Hey everyone! So I've finished week 4 on the Regimen and we're still making progress! Last week I talked about the dreaded flakes, and I think I've found a good remedy for it. I know that new Regimen users are supposed to follow it very strictly and not add in any extra steps/products. Well, I'm a rule-breaker! I cannot stand these flakes and I'm honestly more embarrassed to have them than acne (at least pimples are normal- when is it normal for your face to be shedding like a snake?!).
I was in Wal-Mart looking for a gentle exfoliator and I found the Olay Professionals Face Cleansing system (I guess that's what it's called). It's basically a cheapo Clarisonic. For those of you who don't know what a Clarisonic is, it's kinda like a big toothbrush for your face! It's a really soft brush that you use everyday to help deep clean your face. It helps get deep down into your pores for more effective cleansing and exfoliating. The name-brand Clarisonic system is around $200, which I don't have, and the Olay system was around $30, which I do have! I've never tried the actual Clarisonic cleanser, so I can't say if the Olay one is better or worse; all I know is that it's really helped with my flakey skin! I've been using it every night and it's extremely gentle. I apply the DKR cleanser to my wet face, then use the slow level on the brush for about a minute. My face isn't red or irritated when I'm done, so I think it's gentle enough not to cause a breakout.
This week we did have a minor set-back. I went out Saturday night and came home REALLY late. I was tired and a little bit drunk so naturally I didn't want to take the 30-45 minutes to do my Regimen. I did use a make-up wipe and partially remove my make-up. I woke up Sunday morning with 4 new pimples on my right cheek- FANTASTIC! I'm not surprised though, I was asking for it! I made sure I washed really well that morning and the pimples cleared up by Tuesday, so they didn't bother me too bad!
Over-all I'm really pleased with how the Regimen is coming along. I'm even more pleased with my results now that I've gotten that Olay cleansing brush. The whole texture of my skin has changed dramatically. I've still got a few flakes here and there, but it's nothing like they were last week. My skin is also adjusting to the moisturizer a little better. It's absorbing much easier/faster now, which I think is because I've gotten most of that dead/dry skin off of my face. It's hard to soak up and nourish your skin if there all of these gross flakes all over the place!
Enough rambling for tonight, it's time for bed! (I've had a bad head cold this week and I just took some Nyquil, so it's only a matter of time before I'm knocked out!) I'll try to post some pictures tomorrow morning after I do my Regimen. You probably won't be able to tell much of a difference on my crappy webcam photos, but in real life there's a huge difference! Goodnight!