Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Ubiqutous Skin Care Post

So for most people I know, winter wreaks havoc on their skin. Extreme dry patches, acne eruptions, and just overall dullness. I, however, find the exact opposite. As a sufferer of acne, winter relieves me a lot of my acne, so its always a blessing in disguise. I can't stand the cold weather, but I do love what it does to my skin.

However, like most people, I get dry skin and dullness. So I wanted to do a skincare post and discuss what I do for my skin. I am hoping that all you readers will give me your feedback and opinions on your own skincare regimes.

face care 1

First off is the Clarisonic. I just recently got it as a birthday gift (thank you sister!!). I got the Clarisonic Plus, which is the one with the body brush attachment. Let me just say, as someone who has acne, it has really helped in keeping the dry and oily patches away. Mechanical exfoliators make me look like a pizza pie...white and red and doughy. The Clarisonic is gentle and incredibly effective. I have really noticed a drastic change in the texture of my skin.

What I wash with is the generic Neutrogena oil free acne wash in the night and spectro gel when I wake up. The Neutrogena is to get all the gunk (makeup, dirt, etc) from the day off. I use my Clarisonic only at night with the Neutrogena wash. I find that the Clarisonic is too harsh to use every day, so I usually skip two days a week at night.

face care 2

Alas, the clarisonic is not a miracle worker. The tone of my skin has stayed exactly the same. I have red post-acne marks that just don't seem to fade! I use the neostrata toning solution level 2 (with 10% AHA) at night only to help with my acne scarring and to bring a glow back to my face. Winter really does make your skin dull! Afterward, its just general moisturizer. I use Neutrogena oil free fresh moisture, which is a moisturizer that doesn't clog up my pores at all. Most moisturizers do, and be it expensive or cheap, this is the only thing that seems to work well. But the joke is on me, I can't find this moisturizing anywhere in Toronto anymore! I wouldn't be surprised if Neutrogena discontinued this product - they always have a knack for discontinuing the good lines! So readers, I am in need of suggestions on what moisturizer I should try - I need it to be oil free and light but powerful. Suggestions?

So there you have the gist of what I put on my face. Compared to other people's lists, I think I'm a minimalist! So tell me; what is your skin care regime secret?


  1. We are so happy that you are seeing a drastic difference in your skin since you starting using the Clarisonic. We appreciate your feedback and you sharing your routine. If you ever have questions you can find us on Twitter @Clarisonic or facebook.com/Clarisonic. Happy Cleansing!

  2. yay!!!! your back!!!! the clarisonic is my baby. i absolutely love mine. it's saves my face. i hate the winter it dries my skin out so much. i can't wait to move to warmer climates. and i know it's not even close to being as frigid here in north carolina as it is in canada.

    bumming it like a celeb...

  3. Nice product you have introduced here. The best way to avoid acne and acne scars is to eat a healthy diet and live an active, healthy lifestyle. Exercise regularly to reduce stress and get rid of toxins in your body that make acne and acne scars worse. Don't lose your patience when applying natural home remedies to your acne scars because they may take a while to show improvements.

  4. I'm fascinated by the Clarisonic! Thankfully I only had acne problems as a teenager and one thing that worked for me more than anything was to drink plenty of water and exercise. Glad you're back to blogging!

  5. Man, skin. My acne is so terrible--super oily all day, blackheads on my nose/cheeks which reappear even after I clean them, new big and small red pimples on my cheeks and forehead and chin, and red scars from all the old ones. Blehhh. I may the epitome of terrible acne (I also have terrible back-ne but that's another story). If you find good stuff, do share! I'm not so sure about products and such, but I must say Epiduo really is awesome for treating pimples. My acne rarely listens to products, like Proactiv, Neutrogena, etc., and Epiduo is pretty fabulous. :) Besides that, I am still trying to figure out how to treat my skin too. :( Going to the Univ. of Washington Medicine Hospital-y place(?) next week as a matter of fact. :]

  6. Fresh moisture is my favorite product :) I was on a holiday few as ago and thanks god that I have it as my sking is getting really dry and irirate from the sun. Great post.

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