Complexion Clearing Products!!! My Guilty Pleasure by Jenna
When Eliza asked me to write this blog about my guilty pleasures, I sat on it for a couple of days trying to figure out what exactly mine are. I mean, come on. Everything I buy is totally justifiable and always necessary (insert side eye and collar tug here).
Anyways, while sitting here pondering what new salicylic acid containing product I can slather on my face, it hit me. Complexion clearing products are my guilty pleasure. I buy all of them. Literally. All of them. From cleansers to creams to toners to pads, I've tried 'em all. I have insanely sensitive skin and I have been trying to find a good system since I was, like, 16. At the ripe old age of 26, I've got enough zit-busting product knowledge to give Craterface Coburn a run for his money. Let's start with things that don't work. ClickR is this new system that I found at Sephora. It's a new vegan product that's completely Paraben/sulfate/Phthalate free and doesn't test on animals. I purchased a system that included a dermabrasion wash, hot face mask, vanishing mist and an acne treatment lotion. The face wash wasn't so bad, because it had a gritty texture and I always feel like that means it's working. Other than that, all of the products left my face feeling like it had a slimy film on it. After about a week of using this, I broke out worse than I have in years. Needless to say, I stopped using it and it is still just taking up space on our bathroom shelf.
Next we have the Zeno. This is a heat-based zit zapper that you can get at any drugstore. You hold this little contraption up to a pimple and the heat is supposed to kill the bacteria. I was really excited when I got this, because there is sort of an immediate result. Problem is, after a few hours, it's back to normal and you're holding the thing up to your face like a psycho every 6 hours. My Zeno fell behind my bed a few months ago and I still haven't gone looking for it. Ya dig?
Now, we move on to the things that (in my opinion) are actually worth trying out. I recently got a glycolic peel that fixed my skin from a product disaster a few weeks prior (refer to clickR complaints above). I was so happy with the results that I ended up buying these Alpha Beta Peel pads, which are made by Dr. Dennis Gross. It's a 2-step process that comes with 30 uses. The first pad contains things like glycolic, malic, lactic, citric and salicylic acid. The second pad is the neutralizing pad and that has stuff like retinol, green tea extract and vitamins A, C and E. These things cleared my face up almost immediately and my skin still looks great. The pads are also animal friendly, vegan and Paraben and Phthalate free.
My other favorite product is Kiehl's Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser. This is a salicylic acid containing face wash that has actually been working for me. It keeps my skin clear and doesn't dry my face out. It also contains cinnamon bark and ginger to sooth cranky skin and help get rid of excess oil.
Hopefully, this is somewhat helpful. I am that sucker who always trusts product reviews and I never know of anyone with a real opinion on this stuff. And let's be honest, we have more important things to be doing with our time instead of lurking around aisle 4 of Walgreen's. Can I get a heck yeah?