I still highly recommend visiting an esthetician or dermatologist in your adult days because professionals can offer you the best solutions for your skin and everyone is different.
I have been lucky to find a great combination that has been working pretty great for me considering all the trouble I have had with my skin in the past. More often than not I even get compliments on what great skin I have. I never thought in a million years that it was possible after the issues I lived with.
Here's a breakdown on my skin history:
I was the typical teenager with breakouts occasionally and a flare up during my monthly menstrual cycle. When I was 17 my mom passed away and obviously I was extremely stressed. I woke up the morning of her funeral with the most horrific breakout and acne on my face that I dealt with for a few years. I first tried Proactiv, then prescriptions, and finally very gentle cleansers. My face eventually got much better during college, and then the stress of that environment made it awful again. The redness from my scarring from the previous acne had me feeling very uncomfortable and extremely self conscios leading me to becomg a tanning bed addict. Dark, sun kissed skin looked better to me than waking up and looking in the mirror at the redness on my cheeks so I filled myself with harmful UV rays for years.
I tried everything from Neutrogena to Dermalogica and back around the skincare circle again. I can thank beauty bloggers, my dermatologist and most currently my co-workers and extremely knowledgeable estheticians for the always helpful recommendations, tips, tricks and skincare advice.
I definitely make sure to wash my face nightly, no matter how tired I am and drink plenty of water each day. In the past year I have also done the following at a spa:
Gel peels bi-monthly for 6 months
Combined with microdermabrasion treatments monthly for 3 months
Followed by a combination of gel-peels, microdermabrasion or a facial the past 3 months
Most of these spa treatments were a result to me wanting to get my skin on point for the wedding. Working at a spa and getting a discount on these services was a huge benefit and made it possible for me to afford all this work. The past year is when my skin changed drastically also, so these treatments do help for my skin type.
I have seen my skin transform to scarred, troubled and sensitive to uniform, smooth and way more than simply tolerable.
The products and tools I use on a nightly basis are:
-this really helps deep clean my skin and get in there good. I love the results!
SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel
-I enjoy the gel form because it lathers really well and gives me a really fresh feeling. It's meant for problematic skin and I've used it for about 4 years or more
Ponds Anti-Wrinkle Cream
-I have sensitive skin around my eyes and tend to have bad reactions to new products. I have been using this for roughly 4 months and not only love the smell, but the feeling too. I hope it works for years to come...wink wink.
Dickson's Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner
-I always use this after I cleanse my face. It gets all the leftover build up and the big bottle I bought from Amazon lasts a really long time which is always a bonus
Valentia Even Glow Serum
-My favorite of the newer products I have been using. I bought this thanks to Kelly's recommendation months ago and love what it's doing for my skin. It balances my skin tone and really makes it look radiant. I only use it at night, but am wondering it if I should use it in the morning as well.
Perfect Image Salicylic Acid Gel Peel
- an peel safe for use at home in between spa treatments
PMD Personal Micoderm Device
-a small scale version of microdermabrasion to compliment my spa treatments
SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque
-non- drying, gets rid of build up and deep cleans pores. This is my favorite mask I've ever used (and there's been A LOT)
SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense
-used occasionally for breakouts. I also use it when I get my menstrual cycle beginning on day 1 because I tend to have bad skin during that week so I try and prevent as much damage as possible.
I have spent a pretty penny on getting my skin to a place where I can manage it and feel great when I look in the mirror without makeup on. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat because it's been such a battle for me and a long road to reach this level of self- confidence.
What skincare products do you use on a regular basis?
Here's to beautiful, glowing skin and happiness....