Thursday, August 25, 2011

For when the desired result is NOT pizza

So my epidermis has proved an uphill battle since I moved to this 'swamp pit' (my west coast dermatologist's words... my east coast one has been perplexed- "isn't California polluted, too?" oh, easterners.)

I came to an independent conclusion that my issue was related to the need to shrink my pores, as all other elements were aligned (I eat well, do yoga like a crazy person, drink water like a camel... you remember? ok.)

So here are some things I've learned from my bathroom laboratory studies:
1- use a toner after cleansing ("too simple, thus, must be ineffective" I used to reason) I use one from Dr. Denese, a line that comes roommate/swamp pit-veteran recommended: more effective than a doctor's suggestions, in my experience.
2- use exfoliating pads to stimulate new skin cells.
3- use sunscreen. I previously scoffed at this, because I'm outside for maybe 10 minutes a day or in the shadow of buildings, but guess what? the sunlight and elements aid in expanding pores, making a bigger home for dirt to hang out, so I saw the light (PUN INTENDED) and SPF'ed.

As for #2 of the above, enter Peter Thomas Roth Max Correction Complexion pads, which you can find at sephora ... (whose employees are helpful 72% of the time, which is a wonder as they don't collect commission ... and have a liberal return policy... and show up HIGH on a Google search, their SEO is on TOP of things! ... I digress...)

PROS: they are magic, correct ruddiness and pizza face breakouts. and not just any ordinary 'pizza face', no, pizza face like you see being reheated under those sad lamps at the corner bodega, that bad.

CONS: You DO have to mentally prepare yourself, sit down, and take long deep breaths (a process not unlike childbirth, methinks) while you exfoliate as your face feels like it's on fire.

...I think I will try the Gentle ones next time to see if I get the same results without the whole Lamaze breathing aspect, in which I currently SHOULD be receiving course credit.

...they boast a 'peach bellini' scent that is really just propaganda to take your mind of the fiery hell that is happening on your face and to the beach or your own 'happy place', otherwise the glycolic and alcohol being rubbed on my face has made me cough, sneeze, and perform other surprise involuntary reactions... maybe for you it would be a cartwheel.



I have also used MD Skincare and Aveda ones in the past with success, however, this time around, I needed stronger ammunition.

Also helpful:
-not using waxy foundations/powders. MAC is one culprit, as it is actually formulated for the stage or camera (optional predicate: "dahling").
-using a clay-based mask every now and then to further shrink pores

Okay enough of that, look at this cute photo of Kate and Pippa last weekend! Aww, sisters.


2 comments:

Jg. for FatScribe said...

okay, got it:

* shrink the pores. check.

* peach bellini a pretext for fiery hell. check.

* aww, cute sisters. done and done.

* east coast a swamp of dermatological pathogens. duh!

;)

brook said...

okay, you know how i love a good product. so thanks for sharing!
ps love the pic of the sistas