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Archive for February 17th, 2014

Skincare

I’m 50 years old. Normally I think that’s pretty cool, but lately my skin has been getting me down.  I don’t mind being 50, but don’t want to look like I’m 50. You know, 35, 38, that’d be cool. 45, even.

I’m one of those lucky people who don’t get a lot of zits. But before you start getting all jealous, think of this: when I do get a zit, it’s a great honking crater that forms usually on the tip of my nose. Rudolph much? It’ll be bright red for 3-4 days before it finally pops out, then when I squeeze it (I know you’re not supposed to, but really? How am I supposed to walk around with a ginormous whitehead throbbing on the tip of my nose) it bleeds, scabs over, and looks gross for 3-4 days before it finally subsides.  I’m not sure whether that’s better or worse than having more frequent but less attention-seeking zits. Anyway, my last one started about 2 weeks ago and took almost a full week to subside. I had 2 or 3 days of comparatively clear skin before another decided to erupt in the exact same spot.  For some reason, my trusty Mario Badescu doesn’t work on the Rudolph zits. I tried some other brand of zit medicine, which also didn’t work.

Yesterday I was at the salon to get my colour touched up and a trim, and I decided to splurge.  I’ve been wanting a Clarisonic for years, and have read lots of reviews, positive and negative. I even bought a pale imitation that was far less expensive, only to be less than impressed with it, a couple of years ago (as in, pre-house fire). I got my annual performance incentive Friday, and put half of it in the family account and the other half in my savings account. It seemed only fair to take a little bit of it out to protect my skin. I decided on the Clarisonic Mia, as it’s less expensive but still got good reviews. It only has one speed, as opposed to the others, but it has the handy dandy little auto shut-off after one minute, so I won’t be able to grind my facial skin into powder.

As of yesterday, the zit hadn’t erupted yet. It was still raging red and hurting like billy blue blazes.  So before bed, I cleaned my face with the Clarisonic and the sample cleanser they included in the box. My skin was a little tender, but it felt remarkably clean and soft, and soaked up my FAB moisturizer (excellent stuff, by the way) like nobody’s business.  By this morning the zit was at full strength. I cleaned my face with the Clarisonic and the sample cleanser, then took care of my nose.  I’m learning how to hold the Mia on my face (doesn’t need any pressure), and my skin didn’t feel as tender as it did last night. My make-up went on perfectly beautifully. No flakiness, no weird dry patches, nothing. It was gorgeous.

By the time I got home today, the zit was already significantly smaller than it normally would have been. No hard scab. No blood.  I took off my eye makeup, then cleaned my face with my Clarisonic and this time used my Dermalogica cleaner.  My skin feels so soft. The zit is almost gone. My skin’s drinking in the moisturizer.  Absolutely amazing.

I cannot believe what a difference it’s making just in 24 hours. 3 face cleanings.

I’m seriously impressed.  Sometimes things really do live up to the hype, and in my opinion, this may be one of them.

If you’re thinking about getting a Clarisonic, be sure you do so from an authorized dealer. I got mine at Ulta.  I was reading reviews on Amazon, and apparently a lot of the ones being purchased through Amazon are not genuine Clarisonics and are thus not covered under the warranty. Just a heads up.

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