Sally and I are on a mission to get the healthiest skin possible. Right now, my face is in a big transition phase because after publishing this post, I took the advice left by several readers who left comments and decided to try Retin-A…holy dryness and redness. I’ve been powering through the “has to get worse before it can get better” early weeks and months because I do believe that the prescription will work wonders on my face, but finding products to counder-balance the cream I use every few nights has been trial and error. If you don’t know anything about Retin-A, I suggest reading this and this because they definitely convinced me to try it. When the first and second week of using the cream murdered my face (peeling like I’ve never experienced), I read this article for tips on how to deal with the side effects and have since been moisturizing like crazy during the day. The two hydrating products that have steadily been helping to make things better are above. A bit about why I love them…
Aveda all-sensitive Moisturizer: any lotion or moisturizer I would put on my face once I started using Retin-A made my skin feel like it was on fire…except this stuff. It’s not a joke that it is called “all-sensitive.” The thin formula is hydrating but gentle (at least for me) and even though I use three pumps for my whole face, it doesn’t feel dense or heavy. It contains no added fragrances or SPF (which tends to make my skin even more red and irritated) and is the basic I really needed and now can’t survive without.
Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque: this stuff is like giving your skin a huge drink of water. I got it and the moisturizer above after a facial when I was told that I wasn’t giving my skin enough moisture. The esthetician suggested using the hydrating masque a few times a week after washing and drying my face and told me that it was gentle enough to sleep with it on. Since it’s a clear formula and sinks into the skin (versus sitting on the surface or feeling sticky) I tried going to bed with it on and was obsessed with the results when I woke up. The added hydration doesn’t cause me to breakout but it does add visible plumpness to my dehydrated pores.
In the past I’ve always tried to brush off how drying the elements are during this time of year—but the drop in temperatures (or arctic vortex, depending on where you live) really does take a huge toll on your skin. Probably not the best time to start using Retin-A (I got my prescription right after Thanksgiving) but at least it’s making me extra diligent on keeping my face moisturized at all times!
Images taken by MBM for A Piece of Toast