I often receive questions and comments regarding my skin. While I generally have ‘good skin’, I do work hard to maintain it. I am very rigid in my skin care routine both day and night and never deviate from it. I never go to sleep with my makeup on, ever! I make sure that every product I put on my face is a good product that won’t cause my skin to act up. When trying a new product, whether a skin care item or foundation, I pay close attention to what is happening to my skin making sure that there is no negative reaction.
I have always been somewhat of a skin care fanatic, trying new products and consistently educating myself on ingredients, brands, and new innovations. I thoroughly enjoy the science of skin care and it is one of the reasons that I started this blog. I love to share my discoveries and help others in any way that I can. I wanted to share a story of a time in my life when my skin was not good, but very bad. At the age of 26 I suffered from what I refer to as ‘adult acne’ which was probably due to hormones. I wrote about this very early on in my blog but often times posts get lost among the archives. I’m writing about it again in case my own personal experience can benefit another, and also to rave about my favorite skin care product.
So, it was about this time in my mid-twenties when I dealt with adult acne. Break-outs occurred mostly on my jaw-line and chin, although really any area on my face was susceptible. Break-outs were more frequent before my period, but always there. So, I dealt with it with the knowledge that I had. My arsenal of products included salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, aha’s, and retinol as well as sulfur spot treatments. I used these ingredients in all forms such as washes, toners, masks, creams and spot treatments. I used brands highly regarded in the treatment of acne. Some of which include, philosophy, Murad, Mario Bedescu, Neutrogena, Biore as well as some prescription creams. While I loved some of these products still use some today, nothing made a difference in the texture of my skin. In fact some of these harsh ingredients exacerbated the problem while drying up my skin, leaving red marks or scars. My skin was in a crisis and getting worse. It was after about a year of dealing with this acne that I discovered what I “deem” the most important part of my skin care routine. My skin-cleansing machine! Currently my Clarisonic!
After about a years time I was recommend the Olay Pro-x Advanced cleansing system. In about 3 weeks time, after using this machine religiously, my skin was almost completely clear. I used this cleansing system along with a Salycilic Acid face wash both mornings and night. I stopped using the harsher ingredients and opted for a moisturizer with gentle and natural based ingredints from brands like Alba and Weleda followed by a retinol at night. I always made sure that my skin was moisturized. All skin no matter what the condition or type needs moisture, it is essential. When my skin started to clear up I switched to using the skin cleansing machines only in the evenings. I also opted for the gentler sensitive skin brush head.
I continue to this day to use a skin cleansing device. With continued use my skin only further improved and has never been better. I eventually splurged on the Clarisonic Mia because it is sturdier, rechargeable, and more gentle, which is important. While I do recommend the splurge I recommend both of these machines, whichever fits into your budget. I can contribute a great amount of the health of my skin to my skin-cleansing device. It also helps to fight signs of aging and helps prepare skin for better absorbtion of serums and moisturizers. It exfoliates dead skin cells and keeps skin smooth. This is my most highly recommended skin care item. A must!
Do you use a skin cleansing device? Will you start to use one?