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Tuesday, July 30, 2013


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Our month-long mission to “Bring the Sunshine In” is about to close but we couldn’t let that happen without celebrating the most important feature we carry with us every single day: our skin. Nourishing our bodies (as well as our minds and souls) can be the most obvious and yet most forgotten aspect of how to keep our days bright and our nights brighter. I know, for a fact, that when my skin feels healthy and loved, the rest of my body follows suit. This is not a coincidence.

nyl Skincare was started by Carol Sondesky mostly out of personal need. After cleaning her diet, she realized that skincare was somewhat lacking in available “clean” options. (We all know that just because something is labeled “natural” it doesn’t necessarily mean it is, right? Okay, carry on.) Sondesky started experimenting with her own formulas and soon her friends and family followed suit; in that they wanted her to make some for them! The rest, is history. It is easy to celebrate our skin when  nyl Skincare does the hard work for us, don’t  you think?

nyl Skincare is giving away three (!) nyl Starter kits to three lucky winners (one each)! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, August 6th. *Contest open to residents of US and Canada only!* Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit nyl Skincare and tell us: When did you first start taking care of your skin? Was it something you did from a young age or something you learned later on?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, August 12th, to see if you’ve won!
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    heather f says:

    I started young, but did all the wrong things. I loved to order samples from magazines and I used what ever came in cute packaging! for example I would use all the acne stuff for oily skin, but I have dry skin. Now I’m a grandmother and my skin really needs help!

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i was fortunate enough to not have acne as a teen, but that also meant i didn’t pay much attention to my skin. in my 20s, i started breaking out, and for years i tried anything and everything to no avail. it was only in my 30s that i found a skin care line that i now swear by. it’s expensive, but it works! and my skin looks better in my 40s than it did in my 20s. 🙂

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    Jessica says:

    I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until I was 13. So for my 12th birthday my mom threw me a skin care party to prepare for wearing makeup next year. I got to invite all my friends and we learned how to correctly wash our faces, moisturize, take off makeup, etc. It was great to learn to care for my skin so young!

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    Brittany K says:

    definitely something i’m STILL learning at 25! i need to get into an affordableand effective regime. 

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    Rachel S says:

    My mom started teaching me about skincare when I was in middle school; it made me feel so grown up!  I’m still trying to find the prefect routine for me, but I appreciate my early introduction.

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    Melinda KE says:

    I started taking care of my skin when I developed acne, I was around thirteen. I remember my mom coming home from the grocery store with a Neutrogena acne bar for me and I told her no way was I using that!  I was in total denial that my skin was a mess. What followed was year after year of dermatologist visits, horrible antibiotics and topical medications that literally burned my skin. I’m now in my thirties and I feel like I am in a really good place with my skin care routine. I try to use natural products that are paraben free and gentle on my skin, followed by an oil-free moisturizer and sunscreen…and I just invested in a clairsonic, what an amazing difference it makes!

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    Courtney J says:

    I’ve had acne my entire teen years and still have a little bit now. Because I had acne, I always made sure to wash my face day and night using cleanser, then wearing moisturizer during the day. However, once I started working, I realized I need to step up my face care routine, so I now also wear sunscreen, tinted foundation, and make sure to put eye cream on at night.

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    Sharon says:

    I started in my 20’s and have been pretty faithful about it for 30 years. It does make a difference.

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    Kelly C says:

    I didn’t really start until later. I remember using the white noxzema or neutrogena bar soap when I was a teen but never regularly. I am trying to find my groove while helping my teen find one as well (her skin isn’t as clear as mine was as a teen). We are learning together. Thank goodness for the internet.

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    Kadi says:

    My confession? My skincare regimen is still not up to par. I used your general, big brand product from my pre-to-late teens, but it kind of fell by the wayside when I got to college. I started using black african soap on my face (which cleared things up a bit), but I was always so scared to attempt moisturizer for fear it would make trouble areas even worse. Over the past year, I’ve started noticing how tight my skin is after washing, and I’ve started my search for a good daily program. I’m currently in product over-load and really don’t know where to begin. I need something that will be kind to my skin, is effective, and (most importantly) isn’t chock-full of crazy chemicals. I’m still in that weird “learning to become a real adult now that I’m out of college” stage (even though it’s been 3 years!)… and I need a great “adult” project that won’t break the bank. If only skincare fairies were real! 

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    Rebecca says:

    I had horrific acne as a teenager and tried all sorts of horrible products that only made it worse. (I totally used Noxzema because I thought Rebecca Gayheart was gorgeous)  I still struggle and honestly it’s probably a food allergy, but I don’t have the healthcare to figure it out.

