without it.
Gelloid Moisturizer and Masque ($40 for 4 ounces)
Here's another example of trying more than one formula. The
original Gelloid (made of cold pressed aloe vera, allantoin,
hydrolyzed safflower and sunflower oil, panthenic acid,
chamomile, vitamin c and preservative) wasn't absorbing well
into my skin, so Barbara tweaked it for me. The only downside is
that I can't use it around my eyes - if it gets anywhere near
them, my eyes get red and teary. Otherwise this is a great
lightweight cream that makes the skin feel supple and smooth.
Glycolic Acid 12% Smoothing Cream ($60 for 2 ounces)
I've been an advocate of AHAs for acne prone skin for quite some
time, and I've tried just about every brand out there. I can
honestly say I like this one the best. Unlike most AHAs, this
one also has BHA (salicylic acid) and vitamin C in a
surprisingly non-comedogenic base of aloe vera, allantoin,
hydrolyzed safflower oil, and hydrolyzed sunflower oil that
smooths the skin and reduces fine lines and blotchiness from old
acne. I've had better results and less irritation with this than
any other AHA I've tried.
Old Lady Cream ($40 for 2 ounces)
This is the only Sage product that didn't "wow" me. It's a basic
moisturizer that seals in the moisture on your skin. I used it
on some dry patches and around my eyes for a while, but didn't
see a dramatic difference. My re-formulated Gelloid plus a regular
eye cream (I'm using Alpha Hydrox now) do a better job for me.
Miracle Zit ($35 for 8 ounces)
At the heart of the Sage acne fighting program is this benzoyl
peroxide cream. It's free of the irritating fillers that most
drugstore brands have, and is designed to be used on your whole
face (or wherever you regularly breakout) as well as for spot
treating individual pimples. Personally, I could only use it on
individual pimples; my skin does not react well to benzoyl
peroxide all over, so I use prescription erythromycin gel and
Differin all over my face instead.
XX Miracle Zit ($40 for 8 ounces)
For especially large, cystic pimples, this extra strength cream
works quickly (within 24-48 hours) without drying your skin to
death. This version is NOT designed to be used all over your
One of the best ways to try Sage products is in a Try Me Pack.
For around $50, you get 2 ounce sizes of the products most
appropriate for your skin, complete with Barbara's great service
and advice. If you want to try the products and see how your
skin does, this is a great way to do it.
For more information about Sage Skin Care, including product
descriptions and online ordering, visit http://www.zerozits.com.
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