Today I want to talk a little bit about skin care. I’m no aficionado, but I can tell you about what works for me.
Now, I’m a popper and a picker. Are any of you guilty of this? When I see a pimple that’s just waiting to burst (I know, I know, but seriously we all go through it!) I cannot just let it sit there no matter how hard I try. I may hold out for a little and keep my mind occupied on something else but soon enough, it calls my name and then I’ve gone and done it. Picking is sooo bad for our skin and even though I know this, I still can’t completely give it up. Not only does it cause acne scarring (I am a huge testament to this), but opening up the spot can spread dirt and bacteria to it, which in turn can cause infections and other permanent spots and marks on our faces. Not cute! Just last year, I stopped using rubbing alcohol on my face, yes RUBBING ALCOHOL. My twice-a-day routine would be to wash my face, I would take a cotton ball soaked in alcohol and rub it all over the spots of my skin that were the most acne prone, which were the outer cheek by my ear, forehead, nose and chin. Then after, I’d use benzoyl peroxide acne cream and “rub my zits off” as one of my best friends would say. I had absolutely no idea how bad this was for my skin, because I couldn’t see any visible effects. Sure, my cheeks and nose would get dry and flaky from time to time, but during those bouts, all I had to do was lotion them up for a couple of days and all would be back to normal again. But essentially, what I was doing was stripping my skin of the natural oils and moisture that it actually needed. I’d heard that drying out your skin would actually cause more oil to produce, but I didn’t believe it one bit. I tried to stop using it a couple of times, but as oily as my skin got, I couldn’t hold out for long.
Moisturizing was a naughty word to me. I just didn’t believe in it. Not even oil-free products. Why would I possibly want to ADD moisture to my already oily T-zone? It just didn’t make sense. I honestly believed it was worse for my skin than having it dry sometimes due to the alcohol use. As I became more interested in beauty, I started to read a bit about skin care and how important moisturizing really is, so I hesitantly gave in and decided to give it a go. I heard that moisturizing your skin will eventually stop the oiliness, but I didn’t see any proof of that. I tried a couple different moisturizers but the hype wore off, I didn’t feel like they were doing anything for me besides causing more grease, so I stopped. Around Christmas time last year, Laura Mercier had a “12 days of Flawless” sale on her site – Every day there would be a really good deal on a certain product. One of the days, her Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Duet was on sale which included a full-size Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Creme and full-size Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Eye Gel Creme for around $48 total, supposedly originally $95. But when I looked at the price for the products separately, the moisturizer was nearly $100 and the eye gel, $60. So even though I wasn’t a fan of moisture, I snatched it up, because A – it was Laura Mercier! and B – there was never going to be an opportunity like that again at that price. I figured, what better time to try this moisture thing out again.
Needless to say, I’m hooked. I’m actually at a point now where I don’t feel complete unless I’ve moisturized my face after washing. This is one purchase that I can thank my un-thought out instincts for! This moisturizer is said to brighten your skin, give it a more healthy, radiant look and even out your complexion. I don’t know if I can attest to all of those claims, but what I do know is that it moisturizes my skin without ANY feeling of greasiness whatsoever and makes it look awake and refreshed. Though it’s thick, it has a really rich texture that’s light and airy. After wearing it almost daily for the past few months, I can say with 100% certainty that my skin is not nearly as oily as it was before. No more wiping greasy skillet face when I wake up in the morning! It may be due to a couple of things I’ve been doing differently in my skin care routine, but I do truly believe that giving my skin actual time to work with the moisturizer has improved it tremendously. It actually has decreased in oil production! When using it before putting on makeup, I feel it acts sort of like a primer for my primer – it prepares my face, balances everything out and just helps it set perfectly.
Now, because of the price, I don’t think I’ll be re-purchasing anytime soon, which is so sad because I do believe this is my HG. I’ll have to find a much less expensive alternative/dupe and I don’t know how easy that will be, but using this has helped me realize that I DO need to moisturize my skin on a daily basis and how important it really is. To protect our skin from dryness which can emphasize our aging, to prevent it from harsh effects of sun exposure (if it contains SPF) which in turn can cause early aging, etc. I was neglecting my skin, and in a way, abusing it by being so harsh. I’ll never go back to that again!
Do you use a moisturizer in your skin care regimen? If so, which one(s)?