If you follow me on Instagram you know I have been very vocal about my skin care struggles. In the last three years I have had two children and well have gotten older so things are bound to change. Before kids my skin was a true combination (oily and dry spots) but during my pregnancies my skin was very dry, even in the summer. Living in Chicago I normally am only dry in the winter but now things seem to be all over the place. I have redness, a lot of texture, white bumps, I feel more oily than “normal” and it appears I may be experiencing some hormonal acne. Not to mention a ton of build up in my T-Zone and clogged pores. So I have officially started my skin care journey and I will be documenting it all here on my blog.
First up my face washes and exfoliating scrub. The Olay foaming face wash is a keeper. It is gentle on my skin and does not dry my skin out. The Origins checks and balances I will not be repurchasing for now as it now leaves my skin feeling very dry after where a few months ago it did not. The St. Ives apricot scrub is a staple for me. It has never caused me any issues but I have stopped using it for a few weeks to see but I truly do not think it is causing my skin any trouble.
Next up my day time moisturizer and eye cream. Ponds Crema S is beyond the most hydrating face cream I have ever used. It leaves your skin so soft and dewy. I will not be eliminating this however its too thick for the summer months as it leaves me greasy. I have placed in an order for a new moisturizer so stay tuned. Origins Gin Zing Eye Cream is on my Holy Grail beauty products list. I have never experienced so much darkness under my eyes before having my son and this stuff is like magic! Its $30.00 but you only need a little bit. I have been using the same jar for 4 months now and not even close to being done. It instantly yes I said instantly brightens your under eye area.
Possible Culprits: I am not sure if these products are true triggers or maybe mixed with other products but I have eliminated both and my skin in the last week has shown improvement. Olay regenerist serum has been my serum of choice for day and night for 10 years. What I think is happening is mixed with the Ponds its clogging my pores and causing texture. So once I discover a new day cream I will be putting this serum back in my routine. It truly lifts, firms and gives a youthful look so I am hoping for the best. The Botanics Micellar Water is on hold right now as a repurchase and here is why. After posting Micellar Water on my Instagram page I received a lot of feedback about how my followers use it. Let me tell you one size does not fit all and I LOVED reading all the feedback. What may be best is for me is to remove my makeup with Micellar Water, Wash, tone, treat and then apply moisturizer. I have been washing my face and then using the Micellar water to remove traces of dirt. This may have been the problem because even though it’s so gentle it may be causing build up. Since eliminating both and replacing them with Thayers Rose Water Toner my skin has improved. Stay tuned for my full review on this product.
Last up. My nighttime products. I adore facial oil for the winter and for my under eyes all year-long. Oil in general is just amazing for your cuticles and dry skin so I always have oil on hand. Botanics Facial Oil has been working perfect for under my eyes at night to lock in the moisture but that does not mean I am not open to new nighttime eye creams. Which ones do you use? I would love to know! The Botancis Triple Age Renewal Night Cream has been working and I do plan to repurchase because it’s very affordable but the smell is a bit strong. Here is how it is described on Ultas site: “Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid intensely hydrates, while a blend of Vitamins A, C and E with soya protein help improve elasticity, firm and reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles for younger looking skin. Active plant extract Purple Orchid contains anti-oxidents and polysaccharides to help protect and smooth the skin” In the morning my skin feels soft and smooth.
I really hope to hear your feedback, suggestions and what products you found that work for you! Let the skincare journey begin!!! #bpamcskincarejourney