Monday, August 27, 2012

Skin Care Favorites

Once upon a time, for a long time, I had really bad skin. Oily, combo, acne prone, dry. All at once. In my teens and early-mid 20's, I would buy every acne product on the market and slather my skin hoping that those pesky pimples would go away.

And they did! But my skin also dried out which caused even more pimples. It was a vicious cycle that I didn't stop because of my obsession with products. Eventually, I had an intervention with myself and realized that in terms of my skin, less is more. Layering product after product just wasn't something that helped my skin. It became over stimulated and freaked out.

Today, if I get a pimple, I just let it go and heal on its own timeline. And it is more like "when I get a pimple" and not "if" because I still break out. I will never have perfectly even, unbroken out skin. Never. I'm okay with that. My skin is 100 times better than it was even just a few years ago. I'm not sure if age or a new routine of products has made the difference but I'm not begging for answers.

I more than anyone know that all skin is not created equally. What works for me might not work for you. I do know that I am always so weary of putting any new product on my face, whether that be a face wash, moisturizer or anti-aging product. I just wait for the breakouts but hope for the best. I do want to share what I've been using for the past couple of years on a daily basis and a new product that has been amazing for me.

(I also have used the Ole Henrikson On the Go Cleanser)

I was instructed by a magazine, I think, a long time ago not to use scrubs on acne prone face but this one can be very gentle. If you add a lot of water to it, it foams while scrubbing away dead skin. It really does leave my skin soft and fresh!

Those are the 3 products I use. That is all. I use tinted moisturizer as my base makeup so I really only use the Vitamin Plus at night. I put a good layer all over my face and neck after washing my face. But recently, I put something else on before it.....

I got this as a sample a while ago. I threw it in my makeup drawer and only recently came across it. I looked  up the description online (Sephora has great user reviews) and decided to try it out. I figure that a product that costs $67 is worth a try. I'm so glad I did. This stuff is amazing. I put it on after washing my face. It has a bit of a burn to it and you don't need a lot to smooth over your skin. I wait for it to dry and then put the Vitamin Plus over it. Once upon a time, I used a Murad acne product and broke out with the most horrible pimples around the sides of my chin. It was painful, deep and ugly. I swore off Murad ever since but this product is different. I have had no bad reactions and my skin is softer because of it. My sample ran out a couple nights ago and I'm waiting to pull the trigger on buying another bottle of it. 

I'm not sure how many people reading this still experience trouble skin but I want to say that the Ole Henrikson line of products has been really great for me. And my biggest skin care lesson that I can share is: Less is more. Don't pile on products. Allow your skin to cycle through naturally to rid itself of toxins that cause pimples. 

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