Monday, January 6, 2014
New Skincare Additions
It's the new year, and what better way to reign it in then with some new skincare additions. Of course, my highly apprehensive money-spending mind needs more of a justification than that. A few empty bottles? We're getting there. A New Year's resolution that includes an overhaul? Aha; but I'm still slightly apprehensive.
But what else is Christmas for besides asking for beauty products you're not willing to spend your own money on? I admit, I'm not that vain and I adore spending time with my family around the fire (not to mention it's the only day of the year where my brother and I don't fight), but it's certainly an excuse.
I hit the last drop of the budget variety, so a bottle of the Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate Fruit and Seed Oil Blend was at the top of my wishlist (thanks, Mom). In contrast to the usual pressing process, this oil is extracted using carbon dioxide, which delivers the exhaustive properties of the seed. And, because of this, this orange potion contains high doses of Trans-Retinoic Acid--a metabolite of vitamin A (otherwise known as retinol).
So far, it's too soon to notice the real bam, but, with first application, the appearance of my scars had faded. Yet, it has also been the source of a nasty breakout. The only thing I can think of is that the high levels of acid are a bit too high for my current routine, thus disrupting my acid mantle (nerd alert). I'll keep you posted....
But, you will be monitoring me on my number one resolution: no more spot picking. To soften the habit, I searched for a drying spot treatment that will suck out all that gunk (that my fingernails would otherwise be prodding). Although it doesn't coincide with my fresh natural beauty predilection, if the Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment Nighttime stops the prodding, I'm all in. The bi-phase concoction contains a white powder of salicylic acid, sulfur, zinc oxide, and camphor to suck the life out of those spots.
But, on the opposite end of the spectrum, is a bottle of Castor Oil--one ingredient and no frills. And, as it seems, it's rather multipurpose. I can vouch for it's extreme blackhead ridding properties when used in a technique known as the oil cleanse; ooooh, fancy. Despite it's oily name, it can actually be quite drying when overused.
But there's something else that this oil holds: increasing hair growth. My fellow blogger Meg journaled the effects of lash application; and the product was seemingly thicker, more fluttery lashes. Unfortunately, my not-so-diligent and utterly forgetful ways means that I haven't been oiling my lashes as consistently as I would hope. But, nevertheless, do I see some thicker bottom lashes?
Three new skincare products, a new year, and a renewed dogma. It seems like its the game of firsts. First time to sleep with makeup? You'd never catch me.