Friday, August 19, 2005

Skin schizoid.

And the saga of my skin continues.

I've always had oily skin. But since moving here, my skin has kind of dried out, and this last week it's gone completely nuts. I've broken out AND my skin has just dried out. I spent twenty minutes in front of the mirror today trying to deal with the fact that I had a pimple next to my mouth AND the skin around it was flaking off. I figured that now was not the time to be slathering on toners and my blue herbal moisterizer. So I ended up making a trip to the Kiehls counter. Yet again.

I discussed my problem with the girl behind the counter and she recommended the Ultra Facial Moisterizer SPF 15 which I think will be good for winter, since I'm sick of layer an SPF overtop of my original moisterizer. I had a supersample of the Ultra Facial Moisterizer without SPF awhile ago, and if I recall correctly, it was fairly nice. Not as matte as the Blue Herbal, but not terrible, either.

She also recommended the Pineapple Papaya Facial Scrub which I had been eyeing the last time I was there, but I was given a sample of their (godawful) Milk, Honey, and Almond Scrub. I wanted to use this right away, but I'm about to go out (thankfully to a bar with very dark lighting so I won't be fretting over my skin's schizophrenia) and I was worried about putting make up over top of freshly exfoiliated skin. I'll report back on this later.

I also finally used my Crabtree and Evelyn La Source Peel-Off Revitalising Mask and it was a piece of shit. Perhaps if I had someone else giving it to me, it would have been fine, but it was a disaster. You get a powder, which you then mix with water, and then you slather it onto your face to a recommended thickness of 1/4 of an inch. I don't know exactly who's face this was made for, but I am 5'10 with a massive head (really, it's huge. I have to buy men's hats) and I still had half the product left over by the time I finished.

You're then supposed to just "lie back (face up) and relax" (the face up part really irritated me. Exactly how stupid do the people at this company think we are?) for 15 minutes to let it dry. But I had to clean out the bowl I mixed this crap in first, so I was doing that, as this horrible stuff dribbled down my face, and I looked in the mirror before finally just giving up and lying down, and I looked like the Loch Ness monster. It would have been kind of comical if I wasn't just so stressed out and pissed off by this product.

Then when I was peeling it off, it didn't even have that familiar "peel" feeling that you should be getting from peel off products. It was more like peeling... rubber off my face. It didn't seem to actually be yanking anything out of my pores, and maybe I'm just weird, but if a peel-off facial doesn't hurt even the tiniest bit, I just don't feel like it's working. It didn't really leave any noticeable difference on my face, and it was hell trying to wash off the thin, dried bits around my eyes and hairline.

Overall, I give it a super huge thumbs down. It just wasn't worth the effort, and didn't even seem to DO anything. I was really disappointed, especially since I actually really like the La Source Deep Cleansing China Clay Mask.

Anyway, regarding the whole oily skin thing I mentioned above, the friend I'm going out with just arrived and listened to me air my grievances about this, and she suggested that my skin is starting to adapt to Calgary weather. Toronto is right on Lake Ontario, so it's humid all the time, whereas Calgary is in the sub-desert and is much windier than Toronto. So now I'm just completely confused as to what to do with my skin. Stop putting so much crap on it, I guess.


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Blogger whitepoppy said...

Hi there,

you're having a shocker with your skin at the mo aren't you? You poor thing.
I'm no skincare expert but I do have some skincare knowledge, so I would suggest going right back to basics.
1) Gentle cleanser that won't strip your skin forcing it to produce even more oil = even more breakouts.
2) Oil free moisturiser with sun screen in it. Keep skin hydrated without clogging pores and stop any premature aging!
3) No picking or squeezing of spots
4) Drink lots of water - dull but necessary
5) Give it some time - skin renews every 4 weeks, so it can take up to 4 weeks before you start to see results from a new skincare regime.
Hope this helps!
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