Thursday, March 24, 2011

My At-Home Facial

If you happened to read this week's Dear Diary (the very first one, then AND now) you can read-in to the fact that my complexion was a issue. I had terrible acne and like most things in my life, I could not stay disciplined in treating the problem. Somewhere in my teens I was treated with Accutane which completely wiped out all traces of acne. Never again did I fuss with Noxzema, Oxy10 or Clearasil. For the next 20+ years I will have treated my face with nothing but a bar of soap.

THREE things have changed that.
  1. I moved to Orlando and my face suddenly became dry. For the first time since puberty, I'm paying attention to skin care, especially moisturizers.
  2. I recently snapped a close-up picture of myself and all I could see was splotchy skin and giant craters called pours on my nose. GROSS!
  3. My 39th [gulp] birthday is coming 'round the bend and it's got me trippin about extending whatever youthfulness I got left.

So today, I'd like to share with you my ever-evolving skin regimen. I'm a total rookie when it comes to this stuff and because I don't really know what I'm buying, I've stuck to the less expensive products. I also started out with a just a few products and slowly worked my way into more. 
Once a week, I give myself an at-home facial.

I wash with L'Oreal 360 Deep Clean Facial Cleanser, $6.99. I LOVE this product, so much so I'm going back to buy the gentler cream wash for everyday use. The built-in scrubber is fantastic!

I exfoliate with Queen Helene Pom and Raspberry Scrub. I really like all the Queen Helene products and would use any scrub they carry.

I steam my face for 5 minutes. While I'm washing and exfoliating, I boil a pot of water. I put the boiled water in bowl, cover my head with a towel and steam my face. I've read this is an excellent way to really open up the pours for a deep cleaning, especially when there's an issue of large pours on the nose like me.

I use Biore Pore Strips next.

I then apply a face mask. I flip flop between Queen Helene's Mint Julep Mask and the Grape Seed Extract. Either one of these products costs less than $4!!! I wrote a little about the Mint Julep mask here. The julep mask is more like a clay-based mask where the grape mask is more like a peel. I don't know what the difference is in benefits but both clean my face exceptionally well. I'm really hoping someone reading this will know the difference and leave me a comment. cough*mo.honey*cough

Once the mask is cleaned off completely, I splash my face with cool water. Oh, it feels so nice.

I then add Formula 10.0.6 toner to my nose and areas where I'm combating large pours. This product is $5.99.

I then apply Wexler's eye cream. I received a gift card to Bath and Body Works, purchased this eye cream blindly and have been using it for about 7 months now. I do not know if it's working or if I would buy it again. I'm totally inexperienced using any kind of age-defying eye cream. I really don't believe there is miracle product but maybe that's because I have not experienced one. What I do know is almost any good eye cream is gonna cost me some money so I didn't really bat an eye at this purchase. Well, that, and the gift card helped. Once this tube runs out, I'd be open to trying a new product.

And then finally, I apply Philosophy's Shelter SPF moisturizer. I love this stuff! Use it daily.

Aside from weekly facials, I've also been using Ole Henriksen Ultimate Eye Gel at night. I started taking a time lapse picture each night to see if over time there is a difference. I'll post the time lapse here when I've got enough pictures under my belt.


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mo.honey said...

I use Philosophy's Shelter daily too! ;)

Alison said...

@YSM It seems like a lot of work, but it sure does beat paying $60+ a pop for a facial. =)