Restarting My Skin Care

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Over the Holidays, my skin took a beating. I haven’t had skin care drama since my college days, but I think a combination of starting on nutritional supplements which can sometimes be dehydrating, winter knits which can sometimes aggravate my skin and a sugar-loaded Holiday diet, led to a complete breakdown of my skin. Not to mention I decided to abandon a skin care routine that kept me intact for all these years, in an effort to try a few new products. Well everything all at once was a bad idea and my skin paid the price. But now it’s time to get back on track and restart my skin care.

I was off from work for an entire week so it was great to not have to wear any make-up. It was amazing actually. During my time off, I mainly focused on putting in more gym hours. But I also took it as an opportunity to restart my skin care routine. Each morning, after getting out of bed I washed, toned and moisturized my skin with the Proactiv 3-step system. After getting back from the gym, I rinsed my face with some warm water (no soap) and patted dry (no rubbing). Then I spotted treated my acne with the Proactiv Refining Mask. I left this on my face the entire rest of the day until I showered before bed. After showering and cleansing with the 3-step system again, I spot treated again but this time with Jamieson ProVitamina Pure Vitamin E Oil. 

HOW IT WORKS
As a sulfur acne treatment, the Proactiv Refining Mask dries up pimples and keeps sebum production in
check. Since it dries quickly, the Refining Mask is great as an overnight treatment that can be worn to bed. But even though it’s called a mask, I only use it as
a spot treatment because it can be extremely drying for the rest of my
skin. I typically wear it as an overnight zit zapper, but since I was home during the day this past week, I decided to leave it on as a day treatment then switch to vitamin E oil at night. Pure vitamin E oil is great for the skin as it promotes healing, supports new skin cell growth and speeds up cell regeneration. It also boost collagen production which is great for preventing wrinkles. As a night treatment, vitamin E oil provides the skin with necessary moisture as well as antioxidants for intense healing. I love this stuff because in the morning my skin is soft and over time, it makes my acne scars disappear.

These are my two products of choice to restart my skin care. Once I am back at work, I will alternate my overnight treatment between 2-3 nights of Proactiv and the other nights with vitamin E oil. And the number one thing of course – drink plenty of water and green tea!

How are you restarting your skin for the new year? 

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3 comments on Restarting My Skin Care

  • Drea Hall

    For the new year, I want to start doing weekly face masks and I also want to find one product that will help reduce dark blemishes. I have an embarrassing amount of acne scars, predominately on my cheeks that I need to get rid of. Any suggestions that's affordable, other than black soap and Proactiv? Good luck with keeping up with your skin care routine.

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    • alethearobinson@rogers.com (author)

      Here are my tips: (1) When you cleanse your face at night, use a wash cloth. I know some people use make-up wipes but using a wash cloth and warm water in circular, upward motions helps remove old, dead, dried up skin cells. (2) Use a toner at night before moisturizing. Every night. Toner's are great for balancing out skin complexion. They're also great for getting rid of excess dirt that cleansers can leave behind. I use Proactiv but drug store versions are good as well. Find one with very little alcohol and use with a cotton ball in upward motions. (3) After moisturizing at night, use pure vitamin E oil like the one I've mentioned in the post. Use it as an overnight spot treatment. It's sticky so don't go deep diving into your pillow. They are not too pricey and can be found in any drug store in the skin care section. Vitamin E oil helps the skin heal and repair itself. (4) Use sunblock. Every day. Even on cloudy days when you're not even in natural sunlight. Studies are now showing the light from computer monitors can affect the skin the same way that sunlight does. Mix it with your regular daytime face moisturizer or foundation. (4) Be religious. Consistency is key. At least two months to see changes in the skin. These tips work for me. Hopefully they can work for you too 🙂

    • Drea Hall

      Thanks so much for these tips! I'll be adding Vitamin E oil to my must-buy list and I'm looking forward to incorporating it into my nighttime skin routine. I'll also have to buy a sunblock because I never wear that.

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