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  1. Katherine January 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    Hi! I was wondering if you have any advice/suggestions about 1) any make-up products, 2) how to keep my skin smooth and clear even with strenuous work-outs and exercise, 3) healthy foods and products for daily usage (eg. what brand/type of face wash).
    I have dry sensitive skin, so every time I put make-up on my face, I end up with break outs. What product do you recommend would not result in breaking out?
    I tend to sweat a lot with the high intensity training that I do, are there any actions I can take to keep my skin clear after working out?

    • Peach & Lily January 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      Hi Katherine! First of all, that’s great that you lead such an active lifestyle…I can only aspire to that! 😉 As far as make-up goes, it sounds like for sensitive skin, you’d react badly to talc. I highly recommend the Sua Young BB Cream ( because it is talc-free and good for those with sensitive skin. It’ll provide great coverage without causing your skin to react and has natural fragrances (crushed rose petals!) and also has gentle antioxidants so isn’t harmful for you. Sua Young is used in spas and apparently is loved for the way that sensitive skin doesn’t react badly to it. For keeping your skin smooth and clear even during intense workouts, there are a few ground rules (and maybe you already do this but some hopefully helpful tips anyway!): 1) before working out, always wash the face as makeup and dirt will clog pores (always bad esp for sensitive skin) 2) keep clear of headbands, chin straps, etc that contact skin during workouts, 3) wash hands and avoiding touching face, 4) wash face immediately after as the salty sweat will evaporate and leave only salt which also clogs pores, and 5) try to fan face and keep it as cool as possible during workouts (this is really hard but trying to at least helps) as the heat isn’t great for those with sensitive skin. Hope that helps…if not, and you give me a bit more detail, I can try to help think through what might help! For healthy foods and products, skin superfoods are fruits rich in antioxidants and greens. And drinking tons of water to stay hydrated. Also obviously caffeine, alcohol and excessive sugar (beyond those fruits) aren’t skin-friendly. For great mild, gentle products, I’d recommend Sua Young’s daily gel cleanser (personal favorite) and their soothing spray toner. Be the Skin has a botanical nutrition serum that is gentle and hydrating that could also be great for you. Plain oatmeal actually also makes a great face wash for those with dry, sensitive skin. You put it in your hand, wet it, squeeze out excess, rub on face and wash off. I have dry skin (not as sensitive) and slight eczema and I do this sometimes when I’m particularly dry and I love it. You have to make sure you don’t have allergies to colloidal oats though! I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you have any other questions and would love to know how these tips worked out for you. Good luck! – Alicia

  2. Katherine January 23, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Hi Alicia!
    Wow awesome thanks SO much for the great advice and the recommendations! I can’t wait to try them out 😀 Are there perhaps samples of the products on your Peach and Lily website that I could have shipped to me to try out?
    My skin type especially during winter is super dry and itchy. I try to put lotion (aveeno darily moisturizer) but for some reason it seems to make it more itchy.
    Also I’ve heard about a CC cream? Do you happen to know what it is and its difference with BB cream?

    • Peach & Lily January 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

      Hi Katherine!
      No problem at all! Right now, we don’t have sample that we’ll be able to ship out but in a few months we may have fun discovery kits for some of the brands that you can purchase and try before using the full-size products! My guess is that the Aveeno moisturizer is not hydrating enough for you. I highly recommend a serum and an emulsion which are a bit lighter and can more effectively get into the skin to hydrate from within. CC Cream and BB Cream are not too dissimilar but depending on the type of CC Cream and BB Cream the differences can be a bit more marked. Different brands do different things with their BB and CC Creams. We’ll be carrying a CC Cream by Mizon and in general that product focuses a bit more on having a comprehensive skincare solution in on bottle. A bit akin to a great moisturizer with some color added in it so you get great hydration, firming and coverage. I wouldn’t focus as much on what BB Cream and CC Cream is and more focus on each brand’s BB and CC Creams and see what’s actually in them and see if that is suitable for you. I think the Sua Young mineral-based BB Cream (talc-free and great for sensitive skin) is a good fit for you.


