Sunday, August 29, 2010

Clarins Blemish Control-Must Have!

Hormonal breakout, stress induced break outs, poor diet/life style, genetics, drug these are just a few of the things that can cause those annoying, painful puss infused pain in the ass PIMPLES!

Well, I've had my fair share of hormonal break outs all on the chin which represents the reproductive system in Chinese medicine.  I remember when working at the Aromatherapy clinic there were jokes about "somebody needing some love", well it is true.  Yes, sometimes getting some lovin' will help your skin.  When you're happy, you're skins happy.
Your skin reveals your emotions, it reveals your lifestyle, stress, thoughts, everything!

I've also tried numerous remedies to get rid of these pimples as I wasn't in relationship at the time and well the occassional swing here and there to get clear skin wasn't really an option for me, LOL!

French Lavender didn't cut it(although it has many of other wonderful healing abilities), Tea Tree(no thank you!) and lastly my only product that I will stand by forever even though it's rating is high on the cosmetic data base is Clarins Blemish Control.
It is the best I have used in clearing up my skin and even preventing those awful, cysytic 3-in-1 pimples!
You know the painful kind that shoot across the mirror when you pop it. You get two in a box so you can keep one handy in your purse and the other in the bathroom.
You won't be disappointed.

The active ingredients are:
-White Dead Nettle, Zinc, Vitamin B6: dry, calm imperfections and redness.
-Wintergreen : stimulates.
-Witch Hazel : anti-free radical, astringent.
-Allantonin : soothes, softens.

Dove Film Promo

 Yes those models look flaweless in magazines and you can see how it's done in this remarkable video by Dove.
Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder

I hope this makes people aware of how little work goes into photoshop to make you "wish" you looked like that.  It's not real.

Embrace your beauty, enhance your favorite features and don't be so hard on yourself.  Don't ever let anyone make you feel ugly.
It's those who are ugly on the inside that insult people on their physical appearance.

I know it's easier said than done and I've had people refer to me, in paticular my weight and because of my family they have made me unbelievably insecure but it's a work in progress as I try to get comfortable in my own skin and post baby it's harder than ever when you don't have family to babysit so mama her4 can run to the CC for a Zumba class and other much wanted activities!

As I look back at my pictures (when I was told "You'd be a lot prettier if you were thin again" by a relative)
I didn't look that bad.  Size 14, 5'10", I am who I am, take it or leave it.

In Montreal, QC. Enjoying life, french food and wine!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Wild Rose Skin Care from Weleda

 Weleda has given me the opportunity to try out this kit Weleda's Wild Rose Skin Care Kit.
This helped my skin!
I figured since my skin is going through some hormonal changes( I wanted to see how well this line would work so this was the right time to try)  due to my body getting back to normal since I finished breast feeding two months ago and who doesn't get the big, deep cystic pimple right on the chin before their monthly cycle.
I may be an Esthetician but I am human and I do get some bouts of angst with my skin too.   It doesn't help that I'm a product whore either.
In Chinese medicine you can "map" the face as each part of the face has a zone.  The chin represents the hormonal area of the face and usually you'll get that blemish on the right side which symbolizes the ovaries before your period or in that two week window.  I follow a lot of Eastern principles when diagnosing the skin at work and I'm usually spot on with my clients.
Wild Rose is the perfect fit for women with this type of skin: Hormonal breakouts, sensitivity and combination skin. It also has anti aging properties as well.  It's light, calming and soothing.
In the kit I got the Cleansing Lotion, Facial Toner, Moisture Cream and Night Cream.
What makes it so great? Well for me, I noticed a difference the next day.  My skin is all of the above and my skin was a little inflamed because mama had some wine and wine being yang makes me rosy and I had a zit on my chin, thank you hormones. 
Being an Esthetician I was truly impressed on how well it worked on bringing my skin back to balance and bringing that awful zit down but most of all having healthy looking skin.  I used the line continually for 7 days and I'm still impressed and sad to be out of it.  As I'm going through other lines to try, this is one of my favorites.  Now I just need the regular retail size of the whole line or since I'm a skincare professional maybe I can order the professional sizes?
In a nutshell, here are the main ingredients in this line:

  • Organic rosehip seed oil is naturally rich in vitamins A and E and antioxidants
  • Organic jojoba seed oil acts as an emollient, smoothing your skin and improving elasticity
  • Witch hazel, a light astringent, tightens and strengthens your skin. Your face is purified, renewed and perfectly balanced.  
  • Soothing organic mallow extract’s antiseptic properties calm and care for your delicate skin. 
So ladies, if your skin is in limbo with the hormonal changes and you've got blemishes to tackle give this a try.  I hope it will work for you as well as it did for me. This is on my top list of skincare brands.

I used it. My skin is clear now until next month but I need to buy the whole range to see if it would keep me clear til the next bout of ranging hormones to be completely honest.
This worked for me as I was right in the middle of the cycle.  I can't say what my skin will be like next month as I am now out of Wild Rose and about to try another brand to review.
I have a feeling though that Wild Rose will replace my current cleansing regime.