I had nice skin in my teens. During the time that many teenagers are battling with skin problems I seemed to skate through somewhat unscathed. Even in my early 20’s I had nice skin until I was around 22 when for some reason the fates decided to give me a dose of everything I missed in my teens. It was bad, embarrassing, and seemed like a never ending battle. It wasn’t until my mother talked me into trying Proactiv that anything changed. The first night that I used it I noticed changes right away. Proactiv saved my skin during that time and I am very thankful for it.
I got pregnant with my first child at 24 and didn’t suffer from morning sickness or hormonal acne. I was luckier than a lot of women and I feel it made being pregnant so much easier for a woman who doesn’t enjoy nor feels attractive during pregnancy. I stopped using ProActiv during this time to save some money and didn’t break out after so I thought I was in the clear. But after the birth of my first child my hormones went crazy. I was all over the place emotionally and my skin really took a beating. So not only was I probably suffering from mild postpartum depression (I was never diagnosed because I was too scared to admit it) I was also suffering from terrible breakouts which made the depression worse. I battled with this for a long while because it took forever to find the right product combination that seemed to lessen the breakouts. Lessen them yes, obliterate them? Unfortunately no, but I have got it to a controlled level with only occasional acne (usually on my chin or jawline). The best part of this (sarcasm) is that I am now 35 and starting to notice wrinkles which means not only do I have to find the right skincare combination for troubled skin, but one that also works for wrinkles. Yay.
It is now many years past my Proactiv use but I am still on a budget with my skincare regime. I strictly use drugstore products because of this, but that doesn’t stop me from having my high-end wish list. I have done a lot of research over the years and the products high up on my want list are mostly from Shiseido. I have read nothing but people raving about their products and would like to try them to see if they really are the miracle product people claim that they are.
I would also like a Clarisonic. The side effect of the postpartum acne I had were scars. Not just discolouration of my skin but actual indentations along my chin and lower cheekbones. It has been hard to deal with and I struggle with my confidence now since I know they are somewhat visible. One of these days I plan on going to a dermatologist to see if they can smooth them or even give me some fillers to make them less noticeable. But aside from the cost I am also scared to go since I have to go there without any makeup on, and I never, ever leave the house without makeup on. It’s a catch 22 and I am apparently my own worst enemy. But I have currently been using the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion handheld device to help even the skin and it works to a degree, but the reviews of the Clarisonic are always so positive that I have decided it might be one of those products that I save for. I hope the product lives up to the hype.
On my product list I also included the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation as a product I use. I love it. It is the first foundation that I have ever used that covers all my scars and discolouration on the first application and stays put all day. I accidentally bought it a shade too light last time because the colour number wore off my bottle and I couldn’t remember which shade I was. Or more accurately, I thought I remembered what colour it was but obviously didn’t. Anyway, it’s incredible foundation and well worth the money. I bought it at Sephora……which I find to be so overwhelming that it kind of scares me to go in there. I really need therapy.
Shiseido ‘Future Solution LX’ Extra Rich Cleansing Foam • Shiseido • $55.00
Shiseido ‘Future Solutions LX’ Total Protective Cream SPF 18 • Shiseido • $240.00
Shiseido ‘Future Solution LX Night’ Regenerating Cream • Shiseido • $260.00
Shiseido Eudermine Revitalizing Essence • Shiseido • $56.00
Clarisonic PLUS Sonic Facial Cleansing System for Face & Body – White • clarisonic • $180.00
Estée Lauder ‘Double Wear’ Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup • Estee Lauder • $37.00
Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Fragrance-Free • Olay • $16.99
Neutrogena Transparent Facial Bar, Fragrance Free, 3.5 Ounce (Pack of 3) • Neutrogena • $9.89
NeutrogenaClear Pore Oil Eliminating Astringent, 8 Ounce • Neutrogena • $9.39
Neutrogena All-in-1 Acne Control Treatment, 1 Ounce • Neutrogena • $9.97
Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System • Neutrogena • $35.00
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night, 1 Ounce • Neutrogena • $16.19
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 • Neutrogena • $18.00