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Living a New Life with Purpose!

9 Jan

My skin has staged a coup. A mutiny, if you will.

My entire life, I had awesome skin. All throughout my teenage years and early twenties, I almost never broke out. Maybe a blemish or two when it was around “that time of the month,” but other than that it was smooth sailing. My biggest complaint would be a continual problem with blackheads on my nose, but it wasn’t anything worth worrying about.

Now, keep in mind, that I almost never wore makeup. Maybe some concealer or tinted moisturizer to even out my skin tone, but more often than not I was totally bare-faced. I have no doubt in my mind that while I may have been genetically and hormonally lucky when it came to my skin, my lack of pore-clogging cosmetics probably had a pretty big hand in my clear skin.

As a 25-year-old makeup-obsessed woman, however, good genes have taken a back seat to the full face of makeup I wear almost every day. Not to mention the stress of being a responsible (usually), contributing member of society (begrudgingly) has certainly taken it’s toll. My skin is almost nothing like it once was. It has become sensitive, dry, flaky, and I have been seeing more and more breakouts around my temples, my chin, and my forehead. Those blackheads that I used to brush aside in my youthful ignorance? I look like a flippin’ dalmatian now.

My skin first started showing signs of resistance to my makeup routine by just breaking out. I thought I’d pick up some over the counter acne medication and be done with it. Nope! I tried a few different iterations of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide products, all of which make my skin red, dry, and literally painful to touch. My skin has been pretty sensitive ever since.

That’s not to say I haven’t found a few products that don’t make my skin completely wig out. For the past six months or so, I have been religious in using Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment. I’ll post a full review soon, but suffice it to say that this is an amazing hydrating salicylic acid acne treatment that doesn’t clog my pores. I apply it in the AM and PM under my moisturizer.

As far as moisturizer goes, I use two CeraVe products. In the morning, I began using the CeraVe SPF 30 Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM. This product contains ceramides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid to help keep my skin hydrated and balanced. At night, I use the CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM. It’s pretty much the same as it’s daytime counterpart, just without the SPF.

But what about my cleanser? What about it indeed! I have tried everything. My most recent MISTAKE was to use a Biore cleanser and toner to try to treat my acne. Never again! My skin felt so tight and dry that I used both products a grand total of three times before I just threw them away. As I was walking around Walgreens a few days ago, I came across Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash. You have probably heard of or seen this in your local drugstore. Purpose is a gel-based cleanser that claims to be “clinically shown gentle as water.” It’s also got a fancy Allure Editor’s Choice Award logo on it. At under $7 for a six ounce pump-bottle, I figured I’d give it a shot. I mean, all those fancy-schmancy acne cleansers with all their fancy-schmancy ingredients weren’t getting the job done. Maybe it was time to take a gentler approach.

I have been using the Purpose cleanser for a few days now, and I have to say that I’m really impressed. I won’t do a full review here, because I don’t think I’ve used it long enough to make an accurate call on whether or not it works for me, but I will say this; my skin doesn’t feel tight or burn after washing with it. I can also skip the makeup removal step of my cleansing routine (which was usually in the form of sensitive-skin baby wipes), because this stuff removes just about everything. While the bottle says that it removes eye-makeup, I still find myself using eye-makeup remover anyway, just to make sure it’s all gone. Other than that, I think I may have found my new cleanser!

So, that’s my skin routine. You’ll be able to find full reviews of the products mentioned up on the site soon. With the exception of the Purpose cleanser, which I want to give a few months of use before I do a formal review. But you’ll probably see a first-impressions post up within the next few weeks.

I want to hear about your skin-care routine! Tell me about what kind of skin you have, what products you love and hate, and any useful tips you may have for my own skin woes of late. I truly believe that skin care is the most important thing you can do for yourself. I also think that for the most part, skin problems are one of the biggest challenges that women face with regards to beauty. So talk about it! If you can’t learn something from me (and I hope that you will), you can definitely learn from each other.

Be Beautiful!

-Sarah