As I prepare to post my first skin care product(s) review, I decided to create a post with background information that I can later link to my reviews. This will be detailed, and I sense it will only make sense when you read it before/during/after my reviews.
I strive to provide honest and detailed reviews, which are by no means based on any professional knowledge.I am providing details about my own skin because I think it’s important that you know what I am dealing with so that you know why something worked or didn’t work for my particular skin/needs. If you have perfect/oily/dehydrated/combination/normal skin, than you can assume my review might not work for you. If you had a different experience with a product, do leave a comment or let me know! As you know, sharing is caring.
My Skin: Face Edition!
Dry like the desert, is what it usually feels like. This has been a recurring issue for me since I can remember. Patchy, flaky, itchy, and many more descriptive words that amount to the driest skin ever.
Genetics has blessed (?) me with what I describe as surface veins all over my face, and waxing (thanks Middle Eastern heritage!) my ‘stach as a young lady caused some giant blue veins to pop out, making the permanent illusion of having a Bar Mitzvah mustache. This has meant that I can’t use Clarisonic without breaking some capillaries, which has meant I can’t exfoliate with such devices. Really. I’ve tried.
I’ve never had acne or persistent pimples. My skin seems to be quite sensitive, so many times I’ll get some rash/irritation when trying new products. The worse reaction I’ve had to a product was red/congested-feeling skin and I work to avoid that whenever possible. Yet…I lack patience. More on that in a bit.
My main skin care product wish/dream/hope/desire/concern is to find something moisturizing, and hydrating, without breakouts due to irritation. For years, I’ve also sought products that could deliver that with minimum ingredients or all natural ingredients. Times, they have ever so slightly, changed. I now am less of a natural skin care purist, and more of a…give me some natural ingredients and I’ll be fine. .
A Little Skincare Routine Background:
During my teens and twenties I only used a moisturizer, and somehow it seemed OK at the time. That is, until the formulation of my one moisturizer changed and it no longer seemed to be remotely effective. This lead me to seek out a new product, my holy grail if you will, that would make the dryness go away. Sadly, turning thirty (and the internet at large) has opened my eyes to the reality that my “one moisturizer to rule them all” approach is not going to work. This, of course, was after trying obscure creams that caused my skin to turn bright red for about a month and a well known natural cream that felt like it did nothing at all.
This is the conclusion I reached about 6 months ago, with some help from wretched Michigan winter coldness, and it prompted me to look for a whole regime type of thing. I needed immediate hydration because itching my face vigorously can’t be something my students want to see me do. Further, middle schoolers are m
ore honest than not, in my experience, and I like getting compliments rather than the “awwe! What’s wrong with your face?” comments that are trademarked for that age group.
So, being that I am lazy and in dire need of my skin not flaking off like a snake, I decided to look for a whole regime or skincare routine that focused on hydration. What does laziness have to do with it? I like being brand-loyal. If I find a brand that works for me and meets my (now low) natural ingredient standard, I’m all in!
What about make up?
Laziness also enters the equation here. I like my foundation/BB/CC cream to be SPF-filled to avoid having to wear sunscreen (a mistake – I know). I am also a strictly eyeliner and mascara gal. Lately, I’ve been thinking about using lip tints, though!
So, with all of this in mind…Let the reviewing commence! I promise to update my reviews when/if my opinions change, or if I stop using a product I previously loved.