  3. Katherine January 26, 2013 at 12:28 am #

    Also what is your take on the Japanese product: Cure Natural Aqual Gel Exfoliator?

    • Peach & Lily January 28, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

      It’s a great product! I actually think it might be worth a try for you because you have sensitive skin and this seems like it won’t irritate your skin. Let me know how you like it if you ever end up trying it!

  4. Mignon February 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Hi Alicia,

    Thank you for everything!!! I truly appreciated ALL your advice, help, suggestions and especially your kindness and being so nice!

    To anyone interested in ordering from Peach and Lily, they have wonderful products and really care about their customers. Emails are always replied to quickly and their shipping is fast. I cannot say enough about them!

    Thanks again, Alicia! You are awesome!!!

    Mignon :o)

    • Peach & Lily February 20, 2013 at 11:52 am #

      Hi Mignon!

      Thank you for the kind note!
      Of course, anytime on the suggestions – always very happy to listen and try to help as best as we can!

      Have a wonderful day 🙂

  5. Violet February 20, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Hi Alicia,

    Great blog. I love that you are so personal and honest while also being scientific and informative.

    I’m writing because I have a question. My husband has very dry skin but large pores. I wanted to get him a toner/serum/moisturizer set but am confused about what would be right for him, as it seems that large pores and oily skin usually go hand in hand. What do you recommend? Or is there a men’s skin care line that would be better suited for him?

    P.S. Don’t worry, this isn’t being forced on him… he actually started caring about his skin when he saw how my skin had improved when I started caring for it.

    • Peach & Lily February 21, 2013 at 9:56 am #

      Hi Violet! Thanks for the kind note. He’s lucky to have someone like you asking for skincare recommendations! Just to be a bit more informed, does your husband have sensitive skin? And is his skin dry from eczema or generally just very dry all over the face/body? What does he usually use and what is his age range (early 30s, late 30s, etc.)? Trying to learn a bit more about his skin type to recommend products that I think would work well for him. 🙂

      • Violet February 21, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

        Hi Alicia, thanks for responding! He is in his early 30s and does not have eczema, he’s just generally dry all over-face and body. In the winter, his skin gets flaky and itchy, and his lips get really chapped. He does not usually use anything, though sometimes he’ll put Carmex on his lips and Aveeno on the dry itchy spots on his body. On his face, sometimes he’ll use my lotion and his skin definitely looks better in terms of hydration, but his pores are still huge. Maybe that’s just how his manly skin looks and we should just accept it? As a teen he suffered from acne so he also has lots of acne scars.

      • Peach & Lily February 25, 2013 at 11:15 am #

        Hi Violet! Sorry for the delayed response. I ended up getting a stomach flu and was a bit sick the past few days but am thankfully now back up and running 🙂 Thanks for all the helpful detail on his skin. I’d highly recommend the Aromatica organic facial cleanser which is great for dry skin: It really cleans deep inside pores but doesn’t dry out the face. I’d also recommend that he use a toner to ensure his skin’s pH is balanced. Here’s one that is a big hit among people with large pores:
        Finally, as far as hydration goes, this argan oil will do WONDERS for dry skin:
        The best way to use this product is to mix it in with a serum or moisturizer that he uses (drop in 2-3 drops), rub it altogether in hands and pat onto face. If he isn’t going to stick to Aveeno or your moisturizer, would also recommend:
        The cream is healthy and very hydrating and smells great! I use this (have very dry skin) and mix in the argan oil and it’s kept my face extremely well hydrated this winter.
        This product is something to supplement the skincare regimen, but does an excellent job of shrinking pores: Another shipment is coming in in a few days so if you’re interested, be sure to add your name to the waitlist and we’ll get this out to you right away (you’ll get a notification email as soon as this comes in, if you’re on the waitlist).
        As far as the chapped lips go, I highly recommend using a normal chapstick and then dabbing on a tiny drop of honey. Will help maintain hydration. Hope this was helpful! We always love hearing from people and talking all things beauty so please feel free to drop another line – questions, feedback, concerns – at anytime!

  6. Katherine Chung February 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Hi Alicia!
    I took your advice and ordered 100% Cure Natural Aqua Gel off amazon. I’m waiting for the shipment to arrive. I’ll let you know how it turns out 🙂
    Like you, I have dry skin. So I also ordered a product from be the skin botanical power nutrition line! (Super excited to get it in the mail).

    Im a bit curious about a few things: what is the difference between dry skin and sensitive skin? What would you recommend to heal scars, treat acne, prevent acne (im asking for my brother who had oily skin w large pores).


    • Peach & Lily February 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

      Hi Katherine! Let me know how the Cure Gel works for you 🙂 Hopefully, it is a good fit for you! The Be the Skin Botanical Power Nutrition line is one of my favorites – very gentle and really hydrates. In the winter, my skin is so, so, so dry (eczema-woes) that I still mix it with Aromatica’s argan oil (this one: and it is the super powerful combo. Serious, serious hydration without clogged pores.

      As far as healing scars goes, this snail enzyme is amazing for that. (Here’s more info: It also helps to keep acne at bay.

      This organic toner + serum might be great for your brother because it will help keep acne at bay (naturally and gently) but also hydrates lightly without causing greasiness. (Here’s more info:

      However, if the above toner doesn’t sound appealing to him, this one is also a wonderful option for those with oilier skin and keeping pores squeaky clean. (Here’s more info:

      And this cleanser should be an amazing option for your brother (and you). It is a WONDERFUL cleanser that is all natural, cleans deep down into the pores, but doesn’t dry out the skin or make it oilier. One of my favorites:

      And as far as dry vs. sensitive skin goes, dry skin is really the skin’s inability to retain moisture or the skin just not having enough moisture. One could be dry because one is not hydrating it enough but otherwise, the skin is OK at retaining that moisture. People with dry skin because lack of hydration usually have issues in the winters, when the environment changes and becomes drier or they aren’t drinking enough water in general. People with persistent dry skin (me!) have more of an issue of retaining moisture in the skin. For me, I’m always a tad dry even in the summers. So I have to be really good about providing ample moisture topically and my skin will stay decently hydrated throughout the day, then I have to provide moisture again in the PM. The issue is that dryness in the skin leads to suboptimal cellular turnover and more problematically, faster collagen breakdown. The flakiness is surface level and can be fixed but the structural issues (sagging skin etc) is harder to fix. So I try to stay really well hydrated through products that help retain moisture.

      However, dry skin can cause sensitivity because dry skin doesn’t do as good a job as protecting the nerve endings on the skin.

      That said, sensitive skin is an entirely different issue and people with dry or oily skin can have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin is more characterized by easily reacting to environmental or topical factors, though dry skin could be one of the causes of sensitivity. Other causes include skin disorders like eczema (me! although my skin is more dry and less sensitive), rosacea, etc. or allergic contact dermatitis. Could also be caused by environmental stress and the age-old annoying answer, genetics. In general, if I had sensitive skin I would avoid products with fragrances, alcohol, retinoids, alpha-hydroxy-acids, and keep the face super clean.

      I hope this helped clarify any questions you had and always a delight hearing from you! Let me know if you have any other questions! 🙂

  7. Katherine March 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Hi Alicia!
    Awesome, I’ll make note of those and hopefully come around to try some of the one you suggested above 🙂 I was wondering what sort of body care products you use or you would recommend for dry skin. I tend to itch mainly due to the dry weather but also because the weather is really unpredictable where I’m living right now: dry and cold today and hot sunny the next.

  8. Wendy Weissman July 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    Placed an order last week order #3614 it arrived yesterday and was incorrect. Instead of the charcoal soap from binchotan I received a sponge please send me the binchotan facial soap as specified in my original order.

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