January 1 - February 12, 2012
01/08/2012: After a few weeks of mad skin – I’ve simplified my routine even further. Cleansing 2x a day with Conju Princess Soap and exfoliating every other day with Lush Bouche de Noel. Luminaze ($120, nordstrom.com) and Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age Correcting Eye Cream ($100) is used AM & PM. I’ve been doing this routine for 2 days and my skin has calmed down and doesn’t feel dry. Fingers crossed. See below for results diary.
THE ORIGINAL ROUTINE:
Start the day with Conju Princess Soap – which is my go-to cleanser for clear skin. It can be a little drying, but I swear by it for glowing, skin. Next, a light application of Sircuit Skin Immaculate Mist for balancing and blemish fighting benefits. Nude Advanced Cellular Renewal Moisturiser comes next (as an eye cream as well) to hydrate and nourish skin. I’ve been using this for a few weeks and love the super creamy texture and silicone free formula. My SPF comes from Jane Iredale PurePressed Base SPF 20 (not shown) – which is one of my all-time favorites.
End the day by removing makeup with Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil (not shown) and cleanse with Conju Princess Soap and/or LUSH Bouche de Noel scrub (seasonal). On days I do not use the scub, a 60 second application of Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads on my chin (my problem area) keeps congestion to a minimum. Follow again with Sircuit Skin Immaculate Mist. Next, apply Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum which is a lightweight certified organic oil that gives skin a fresh, hydrated, plumped glow and can also be used around the eyes. Sweet dreams!
I started with the intention of using the Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum AM/PM, but its a little too oily to use under my Jane Iredale PurePressed Base. It seems to work well around the eye area – my eyes haven’t felt dry or tight since I started using it.
As you can see, my skin is bumpy and red with pigmentation issues and large pores. It doesn’t look this bad in normal lighting – so I’m a little horrified at how bad it looks. I’ll keep updating un-retouched photos so we can track my progress with this routine.
My skin is MAD. Its probably from stress – but its really dry and irritated on my cheeks. I’m cutting out the Sircuit Skin Immaculate Mist, Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads and switching out the Intelligent Nutrients Anti-Aging Serum for Luminaze ($120). I’m not giving up on the Intelligent Nutrients and will give it another shot once my skin goes back to normal.
After using Luminaze for a few days – my skin immediately calmed down and took on a smoother appearance. As you can see from the horrifyingly unretouched photos, there is an obvious improvement. I still have a little redness, but the bumpy irritation on my cheeks and hairline have diminished and overall, my skin feels more balanced.
I ordered the Elure Advanced Facial Wash, which is from the dermatologist available line from the makers of Luminaze – although as usual, I’m very happy with the Conju Princess Soap which exfoliates gently.
01/12/2012: Over the last 4 days, my skin has evened out and appears smoother. I reluctantly replaced Conju with Elure Advanced Facial Wash and am also alternating Luminaze with Elure Advanced Lightening Lotion ($150) which is the clinical version of Luminaze. So far – I LOVE it.
I should note that the Nude Advanced Cellular Renewal Moisturiser went back to the store. Its a nice and very creamy moisturizer, but it made me extra shiny and caused a slight breakout. Those with truly dry or dehydrated skin would really like it – but I’m still fighting off mild adult breakouts (I can’t quite call it acne.) Overall, I need to rethink my skin care approach next month.
02/17/2012: After using Elure for over a month and looking at these pictures, there was a definite difference in overall tone. I will say that using a product consistently for a minimum of 6 weeks is really the key in finding out if it works. This will be difficult for me to stick to since I’m always trying new products and adjusting my routine to fit how my skin is reacting.