When I was younger I had no clue what to do with my skin and how important it was to take care of it. My best friend’s mom had her following a routine probably well before I knew her. From that experience I had a clue that I should be doing more than I was, which was nothing, but I had no clue where to start. I just left my skin be and only cleansed it in the shower with whatever we had. That did not really change much, other than I did make the effort to remove makeup.
In graduate school, however, I met a friend’s wife who was a resident dermatologist at the time. It did not take long before someone asked her a skin related question and her only response was, “I’m off duty ladies, but the advice I give everyone wanting to have beautiful skin for life… wear sunscreen everyday all over, at the very least SPF 30 on your face, neck and chest, and develop a skincare routine.” She then changed the subject and no one asked her about her work ever again.
It was only then, that I finally started trying. I went to Target the next day to look at skincare. It was an overwhelming and horrifying experience with all the moisturizers, toners, cleansers, serums, etc. to choose from. I found a sunscreen and a daily facial cleanser that I felt suited my needs and called it a day after nearly 2 hours of reading product labels and listening in to what folks were saying in the aisle.
It took 3 more years before I got into a routine of cleansing, protecting and moisturizing both in the morning and at night. At first I focused a lot on the face, neck and chest region when it came to protecting from the Sun. Of course after having skin removed that my doctor was concerned over, that changed to all of my skin.
Since moving to New York state a year ago, I have been using most of the Burt’s Bees Renewal line and I really like what I am seeing and feeling.
- I have a lot less acne. Mostly just hormonal acne is what I am seeing now.
- My under eye skin is brighter.
- I see my skin getting plumper and smoother.
- My skin stopped getting dried out over the night.
I have the face wash, daily lotion with SPF, eye cream and night cream. I use them according to the instructions and I do not have any negative feedback about the products. The only things I use in addition to these is castor oil on my brows in hopes they will grow and the Trader Joe’s face mask maybe once a month.
Overall, I do not spend much time on my face thanks to these products, therefore in my opinion they are quality products and so affordable compared to what many ladies are spending at the makeup counter in Macy’s or Dillards. I prefer to just have the morning and evening routine which are between 5-10 min.
Have you tried them? Any products you recommend?