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    Nikki says:

    I tried to figure out the right skin care for my face and body when I was in high school, but my mother didn’t know any better than I did.  I read Non-toxic & Natural  by Debra Dadd when I was a freshman in college and tried to use natural, kitchen ingredients, but even teamed with The Beauty Bible by Paula Begoun to decipher ingredients in drugstore and beauty counter brands I still had a hard time figuring it out.  I’m a little intimidated by skin-care line claims and always feel that there could be something better for my skin than what I am currently trying.  nyl Skincare sounds like something that would be good for anybody’s skin!

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    Jennifer says:

    I really didn’t start taking care of my skin until I went for my first facial. Once they turned that UV light on and showed me all the damage the sun had already done, I was a changed girl!

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    ren says:

    although i’ve always TRIED to take care of my skin, it’s only in the last few years that i’ve really come to understand my skin. my mother has very oily skin and in an attempt to keep me from the ravages of teen acne, taught me to strip it down. the problem was, i have very dry skin and it just backfired. now, i finally know how to deal with my dry, sensitive skin and it’s so much better! i love my mom, but this was my first lesson in, “i am my mother’s daughter, not my mother.”

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I wish I could say that I focus enough energy on my skin but I really don’t. I was never taught as a teen to care properly for my skin and I suffered with acne because of it. Now it is still on the bottom of my priority list and I resolve every few months to make a change.

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    Elizabeth says:

    I learned about 2 months ago.  The thing is – my mother takes excellent care of her skin.  It isn’t that she didn’t show me or care about me.  It’s that I wasn’t ready to truly care.  I’ve always been afraid of being vain and taking care of myself was always scary.  Like – what if I have bad feelings? What if I’m not as pretty as I really want to be?  Or worse – what if I am pretty and become someone I don’t want to be?  As you can tell, I may have a problem with over thinking.
    But some things have happened in my life.  And I’m ready.  I wash my face every day.  That was the start.  I rub strawberries on my face some nights before bed.  I sometimes sleep with egg white on my face!  Tis a glorious adventure – trying to know my body and learn what is good for me.

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    CeeCee says:

    I’m not sure that I ever have started taking care of my skin in an effective way. I definitely have the passion to commit to a skincare regimen, but simply lack the knowledge. Reading about your company’s commitment to ethical development of skin products has been an inspiration!

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    Angie L. says:

    I actually started taking better care of my skin a few months ago as I started transitioning to more natural products. It’s been really good for my skin, and I’m seeing really good results!

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    Sydney says:

    I was a “let’s-wear-glitter-all-the-time” type of girl. Maybe I thought it would make me look….pretty? I only wish someone told me earlier that that probably wasn’t the case. Now, it’s goodbye-glitter and cheap products and hello sunscreen!

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    Emily B says:

    When I started babysitting at around 10 and earning my own money, I discovered the mall. Discovery! Possibilities! And in the mall I discovered The Body Shop. My best friend and I would go and spend our few, hard-earned dollars on face care products. Even back then, as a little twerp, I wanted to use natural products on my skin. I loved and love the idea that the earth creates everything sufficient to amplify and regenerate the natural beauty of the skin. Lately, I’ve wanted to get back into really carefully considered which products I use. I love your approach and business approach and would love to try your products!!!

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    Michelle says:

    I’m 40 and I’m STILL learning to take care of my skin. It’s a constantly changing animal. I’m finding that natural moisturizers like olive and coconut oil seem to be making a huge difference for my dry skin.

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    Rachael says:

    My aunt is a Mary Kay peddler and starting from ~14 that’s what I received for C-mas/b-days..Still didn’t really seem important to me, I wasn’t really interested in makeup and was lucky to have clear, nice skin so I didn’t need a regular skincare plan, just washed my face when I bathed…Then Jr year I decided to go to Prom and my skin no longer seemed as cooperative as it had been, so I started washing at least once, usually twice, a day, using toner & moisturizer daily as well plus a blemish spot treatment… That regimen lasted through my first semester of college. Then I turned to an all in one cleanser to make things easier, and now I feel like I’m back to that young teen girl who never takes care of her skin, the difference now is that my skin isn’t as forgiving as it used to be and I really need to get back on track.

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    Susan F says:

    On my 40th Birthday !

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    Charlotte D. says:

    My family taught me at a young age. I don’t do anything special. Oatmeal, eggs , etc. Now I just wash with water but I moisturize a lot.

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    Julia D says:

    I didn’t start really getting concerned about my skin until I started College.  I had clear skin through Middle and High School and suddenly living on campus in Western NY completely changed my skin to an acne-ridden mess that I still am battling to reverse.  Hoping to find the right remedy soon to help this!

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    Rachel says:

    Taking care of my skin started in my late 20s when a friend developed melanoma at the same age.  I knew taking care of our skin was important, but didn’t realize how important it was at this point in my life.   Now I’m careful what products I use, regularly use sunscreen, and monitor my skin and moles for any changes.

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    Trisha says:

    I started caring about my skin when I was 12 or 13, but it wasn’t until the past couple of years that I found a system that really works for me.

