Hi all! I wanted to write about other skin care things I do periodically that have been helping my skin. While most days I just wash, moisturize, then pop on Differin (only at night), some days I do add extra steps if my skin is looking a bit lackluster. These are the things that have been helping me non-medicine-wise, so I thought I'd share.
My favorite thing at the moment is the $5 complexion brush from Sephora. I wish I could get a Clarisonic, but being out of my budget, this will do. I use this every other night or so whenever my skin gets really flaky from the Differin. I gently massage in my cleanser in circular motions WITHOUT pushing the brush into my face. DO NOT scrub your face, it will just exacerbate any sensitives. The point is just to gently buff off the flakies. And it works perfectly! I love it. While it would be nice to have the Clarisonic, this little brush is definitely one of the best $5 I've ever spent as it is so effective! I've been using it for over a year now. Definitely recommend.
Another skin "treatment" I am loving is honey. I use pure, organic, raw honey that you can buy at any grocery store (cost me $10 for a large jar and I am still using the same jar 6 months later). You know those pesky, flesh colored bumps that aren't whiteheads or plugged pores? After cleansing, I slather on a thin layer whenever I see them starting to prop up and leave on for 10-15 minutes. I wash it off, moisturize and Differin as usual. The next morning they usually completely disapear. This ALWAYS works for me, it's amazing! How it works is that when honey reacts with your skin's moisture, it produces hydrogen peroxide that is slowly released so it is not irritating to your skin. The hydrogen peroxide disinfects and calms inflammation. Some people really invest in their honey by buying a medical grade honey called Manuka Honey. Manuka is a stronger disinfectant, but I find regular grocery store honey just fine--I just make sure it is pure, raw, and organic. I also use honey on any really large inflamed pimples and do the same 10-15 minutes, and it really helps calm them down by the next day.
Lastly, I don't know about you ladies out there, but whenever I pluck my eyebrows, I get little clogged pores where some of the hairs get pulled out. So I make sure to cleanse the area with Bioderma before plucking. Then after, I use a toner to close the pores. I either use Dickenson's Witchazel or Clarins Toning Lotion with Chamomile. I prefer the latter as the witchazel contains 14% alcohol and is drying, but both work just fine, and this works really well. This is also the only time I ever use a toner, btw, so I like it because I feel all prepped and pampered... hehe.
I know these little extra tid bits aren't miracle workers, but they really do help me maintain clearer skin. I am a very simple person and prefer to stick to the simplest skin care routine, so it's not a lot of stuff but if it works for you, it works!
My next Isolaz treatment is on Thursday the 15th! So excited! Happy to report that the only blemishes I have on my skin today are dried up remainders of healing pimples. Hopefully my skin stays clear!