I had a really good skincare regimen for awhile. If I remember correctly, it was sometime in junior high and I’d wash my face every morning and then put on a moisturizer with SPF.
Don’t know why I stopped at some point, but it’s been downhill from there.
Ben Franklin, that wise, notable guy, once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This applies to matters of state, as well as skincare. I knew this, but have ignored it for many years and have erred more on the side of lazy, self-sabotaging, short-sighted skincare.
My sister is the one who recently said something along the lines of, “You really need to work on your palette.” She followed up with a whole bunch of other words that amounted to my skincare routine sucking and that showing. You can always count on family to tell you like it is.
So I’m making an attempt to moisturize more often and actually use my under eye cream. But the most transformative new thing I’ve added in are acid peels.
I just heard of these a couple months ago and didn’t really understand what they are. Basically, it’s a non-abrasive chemical exfoliation of your face that fights the common signs of aging like enlarged pores and fine lines. As you might have seen in my Mother’s Day vlog, my sister reintroduced me to them again recently.
Then, I splurged and bought the Smooth & Silky gentle peels for $48. It’s for first-time peel users, so perfect for me in that way. Technically it’s supposed to be a two week regimen but I’m not doing it every day because 1) I’m still not that consistent with my skincare and 2) I think my skin is sensitive enough that it’d get irritated if I jumped into doing that many peels in a condensed time period.
It includes a Firming Peptide Milk to calm and hydrate skin and give a more “luminous appearance.” Judgment is still out on whether the milk is anything to write home about. It felt nice to apply after my peel, but I think the peel itself is what made the biggest difference.
The best thing about the peel is that it takes 4 minutes tops to do both steps (step 1: apply acid wipe, step 2: you can’t just leave acid on your face, use the second wipe to neutralize the the alpha hydroxy acid activity and nourish the skin).
I just couldn’t ignore that my pores looked smaller and my skin was so much smoother and healthier feeling after each of the four peels I’ve had so far. On the box, it says that results improve even more with continued use, so I’ll definitely keep you posted!