Hello Ladies & Gentlemen!
I am so excited to begin this blog and to share with all of you what I have learned with skincare and cosmetics! I have endured a long and exhausting battle with my skin for nearly 10 years and along the way I have learned a few things, but first let me tell you that this knowledge was not easily attained. I was on EVERY topical medication on the market that could be prescribed by a dermatologist, even more, I was on multiple antibiotics over a course of ten years in addition to birth control when it was age appropriate to use. At the end of the day (or ten years) my skin was just the same even with all of these products that promised a result. What was I doing wrong???
First and foremost, it is about knowing your skin. Are you oily? Dry? Sensitive? Combination? Believe it or not, knowing the answers to these questions makes a huge difference when it comes to your skin because it allows you to identify the kinds of products you should be using. The best way to determine this is to start off with a clean face at the beginning of the day. Do not use any strong soaps or abrasive cleansers, instead see how your skin is naturally. If you find that your skin feels dry, tight, or flaky, without using a stripping agent, then your skin type is dry. If your skin is exactly the opposite of this, meaning that you can take a tissue to your skin and mop up those oils, then your skin type is oily. If your suffer from dry areas but also oily areas (usually on the T-zone) then you are combination.
I myself have oily, sensitive, and acne prone skin, which means not only do I have to ensure that the products I use do not break me out, but I also need to put in a significant amount of effort to remove the shine from my skin. This is a tedious task, as everyone with my skin type knows, and it can be exhausting! My twin sister who has exactly the opposite skin type as me, seems to have it easier with dry skin. But of course I know that this is not the case. Dry skin can crack and cause discomfort, and is just as difficult as oily skin to ensure it is in balance.
Throughout my blog I will be writing about the products and systems I’ve used, what worked for me and what was an epic fail. For those with dry skin types, my twin will be my muse to help figure out what works best for you. I hope you enjoy my blog and I encourage you to reach out to me with questions and comments!