The moment of realization was at an H&M changing room, if you get too close to the mirror, their lights will get details that you weren’t able to notice before, mine were tiny bumps, a sandpaper texture/feeling in my chin, and a makeup that was a mix between cakey and oily. I smiled in disbelief, was this really how it looked? My skin needed me to rescue it.
The skincare world is a complex intimidating world, with the “Beauty Boom” came a raise in new brands offering well designed and consciously made products, with a wide range of options one can easily get discouraged, plus these products were specifically created to target different problems per area in your face, and if that’s not stressing enough you have now to start the quest of finding the products that fit your skin, but first things first, what type of skin do I have?
After confirming I have a mixed skin type -oily T zone and cheeks-, I wrote down the most basic steps: Cleansing. Toning. Exfoliating. Moisturizing. Shielding aka SPF and started investigating the best reviewed products, this part took some time. At the end of the day this is what I had to work with: A mixed acne prone skin with small bumps and a rough flaky chin. Sexy.
I wanted to go for something safe, a brand that I already knew and felt familiar, and to me that meant Clinique, for cleansing I purchased the Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula,
felt a little adventurous, the Anti-Blemish Solution Oil-Control Cleansing Mask, because I thought a cleanser alone wouldn’t do, the Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing gel, I regretted purchasing that one after the first try, and an exfoliator.
Sticking to the routine was challenging, after the first week I wanted to quit because I did not see any difference -patience wasn’t a big virtue of mine-, but I kept on going, with an alarm for both morning and evening. At the end of the first month I noticed my oil production was lower and because of this my makeup stayed longer, I started to question how was I living before, and what are the limits of I can achieve. I would later find out, when I discovered The Ordinary -also known as TO-, that the limit does not exist. I was gone.
A month after I started to daily cleansing and using the mask two times per week, I noticed how new dryness appeared, it was time to up the game. I was afraid of purchasing a very expensive product only for it to cause me an allergic reaction, luckily this was during the time The Ordinary -affordable Canadian skincare brand- was causing a revolution in the beauty industry, so it caught my attention.
My first order consisted in Salicylic Acid 2% Solution, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane, Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG, “Buffet”, AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, 100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil; as I said before I was really gone, along with my money.
TO recommends to try their products slowly, with small batches and small amounts of product to let your skin get use to them and to avoid allergic reactions, I, being the risky woman that I am, did the opposite by trusting my skin to endure the chemicals, something that you definitely shouldn’t do.