Saturday, January 25, 2014

Skincare Routine/Sample Update!

A lot of you are interested in how my skincare trials are going with trying out some samples from La Bella Figura, One Love Organics, and Pai Skincare. I am going to have a separate post and video for each sample kit, but I wanted to share my findings thus far and what I'm loving. So, I thought I would share my current morning and evening skincare routine.

George's Aloe Spray
One Love Organics Morning Glory Serum
Pai Skincare Chamomile + Rosehip Moisturizer
Episencials Cheeky Salve

Coconut Oil (to remove makeup)
Devita Mud Mask or Nourish Organics Cleanser
La Bella Figura Barbary Fig Renewal Serum
Episencials Cheeky Salve

So - I've been using the Morning Glory serum in conjunction with the Pai Moisturizer for about a week - my Honeybee Gardens powder foundation looks FANTASTIC over them together. Absolutely smooth, lasts all day, amazing. I wanted to see if just one of them would give the same effect, and they don't.

Then, yesterday, I decided to try the Geranium and Thistle Moisturizer by Pai, with my Sea Buckthorn Oil, to see if that combination would leave my face smooth as well. As soon as I applied the moisturizer, my skin started to itch and my dermatitis started to get inflamed. Mini "boils" started to form, but I went with it anyway. I found out later that the thistle is derived from Safflower Oil, which has an oleic acid content of 75%+. High oleic acid contents can worsen eczema and dermatitis because they make bacteria fester. To make matters worse, I looked at reviews later on MakeupAlley of the moisturizer, and a few people said it made their eczema worse too.

At first I was doubting that the OLO Serum and Pai Moisturizer were really doing anything, but after yesterday, I notice how much less red my face looks, and how calm my dermatitis is when I use both products together. They work together as a tag team to calm inflammation. I'm almost definitely going to purchase the discover size Morning Glory ($29), but I'm hesitant to spend $60 on a moisturizer that doesn't have SPF.

To treat my inflamed, red face last night, LBF Barbary Fig Renewal Serum came to the rescue! I knew I loved this serum before, but when I tested its ability to calm my super inflamed dermatitis, it blew me away. My rash went down 3/4 the size of what it was the previous night. I'm more amazed with this oil every day, and I'm almost positive I'm going to spend the $125 on it.

What skincare items are you currently loving?

1 comment:

  1. I'm loving my DIY facial serum with all high linoleic acids and my Farm to Girl Fountain of Youth (I think) lotion with random oil samples on top for my neck and chest. Moisturizing and protecting that area from the sun is the next thing I am working into my day and night routine. I just got the Devita solar protective moisturizer to try since I've been using my Vapour Origanic stick foundation and it doesn't have SPF.