I like to give myself quite a bit of time when it comes to anything I’m using on my face. My skin is kind of odd in a way where it will immediately love something then hate it over time or vice versa. I don’t always know what’s truly going on, and quite honestly, with most products, I don’t survive the in-between unsure phase long enough to ever find out.
After a month of dabbling, here’s what I’ve tried, saved, and tossed from this skincare trio!
Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Toning Complex– I used this product for approximately a week and a half, testing different usages and such. The tingling sensation this toner gave is kind of my favorite feeling, and the flushed tone it left radiating on my skin was lovely. However, I absolutely hated that it felt like it was leaving behind an odd film on my skin that seemed to block out anything I would apply afterwards. Not to mention, after using the night before, I would wake up looking like I had lathered my face in crisco.
The best way I can describe my feelings about Glycolic Acid is a love/hate relationship. I always feel I am a day away from my skin adjusting to gorgeous flawless skin…but it never quite gets that far. The pros were not out weighing the cons for me with this one, so I discontinued using.
Side Note: I did hold onto this toner because I feel I may find a time where I would like to figure out a way to make it work for me. In reality, who knows if it will ever see the light of day again, but ya never know!
Murad Skin Smoothing Polish–
The scent of Murads Pore Reform line has always been a favorite of mine. I used to use a couple items from the line religiously MANY moons ago, when there were literally only a couple of items even in it. So, stumbling on this product, to me, felt like perhaps the stars of my past and future skin were colliding in a very magical meant-to-be way.
Because I use a lot of strong prescription acne products, I tend to always be a little flakey around my nose and on my chin, which is where my regular need for exfoliation comes in. This exfoliator has the perfect texture I look for in a more abrasive exfoliant, something that really gets in there and scrubs everything up & off real good. Though the texture was completely on target and felt amazing to use, my skin was parched to unquenchable amounts after every time I used this, and almost seemed flakier? I couldn’t defend hanging onto this one, so it got returned after a few times trying!
Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash–
Wanting to stray from my prescription face wash, I found myself, yet again, on the hunt for a new face wash. This product always intrigued me based on the fact that it is a line targeted towards pregnant women, and my breakouts typically feel hormonal. With few acne face washes left out there that I haven’t tried, I decided to give it a go.
The slightly-kind of-but not really lathering texture is very similar to that of Cetaphil, but with a much more pleasant scent. I liked that this didn’t feel like it was stripping my skin, but still left behind a good clean feeling. I held onto hope with this one for much longer than the others, giving it almost a full 3 weeks to disappoint me. After a week or so of no real change in my skin, I started to get large cystic painful breakouts in very random spots that seemed to take FOREVER to fully heal. Due to the stigma in the acne world with the whole “it gets worse before it gets better” thing, I continued to stick it out. The cycle of always having one large painful pimple that never seemed to fully go down without drying, exfoliating, moisturizing, masking daily, became completely exhausting. This ended up getting returned as well.
Over all, not my best turnout of a skincare splurge, but you live and you learn. Also, please keep in mind my skin is very particular to what it likes. My skin has never agreed with most acne skincare ingredients. Even some of the most highly recommended ingredients (salicylic, glycolic, lactic acids, etc.) have never helped over any span of time using. I never condone not trying something that did not work out for someone else, because there are always thousands out there that it did work out for. Everyones skin is different! Be willing to try whats out there, listen to your skin, and hold onto your receipts for anything you’re unsure of! Both Sephora & Ulta are quite lenient about returns, as long as you’re not trying to return a half used product!
The Silicone Sponge!-
These things were everywhere! I couldn’t go a day on social media without seeing someone talking about something to do with one of these. Even though I absolutely hate using any form of sponge ever, even the beloved beauty blender, I managed to convince myself I needed this, of course. My flakey nose/chin area is camouflaged effortlessly when my foundation is applied with any form of brush, but whenever a sponge of any size/shape/form is involved it seems to enhance the appearance of my dry patches. Either the longer I blend, the more prominent the dry areas appear or I’m left with a flawless finish that ends up looking like it is cracking off my face everywhere my flakies live within just a couple of hours. Personally, I believe its related to the prescription skincare I’m using beneath my foundation. Regardless, sponges and I have not been friends in years, but I decide to give this a go, mainly based on loving the idea of how easily it could be sanitized, dried off, and back in action!
The Silicone Sponge was unfortunately no different for me than any other sponge applicator. Applying my foundation in a stippling motion and avoiding wiping, sure enough, my cracks and flakes were still coming out to play. So, it got benched. I will eventually be trying the Silicone Sponge again with a tinted moisturizer for beach days in the summer (which I don’t use prescription skincare under), because again, I love to convince myself that I will find a way to love something in due time. So, I’m going need a few months with this one, but absolutely recommend trying for anyone that has never had issues with beauty blenders or any version of one!
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