Saturday, June 9, 2012

My Skin Gets a Wake-Up Call with Sonya Dakar Exfoliating Gel Flash Facial

Exfoliants scare me. There, I said it.  My skin has gotten more high-maintenance and reactive over the years and it’s gotten to the point that anything could set it off on a tangent.  I sound like I’m in an abusive relationship; I kind of am. I’m having anxiety just thinking about the time I dared to get a facial during my menstrual cycle.  I didn’t even get extractions but the gentle fruit acid peel set my skin on a week-long red bump and whitehead fest.  Good times.

Whatever.  It’s in the past.  I decided to stop letting fear make my decisions (especially when I looked in the mirror to see enlarged pores and visible lines, ew!)  and look for a gentle yet effective exfoliator.  After doing tons of research, I ended up  buying the Sonya Dakar Flash Facial  ($95) since I found numerous reviews from sensitive skin users who said it worked wonders and didn’t irritate:

CONSISTENCY: Clear, thin gel

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Lactic Acid (gentle exfoliator); Hylasome (5 times more moisture than standard hyaluroinic acid), and Resveratrol (antioxidants)

RESULTS: Immediate

SKIN TYPES: All! As long as you use according to your skin’s tolerance

So, listen carefully here… If you have sensitive skin DO NOT use this product as directed on the packaging.  The packaging says that after letting the mask dry 1-2 minutes, “rub off” the product in small circular motions.  If your skin is sensitive this is just going to irritate it further by stretching and pulling when its most vulnerable.  The lactic acid is enough of an exfoliator that you’ll get amazing results by just rinsing off the mask with lukewarm water.   Also, ignore the directions that say you can use this mask every day.  Use some common sense here, if your skin is prone to irritation, redness, etc. only use this product twice a week at most.  Obviously!

Now, if you listen to the wise Beauty Binger and use the Sonya Dakar Flash Facial  as I’ve directed, expect visibly smoother, brighter, less-congested skin in 1-2 minutes.  Even my high-maintanence, bitchy skin couldn’t complain about these gentle results.  But don’t even think about leaving the house without an SPF of at least 30 or expect another skin temper tantrum.

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