October 06, 2013

Chic Shopaholic: Skincare

Back in Spring of this year, I noticed my skin has changed. I don't know if it had to do with the weather change, my hormones changing which can effect the skin or all of the above but my skin was breaking out , pores were clogged and I just needed to try some new products to clear it up.
  • GLAMGLOW Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment: I've read a lot of buzz on GLAMGLOW masks and had originally wanted to try the Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask but the sales woman at Sephora said it was quite strong and recommended this mask instead. It's a mud mask to reveal softer, smoother, glowing skin by tightening pores and removing impurities but still keeping the natural oils. To use, you apply a thin layer on your face, as well as your neck and chest if needed, leave it on for 10 minutes, then wash it off using circular motions with your hands to exfoliate. It small pieces of dried up tea leaves which sometimes flake off as you're spreading the mask. I like that it has a cool, refreshing feeling on the skin, makes me feel very relaxed like I'm at a spa. When I wash it off, my skin does feel baby soft and looks refreshed. I only use this once every two weeks or so because it's kind of strong on my skin. The price is a bit high as well and that being said, I'm not sure if this is something I would repurchase.
I discovered skincare expert and blogger Caroline Hirons via the Body Talk Daily Channel, and went on a huge kick of trying products that she recommends.
  • Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm: Caroline says cleansing balms are the best cleansers to use because you have to use water to clean it off and it gives yourself a facial massage as you cleanse. There are some other cleansing balms that are super expensive but since I wanted to test this type of product to see if it works for me, I thought this one was the most most affordable, plus it has gotten good reviews. Cleansing balms are a quick step do-it-all product: it removes eye and face makeup as well as sunscreen. First it starts out as a solid balm but as you rub it all over your face, it melts into a an oil. The texture is creamy and doesn't irritate on the eyes but it does have a chemical scent that I don't really like.  Also, because of my disability, I can't go to the sink to wash it off so instead I use tissues to remove most of the cleanser then a damp wash cloth to wipe off the excess residue. It leaves a slight film on my skin so I have to go back with a cleansing lotion. I don't think this is the best type of product for me since it's not really a one-step cleanse.
  • Clarins Bright Plus HP Gentle Renewing Brightening Peel: The second stage of a skincare routine is toning or what Caroline likes to call exfoliating with a liquid toner. She insists that using abrasive scrubs can aggravate the skin whether it's on mature skin that are prone to broken veins and capillaries or if you have acne which can spread the infection. This product is supposed to speed skin cells turnover to fade skin discolorations such as dark spots to expose a brighter complexion. For best results, it suggests to use it twice a week using a cotton pad/ball all over the face avoiding the eye area, then following up with your usual routine. I haven't used consistently for a long time to notice any significant changes but I like that it exfoliates my skin in a gentle way and hasn't irritated it in any way.
Products can react so differently on everyone. Just because you have the same skin-type as someone, doesn't mean the products will work for both people. I'm not sure if I would repurchase them again but it does encourage me to venture out and try other products out there. What new skincare product have you tried recently that made a difference? That didn't?

Glamour Girl

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