Sunday, November 4, 2012
Raves and Faves
Whoever said, "Money can't buy happiness," obviously wasn't dealing with adult acne or ridiculously unmanageable hair. I, however, have been battling the two for quite a few years now.
First, the acne. Two words that when said together make me cringe are adult and acne. For the last few years, without fail, I have been getting these awful clusters of painful cysts on my jaw and neck, and random spots on my cheeks and chin. It started at the end of August and lasted until late spring/early summer. After many visits to the dermatologist, acid peels, medications, and countless products, I decided I was just doomed to have a monster face for about 86% of the year. The acid peels made my face look like I was touched by Jesus Christ himself ... for maybe two days. Then, the peeling and redness happened. And lasted almost until the next peel. It was a painful, less than attractive cycle.
Then, I found Mario Badescu's Glycolic Acid toner... About ten days ago. Ok so, it's still a bit early to decide whether or not this is God's gift to my awkward, thirteen year old boy skin. But after about ten days, my skin is noticeably smoother, and I can barely see or feel the cysts on my neck. Also, my dry, flaky patches are dramatically reduced.
I use this after cleansing with Cetaphil (I alternate between the original and extra gentle) and then, I moisturize with Philosophy's Hope in a Jar (the oil free one.) I have a feeling this combination might keep me from looking unsightly (hopefully) all winter!
By Terry Baume de Rose, oh how you vex me. I read all the rave reviews and debated splurging on this for probably a year before actually taking the plunge. When I first received it, I had mixed feelings. I loved the texture and sheer color, but absolutely hated the scent. Also, it didn't seem like it made my lips terribly smoother... until they actually became chapped. Then after applying this a few times, my lips were back to being smooth and moisturized. The real test will be over the next few months when the cold, winter winds are constantly blowing against my face.
Now, the hair. My frazzled, frizzy, Diana Ross hair. I have been dealing with this mangled mop since, well, forever. It's coarse, curly, frizzy, and well, big. I color it, flat iron it, curl it, you name it. Needless to say, it requires a lot of TLC. Nothing has ever really helped that much. I started using Alterna's Moisture RX conditioner and honestly, no other conditioner has felt this nice on my head. My hair feels like heaven when I get out of the shower. Smoother, shinier, healthier, and my curls even look bouncier:)
I plan on purchasing the accompanying shampoo, but for now, I have just been alternating between the random shampoos that are cluttering my shower area. I change up my shampoo often, as my hair has major commitment issues and doesn't do very well with the same thing all the time.
These are just a few products that I think will get me through the awful winter months, a little less hostile, and a little more pretty :)