I have a tendency to go a little overboard when it comes to my daily skincare routine, and I’m guilty of not taking my own advice when it comes to product useage, which is “sometimes less is more..”
Even though I know better than to pile it on..it’s hard to practice patience when it comes to wanting to see results. So what do I do? I go crazy three nights in a row by applying a strong retinol, followed by a kojic acid lightener, and topped off with a glycolic moisturizer. Typically, you would not want to mix this many active ingredients – but like so many of us, I just wanted to see the quickest results possible!
Go figure, I wake up this beautiful, sunny, Sunday morning in LA with a full blown skin reaction. All because I wasn’t patient enough to take my own advice!
Bad news is, my face was itchy, rashy and felt like it was pulsating. The 90 degree heat just aggravated it even more. Good news is, I knew how to alleviate the problem. PCA Skin has a product called apres peel which is a hydrator that has a .5% hydrocortizone in it. I applied this sweet smelling balm. It has apricot oil and chasteberry fruit extract, so not only is it soothing..it’s packed with antioxidants! Immediately I felt the burning sensation calm. I slathered on my SPF 50 and out to brunch I went.
Tonight I reapplied the balm and it felt like my skin completely soaked it in. I am a lot less red and itchy. I also mixed a hyaluronic moisturizer by Benev, (a little skincare cocktailing) and immediately felt plumper and less peely.
Obviously, I went a little crazy with the exfoliators thinking my skin could handle a more aggressive routine. Everything is trial and error when it comes to finding what works with your skin type. I’m not afraid of experimenting with products, but today was a good reminder for me that going overboard can almost make you miss brunch!…but seriously, could cause more harm than good.