I LOVE THIS STUFF: 1. caudalie makeup remover 2. caudalie moisturizing sorbet 3. nuxe face wash 4. nuxe dry oil 5. clarisonic mia and gentle brush head 6. shiseido eye cream 7. aubrey evening primrose oil 8. caudalie beauty elixir 9. aesop body balm
My skin has been changing so much over the last year and I’ve been really focused on honing in on the products that consistently serve me best. About 6 weeks ago, I had a very sudden, horrible and painful breakout. I don’t mean just a few zits–I mean to the degree that I barely looked like myself because of the swelling, bumps, welts and discoloration. It burned and itched. I couldn’t cover it up with out looking like a bumpy powdered doughnut and I was thankful to work from home because I didn’t want to leave the house–except to get to the dermatologist that I had to wait a week to be able to see.
I didn’t know what to do, so I just camped out and tried to sooth the burning and tried to remain as comfortable as possible with little remedies I was experimenting with. I found the most relief from my green tea recipe and the Clinique Redness Solutions Kit. I steeped and then chilled batches of STRONG green tea–3 bags to a 14oz cup of water. After chilling in a mason jar in the fridge for a while, I would dunk cotton rounds in the concoction and then lay the soaked pads all over my face. I looked insane, but it felt so good. Then I would put a thick layer of the Clinique Solutions cream all over my face and hope for the best.
Once I finally got in to the dermatologist, I was diagnosed with rosacea and put on high doses of antibiotics for a month to stop the madness happening all over my face. I was glad to know what was going on, but so bummed out to find out that there isn’t really much they can do. I’ve always been one of those jerks who barely even had zits in high school, so this is all pretty new territory for me. Acne as an adult is just infuriating to anyone though, right?!? Plus, I don’t love taking medication and the disconnect between Western medicine and holistic care is still as ever apparent, baffling and frustrating as it ever was.
My skin is much much much improved–almost normal now. I’m still figuring out what my rosacea triggers are–which is confusing because they don’t seem to pop up much since the initial breakout. I’ve also been playing with products old and new to see what plays nice with my skin. The above things are what I’ve been using most often. I know not everyone’s skin is the same, but these are all lovely whether you have problematic skin or not.
WASH: To wash my face I’ve been removing my makeup (I’ll do a makeup roundup soon) with Caudalie Cleansing Water and then washing my face with lukewarm water and Rêve de Miel Face and Body Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel by Nuxe. It’s spendy, but it lasts a very long time. Plus, it doubles as a nice shower gel. Once a week I use my Clarisonic Mia with the extra gentle brush head to slough off the dead skin.
MOISTURIZE: Most days I heat up a few drops of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil between my palms and then gently pat it into my skin. Some days I prefer to use something creamier and I’ll use Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. Before bed, after I wash my face well, I’ve been putting a couple drops of Aubrey Evening Primrose Oil in my palm with warm water and then splashing this on my face to soak in overnight. I got a sample of the Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream and I love it! It’s great for tired, crepe-y eyes. I’ll definitely be investing in a full-size tube.
MORE MOISTURE: I love the Caudalie Beauty Elixir spray–it smells AMAZING and feels nice to mist over your face when you want to perk up. There’s a purse-sized bottle that is handy to carry around and they have a large bottle for home. Having good luck with Aesop, I just picked up a tube of Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm because I noticed that my décolletage was in urgent need of moisture and I loved the scent. It feels so good to make a conscious decision to stop neglecting these areas of my skin.
I would love to hear remedies, rituals and products that you love, too! I know this is a bit long-winded, but I thought it might help–even if it’s just a few people out there. Plus, it’s just good to get it off my chest–it’s been a lonely feeling carrying it around with me. xo Jen
P.S. If you’re in Portland, Nationale carries the amazing Nuxe dry oil and a couple more products from the Nuxe line. Alder & Co. carries a bunch things from the Aesop line–where I got my Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm.