On the morning of my wedding, I woke up relaxed and excited–oh and with a pimple, smack dab in the center of my face. I didn’t panic, I just rolled my eyes and slathered on a face mask before everyone arrived. My Elizabeth Arden, Cleansing Mask didn’t work but I knew that make up would. Once my make up artist, Elle Leary, got to the house, she immediately remedied the situation with a ‘La Mer Face Mask and Eye Pads’. (Thanks Elle, you are an angel). I had never heard of La Mer but I was so grateful that she had. My pimple disappeared and my face felt amazing!
This got me thinking about all of the different products available to us and how little I know about any of them. The women in my family have never really had to ‘try’ to have great skin and until now I’ve tried to use my mother’s regime as my example. My mom is 55 (Sorry Mom) and looks like she’s 40. She never wears make up and simply washes her face with some water at night. She uses a simple moisturizer and eye cream and rarely, if ever, gets facials.
My grandmother’s skin staple was oil. I remember her slathering baby oil all over us when we were younger, even in our hair. When she would cook she would rub Olive Oil into her skin. Not too long ago she told me her skin was softer than mine, Bless Her honest heart. Clearly, there are two approaches to skin, the all natural and the bottled. I’ve decided to try out a balance of both.
While I was researching some products that my beautiful friend and model, Gio Ott, had suggested to me, I found this wonderful website called Paula’s Choice. This wonderful site gives you reviews on most skin care lines that you can find at the cosmetics counter. The reviews are based on their own criteria such as ingredients, packaging, and effectiveness and they are rated ‘Best’, ‘Good’, ‘Average’, and ‘Poor’. I strongly encourage you to head to www.paulaschoice.com and begin searching each of the products in your bathroom.
The cool thing is, is that there are ‘best’ rated and ‘poor’ rated products in every price range. I think you’ll be pretty stunned by what you find and learn. I’ve looked up each product in my cupboard and thrown out A LOT of them and my skin is thanking me for it.
That’s all for now, Good Luck!
p.s. I’m now slathering olive oil/coconut oil on my skin just after showering and my skin has never been smoother.