I am so over my skin which seems to be having a different psychotic episode every week. I simply can’t keep up with its latest crisis. This week it threw me a curve ball and decided to have several different conflicting issues at once — dry patches on my cheeks, blackheads on my nose, and terribly puffy eyes (which may be the result of the bag of pork rinds I scarfed down a couple days ago and the Chinese food I ate last night. In my defense I don’t usually consume so much sodium, but it sure tasted good at the time).
When your skin freaks out like mine it’s time to get creative and make “spot-treating” a true art form. Before you begin your art project, make sure you cleanse your skin and exfoliate with a gentle exfoliant like Exfoliant Doux Aromatique Aux 3 Roses (Gentle Aromatic Exfoliant) ($31) or with a CLARISONIC Cleansing System ($149):janna Tags Blackheads, Clarisonic, DERMADoctor, Dr. Brandt, Dry Skin, Eve Lom, Fresh, Puffy Eyes, Sephora Collection, Skin Care
I received a sample of DERMADoctor Photodynamic Therapy (light-activated laser lotion with SPF), with one of my many recent gluttonous gift-with-purchase episodes. I had just read the “Best of Beauty Breakthrough 2011″ in Allure, where they had a panel of cosmetic chemists and dermatologists analyze the data and the products. The DERMADoctor lotion was declared “the real deal,”and I thought, something big is happening here. Seriously. If this lotion can really turn the destructive sun rays into collagen-building anti-agers, I wouldn’t have to berate myself anymore for loving sunbathing!
You would think that given my buying habits I would have dropped the magazine and ran to the nearest Sephora. But, I know better when it comes to miracle anti-agers. I’ve been burned by this flame before. My sorry-ass sensitive skin cries like a little baby whenever I try a new high-tech anti-ager. I can’t just drop $85 on this product to find that it burns, makes me red, or gives me a rash or whiteheads. (Lovely visual, I know)
I saved the sample for my trip to Hawaii. I’m in the Big Island right now with my husband’s amazing family for ten days. Pure bliss (Oh, and did I mention I am five minutes from one of my Top 5 Spas of all time? We will get into that later in the week). Right now I’m sitting in a cushioned chair on our lanai, listening to the palm tree leaves click in the wind, and the lull of the waves lapping against the rocks, trying to stay out of the sun for a few hours (since I just baked at the pool during the forbidden noon hour). I can’t help that I love basking in the warmth of the sun, especially lying on a beach or floating in the pool. I know, you’re disappointed in me. You thought for certain I would be one of those responsible beauty addicts who wears floppy hats (I have a fabulous one, but of course I forgot it), lays in the shade, and wears a minimum of 55 SPF. I should be that person. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law are those people, but somehow I still slather on the 30 and turn my beach chair to face the sun.
I tried the DERMAdoctor lotion yesterday morning over my First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF 30 ($38) and waited for the burn. Nothing. Not even a tingle. I sealed the product with my Bare Escentuals BareVitamins Prime Time and headed for the pool. I spent a few hours in the sun, but my skin remained calm. I can’t say I noticed any difference in my skin texture or fine lines, but if the doctors say it works and it obviously doesn’t hurt, why not?
I am hoping there is a nearby Sephora so I can continue my light therapy. I promise I won’t overdue it and use this as an excuse to spend more time in the sun. And, I promise I won’t let my floppy hat become the Velveteen Rabbit in my closet.
*Photo via SweetnicksPosted by janna Tags DERMADoctor, skincare, SPF