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Oil Slick

blog_beauty2Putting oil on your face? It sounds like an acne-prone girl’s nightmare. But that’s not the case with my secret skin care weapon. Sonya Dakar’s Omega 3 Repair Complex (for acne none-the-less) is a must-have for anyone with problem skin. Me? I’ve got acne just waiting to emerge, so I use a topical retinoid product from the dermatologist, and while this keeps the flare ups at bay, it also seems to produce dry, sensitive skin. This oil by Sonya Dakar ($42) solves the problem. Chockfull of Omega 3s, you only need a small pump of this stuff used morning and night and you’ll be floored by the results. Within a week, any dryness seems to disappear, your skin is moisturized, acne remains away, and there’s a dewy effect to your epidermis. The Sonya Dakar skin care line is über effective but remarkably expensive. Still, if you can fork over the money, an investment in this Omega 3 Repair Complex is worth it. Visit Sonyadakar.com for a look at the line. And while you’re there, if you’re acne-prone, also check out following raved about products tried by yours truly: Acai Claifying Wash, Triple Action Organic Scrub and Deep Pore Clarifying Serum.

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