Have A Miraculous Sleep With Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream

Have A Miraculous Sleep With Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream

We’ve all tried night creams, amirite? They are usually heavier than a day cream, as they are intended to address our skincare needs when our skin is optimally ready for help, and this time happens to be while we sleep. We slather them on and hope for a miracle. I recently spent some quality time with Garnier and they spoiled me with their skincare miracles and goodness!

Make-up free & ready for my Garnier Miracle!

Make-up free & ready for my Garnier Miracle!

Let us first address the issue of nighttime skincare. Does our skin do different things at night?  The skin does go through some changes as you sleep. It’s metabolic rate increases and cell production increases as well, and blood flow seems to be higher at night. When blood flow is increased to the skin, the area of absorption of whatever you put on at night likely increases as well. Night creams/serums absorb easier and more deeply into skin at night since it isn’t conflicting with any other products, like say makeup . The warmth of our skin will also accept the products better than, say, running around all day in cold weather etc. If your skin is dry, using a deeply moisturizing night cream can do the “hard work” for you overnight so it won’t disturb your makeup during the day. Also, some night time products contain retinols which should not used when your skin is exposed to UV light.

That's a bedtime miracle right there.

That’s a bedtime miracle right there.

Now. Let’s discuss “sleeping creams”. They are different from night creams as they are designed to do a little more heavy lifting, pardon the pun. I’d say they are more like a mask, but with a gorgeous melting texture – “self smoothing”- and the technology behind them was inspired by the hugely popular sleeping packs from Asia. Sleeping creams feel utterly different from a heavy night cream and simply feel lovely and soothing on the skin. This is what Garnier has created with their Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream. From Garnier:

Garnier introduces Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping CreamTM Night Cream, a new product that combines the hydrating and recharging power of a mask with the light and refreshing feel of a cream. This anti-aging formula reduces signs of dull and dry tired looking skin. Infused with Lavender Essential Oil*, Rare Plant Extracts, Adenosine, Hyaluronic & Beta Hydroxy acids, the care helps exfoliation of the skin surface layer, repairs skin’s moisture barrier and reduces the look of wrinkles. Night after night, skin looks energized, younger, feels lifted and firm.

Results:
1st Morning:
• 93% said skin felt smoother & hydrated
• 77% said skin looked rested.

In 1 week:
• Wrinkles look reduced.

In 4 Weeks:
• 91% said skin texture looked improved
• 77% said skin felt firmer and looked revitalized.

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My morning elevator selfie plus bonus coffee. It’s a bit blurry but trust me. My skin is feeling fab!

 

I’ve been using the Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream along with the Ultra Lift Sleeping Eye Cream for a few weeks and so far I loveth them, I do. I love the soothing feeling of the cream, and who doesn’t want to wake up with a glow? Every time I use it I am AMAZED that they are drugstore products. It feels like a sponge of moisture feeding my skin, if that makes sense. I am wearing less makeup – basically some concealer around my eyes (I haz old), a dusting of powder and blush. That’s it!

If you have dry, tired and/or fatigued skin that needs some TLC, I highly recommend you run out to the drugstore and treat yoself. I would also say this is not limited to “aging” skin. Anyone who wants to pamper and moisturize and wake up like they slept a spa should use the Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping cream line. Verdict? Love. You will not spend a better $24.99 CAN. You can get Garnier products

Biddy & I had a Garnier slumber party in their AWESOME Garnier Dark Spot Treatment Masks. Review to come. Get some.

Biddy & I had a Garnier slumber party in their AWESOME Garnier Dark Spot Treatment Masks. Review to come. Get some.

 

 

* regarding the lavender – lots of people say omg lavender is not good for the skin on your face! Is it? I don’t know. I found arguments for and against on the internet. I use Osmia Organics Spot Treatment for acne and I love it. In the Garnier Sleeping Cream line, the lavender is minimal, and simply for aromatherapeutic reasons, ie to help you sleep. 

Wash Away Dull Skin & Get Radiant In Bed

Wash Away Dull Skin & Get Radiant In Bed

Oh, great. Another hormonal break out. UGH!

Just when I think all I need to do is manage my ageing skin, another zit pops up. Ugh. Hormonal acne is difficult to control, as it rarely influenced by what you put ON the skin. I have found it is exacerbated by certain skincare products, like silicones and certain oils (not mineral oil, oddly). Yet it not often improved by skincare products, so what I hope for is control, and then damage control. A nasty cyst can sometimes leave a mark, and sometimes even a small pimple can leave a mark. So even though the pimples themselves have moved on, the damage done can linger for weeks, even months.

