As of lately, my skin and I are constantly at odds. If it's not my allergic contact dermatitis acting up, it's my eczema. If it's not either of those, it's my acne. When I'm really lucky, like the current situation I'm in now, I get to deal with all 3 at once! Yay! It's even better when my IBS starts acting up, and when my insomnia is relentless, and as a result of all of these issues, my anxiety goes through the roof. Like, if they even make full body transplants a thing, I'm gonna be the first one in line for it.
I've been back and forth at the dermatologist for a few months now, between my allergic contact dermatitis, my eczema, and my lovely acne. She prescribed me some fancy creams I have to buy from some fancy pharmacy that will probably cost me $200 and cause more harm than good. Instead, I decided to try a different approach. I've been using Yes To Tomatoes for years, which isn't cutting it anymore. Pacifica sadly is making my face entirely too dry. And, Juice Beauty made my face a train wreck. I needed something different.
I did a lot a lot of research, and landed on OSEA Malibu. How I landed on them was actually because my dermatologist said I might have some rosacea (I don't, for the record) and one of the blogs I read about rosacea led me to OSEA since they have a line that's geared towards rosacea affected skin. I checked out all of their products, and contacted them for some help choosing products.
Their customer service is super helpful. I explained my skin issues and she helped me pick products to try and how to use them. I felt confident in my purchase thanks to them!
My skin in a nutshell is this: combo, but with dry spots, and acne. For some reason, I'm having acne right around the corners of my nose which is new for me, and my chin, which I've had since I was a teenager. I even have had a few breakouts on my cheeks, which is new for me, and my forehead. I mean, I certainly feel 28, but my face is looking like that of a hormonal 15 year old!
I purchased the starter kit for oily and acne prone skin for $48. It included: Ocean Cleansing Mudd, Sea Minerals Mist, Essential Corrective Complex roll on oil, and Blemish Balm. Also, the travel size of the Ocean Cleansing Milk for $16. I've only used them since Sunday, so I wanted to give you my initial review.
-I've been mixing one pump of the Cleansing Milk with the Mudd morning and night, per Mary's suggestion. The milk is creamy. The mudd is also slightly creamy. I'm kind of obsessed with the scent of the mudd. It's got peppermint oil and tea tree oil. It smells just like toothpaste but not at the same time, if that makes any sense. The mudd makes your face a little tingly, but it's a clean tingle, not a painful tingle. Obviously, I keep that away from my eyes and my mouth. Neither are foaming, yet my face feels soft and clean afterwards.
-After that, I use two spritz of the Sea Minerals Mist, both morning and night. I've been spraying it on a cotton pad, and then wipe it all over my face and neck. I had tried just spraying it on my face, like as a mist, but I felt like I was wasting more than I was using. Plus, I felt like using the cotton pad, I was able to get it concentrated in more spots. I don't notice much of a smell personally. It doesn't tingle on my face or anything, but it does feel refreshing. I might use it as an after makeup spray too, once I'm out of my other other.
-While the mist is still wet on my face, I apply the Blemish Balm, both morning and night. This is one is my favorite as far as scent goes. It's contains Cyprus, Juniper, and Eosemary essential oils. A little also goes a long way. I've found a few dabs can moisturize my entire face. As with the mudd, it does make my face tingle but not in a bad way. The scent and tingle lasts a little bit after I apply it.
-Lastly, I use my finger and roll some of the Essential Corrective Complex where I need it most. I read reviews that suggested using your finger instead of the roller, so you don't get too much product on your skin. I know it seems that using oil would make acne worse but it doesn't. It actually helps your oil glands to balance out, and less oily skin equals less breakouts. Also, it contains essential oils that have anti-bacterial properties, and they help to reduce the bacteria on your face, which also helps reduce acne. I felt the oil absorbed really fast and it left no residue anytime I've used it.
Here's what I can tell you after one week of using these products:
1) My skin feels so much softer already.
2) I'm amazed at how none of these products leave any unwanted residue on my skin.
3) The redness in my face has calmed down.
4) I have small clusters of pimples on both sides around my nose, as I mentioned above. They're really tiny, some are just red and some have small white heads. They're still there, but I feel like they're less red and they're starting to heal a bit. I'll be keeping a close eye on these as I use the products more. Because literally nothing has made them go away. They popped up one day a few months ago and haven't gone away since. Fun right?
5) My face is definitely less greasy, even at the end of my workday.
6) My makeup looks better and holds up longer using the Blemish Balm as a base.
7) At this present moment, my face is still dry in certain spots, and I need to use a beauty balm to add extra moisture. I've also been using my bamboo washcloth from Juice Beauty while washing my face and I feel that's exfoliating my face better than with just using the wash.
8) You know how when you sleep at night, you often wake up with oily skin in the morning. That doesn't happen with this.
9 Since each persons face reacts different, I feel like my face might be purging slightly. I'm getting small random white heads on my cheek, not clusters just one in various spots. I'm hoping this is only temporary as my skin gets used to the products. I know that on average it takes 4-6 weeks for your skin to get used to new products, so I'm being patient.
10) I'm borderline obsessed with the scent of these products, as I mentioned above. I know it's probably not for everyone, but it makes the process of using these products an enjoyable experience.