This Woman Shared Her Cystic Acne Transformation and the Quick Fix That Actually Worked + MORE

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This Woman Shared Her Cystic Acne Transformation and the Quick Fix That Actually Worked

– health.com

If you're tuned into skin-care forums, then you know that the brand Drunk Elephant has a wide stan base. People are loving the fact that the products' ingredient lists are stacked with acids, peptides, vitamins, etc., but free of what the company calls the "Suspicious 6."

One mega fan, Lisa Paddock, recently wrote an Instagram post about her experience with the brand, revealing how the products cleared her acne and, in turn, boosted her self-esteem.

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In her caption, she opened up about a recent mental health struggle that affected "just about every facet" of her life. She was barely making enough money to pay her bills, was in a toxic relationship, and had been dealing with depression and anxiety since she was 12, she tells Shape.

To add insult to injury, she started getting acne for the first time in her 20s. (Yay, mysterious adult acne.) "After I turned 25, my skin completely changed," she says. At first, it was the occasional breakout, but then she started getting painful cystic acne. She tried OTC products, prescription products, and changing her diet, but they didn't help.

RELATED: I Struggled With Cystic Acne for 10 Years—Until I Tried This Skincare Line

Paddock dove into more research and decided to give Drunk Elephant a try after reading reviews. (ICYMI, the company finally launched a retinol cream this month.) She had quick results that cleared up her acne and boosted her confidence, she explained in her recent Instagram.

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"Within a month my skin had changed drastically and just kept improving with each day of consistent use," Paddock wrote in her recent Instagram post. "The most beautiful part though is that as my skin cleared and healed, so did my soul. The better I began to feel about my skin, the better I felt inside. Some people may think it’s ridiculous to say skin care is a form of mental health self-care, but for me, that is exactly what Drunk Elephant is!"

If that statement has you ready to drink the Kool-Aid, you can copy Paddock's routine product-for-product.

Morning: She mixes one pump each of: 1 pump of B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum ($52, sephora.com); 1 pump of C-Firma Day Serum ($80, sephora.com); 1 pump of Protini Polypeptide Cream ($68; sephora.com); 2 to 3 drops of Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil ($72, sephora.com). (Drunk Elephant advocates mixing its products together to create a "cocktail.")

Then she'll apply C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream ($64, sephora.com) followed by a teaspoon of either Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen ($36, sephora.com) or Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense Sunscreen ($34, sephora.com) mixed with a half pump of D Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops ($36, sephora.com).

Night: She mixes single pumps of B-Hydra, T…

The Only Anti-Aging Serum That Actually Banished My Forehead Wrinkles

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One day in my late teens, I looked in the mirror and noticed deep lines starting to appear across my forehead. I quickly realized that I’d never appreciated having smooth and wrinkle-free skin until that moment, and because of my fairly young age, I knew this was just the beginning. So I hurried to the nearest beauty store to look for a fix—I was determined to find an over-the-counter product that could give me the best possible results.

When I explained my problem to the saleswoman, she immediately led me to Dermalogica’s Age Smart Multivitamin Power Serum ($69; dermstore.com or ulta.com). At first, I’ll admit, I was turned off by the price tag—but the saleswoman was adamant about how well the serum worked (and I was sort of desperate) so I decided to give it a shot. Little did I know at the time, this serum would become my go-to product and a godsend for my forehead lines over the years.

Since then, I’ve tried quite a few alternatives—both drugstore and luxury brands—and I’ve yet to find one that works as well on my forehead lines as the Dermalogica serum. It comes in a .75-ounce tube, but a little goes a long way, so I only have to purchase it a few times a year. Every time I use the cream overnight, I wake up with my skin feeling soft, smooth, and hydrated, which is an added plus during the harsh New York City winters I experience each year. As someone with acne-prone skin, I have to be wary of serums that are too thick or oily, but I’ve used this cream all over my face and haven’t had a breakout from it yet.

RELATED: The Best Over-the-Counter Retinol Creams, According to Dermatologists

If my skin’s feeling particularly tired and dehydrated after a late night out or a long day at work, I slather on even more of the cream and let it work its magic. With antioxidants like vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E included in the ingredients, it’s no surprise that it feels amazing on my skin. And while I can definitely feel the product after I apply it, it doesn’t get heavy, greasy, or sticky—in fact, it’s more like a protective shell that hardens slightly after it dries. I usually opt to wash my face the morning after I use it, though it easily comes off with just water.

According to customer reviews, I’m not the only one who’s completely satisfied with this purchase. “I started using this about two months ago and I'm obsessed,” said one reviewer. “It has evened out my uneven skin tone, reduced the wrinkles around my eyes and lips, and overall has made my skin look amazing considering I was a child of the '60s and laid out in the sun everyday with no sunscreen until at least the late '90s. I'm so thankful to Dermalogica for making this awesome serum. I've tried so many ‘miracle’ products and this is the only one that has done what it said. I'm in love.”

RELATED: The Best Anti-Aging Products on Amazon Under $20

Another customer called this anti-aging serum “magic in a tube” and said, “I love that you only need a little…

Chocolate Lilac Hair Is the Perfect Trend for Brunettes to Try This Season

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Chocolate Lilac Hair Is the Perfect Trend for Brunettes to Try This Season

Chocolate lilac hair is here, and it's slowly but surely taking over the world. OK, maybe that's a little dramatic, but seriously—this trend is everywhere, and for good reason. Letting whimsical strands of light purple float through a rich brunette mane is the perfect combination of playful and put-together. It's unique, but not over the top. Classy, but not boring. 

There are countless different ways to do this look. You can dial up the purple, giving your strands more of an electric feel, or opt for a lighter shade, giving you the fairy crown you deserve. There's no right or wrong when it comes to a chocolate lilac mane. 

RELATED: 7 Hair Color Trends That Are Going to Be Huge in 2019

Before you hop on the trend, it's important you know how to care for newly dyed hair. Shampooing your hair too often can cause colored hair to fade quickly, so pick up a formula that will help retain your color, like R+Co Gemstone ($24, amazon.com) or Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color ($46, amazon.com). 

Below, we've rounded up seven of our favorite chocolate lilac looks. Take these to the salon for inspiration, or use them to imagine your own version of this style. No matter what brunette-purple combo you choose, you're guaranteed a head-turning look. 

@lana.mai.hair

@ambermcmahen

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@kimwasabi

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