POSTED June 12, 2014
A few things have changed since the last time I wrote about my skin care regime; my hormones have seemingly settled (fingers crossed indefinitely, but I don’t want to jinx it!?!), I went to see a dermatologist/laser specialist, and I stopped using soap (dw, I’m using a soap-free wash – c’mon people).
The sitch: I am no longer allowed to use a pearled exfoliator. Apparently I have a skin type that is prone to burst blood capillaries and stretch marks. So basically I’m winning at life.
I am now using a chemical exfoliant which sounds nasty, but is actually just a toner with glycolic acid – which actually also sounds pretty nasty, but isn’t! I have always been hesitant to use a toner due to my suppppeeerrrrrrr dehydrated skin, but Mario Budescu do a great one and it has improved the tone and smoothness of my skin.
Darphin cleansing milk and serum are still in my daily routine, as well as Khiel’s avocado eye cream. I am off Darphin moisturiser though, which I found a bit fragrant and sometimes irritating, possibly due to all the botanical properties.
The solution: Eve Lom TLC moisturiser – and all I can say is TICK. It’s a bit more exxy than I’d prefer, costing $115 for a 50ml tub – a little bit goes a long way though. I wasn’t too keen on the consistency when I first tried it, reminding me of a cross between sticky lip gloss and beeswax, and if I’m being completely honest, I’m still not sold on the consistency, but if it works, it works – and people, it works! I am keen to road test other Eve Lom products – I used their lip balm during my pregnancy, and it was the only thing that worked.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm has also been added to my repertoire as a makeup primer – it works a treat.
Finally, does anyone get little bumps on their arms? It’s keratosis pilaris, aka chicken skin, and IT’S FROM SOAP PEOPLE! Put your exfoliants down too, because it only aggravates it. I know it’s boring, but good ‘ole QV soap-free wash is the solution, and a curious little product call Lanatè, which smells like fake tan and tingles a bit. Lanatè is a topical cream used to treat chicken skin and can be purchased from your friend Chemist Wharehouse for around $26. While these products will help rid of your chicken skin, they are not an overnight fix, so be thankful it’s winter!