We decided to start off this whole venture with some skin care tips. After all, clear skin is essential to looking your best!
Unfortunately, there are so many products out there promising impossible results, and some can make your skin situation even worse. Cosmetics do not fall under the FDA's jurisdiction, so companies are not liable for presenting the truth. Those "clinical studies" are most likely completely bogus "tests". And don't believe all those rave reviews you read online, either! Some companies may actually create an "independent" website that ranks different products from different brands... and guess whose is always the 5-star, #1 recommended product? (That sort of scam is especially used in the Teeth Whitening industry.)
Also, expensive does not always mean better. Your best line of defense is to look at the ingredients. Don't be fooled by all those scientific terms- you can learn what each one does online if you're really curious. Ingredients are typically listed in descending order, so the most used ingredient is at the top of the list. If you compare ingredients, you may see minimal to no difference between the expensive product and the bargain product. Same thing goes for "face" moisturizers versus "eye" moisturizers- the ones I've compared have the exact same ingredients in the exact same order. Interesting, eh?
But have no fear, that's why we're here! We'll help you cut through the lies and finally attain gorgeous skin!
I guess my skin falls under the "Combination" category. My T-zone can get pretty oily while the rest of my skin is normal. Blackheads have always been my number one problem, and the occasional break outs that left lovely little scars. I tried a variety of different products from brands including Clean&Clear, some Spa exclusive brand, St. Ives, Philosophy, etc.- but none of them had any lasting effect.
Recently I decided to give Clearasil a try, so I picked up some of their Daily Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin. It was great at getting rid of make-up and whatever else was on my skin, but it was not cleaning my (large) pores. So, I started using Biore's Pore Unclogging Scrub, a creamy exfoliator. My pores were definitely unclogged, but there was still some scrub residue. So, neither one by itself fixed my skin problem.
And then, I had a stroke of genius! Duh, why not use them together? I use the Biore first to really get out all the dirt from my pores, and follow it with the Clearasil to clear off all the dirt and residue. My skin feels seriously fresh and clean! You don't have to use the exact same products I do- but the general idea is to deep clean with a scrub, rinse, then follow up with a gel cleanser.
Any pimples that might pop up I take care of with a cream with 10% benzoyl peroxide. Again, the brand doesn't really matter- as long as it has that 10%! The other type of zit-zapper has 2% salicylic acid. Both are effective, but for different types of bacteria. So the 2% salicylic acid wasn't as effective against my pimples as the 10% benzoyl peroxide, but you may have the opposite result!
Finally, I use moisturizer sparingly. Since my T-zone is oily, I never apply moisturizer there. I used to in the past, but I ended up a greasy mess. I only apply a moisturizer to the driest part of my face, which is usually under my cheek bone. I prefer to use a light, natural moisturizer since heavy creams clog up my pores and cause more pimples, but drier skin than mine may need something a little more heavy duty.
Experiment within those guidelines and you'll be on your way to your best skin ever!
Peace, love, and kisses!