Friday, September 9, 2011

Personal Skin Care

Many of you have asked about my skin-care regimen, so I decided to do a post to hopefully answer your questions...

I was very blessed to have fairly good skin from the start.  In high school, other than the occasional monthly pimple, my skin was really clear.  But, I had several bad burns growing up, before I learned the hazards of being unprotected in the sun.  And, I hate to admit it, but I did use tanning beds for a few years (wince)!  However, I still remained very lucky in the skin department...UNTIL a year after my son was born.  All of a sudden, I started having breakouts all the time and no matter what I tried, my skin looked awful!  I decided I couldn't live with it anymore and made my first ever appointment with a dermatologist. 

I should mention here that I had been using a high-end 5-step process skin care line (which shall remain nameless).  The dermatologist told me to stop using the expensive brand and go buy bar soap and a moisturizing lotion at Walgreens.  I thought she was joking.  Surely, this couldn't be the solution to my adult acne crisis!  But, I did what she said.  Using two drugstore brands for cleansing & moisturizing, plus 1 prescription cream, my skin was clear in less than 2 weeks! 

The moral of the story here is that as we age, skin not only changes in texture & appearance, but also in what it requires to look healthy.  The products you have been using for years may not cut it anymore.  Also, just because a product is expensive and does wonders for your best friend, doesn't mean it will work for your particular skin type.  Finally, if you've recently had a baby, it is not uncommon for hormones to get a little out of whack, causing changes in your skin.  I highly recommend seeing a doctor and/or dermatologist who can help you determine the root of the problem. 

Though it may go without saying, in addition to these products below, I notice a marked improvement in my skin when I'm drinking a good amount of water each day & taking Omega 3-6-9.    

1) Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar - $1.79
2) CeraVe Moisturizing Skin Lotion - $13.99
3) Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock (mentioned here) - $9.99
3) RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Eye Cream (mentioned here) - $19.99

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4 comments :

Liz said...

great post and a great reminder that we don't have to spend the big bucks to look great!
I may give CeraVe a try since I haven't found a lotion I'm in love with!
-Liz
http://restonstyle.blogspot.com

Alysson said...

I love this!! I have gone through the same thing...great skin all through highschool and college- graduated college- BROKE OUT! used everything expensive out there...then my nana sent me this melaleuca line...AMAZING! all natural. http://content.melaleuca.com/ps/index.cfm?f=ps.productDetail&pid=2849&sCatId=10

Sarah said...

love it! I get on a tangent sometimes where I think I need expensive face products, but every single time I end up using Noxema again. :) I think I'm just addicted to the way it smells really. whatever works, right? :)

-Sarah
http://www.pencilskirtsandlattes.com

Lauren said...

I really like these types of posts. The real life stuff is good to see every once in awhile.

I personally have eczema, and as a fashion blogger and just someone generally interested in fashion and pursuing my career -- it's incredibly embarassing to go anywhere and have spots all over your arms and legs.

My dermatologist also recommended that CeraVe lotion after try TONS of different prescriptions with nothing working. It seriously saved my skin. I swear by that stuff. I use the really thick cream in the jar by the same brand, and it's a miracle cream to me.

Thanks for sharing!!
Lauren
bangbylo.com

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