03.11.15

SKIN CARE 101

If you read the post 20 things about me you might have read that I struggled with acne a huge portion of my life.  No matter what skin care routine I tried, no matter how much I washed, moisturized, toned I couldn’t get clear looking skin.  My battle was obviously genetics (test after test) so after some long debate I decided to take medication to help clear up my skin.  This made it 100 times worse (it always gets worse before it gets better) but I’m so grateful I did it.  Side effects can  be horrendous and it certainly isn’t for everyone but worked for me.  This is something you would need to discuss with your physician/dermatologist.

A year after my skin was clear I started experiencing blemishes, uneven bumpy skin and  discolouration.  This is when my Mia 2 Clarisonic officially changed my life.  I was always afraid of tools and clothes because of the bacteria that lives in them but the Clarisonic has yet to let me know.  I had to get the sensitive heads because the original was a little too intense for me but it was well worth it.  They are a little bit pricey but honestly worth every single penny.  At first your skin gets a little more bumpy but this resolves within 1-2 weeks of using the Clarisonic.  I like to use it at night time only after I have manually removed all my makeup with my hands.

I am also obsessed with this one skin care line called Societe.  I don’t know what kind of magic was put into these products but they have actually changed my skin for the better.  I used to use Cetaphil as directed by my dermatologist but it did nothing to help my skin.  I know a lot of people swear by it but unfortunately it just didn’t work for me.  I worked together with an amazing skin specialist named Renata who has saved my life (haha).

I have found that what types of makeup I put on my skin also really effect me.  All products I use are oil free and I find this helped me SO MUCH.  When I travel to hot places I almost never wear makeup during the day and I’ll apply a BB Cream if I’m needing a little bit of coverage.  Mostly, I just throw on a hat and a lipstick to make me look put together while allowing my skin to breath in the hot humid conditions.

I’ll wash my face with the exfoliating cleanser twice a day (Clarisonic only at night), then I’ll use the prep solution and moisturizer after.  I’ll use a face mask once a week(ish) and use whatever blemish fighting cream I am craving at the time and apply it to the blemishes only.

Products I love

AHA Exfoliating Cleanser
Clarifying Prep Solution
Hydration Complex
Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer – Blemish Control
HD Invisible Cover Foundation by Makeup Forever
Powder
Dirty Girl Mud Mask
GLAMGLOW Mud Treatment 
BB Cream

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