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Don’t Mess With A Good Thing

February 22, 2012

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I happened to find this article from Beautylish about the dangers of mixing skincare products at the perfect time. While you surely won’t die from mixing brands or different ingredients (at least I don’t think so), this article was really eye-opening for me and helped shed some light on what’s been wrecking havoc with my skin over the past couple of months.

For months, I had been using the Aveeno Clear Complexion line and it was working for my skin, but not as good as I wanted it to. While I was using products from the same brand all with complimentary ingredients, it just wasn’t cutting it in terms of preventing that annoying pimple that would pop-up once a week. So I stopped using Aveeno, and switched to Cetaphil on a recommendation from a friend who also happened to be the Skincare Category Specialist at my old job. It worked great and I found that combining the Cetaphil Cleanser with Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes made sure I got all my makeup off prior to cleansing my face, and still left my face feeling hydrated and clear,

It was after Christmas when I decided to be adventurous and try something different in terms of my skincare regimen. I had just gotten my beloved Clarisonic for Christmas (which also made my skin break out a ton due to cleansing process that was 6x greater than what I was used to), and was walking through Sephora when I decided to try a new skincare brand that caught my eye. It was a kit that included a cleanser, moisturizer, and serum, and since it was from a naturally-inclined brand, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try something new. My skin HATED me for the decision (and so did my wallet considering each product cost almost triple the amount that I paid for Cetaphil). I was breaking out non-stop and couldn’t get my skin to stay clear for more than a day. I was also trying some new products from some of the clients my firm represents, which made things even worse! I finally put two and two together (along with attributing some of the sensitivity to stress with changing jobs) and stopped using the fancy, prestige, natural products and went back to old faithful, Cetaphil. I am happy to say that my skin has gotten back to normal, and I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to skincare. I will be sticking with my Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes and my Cetaphil Cleanser and Moisturizer, and won’t let myself get sucked in by the pretty packaging and  fancy ingredients in the land of prestige.

The moral of the story is that once you find a skincare regimen that works for you in the ways you want it to, just stick with it and leave the experimenting to prestige makeup products instead!


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