My skin was perfect until I moved to a desert environment in my mid-20s. My skin went berserk within a few months of landing and I had to battle severe acne for 3 years, and subsequently the acne scars. It was not fun and depressed me a few times. It’s tough to have to look at your previously smooth as a baby’s bottom skin now looking like Lucifer stabbed at it with his sceptre repeatedly. Below is a before and after pic of my skin:
Over the years, as I delved into natural oils and conducted more research, I moved closer to natural and organic products and monitored what I ate, I learnt to get the acne under control and I’ve managed to restore my skin to it’s former glory, mostly. I fine tuned my skin care regimen and now use a specific set of skin care products, which keeps my skin soft and looking young. I hardly deviate from these products either. I have outlined them by category below.
Make Up Artist's Choice Wild Oat & Honey Cleanser
Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash
Both cleansers are very gentle and great for sensitive skin. I use the wild oat and honey cleanser for post peel days and the Himalaya herbals on other days.
Lucini Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Lucy Bee Organic Coconut Oil
I use olive oil most of the time for this but sometimes I try out coconut oil as well. I do this once a week or once every 2 weeks depending on my skin condition. I am considering including marula oil into the mix.
Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion
Make Up Artist's Choice Mandelic Acid Toner
The mandelic acid toner is good for deep cleansing and reducing the appearance of large pores. The Clinique anti-blemish is part of a complete line but I use only the clarifying lotion. I alternate between the two depending on how my skin feels.
Make Up Artist's Mandelic/Salicylic Acid Peel
Make Up Artist's Choice Mandelic Acid Peel
I used the mandelic acid peel to get my acne under control and the mandelic/salicylic acid peel for weekly maintenance. Whenever I experience minor breakouts, I alternate between the two.
UNDER EYE CREAM
Make Up Artist's Choice Transforming Anti Aging Eye Repair
My under eye area used to be fine but in the last year or so, I’ve been experiencing unwelcome puffiness so I started using this product. The cream has excellent ingredients such as DMAE, squalene, co enzyme Q10, aloe, vitamins C & E and green tea extract.
Make Up Artist's Choice Acne/Oil Control Pore Minimizer
Make Up Artist's Choice Green Tea & Pomegranate Moisturiser
Make Up Artist's Choice Peptide Serum with Botanicals
Make Up Artist's Choice Aloe with Lavender Soothing Gel Moisturiser
The oil control/pore minimiser keeps my oiliness at bay without drying out my skin and also helps tighten up my pores.
The peptide serum with botanicals is one of the best serums for use after a peel but it’s a bit expensive so I use it in rotation with the two moisturisers mentioned below.
Green tea & pomegranate is a fantastic post peel moisturiser. It’s natural and doesn’t contain any acids. It’s gentle on the skin and helps bring down the pH of my skin.
The aloe with lavender soothing gel is an alternative to the green tea and pomegranate moisturiser. It works just as well and my use depends on my mood.
Make Up Artist's Choice Bellevolve Duo Stem Cell Serum
This product is the ultimate skin refiner. It contains apple and orange stem cells and is supposed to lead to younger looking skin. In this case, it’s correct. Ever since I started using this, my skin has been glowing. It comes in a 1oz bottle and is very expensive but it is worth every penny. It comes with a dropper so you can control how much you use without wasting it.
Make Up Artist's Choice Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask
This is a gentle, pleasant smelling exfoliating mask I use every other week. I like the mild tingly sensation it provides.
Make Up Artist's Choice 5-Acid Body Peel
This body peel contains lactic, glycolic, mandelic, citric and salicylic acid. It’s gently exfoliates your body and leads to smoother skin. It also contains licorice root extract, which balances out the skin tone. I use this once a week. A sunscreen post peel is necessary as your skin will be more sensitive for a few days after the peel.
As you can see, I’m a big fan of Make Up Artist’s Choice products. Up until I discovered them, I couldn’t quite figure out how to save my skin, then I started experimenting with their products and eventually built a regimen around those mentioned above.
Occasionally, when they introduce a new product, I order the trial size to test it out. If it works fine, I add it to my regimen.
On another note, it’s also important to eat the right things for your skin to thrive. Just using the right products isn’t enough.