I read a post earlier this week about how waking up early every day is a real game changer and can significantly improve your life. This isn’t a surprise to me given that for the past ten years I’ve been planning to implement this “life change” and yet every morning when that alarm goes off I think, nah I’m good.
Except for today.
I actually did it! And by “early” I mean I got up at 6:45 a.m.. You can laugh, it’s fine. My normal time is 7:20. So what did I do with this extra 35 minutes you might wonder? I drank a LOT of coffee. And now I can barely type this post because I have so much caffeine surging through me. That afternoon crash is sure to be EXTRA fun today.
Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee.
Where was I?
Oh yes, trying to write a blog post. Once upon a time I used to boast about how “low maintenance” my skin care routine was.
“Skin care routine? What does that even mean?” I’d say. So young and so stupid.
As I’ve learned, it’s easy to be low maintenance with your skin when you’re 21. Late 20s… not so much.
It all started with a sun spot on my right cheek. For the past 6-7 years I’ve stayed out of the sun and have been super careful with wearing sunscreen every day. Unfortunately for the first 20 years of my life I worshipped the sun. I was a life guard, worked outside every day in the summer, and worst of all… I can barely get myself to type this…. But I used to lay in… in… I used to spend my time in a TANNING BED.
It’s disgusting, I know.
Long story short, I’m desperately trying to make up for lost time now and am always seeking out new skin care products to prevent damage/maybe even take away some.
First things first, let’s talk about dark circles. Where did these come from? And why do they just come and go at random? I don’t know the science behind these nasty things, but I have found a good way to treat them.
When my eyes are looking extra dark, or if I have something the next day I’d like to look awake and chipper for, I’ve started sleeping with little oxygen masks under my eyes. They’re kind of like puffy bandaids you wear to bed, except they’re not sticky and they actually feel like cool little pieces of heaven under your tired eyes. I love THEM. And they work!
I use the VII code found here. (I wear them to bed almost every Sunday evening, or nights after long days of travel.)
And since we’re talking about eyes, this Bye Bye Makeup cleansing balm is the best for removing eye makeup. This is the first balm I’ve used before and I’m wondering why it took me so long. It’s said to be a makeup remover AND an anti-aging serum, I like it because it feels so soft on my face and takes the makeup off quickly. (And I’m very lazy when it comes to taking off my eye makeup, or I used to be anyway!)
For those dark spots… Sun or not sun related. I have quite a few little spots on my chin that aren’t because of sun, but have more to do with my touching and scratching at certain “imperfections” on my face that I shouldn’t. They’re gross and I’m embarrassed of them because every dermatologist I’ve ever seen has always said to me, “don’t touch your zits!” But did I listen? No. So now I’m on a journey to correct this mess.
Derma e scar gel. You put it on twice a day under your moisturizer. I just started using it so I’m not sure if it’s working, but all of the reviews were great and I’ve got nothing to lose. I’ll do a follow-up post in 3 months.
In an attempt to even out my skin (and also dull the sun spots that have popped up everywhere) I’ve also started using this vitamin C serum. I found this serum and the scar gel mentioned above by simply doing a little research on google and ordered both off amazon for pretty cheap.
I use the serum on my face and neck, and according to reviews it helps with both spots and wrinkles! Dare I say this is a miracle serum? Time will tell…
And then we have a Microdermabrasion Scrub. Just like the last two, I found this on Amazon and the reviews are amazing. So I’ve got VERY high expectations for this one. Apparently it’s supposed to diminishe the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars, and absorbs excess skin oils.
If it can really do all of that I will be blown away. If anyone has used this one before, let me know.
And I can’t write a skincare post without mentioning my very favorite tinted sunscreen by Elta. This stuff is awesome! I’ve been using it for 2+ years now and I will never ever stop. I first bought it at my dermatologist’s office after the doctor suggested it, but then I got smart and found it on amazon for much cheaper and order it by the bulk now.
If you only take away one thing from this post let it be this sunscreen! You can find it here. Also, my friend who is married to a dermatologist uses it, so I basically try to do whatever she does because her skin is awesome and her husband knows what he’s talking about.
And those are six products I’m currently using. Curious to know what you use? (Most specifically for dark circles/dark spots since those are my number one nemesis.)