The Secret to Beautiful Skin

14Nov08

I think that I was in the fifth grade when I found out that I had eczema, or atopic dermatitis. My face was red, my arms were red, my legs were red, and everything itched. The skin on my face, arms, and legs would flake off. When I was in the fifth grade, eczema wasn’t that well treated and I got to use the brilliant (yeah right) steroid creams that soothed(and bleached) my skin for a few years. After those few years I became extremely allergic to them and if they touched me, my skin would become so hot that I thought it would fall off. I remember laying in bed thinking about how I would love to just rip all of my skin off.

I remember when all they could tell me to do to soothe it was to smother Vaseline all over it and to soothe it with a hot rag. Imagine middle school when you’re the awkward red scaley-faced and armed itchy girl with glistening skin from Vaseline holding rags on your face. Yeah, not too popular 🙂

Over time, I’ve overcome the disease and can live with it as it has dramatically decreased how it affects me. I have also learned how to treat my skin and what not to do (ahemmm wet rags and vaseline = no no).

Before I get to my routine I should state that it is very important to clean and moisturize your face in the morning and at night. During the winter, heaters and dry air can ruin skin, so turn on those humidifiers!

So here it is, my skincare routine… though simple, when you can’t go to a drugstore to buy moisturizer because you’re allergic to everything, it is like heaven on earth.

I was my face with Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple

This facial cleanser has no fragrance yet doesnt smell weird, it smells natural. I use the 32oz. huge pump bottle from QVC, which (I think) is the only place where you can buy the big bottle with the pump. At $36 for what seems like a lifetime of facial cleanser, thats an AMAZING deal. I think it will take me about 2 or 3 years to use it up.

After cleansing my face, I moisturize with Dermalogica’s Intensive Moisture Balance
Dermalogica is more expensive, but not when you realize how amazing the product really is and how great your skin feels after! I would recommend going to their website and taking their survey of your face to figure out which products would work for your skin. All of their products are amazing and don’t have any scary ingredients.

When using a moisturizer, I do not just slather it on and walk out the door. After patting my face dry, I take a dime sized amount of moisturizer in the palm of my hand and lightly rub my hands together to get it on both hands. When applying the moisturizer to my face, I take time to work the moisturizer in (using upwards circular motions), like really work the moisturizer in. After I’ve applied the moisturizer I try to wait 10 minutes before applying any makeup so that the moisturizer has worked it’s way into my skin.

If I find that my skin is becoming flakey, I can use the ever popular St. Ives Apricot Scrub, which they’ve recently released in a GENTLE version (yay!). I try not to exfoliate as often as I’ve been told to because I hear differing opinions on if exfoliating is good for you or if it is bad for you.

Another good technique for REALLY making my skin feel beautiful if I’ve been out partying or haven’t slept is to take an avocado, scoop out “meat” into a bowl, add about a teaspoon of olive oil (or more, whatevs) and squish it into a guacamole, then put it all over your face. Sorry, it is gross and does feel weird, but get over it you will LOVE how it feels afterwards! Wait about thirty minutes (watch TV! take a bath!) then wipe off the goo, rinse off the rest and feel your skin.. It will be SO soft!

For an all over body exfoliant that will make your skin soft afterward, try taking a scoop of brown sugar mixed with olive oil and mix together. Rub the mixture all over in circles, massaging off the dead skin. This is one of my very favorites!

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