This week was an interesting week for skincare for me. Last week there was almost no skincare actually used on my face. I slept a lot, had both fevers and chills and to be completely honest the most I did was take a facial cleanser into the shower so when I managed to drag myself out of bed to the shower I could wash my face at the same time.
The results were not fabulous. I had blackheads in strange places (weirdly clustered on my temples and the area where my jaw meets my ear for some reason – my only guess is I pressed my hand against the skin there when sleeping?) , oddly oily spots my face mixed with strange dry spots and my lips were chapped like crazy. In short my skin freaked out along with the rest of my internal systems. So this week was all designed to get back to an even plane with my skincare. I started with an exfoliator (see the post on Saturday Skin’s Rub a Dub). I exfoliated my lips and then leaned into my lip mask. I also made conscious choices for much of my skincare. So lets take a look at the line up.
Eye cream: Verso Eye Cream #5 Extra Nourishing
Moisturizer: Korres Santorini Grape Poreless skin cream
Lip Mask: Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask
As a warning, while I normally include scent descriptions, my nose isn’t giving me much of any scent at the moment so none of the skin care (including the items I am 90% sure are scented) have any scent to them at all for me. As all of them are sticking around for another week, I might get scents next Friday.
This cleanser I rolled into the line up because it is specifically designed to deal with blackheads and break outs. It is supposed to be gentle and with Aloe Vera mixed in I was hoping that it wouldn’t dry me out too much, especially as I had some dry spots already. This is my first product from the brand and I have to say I was very impressed. It is a good gentle cleanser that really did help calm inflammation and clear away black heads without causing damage to the drier parts of my face. I was very impressed with it’s use this week. I am going to continue using it this coming week, even though my skin is calming down just because I want to see if it continues to perform well on non freaked out skin or if it is something i need to roll in only when problems arise.
Having a gentle hydrating toner to add in after the pore clearing cleanser really helped me out. I found this wild oat toner a little strange at first as I am use to clear toners that tend to be witch hazel infused but once i got used to the difference I found it to be a really good toner. It was especially helpful on the dry spots.
Last week I did a first use of this Depology serum before my skincare regime crumbled. This week i used it twice a day and have been really impressed with it. It absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy or sticky residue on the skin and Given the amount of product used with the dual application this week, I suspect the bottle will last a little over a month. while a week isn’t long enough to see major reactions, I am seeing some small improvements and hope that those will increase as I continue to use it. But it does feel nice and my skin really seems to enjoy it with no issues.
This is not my first go round with the Wander Beauty Glow Ahead oil and it won’t be my last. I really enjoy this facial oil and it has been amazing to use this week. I used it not only to add a little extra moisturize to the skin in the skincare line up (mostly at night) but it was the perfect follow up to the exfoliation process. After exfoliating, rinsing off and patting my skin dry, I added a little drop of the Glow Ahead oil to my skin and it worked out beautifully. There is a slight illumination to the skin, but as the oil dries and is absorbed it just looks like healthy glowing skin rather than a product you applied. At first (when still wet) it is a little more shimmery.
I have never tried a Verso product I haven’t liked and this eye cream is no exception. This travel sized tube is still going strong and I actually have a couple of other travel sizes of this eye cream so I will be keeping it in for a while. this week was interesting. While I had some small blackheads by the sides of my eyes, my under eyes were dry and flaky. For some reason those were the driest patches of skin on my face. so I used the Verso eye cream on both the crow’s feet area and the under eye. It actually worked well on both parts. the dry flakiness underneath is gone and the black heads (cleared out by the cleanser) did not return. It just made me like the eye cream more.
The Korres Santorini Grape skin cream was a winner this week. I liked it in general when I tried it before, but I figured that since it did have some salicylic acid in the formula, this might be a good time to bring the moisturizer back into the line up and I was right. It provided moisture without being heavy or greasy. I used it both in the day and at night. I applied the moisturizer a little heavier at night than I did during the day, but over all it was enough moisture for me (without being too much) and I didn’t feel the need to bring in a night cream.
And finally we have the Tatcha Lip mask. It performed brilliantly this week. I had the post fever dry lips and so in addition to using this as a night mask, I applied it in the mornings and occasionally post lunch. My lips have a few dry spots left but for the most part all of the cracks are gone and the tiny dry spots are small enough that I don’t feel the need to pick at them. For me that is the big trick. I never mean to pick at dry lips, but I will do it without realizing it while I am working, so it is best not to have those bits.
I know this is mostly a glowing skincare report, but instead of simply trying products this week I actually made choices to specifically deal with what is going on with my skin. In general my skin is pretty okay so it isn’t as major a consideration, but this week. there were issues that needed to be cleared up so I chose accordingly. all in all, I think I chose pretty well. we will just have to see if those choices hold up for a second week.