Another way to get radiance in bed...

Another way to get radiance in bed…

This is where tone correctors come in. I have been loving Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Gel Cleanser, but decided I would try the PTH Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, as it gets rave reviews by my age group (it is key to adjust the search criteria to a relevant peer group) on MakeUpAlley.

From Peter Thomas Roth:

Oil-free, anti-wrinkle technology helps to clarify and brighten with glycolic acid, salicylic acid, extracts of peach, white oak bark, lemon, lime, linden, grapefruit, and arginine. An advanced deep pore resurfacing action supports natural cell turnover to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. It helps to effectively detoxify the pores, dissolve makeup, emulsify oil, and improve skin texture as it gently sweeps away dead skin cells and impurities that can make the complexion appear dull.

I do love it, and feel it is somehow gentler on my skin, while still exfoliating and adding radiance.

I am a giant fan of Vichy ProEven. Because I am always trying new things (so you don’t have to!), it is easy to shift my routine and not really notice what is missing, vs what is new. So I realized I had not been using ProEven, and that indeed I was out. I remembered I had Vichy ProEven Night, and hadn’t given it a full test drive. Well, I’m glad I did!

From Vichy:

Unique resurfacing technology with the highest concentration of LHA (3x more than the day formula), Ceramide Bright™ and Vitamin C. It infuses into all layers of the skin at night to act during the cells’ natural skin regeneration process for a resurfacing action all night long.

I swear it is not psychosomatic when I see results in TWO DAYS. That’s right. I went from feeling crappy and like hiding, using concealer like spackle, to feeling glowy and on the road to improvement. Now, ten days later, my skin tone is dramatically improved, and I don’t feel the insecurity that plagues one when we have spots on our faces.

Soft glowing skin? Why, of course, Mr Bond.

Soft glowing skin? Why, of course, Mr Bond.

As an aside, I am going to be trying Spironolactone to treat the underlying cause of my acne. It seems to be quite popular as a treatement for hormonal acne in women in my ahem, age group. Have you tried it? Do you know anyone who has used it? Any advice? Thanks!

You can get Vichy ProEven Night at Shoppers Drug Mart, $49, and Peter Thomas Roth AntiAging Cleansing Gel is at Sephora $49.

Even Grown Ups Get Break Outs – Vichy Is Here For Your Skintervention

Even Grown Ups Get Break Outs – Vichy Is Here For Your Skintervention

There is something completely unfair about having to battle ageing skin AND acne at the same time. Yes we know, the plus side to having acne prone skin is that oily skin does not wrinkle as early and as much as dry skin. So there’s that. But that is cold comfort when yet another breakout happens, or when a sore cystic pimple, buried deep in the dermis, never to emerge, begins to pulsate and redden. Ugh. While most acne is hormone related, there are things to do to lessen and prevent the super nasty ones. I do have prescription creams, that sometimes work, but not always. I have found a preventative skincare regime helps the most, along with clean(ish) eating. Yes I know – food isn’t supposed to cause acne, but when I fall of the healthy food wagon, and consume buckets of chips, chocolate and sugar sugar sugar, I am bound to have a breakout.

Vichy is one of my favourite skincare lines, for good reason. I use my Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 every day, twice a day, but when my skin is freaking out, Vichy has some great oily skin options. I really love them in the summer, when my skin is more likely to get sweaty and be exposed to the grit and grime of city air. So this is the perfect time for my Skinternvention, with the Vichy Normaderm line:

About Normaderm:

Skin care products for all types of imperfections: irregular texture, clogged pores and shine. Normaderm targets skin’s signs of sensitivity by thoroughly cleansing, hydrating and purifying it. To recreate beautiful and healthy skin, Normaderm targets more than just imperfections, without weakening the skin.

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Cleanse: The Normaderm Deep Purifying Cleanser is terrific for washing off the day – make up and oil are no match for this gentle yet effective cleanser.

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For a more thorough treatment, try the Normaderm Tri-Activ Mask. A triple action mask that cleanses, exfoliates and mattifies, with clay, ”peeling” ingredients and a soothing agent.You can use it as a leave-on treatment mask, or lather it up as a cleanser. I love it for both.

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Tone: I always use rosewater to tone my skin, but after a long day out and about, and a good coating of sunscreen on my skin, I want to soothe and treat it. Vichy Normaderm Purifying Astringent Toner has active ingredients with a purifying, antibacterial and gentle exfoliating effect. It feels soothing on the skin, too.

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My favourite product in the Normaderm line is the Hyaluspot Targeted Fast Acting Care treatment. This is for when that nasty zit rears it’s ugly head.  Hyalupspot’s  “advanced formula with hyaluronic acid creates an invisible “bandage effect” on the surface to protect against external agents. Salicylic acid and LHA, recognised dermatological ingredients, act at the source of the imperfections.”. In plain language, it helps soothe and treat the pimple so it clears up faster.Imperfections disappear faster without leaving a mark nor a scar. Who doesn’t want that?

If your skin is being challenged by oiliness and breakouts, I recommend giving the Vichy Normaderm line a try. Gentle AND effective.

 

 

In Canada, Vichy is available at drugstores. US shoppers can get it online.

Daly Beauty Morning Skincare Routine

Daly Beauty Morning Skincare Routine

Daly Beauty Morning Skincare Routine

 

Goodness knows, my skincare routine changes from time to time. I am a shameless product junkie, and I am always looking for the latest greatest skincare item. Right now, however, this is the facial skincare routine I am loving right now.

Face toner
fresh.com

My favourite toner right now. I like the light plastic bottle (no breakage) and the spritz option. I spray it all over my face

Lip treatment
shiseido.com

The Benefiance WrinkleResist Intensive Eye Contour Cream (replaced the original Benefiance, I see little or no difference in formula) is simply the best eye cream for dry skin.

My newest eye serum fave – it’s light and absorbs instantly, and I notice a lovely smoothness to the eye area.

Chanel makeup primer
nordstrom.com

If you don’t have this, what are you waiting for? Expensive, yes, but you use drops of this. It will last ages. And it makes you gorgeous.

Peter thomas roth face wash
peterthomasroth.com

Still my favourite glycolic cleanser. My skin feels clean and clear, yet never dry. LOVE.

Well. Everyone needs Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel. Delivers much-needed moisture to the skin.

A luxurious smoothing  moisturizer that acts as a primer. It has all these melt-y ingredients that seem to magically bond with your skin ( #protip I also put it on my cuticles)

This Kosmea serum is fantastic, and the tone beautifying rosehip oil in this line is what makes it so fantastic. I use this on my neck and décolletage to combat time and sun…

I alternate this with my Skinceuticals B5 Gel. It’s rich and a rejuvenating treat for your skin. Instantly adds radiance, and has long term benefits.
All products are subject to change, of course. The links are below! Do you use any of these products? What is part of your routine?
Cult Favourites: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè & Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

Cult Favourites: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè & Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

Cult beauty items don’t always deliver exactly what we hope they do. I suppose this has a lot to do with skin/hair type and expectations. So I always approach a cult favourite with caution. Such caution was not necessary with Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè & Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.

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I’ve loved Clarins Beauty Flash Balm forever. It’s one of those things I get, love, use up, then forget about because, ALL OF THE OTHER BEAUTY THINGS.  I recently revisited Beauty Flash Balm. I’ve been tired and this never ending season has my skin feeling dull. From Clarins website:

The ultimate pick-me-up for tired, stressed skin—Clarins best-selling radiance maker helps eliminate signs of fatigue in a flash! Instantly moisturizes, brightens and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed. Olive and Witch Hazel extracts help smooth the skin’s surface, diffusing the look of lines and wrinkles. Soothing Bisabolol helps restore skin’s youthful glow. Preps skin for perfect make-up application and hours of luminous wear.

That pretty much says it all. It does what it promises,  it feels wonderful, and smells wonderful. It feels like simple yet luxurious skincare, and using it is like a mini spa treatment at home. The texture is rich, creamy and almost whipped. I have a sample size that I keep in my purse so I can dab a small amount all over my face at any time of day. It is an instant brightener. Love it. At around $50 CAN for a 50ml tube, it isn’t cheap. But a little goes a long way, and I recommend using only a small amount for best results.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè is another beauty potion that promises to add radiance to the skin while helping our make up look better. It has this rich melty texture and feels like a potent moisturizer. It is almost “oily” but don’t be afraid of the oil. Again, it sort of defies definition. While it may appear oily, it manages to impart just a glow to the skin while locking in healing moisture. Even on my oily and sensitive skin. I’ve been testing it for weeks with no reactions other than a healthy glow. It has a soft almost imperceptible scent that dissipates quickly. But it’s magic lies in the perfect canvas it leaves on the skin for make up. From the website:

24-Hour Miracle Cream The must have product for makeup artists, models and celebrities. A cult favorite that has found its way onto countless photo shoots, television and film sets internationally. This creamy lotion is three products in one: primer, moisturizer, and make-up remover. Its formula remains extremely simple and effective with nourishing ingredients that restores the skin’s natural glow and gives a boost to tired dehydrated skin.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè has the added cachet of being one of those “impossible to find unless you shop in France” products. You know, the kind Gwynnie would flog on the “French Pharmacy” page of GOOP. Happily, Embryolisse is now available to the great unwashed. I’ve even seen it at Urban Outfitters! I bought mine at a fab sale on Hautelook, but the cost of $28 for around 76ml is actually pretty reasonable. It is highly concentrated, as the name suggests, and a tube will last ages.

"Yardley Face Slicker Frosty Blusher. It shimmers. It softens. It glows up your face"

“It shimmers. It softens. It glows up your face” Sign me up!

What are you favourite cult beauty items?

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm is available at Clarins counters and Sephora. Embryolisse shopping information can be found on their website.

Dove Soap For Hands And Body

Dove Soap For Hands And Body

If you read DalyBeauty regularly you know I am huge fan of Dove soap. I love the feel, the smell and how it makes my skin feel after using it. I use it on my face, it removes make up perfectly and doesn’t irritate my sensitive acne-prone skin. But I basically use it for my entire self as well.

Dove Soap lather

Dove as hand soap is perfect, as it is a thorough yet gentle cleanser that removes all the yuck from your hands, while leaving your skin soft. It removes the dirt of the day, as well as any food odours. My sensitive nose cannot deal with food odours on my hands. Even if I love the food, I don’t want to smell onions/garlic/cumin etc on my hands. Dove soap with a soft nail brush and ta-da! my hands are perfectly clean. One can use Dove beauty bar multiple times a day as well without drying out the skin. I loathe hand sanitizers and don’t believe that germ-killing is the way to nirvana. I just want to have clean hands. Dove is perfect for it. It’s a super creamy and emollient soap, so a soap dish is a MUST, or it will make a mess of your sink. I like finding cool and pretty small bowls or saucers to put next to my sink to hold my Dove Beauty Bar. The kind of bowls/saucers that I buy ,then toss in a cupboard, never to be seen or used again. Unless of course, the Queen comes for tea and I need a tiny plate for biscuits. Until then, they hold my Dove Beauty Bar.

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Who needs body/shower gel? Ok, just kidding, as I have hundreds of them, but one of my favourite shower cleansers is good old Dove soap. Add a shower puff, some warm water, and you have hands full of soft, white yummy and clean smelling lather. I use to shave my legs and underarms as well, as it is always soft and never drying. I notice my skin is softer and smells wonderful after a head to toe lather with Dove soap, and it is one of the only scented products I do not tire of. Perhaps because it is so gentle and fleeting on the skin. I even use Dove Beauty Bar to clean my make up brushes. It leaves them soft, clean and with a gentle fresh scent.

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My girlfriend takes her Dove Beauty Bar with her when she travels. It’s amazing, because it instantly makes your hotel shower smell like home. I’ve started doing the same! I wish there was a body lotion/hand cream/perfume that had the exact scent of Dove – do you know of any, dear reader? It’s such a clean comforting scent.

Makeup You Need: MAKE UP FOR EVER High Definition Pressed Powder

Makeup You Need: MAKE UP FOR EVER High Definition Pressed Powder

I’ve thought that MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder for years. A friend with skin like mine (tends to be oily) recommended it and I’ve pretty much used it every day since then. I bought a couple of the mini sized ones from Sephora, but even though they were small, I was never comfortable carrying loose powder in my purse. I used to say, ” I wish MAKE UP FOR EVER made their HD powder in a compact”. Well, the makeup gods were listening, granted my wish, and now the makeup industry’s must-have finishing powder to be applied over foundation or worn alone now for touch ups.

MUFE Make Up For Ever HD Powder Comact 124 Kabuki Brush

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder ($41 CAN) is dreamy, amazing and everything I wanted it to be. It blurs imperfections in the skin like blemishes and wrinkles (HELLO), sets makeup, and is excellent at absorbing oil in the t-zone. If you have issues with shine, or melting make up halfway through the day, you have to try the HD Pressed Powder.

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I only need a small amount on the brush, and as with the Microfinish Powder, a little goes a long way. It has lasted me “forever” (see what I did there)! I apply it using their luxe kabuki brush (#124 $60), and easily toss it into my American Apparel leather make up bag, which goes in my purse. Boom.

 

Verdict? Love. You need this.

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Powder Compact is available online, at Sephora (they have two sizes!), and at MAKE UP FOR EVER counters.

 

Scrub Away Your Troubles, And Wash That Dull Skin Away

Scrub Away Your Troubles, And Wash That Dull Skin Away

I’m a mad exfoliator. My skin is oily and acne-prone, as in painful cystic hormonal acne, along with blocked pores. However, as is often the case with acne prone types, my skin is also sensitive. Part of keeping oil and blocked pores at bay is exfoliation. When you exfoliate dead skin, your skin doesn’t just glow, but all the expensive products we use on our faces can do their work a lot better without dead skin cells in the way.

I’ve been trying some new stuff that I just had to share, because I love them so much.

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3 Facial Wash

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash (250ml, $37) I got this at Sephora, after a stunningly beautiful recommended the line to me. I’m not sure why I haven’t ever explored Peter Thomas Roth skincare, but I sure will now. After a week of using this cleanser, my skin is softer, smoother and clearer. I’ve gazed deeply into my pores and they look pretty darn good! Love this, and will definitely repurchase. Has anyone ever tried the Peter Thomas Roth acne line?  Now I’m curious.

Skinceuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub

Skinceuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub (150ml, around $30) One of the things that I hate about a lot of scrubs is giant exfoliating granules. They feel scratchy and awful, and you just know they are damaging your skin. Skinceuticals Micro Exfoliating scrub is just that – a micro, aka really tiny, exfoliant. It feels gentle on the skin, and leaves your skin silky smooth and ready for any serum, cream or lotion you may want to use. Love it.

Fresh Rose Floral Toner

After all that exfoliating and scrubbing, it is a good idea to offer something soothing and moisturizing before applying your lotions and potions. I use rosewater, and lately I’ve fallen hard for Fresh Rose Floral Toner. At $38 for 250ml it may seem expensive, but considering Jurlique is $42 for just under 100ml. I have used Jurlique Rose Water, but lately the alcohol in it has been irritating my skin. Fresh Rose Toner is alcohol free, smells softly of rose, and feels wonderful on my skin. I love the spritzer, and just close my eyes while I spritz my face and neck. I wait for that to sink in, and then wait another five to ten minutes for my skin to dry completely. This is important as wet, moist or damp skin absorbs product very quickly, and this can cause irritation.

What is making you glow right now?

 

 

Korres Uses Pomegranate, Oak And Quercetin To Give You Baby Soft Skin

Korres Uses Pomegranate, Oak And Quercetin To Give You Baby Soft Skin

I love Korres skincare. I’ve always loved their body lotions and shower gels – the Jasmine is intoxicating – and of course, their cult Korres Lip Butters and Lip Glazes. Predictably I love the Jasmine tone in both of those as well. I’ve been eyeballing the Quercetin & Oak line for awhile. It gets terrific reviews and the mattefying + anti-ageing properties obviously appeal to me. I was then reading through the description of the Pomegranate Scrub (I love a good scrub, I do) and saw, “Formulated with Greek olive stones to effectively refine the look of pores and remove excess sebum, leaving skin radiant”. Seeing as how excess sebum and my pesky pores are an issue, these products could only help.

Korres Pomegranate Deep Cleansing Scrub

Well, the scrub is great. I use it once or twice a week, on already clean skin (usually in the shower). But I’ve found an added use and benefit with this scrub. Drumroll…the bikini zone! Listen folks – anywhere skin surface that you remove hair from needs to be exfoliated. Keeps in-growns at bay and makes hair removal easier. The Korres Pomegranate Deep Cleansing Scrub is a lovely, gentle physical exfoliant that keeps my skin calm, smooth and radiant.

– Pomegranate extract: rich in tannins and polyphenols, reduces pore size appearance, provides antioxidant benefits for younger-looking skin
– Olive tree and Calendula extracts: provide antioxidant benefits
– Aloe
– Ground Olive Stones

A 40ml tube is around $29 CAN, and I use a dime-sized amount

korres quercetin & oak antiageing mattifying fluid texture lotion

I’ve been using the Korres Quercetin and Oak Antiageing & Antiwrinkle Mattifying Fluid Texture Lotion as my daytime moisturizer and love it. It feels rich and soaks in beautifully, leaving my skin dewy and moisturized without getting super shiny. I find it does a great job of keeping my powder and concealer in place too.

– Quercetin & Oak: two of natures most powerful antiageing agents and a clinically proven natural alternative to Retinol
– Myrtle extract agent: antiageing booster, helps to improve skin elasticity
– Alpine Herb (Epilobium Fleischeri) extract: reduces pore size and regulates oily appearance of the skin

The bottles of Korres Quescetin and Oak Antiwrinkle Mattefying lotion are quite generous at 50ml, and costs around $59 CAN.

 

Korres products are available at Sephora and at Shopper’s Drug Mart. Check for stores on their website.

 

Skin Having a Seasonal Freak Out? Calm It With Consonant Skincare And Osmia Organics.

Skin Having a Seasonal Freak Out? Calm It With Consonant Skincare And Osmia Organics.

Ah, our skin. We finally get our zits/dry patches/insert your issue here under control then BAM. The seasons change and it all goes to hell. I’m certain that somehow our hormones get involved but I’m no doctor so that’s just guesswork. But I always feel like when our skin goes haywire, hormones are somehow involved. But I’ve been able to clock major breakouts with the change of seasons for years now, and I am SO OVER IT.

I GIVE UP

I GIVE UP

My most recent skin mania episode had me digging through my mountains of skincare supplies. I’d tried the usual suspects – benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, sulphur – you name it. Nothing was helping. My Consonant DHE Mask has been helping, but I needed more. Something important to remember when you have acne or break out prone skin is that it’s not just too much oil and hormones that cause this condition. It’s also sensitivity. It took me years to figure out that beating my skin into submission with tough love wasn’t going to help. I realized this – finally – after my millionth facial. Because every single facial (with extractions – ouch!) I’ve had has resulted in breakouts. Wax my brows? Cystic acne. Scrub, steam and massage for an hour? Acne. My skin needs a gentle touch.

Well, dear readers, there was hope lurking in my stash.

Consonant Organic Foaming Facewash

Consonant Organic Foaming Face Wash: I decided that I would start with using a super gentle cleanser on my skin. Everything I’ve used from Consonant to date just feels wonderful and soothing on my skin, and their Organic Foaming Face Wash also feels great. It has an air infused pump to make it foamy, vs sulphates, so it’s perfect for those with sensitivities. But even better than that, it cleanses my face beautifully and gently. My face looks and feels clean, and never tight or dry. No wonder this is an award winner! From their site:

Consonant Organic Foaming Face Wash is a gentle yet effective cleanser, packed with nourishing botanicals like teatree oil and grapeseed oil to help hydrate skin, eliminate uneven skin tones and fight blemishes. pH balanced, you don’t need a toner. This Face Wash is 99.5% natural.

Osmia Organics Facial Calibration Serum

Osmia Organics Facial Calibration Serum: I’ve talked before about using oils on oily facial skin – seems counterintuitive, yet there is a wisdom there. I love the feel of a beautiful high quality oil preparation on my face. You can almost feel your skin thank you as it drinks up the nutrients and moisture. The description of the Facial Calibration Serum on the Osmia Organics website says:

A select combination of plant oils, chosen for their balancing qualities, helps skin become more even and smooth, and assists in regulating sebum production.  Olive squalane, kukui oil, and macadamia oil nourish the skin, and calming schisandra fruit extract soothes irritation.  Super powered acai delivers an antioxidant boost, and organic black seed oil brings a vitamin and mineral infusion.  Absorbs quickly, and does not leave the skin oily.  In fact, used regularly, this face serum can help oily skin behave itself, and combination skin become less confused.  The scent is mildly herbaceous, with the subtle spicy undertones of black cumin seed oil.

Well, my skin was confused AND misbehaving, so I started using the Facial Calibration Serum at night, and I’m glad I did. It recommends applying it to damp skin, and seriously, you only need a few drops to cover your whole face. I wake up with soft glowy skin that you’d never guess has been to hell and back. This serum has been added to my emergency skin care arsenal and I can’t imagine being without it.

Finally, my skin seems to be recovering. My breakouts and eruptions are stopping, and my face is healing. Hallelujah!

Consonant Skincare is available on their website, and you can find retailers here. Osmia Organics is  US based skincare company and you can purchase their products on their website.