Beauty and the Beast (a lesson in skincare and other things)

When I was a teenager, I had lovely skin. I’m not sure how it happened, maybe because I was a late bloomer, but I never really had the torture most teens go through: acne. My skin wasn’t always perfect but considering I didn’t even wash my face regularly (and I didn’t really wear much make-up) until college, I feel pretty dang lucky.

The sunshine and roses stopped somewhere in my mid-twenties…and from then on I’ve been a slave to finding the perfect products. And I have the requisite cabinet full of products that didn’t work, and cost a lot. Somewhere in every women’s bathroom cabinet similar products lurk. I haven’t figured out what works (yet), but I have learned a lot along the way.

Today I came across a blog post by Brooklyn Blond (who has awesome posts on fashion, and is on Instagram as well) all about washing your face. And let me tell you, there were things I definitely didn’t know. I watched the video she linked to Caroline Hirons YouTube video on beauty products, specifically How To Wash Your Face. Oh my. The things I’ve been doing wrong.

Foaming face wash? wrong

Applying cleanser to a wet face? wrong

Seriously, go check out Brooklyn Blonds post and then Caroline Hirons video. I’ll wait.

Amazing isn’t it? Now, I’ve bought a lot of products based on blogger opinions and raves…and the majority of them were crap for me. That’s not to say they don’t work for others but for me, with my dry skin, large pores, and mild rosacea? Such a waste of money. And so very, very, frustrating.  Here’s a sample of some of the most recent products I’ve purchased (probably in the last 8 months or so):


I like some of them, like the Simple SPF Day Lotion, the Clinique lotion, and a few others I talk about below. The worst offenders were the Acure products, which are supposed to be all natural and organic (which I figured was good for the skin.) The facial toner and argan oil turned my face bright red (not pictured, I also bought and used an Acure sea kelp facial scrub). I felt so very, very self-conscious of the way my skin looked while using these products. My make-up didn’t cover the redness. I used the products for a couple of weeks, hoping it would resolve after getting used to the products. It took me two months to get my skin back under control afterwards.

Until watching the Caroline Hirons video today, at night I’d been using Up&Up facial wipes when I feel lazy (cause everyone does it now and again, even celebrities like Anna Kendrick), and using Simple Foaming Cleanser, followed by Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner, and Eucerin Skin Calming Lotion.

Well, that’s going to change. I have to ditch the wipes (listen for Caroline’s 3 uses for the wipes, it’s pretty funny), and take the time to do it right. Many nights as soon as I tuck Chick into bed at 8, I wash up. Because I know at 10 or 10:30 the last thing I want to do is spend ten minutes removing make-up, washing, toning, and cream up my face. Face it, at the end of the day no one wants to do all that.

But we must! (apparently.)

Tonight I plan to go back to my Cetaphil (which is so gentle, and was recommended by the one time I went to a dermatologist), putting it on a dry face, and using a washcloth as recommended. They recommended a cleansing face balm, but I’m not really sure about that, and the recommended product is $55. So I’m going to have to look for an alternative lower-priced option.

Because frankly I’ve spent enough on this crap to buy a fancy jar of $55 cleansing balm and have it not work for me. I’ve been there with other products, and all it does is make me feel ill when I chuck it out.

I’m up in the air on continuing with toner. I’ve heard Yes, use it! and No, don’t use it! I haven’t noticed a difference one way or the other. I did buy the Hydaluron gel from Indeed Laboratories (and incidentially, you can buy it at Ulta and right now a lot of products are buy 1, get 1 half off, which is awesome, and if it works, I’ll be going back to stock up if the sale is still on). The Hydraluron goes on before my Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream.

In the shower every morning I use Dermalogica Microfoliant, and no cleanser. Is the Dermalogica worth the $54 price tag? Yes, it is. I’ve been using it for almost a year and my skin is so much nicer than it used to be. It removes all the icky dead skin cells without overdoing it and destroying my skin. I didn’t bring it when we went on vacation to Hawaii in February, and after just three days, my skin was flaking, and my make-up was caking.

It also lasts forever (like three months!), so if you break it down over a daily cost, totally worth it at $.60 a day.

Will any of this work? Who knows. I am hoping it will.

Up next, make-up. Don’t even get me started on how much money has gone down the drain trying to find proper products in this category…

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