Perhaps it was the locally-made toner, perhaps it was the budget-breaker cleanser, or was it the work of the well-known daily moisturizer? For many women like me, it’s not about a single product but how the mix and match of products worked their magic on our skin. I’ve always had troubled skin since puberty. I envied girls who never had to wake up to a new zit or to a dull face. Probably, my skin problem is a million times less problematic than what model, Cassandra Bankson had. But you do get how frustrating it is to sleep with a reddish bump and know that when you wake up in the morning, a large pimple is smiling back at you.
In normal teens, skin problems subside after they’ve gone through puberty and when their hormones are not as wild as it was while going through the adolescent years. But a handful, like me for instance, go an extra mile and battle it out with adult acne to add to the frustration of getting old. Anyhow, this post isn’t about my rants on how I wasn’t blessed with the perfect complexion rather about the holy grail of products I’ve been using recently whose combination seemed to have worked their magic on my poor, troubled skin: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser, Human Nature Balancing Face Toner and Olay Moisturising Cream.
Start and End the Day Right With a Clean Skin.
I’ve had this Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser from Kiehl’s for more than a month now. Initially, I thought it left my skin dry especially since I had been using Celeteque DermoScience™ Hydration Facial Wash for almost a year. I’ve heard about a lot of similar complaints on how it left many skin drier than usual but I say, with the combination that I’ve come up with, my problem of dryness was resolved.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser comes in a 150mL tube. It’s not for the cheapskate as it costs about Php 1,280 at Kiehl’s local outlets. But just a dollop of the product can really go a long way so the price is really no big deal. My problem with my previous facial wash was that Celeteque DermoScience™ Hydration Facial Wash was watery in consistency and that with a little squeeze, sometimes, I end up getting so much product and use up a tube more frequently. I ended up buying this line because apparently, my skin wasn’t as oily as I thought it was – at least according to the quick oil-test done on my skin at Kiehl’s. It claims to be Paraben-free, silicone-free, fragrance-free and of course oil-free. I feel so much cleaner after using it but it does make my skin feel tighter albeit squeaky clean.
After cleansing, I use Human Nature’s Balancing Face Toner in Elemi & Orange for Oily or Combination Skin. I got this earlier than the facial wash and didn’t know then that I had normal skin type all along. It has a sweet citrus scent and doesn’t sting unlike some toners I’ve tried. Since it’s for women with oily skin, it can leave your skin feel dry as well. Without the moisturizer, your skin would feel tight after application. This costs about Php 185 (?) at Beauty Bar.
And the last step in my skincare regimen is Olay Moisturising Cream which restores the moisture stripped away by my facial wash and my toner. I didn’t use moisturizers in the past because I thought it would just add oil to my already oily skin but skin care experts say that even the oiliest of skins need to be rehydrated with a reliable moisturizer. I’ve forgotten how much this costs but the 50 gram jar goes a long way since the cream is smooth and easily spreads out on your skin. I let the moisturizer settle for about ten minutes or more on my skin before I apply any make-up on.
I’ve been using this combination for more than a month and despite my hectic schedule and sleepless nights at the Pediatric ICU, I didn’t break out as I thought I would from all the stress hormones acting up. Looks like I’ve finally found the products that work best for me. 🙂 I hope you found yours too. Do share it with me at the comments section. Adieu!