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    Jenni says:

    Thanks to my beautiful mother, I started very young. My sister is 4 years older than me and when she became a teenager, she began to get skin issues and blemishes. My mother took her to a dermatologist, and decided that since she was already going, she may as well take me too. The dermatologist gave us good ideas of the makeup we should use, and what cleansers are the best. I still use his suggested products to this day, my favorite being Cetaphil lotion which keeps my skin hydrated and feels weightless.
    I can’t thank my mother enough for starting me young. When all of my friends began getting breakouts, I was blessed with compliments on my complexion and my skin! Thanks Mom 🙂

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    Tiffany says:

    I started as a teen and mimicked the habits of my mother only to find out that we did not share the same skin type! Everything she used would cause me to break out! I loved all of her fancy lotions and scrubs but my “lily white skin” wasn’t having it. I have learned that I need simple honest products for this delicate skin. Sorry mom ;o)

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    Hedy says:

    I started taking care of my skin early on, always applying lotions and washing/exfoliating. I wanted to have smooth skin that felt like silk but, unfortunately, suffered from acne well into my late 20s. I tried everything and was meticulous about a regime. I still make sure to keep a regime now so that I can maintain healthy skin.

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    Emma L says:

    I started young but never did the right things. I have naturally sensitive skin and should not have jumped on the astringent regimens like the acne-prone teens in my school. As an adult, I should have known better than doing chemical peels and harsh treatments at the spa. I have lived and now, in my 30s, I have finally learned. 

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    Kate B says:

    I’ve lucked out with skin I never needed to be overly concerned about, but at 31 now, I suspect that’s about to change. I’m mostly bad about creating the routine to take care of my face. Yikes!

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    jenn e says:

    Honestly, probably middle school is when I started taking care of my skin because I was afraid of getting zits. 

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    Peyton Daniels says:

    I’ve always had naturally healthy skin so up until my late teen years I never had to worry about taking care of it, necessarily. At first I used your common products, such as proactiv. But after I became a vegetarian I decided to try a more organic/handmade approach – using things like honey, coconut oil, maracuja oil, rosemask, rosewater, etc. And my skin has never been healthier! 

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    Anh Bui says:

    I didn’t started caring for my skin till I was 16 and by then I was covered in severe acne!! Two years passed and its slowly healing now but there’s still plenty of scars and big pores left, combined with the few but noticeable acne. boo… :'(

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    Jasanna says:

    I learned it more so later on as I was more responsible. Late teens, really. 🙂

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    Shary says:

    I learned at a young age to take care of my skin.  I can still see the shisedo packaging that my mom used as a kid.
    Living in the sun, as a teenager I never payed attention to my face until one day acne took over and ruined my whole life. So I thought. After tons and tons and tons of things that did not work, I finally found murad, it controls my acne and keeps me from hiding from the world…

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    Sydney D says:

    I started taking care of my skin at about 11-12 because my skin started getting oily and I started to get acne. My parents never taught me to wash my face and they still don’t wash their face. I am very cleanly now and wash my face 1-2 times a day. I used proactiv and am now using aveeno and it keeps my skin okay.

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    Andrea Amy says:

    I started taking care of my skin in my 30s. It honestly didn’t occur to me to use anything when I was younger than that, but luckily I can still pass for being in my late 20s even though I am nearing 40 🙂 

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    Meg T says:

    I started lifeguarding when I was 15 and was always pretty careful about shielding my face from the sun, but I’m afraid my legs and shoulders took a beating. I’ve always gotten by w/ minimal make-up and tending, but now that I’m in my early 30’s my skin tells me what it needs. I’m pregnant w/ my 4th and my skin begs for moisture. I used to get by w/o ever moisturizing, but now I shave with coconut oil and rub it all over my arms and belly to keep from itching-it’s been a huge help! I also put some argan oil on my face at night. It’s a quick ritual that makes me feel like I am doing something good for myself.

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    Charlene says:

    Just in the last few years (early 20s).  I’ve now gotten a bit crazy about wearing big sun hats and sunscreen everyday.  However this has not stopped moles from popping up on my face 🙁

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    Michelle Elizabeth says:

    I get stressed out really easy, and a symptom of serious stress is neglecting personal care, so sadly, it wasn’t until later than i wish that I started taking care of my skin. But now that I have, i realize how important it is.

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    Erin says:

    I learned to ALWAYS wash my face before bed in college. In high school, I was much more lax about skincare (but somehow it seemed like I didn’t need to take care of my skin – I was a lucky teenager with great skin). Then when I got to be a bona fide adult with a well-established skin care regimen, THAT is when my skin started breaking out with more regularity, to my complete bafflement! And now that I’m pregnant, my skin is just a total mystery to me. I’m doing my best here, but breakouts seem inevitable!