New year, new you! Welcome to 2014, divas! I am struggling, as many of you are, to keep those thoughtful and hopeful resolutions past the first week of the year (I mean, I must have had one too many glasses of champagne when I thought going to the gym five times a week and eating 10 lbs of kale with every meal would actually happen).
But I am writing to make sure you all are FLAWLESS this year, with skin so glow-tastic and amazing that you can say with all the confidence in the world: I WOKE UP LIKE THIS (all hail Queen Carter).
Through much experimenting the past few months, I found an simple regimen that works, resulting in many compliments and no more FOMO on the next best beauty product. What more could you ask for?
Like I always say, the key is balance. The foundation of my regimen has always been washing my face with a gentle cleanser in the morning (Boscia Purifying Cleanser), a heavy duty anti-bacterial one at night (anything with benzoyl peroxide), getting my retinoid on and moisturizing with my trusty Cetaphil cream. Doing this daily was pretty good, I had clear skin, but no blinding luminosity.
The next tier on the skin perfecting pyramid is to optimize exfoliation. Those pesky dead skin cells on the surface of your skin really dull the landscape. I decided to step it up from my gentle rice powder exfoliation and try a 10% glycolic acid solution (Glytone Mini-Peel). Twice weekly application was pretty good, but still missing that a-ha moment.
So I decided to succumb to the marketing tornado that is the Clarisonic. Touted as the superior cleansing method, I figured I should try it firsthand. After a lot of trial and error (i.e. cleansing my face raw.. full review to follow), I settled on “sonic-ing” my face on another 2 days of the week. Voila! I found the perfectly balanced skin care regimen for me. I swear, I think I heard angels sing,
I’ve been on a little hospital work holiday for a few, but now I’m baaaack. Thank you for being such loyal followers, tell your friends, and write to me anytime. XO.
*Disclaimer: I have a mixed oily dry skin type with mild acne. Everyone is different and needs to tweak their needs via trial and error. Also, becoming buddies with your friendly neighborhood dermatologist won’t hurt a bit.