I’ve gotten to the point where I’m okay with having skin that’s not #skingoals. I don’t know if people actually use that hashtag but you get the gist of what I mean. When I started going through puberty, I didn’t see my first pimple until around 4th grade and then they kept coming after that. Pimple after pimple resulted in me picking at them. As you can imagine, my skin became riddled with acne scars and I went through a period where I didn’t feel comfortable leaving the house without makeup on. Fast forward to post-teenage years and well, I’m not 100% acne or acne scar free. The great news is that I don’t let it send me spiraling like I used to.
Here is a picture of my skin in my early 20’s (left) and here is a current picture of my skin (right). Mind you the first picture was taken in my early twenties and this was pre-iPhone days. I didn’t think there was a difference in m skin until I came across this older picture of myself but it turns out that time does heal some things. I still have my acne scars in my cheek area but the acne scars that were on my forehead are pretty much non-existent. Okay, I have to be honest. I’ve been working at taking better care of myself for a while. My acne only started slowing down when I started changing my diet. Eating a bunch of fast foods, cheese, and processed foods really did a number on my digestive system which resulted in my skin going haywire. That’s not to say I think certain foods are “bad” or “good.” That causes unnecessary mental issues with food that I’m not trying to develop. Truthfully, I eat whatever my body wants but there are certain things that I have to avoid altogether or eat a limited amount of.
I also have somewhat of a regimen that I adhere to and so far it’s been working for me. First thing’s first, I do not wash my face with a cleanser every single day. It literally strips my skin of moisture and leaves me with burn spots regardless of what cleanser I use. I’ve tried drugstore cleansers, high end cleansers and organic cleansers but my face cannot stand them every day. Every other day or every couple of days works best for me. What I do use every day is an oil free Clean and Clear toner, serums from The Ordinary (I swear by them) and a moisturizer. Recently I decided to implement a new serum into my routine and it’s so ironic because I found a piece of paper with Ole Henriksen written on it that a Sephora employee gave to me. She recommended that I start using their products and I kept putting it off. Well guess what happened? The minute I start thinking about this brand again, I miraculously receive Ole Henriksen’s new Glow Cycle Retin-Alt Power Serum (pictured at the right) to try complimentary in my Influenster VoxBox. Isn’t it funny how life works?
This product serves as an alternative to Retinol and contains bukuchiol which is a plant derivative. Some people’s skin can’t tolerate retional but bakuchiol is a soothing alternative. It claims to help with fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and uneven texture. Although I’m not necessarily worried about wrinkles just yet, I know that my skin is changing the older I get (I’ll be 27 years old next month!) so it doesn’t hurt to be proactive. The first thing I noticed about this product is that it’s lavender. Yes, you read that right. See:
Lavender. It does have a fragrant smell but I’m not 100% against that. Maybe I’m a little weird but I’ve never been against my products smelling a certain way unless the scent is overpowering. I don’t get that with this product at all and the best part is that the texture feels like silk. I look at my skincare routine as another way to pour love into myself so I like to use products that are soothing. I’m going to do a two week update on Instagram to give my thoughts on how this product is working for me and after a month, I will share if I recommend using it or not. Stay tuned!