Since I am part of the Live Well Lived panel via BlogHer and furiously trying to stop the tick-tick-tick of the hands of time (on my skin) this post couldn’t be more perfect and a great opportunity for me to share what I’ve learned so far about skin care.
My “New Year, New You” beauty plan actually began last year, when I decided it was time to start taking better care of my self. Namely, my skin. It’s especially important since I am nearing the middle of my fourth decade and Mother Nature suddenly has a wild sense of humor.
I admit, I am bad about washing make up off prior to going to bed – but I get an A+ on wearing sun screen, hats and other preventative measures. It just may be too little too late, as I lived at the beach in my early 20s and don’t remember owning sun screen, let alone a hat or any other sun-blocking methodology. It was all sun, all the time. And now, I’m paying for it.
What are your beauty resolutions for 2012?
My number one beauty resolution for 2012 is to remove make-up off at the end of each day – and with the right equipment.
I purchased a Clarisonic – an electronic face washing device that uses sonic micro-massage to remove dirt, oil and makeup from pores. The results are much more effective than soap and washcloth. I cleanse my skin with Cetaphil – the #1 rated cleanser by dermatologists – as opposed to soap or other harsh ingredients. Added bonus – Cetaphil has a clean and fresh smell that I find very calming at the end of the day.
After cleansing, I apply a retinol based product – which was prescribed by my dermatologist – only I don’t use it nightly, as it’s too harsh. In rotation, I use either Josie Maran Argan Oil, or a night cream – depending upon how much hydration my skin needs. Winter in Montana is brutal on the skin.
How do you plan to shake up your routine?
I am shaking up my routine by adding a special treatment monthly – either a facial, glycolic peel or micro-dermabrasion. I have moved beyond the regular wash-n-wear and into the “direct hit” level of skin therapy assistance.
I tried a Micro Laser Peel earlier last year (after an applied topical anesthetic, the outermost layers of the skin are literally blasted away with a laser). My dermatologist recommended a series of three treatments, yet after the first treatment, I simply couldn’t go back again. Not only does the laser treatment hurt intensely, the recovery of 2 to 3 days is most unpleasant. Yet, if results are your goal, this treatment is far superior to the less evasive treatments like chemical peels or micro-dermabrasion.
Next on the docket was a glycolic peel which was very cost effective (regularly $85 and I got it for half-price), much less painful than the Micro Laser Peel and speedy! The topical ingredient is left on the skin for only 3 to 5 minutes before getting washed off. Again, for best results this treatment should be completed in a series, and I only had the budget and time for a single application. I will certainly add these chemical peels to my regular maintenance routine (every few months or so.)
I have not yet tried microdermabrasion, but since it is less evasive than the Micro Laser Peel, I’m sure on the pain scale it will be less evasive as well.
The Micro Laser Peel had the greatest effect, removing many sun spots, and greatly reducing the appearance of fine lines – yet it’s too painful to consider a second treatment. The glycolic peel was speedy and left my skin looked refreshed and glowing. Also, since using the Clarisonic on a regular basis, I’ve noticed improved texture and honestly my skin has never felt cleaner after using this device.
TIP: Find local spas or dermatologists, and join their mailing lists. It’s a great way to try different procedures and many times for half the regular treatment price. Some of my local favorites are Aesthetic Medicine, Rogers Dermatology and Spa Ridge.
Do you have any beauty resolutions?
What have you tried?
What do you recommend?
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I’d love the hear your thoughts. Beauty for all – and all for beauty (and better habits in 2012!)