Recently, I posted a status on my personal Facebook about how a customer at work told me that I had "such beautiful skin. " Having suffered with acne literally since puberty, hearing that from someone really made me smile. In that same status, I praised Paula's Choice as the reason. I had few comments on it, and I know I posted this before, but I wanted to do an updated skin care routine, so I can show people the products I use and what's worked best for me. Everyone's skin is different, we all are aware of that, but after using literally EVERYTHING under the skin for my skin, and something finally working, I would say that's worth sharing! I'm going to get step by step in my routine, so you can see what I use and when I use it. I know that I posted something like this before, but after the renewed interest from my Facebook post, I figured it was worth posting again. So here it goes...
Every morning, I use my Clear Cleanser on my face, using my hands, I make small circles all around my face. I even use it on my eyes, but just at the end. It's gentle enough that it doesn't sting, but obviously don't get it in your eyes. I let it sit on my face for about a minute, to let it penetrate my pores, then I rinse it using warm water. I have a wash cloth I use solely for my face, so I pat my face dry with that when I'm done. I use about 3 drops of the Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution, add a tiny drop of the Earth Sourced Moisturizer, and mix them together in the palm of my hand, then use my fingertips from my other hand it apply the mixture. Don't rub, rubbing pulls at the skin. Simply pat and press it in it in, using both hands. Before applying any makeup, allow your face to absorb these products for at least 15-20 minutes. During this time, I usually feed the cats, pack my lunch for work, get half dressed, and whatever else I need to do, then apply my makeup.
At the end of the day, it's important to take off your eye makeup before washing your face. This oil based remover is all natural, and doesn't burn your eyes when removing your eye makeup like most other removers do. Simply apply it on cotton pad, and gently wipe until your makeup is off. The oils are so good for your skin too, so you can feel confident in using it. Not fully removing your eye makeup can cause infection and milia to form, so you don't want to leave this step out!
After I've removed my makeup, I wash my face. It's really important to remove all of your skin makeup, and I find that using a wash cloth helps me to get a deeper clean than just with my hands. I only use this wash cloth for washing my face, and I use it at night only, since in the morning when I wash my face, I don't have any makeup on that I need to remove. First, I apply the cleanser to my face and rub it in using my hands, which begins the process of breaking down the makeup. Then, I use the wash cloth to GENTLY (key word) remove the remaining makeup, using small circles, and finishing by giving my eyes one final wipe to ensure I got all of my eye makeup off, then I rinse it off using warm water. Again, using my face only wash cloth, I pat my face dry. I apply the BHA9 serum at night time only. You would think having such a high salicylic acid content it would make my skin dry, but it doesn't at all. It's surprisingly gentle. It is a think serum though, so you really have to work it in the skin and it will eventually absorb. I sleep with it on, and when I wake up, my face feels silky and smooth.
Your eye skin is extremely delicate, mine is extra delicate because of my allergies and the eczema patches I tend to develop. Presently, I have a small patch underneath my eye, which is super itchy and uncomfortable. I use a drop of eye oil and a scoop just a pinch of cream with my pinky nail, mix them together, and apply them on my eyelids, up to my eyebrows, and underneath my eyes. Neither of these products burn my eyes, or irritate my skin. So, if you have sensitive skin, you can rest assured you shouldn't have any issues with these. Moisturized skin is healthy skin, and I'm doing my best to avoid crows feet lol.
So, I'm going to close with some links you can click on to check out the products I use and see if they're a good fit for you. Also, don't forget to go through Ebates for Paula's Choice, and always look online for coupons before you make any purchases!
Here's the cleanser:
Here's the anti-redness exfoliating solution:
Here's the Earth Sourced Moisturizer:
Here's the BHA9 solution:
Here's the makeup remover:
Here's the eye oil: (Please note that they offer a trial size for $18!)
Here's the cream: