Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Recent Skin Care Woes, and Remedies

Any of you all ever "play" with your skin care?

Even when you find something that works for you, curiosity tends to consumes me when the newest miracle product hits the market. People always seem to want better, firmer, younger, the list goes on! (me included)

Sometimes ladies, curiosity kicks you in the butt...the punishment? A face full of problems from experimenting. I've had it all, swelling, redness, dryness, scars, and then some, even all at the same time. Even my eyelids were peeling! (vivid picture much?)

You would think I would learn my lesson? =P

I had recently ran out of my skin care which was working perfectly fine, but due to a backlogged queue of items in my skin care drawer just to "try out" mixed with constant curiosity, and admitting some damn annoying blemishes that appeared, I ended up really messing up my skin last week

Because this is not the first time this has happened my bathroom looks more like a pharmacy skin care aisle. Items for dry skin, masks for oily skin, creams for aging skin, etc.

You name it, it's probably in my bathroom!

Back to last week, I ended up using a combination of products that led to a red and slightly swollen/puffy face resulting in complete dryness and peeling, even on my eyelids!

I normally have combo oily to oily skin so this was a complete 180, not a problem , due to unfortunate experience I am going to share some of my skin care tips and tricks to get your skin back to normal

Lil Lady Life's SOS Skin Care Plan for Dry Skin - Red Skin

Dry skin is just…ugh. Sometimes I hate having oily skin due to spotting and constant blotting but dry skin is pretty annoying too. Make up sticks to it and makes dry patches look so much worse. Your skin is in a fragile state of dehydration and a complete submerance of moisture is in order.

Tip 1: Yogurt Mask: If you have dry skin try a hydrating Yorgurt mask. This is cheap, natural, and 1 tub can last multiple uses. Whatever you don't use in the tub can be eaten so there is no waste

(Night Time) After cleansing your face, instead of moisturizer apply a dallop of plan natural yogurt all over your face (chilled) Grab yourself whatever is on sale. Brand name is not necessary here, just make sure it's natural

For some reason I have a feeling full fat is better, but the lower fat was on sale...

Distribute it all over your face for about 15 minutes then wash it off. Your skin should look more hydrated, supple, and soft. Repeat for 2-3 days and pro long if necessary until flaking ceases. Follow with your toner and moisturizer of choice

Tip 2. Vitamin E

If you normally use more harsher or stripping toners, when you have dry skin I recommend switching to a toner or serum that contains Vitamin E. It will hydrate naturally and is gentle to use. My favorite and a very convenient brand to buy Vitamin E items are from The Body Shop. Vitamin E toner for AM and PM and whenever your face feels a bit tight and needs a refresher, the mini spray to go is just what the Dr. ordered, Ive gone through so many bottles of this stuff

Tip 3. Aloe Vera

If your face is red and irritated due to products you are using, switch out your moisturizer at night for a few days with pure Aloe Vera Gel. It has natural soothing properties to gently calm the skin down and bring down redness. When my skin is irritated I slather this on my face. It looks like hair gel but will absorb into the skin. If I spending the day at home I will periodically every few hours apply aloe vera gel all over my face throughout the day

(make up less day of course) to give my face a boost of gentle soothing agents

Aloe Vera Gel is also claimed to assist with scar turnover

Tip 4: Gentle but Hydrating moisturizers

Olay Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin - I SWEAR BY THIS. Whenever my face has become dry, like SUPER dry, enough for it to literally crack I run to this. I would apply this day and night and apply a generous amount, maybe 2 quarter sizes and apply it all over my face and neck. Initially it looks greasy but it always always get 100% fully absorbed. Every time my skin gets dry I use this for about 3 days and I am completely cured. This is a complete HG item for me. I prefer this over my La Mer~!

Olay does make a non sensitive skin and more hydrating version but I think this version is very greasy and would 100% endorse the sensitive skin version.

I also did not like the smell of the original formula

When applying moisturizer to extremal dehydrated skin, you can feel a burning sensation. If you had used the moisturizer previously and never experienced the stinging reaction, it means your skin is 100% parched and any form of moisture is going to give a slight burn. You are going to have to clinch your teeth and just rub it on. The sensation should not last long and after a few days of your new routine the burning should stop

Tip 5: Aquaphor: Yes this is greasy but in small dosages, this has an unbelievably effective. You have to be careful, this stuff looks and feels like Vaseline. Place this on your most stubborn dry patches and not all over. Just on those stubborn sections

I use about a penny sized amount for the entire face's worth of dry patches

Tip 6: Water: DRINK THIS. We all know it, we all should do it. The more water you drink not only flushes out your system of any crap really, but also brings a more healthy color to your face, and creates a glow only H20 lovers achieve.

I aim to drink about 1 gallon of water a day. I definitely do not make this goal daily, but some days I do go over. Another reason to the huge list on why water consumption is a MUST. Parched skin needs hydration inside and out

If you do not like water plain, spruce it up with a slice of lemon, splash of cranberry juice, or drinking it with caffeine free herbal tea, hot or cold mmmm

Tip 7: Non harsh spot treatments: I know, I know, when you get a spot you just want to ..DESTROY IT. Let's be real, it needs to be removed ASAP. I have and still admit tingly do use harsh spot treatments to try to get rid of burdensome spots, but the best and least drying way to get rid of a blemish is a low percentage acne treatment. I recommend the Neutrogena treatment as it is only 2.5% benzoyl perixode. 2.5% is enough strength to diminish spots, without the harsh after effects of dry peeling skin around pimples - ever conceal these? not pretty!

Tip 8: Thicker Eye Creams: If the delicate skin around your eyes are dry, it's painful! It's a very sensitive area of the face and I do admit when I am dry there and moisturize, it hurts! It means the area is severely dehydrated, and needs to soothed. I recommend a thicker eye cream, it doesn't mean a heavy eye cream, but something with more oomph to hydrate. The current eye cream I am using and recommend is Khiels Creamy Avocado

That's it ladies, my SOS plan + tips using simple products that can be found in any pharmacy and kitchen

In about three days from my own experience all flaking stops, skin is supple and soft again, and most of all hydrated

What are your SOS dry skin care tips?


  1. Olay moisturizers are great and you are right, gentle! I am so trying out yogurt the next time my face starts acting up!!! Love this post and it sounds a lot like what I do. Just when things get good, I go and fudge them up by changing something. Why don't I learn my lesson!!??

  2. The yogurt mask is cheap and easy! it's also a favorite method of Jessica Simpson! I know me and you are in the same boat, never learn, we are addicted to beauty and experimentation, we take risks baby lol

  3. Thank you so much for this post! I have such AWFUL dry skin so I'm always looking for tips to help it out. I know I don't drink nearly enough water so I definitely need to try to make that a habit. I've also never heard about the aloe vera to help with redness, so I'm going to have to give that a try!

  4. oh do you? i hope these tips help!!! Water is healthy with numerous benefits and it's cheap! so drink up! =)

    For the aloe vera try doing a patch test first on your jaw or so as I found out some ppl are allergic =(

  5. Like you I have combo skin but sometimes get weird, annoying dry patches on my cheeks! Ugghhh!
    I've been curious about that Body Shop vitamin E facial mist and was wondering what kinds of things you like to use it for? I've read that some people use it kind of like fix +...
    Thanks in advance!

  6. Hello! I have used it in the past to set make up like Fix + and it works ok for that, I think Fix + is better for make up setting. I usually whip it out during the day when the face is looking a bit dull, or the make up is looking a bit more worn. Also I blot during lunch time which can make me look powdery so I usually give myself a spritz to help make it look less powdery. I use it mostly after the gym, i dry off and give myself a spritz of this to feel more refreshed, and less gross. This spray smells better than Fix + though, it smells of roses =)
    Hope that helped!

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  8. aww hope your skin is better! I understand those woes. I hand fidgety hands I decided to pick the odd pimple that's been handing around the week) I couldnt resist haha. anyway I went for my weekly peeling scrub after then I put on the trusted honey and yogurt - besides the healing the blemish it looks pretty glowy! I always use Savlon - a skin anticeptic skin healing cream - speeds up the healing. I swear by this... not sure if it's available in the US but I'm sure they have something similar over.

  9. aw thank you! my skin is all better now cured in 3 days, hazzah! i kno im a picker too and i have to REALLY control myself to not do it, but it's literally in my face!!!
    Oh i'll look around for Savlon, I never heard of it...
    Did the Vitamin E spray give u blackheads??? I have been scrubbing my pores to try to get rid of those buggers!
    Clinique thirsty relief gel eh? I have their moisture surge which is awesome, when im done with moisture surge ill try that skin relief gel!! =D thanks for all the tips!

  10. LOL I've def. play with my skin, which is silly given my tendency for acne. Must be a blogger thing to test new stuff. Sorry you got some blemishes last week.

    I really need to try Aquaphor. It's always kind of pricey though but I hear nothing but good things. I haven't found a on a spot treatment that is effective yet so I should try the Neutrogena one. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Peeling eyelids---eeeek! When my skin throws a temper tantrum, my oily combo skin tends to just get even more oily. Lovely. Only if I go crazy on the harsh spot treatments does it get dry, but nothing a little extra lotion won't sure. I like the idea of the yogurt mask- do you think this has any benefits for oily combo gals? What do you normally do for your oily combo skin?

  12. I swear by Yoghurt and Honey mask.. I slap it on when I feel dehydrated, dull, or just in need of some freshness! Works wonders..

    I'm thinkin of getting the kiehl's eye cream.. Does it help with dark circles and puffiness?

  13. I'm not sure if it's one of the culprit tbh but I have less blackheads than before.. could be do with a product I've been using as well. I love the moisture surge too I think we're talking about the same product there :P But that always helps my dry flakey skin. Savlon is an english pharmaceutical brand :/ if you want a tube I can send you once I get back to the UK. it's dirt cheap! btw how did you get on with the maquillage lash curler??

  14. oh true it could be the same thing under a diff name, is it like a light pink gel? oh salvon sounds good! if u can i would really appreciate it!
    I did get the curler =P I am sooooooooo used to my Shu Uemura I think im placing the curler wrong and it pinches my eyes!! i think i just need some practice! thanks so much for it!!i still love it bc its something diff in my collection and my only Maquillage item!

  15. Aquaophor was kinda expensive, but they did have hand cream sized tubes that looked cheaper. Since I only only use it on dry patches and such a tiny amount the jar should last me my entire life!!

  16. My skin became super dry bc I was using harsh treatments to my spots =( guess it was too much...I think the mask could help combo oily girls bc it does provide hydration but it also leaves the skin super smooth like a baby's bum and supple, so a couple of benefits. If you like I can do an oily skin care post too

  17. i like honey masks when my face feels dull or i have spots! its great! natural remedies!!
    Tbh the khiels eye cream i think is just for hydration alone i dont see it having any other benefits at all and i dont think i am going to be repurchasing but i think for dry skin is great!
    For dark circles and puffyiness i am currently trying Origins Ginzing, but i dont really see what the hype is about to be honest, its just ok...sorry I have been having bad luck in the eye cream dept

  18. ahhh I have oily skin that is very naughty when I mix up my skin care routine too much! That Kiehls eye cream looks like it would do the job right with the avocado formula! Great post!

  19. I love The Body Shop's Vitamin E line. It's great during winter when my skin is super dry. I have been using the Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment but I'm not crazy about it. =(

  20. Thank you for your recommendations! Recently I've been using plain yogurt as a mask and am loving it. Who knew such a simple thing as yogurt could make the skin feel so lovely. ^^

  21. thanks the eye cream i only recc if your eye lid area is dry, hope that helps!

  22. omg me 2!!! i actually am almost done with the eye cream and dont plan on repurchasing. I actually didnt like it at all... i did not know what the hype was about but when my lids became dry it performed miracles! i think its only beneficial really if your lid area is dry ( rare for me) other than that, i think it's nothing special
    It saved itself on it's last legs when I used it recently for my crazy dry skin stage
    Need a new eye cream soon, any you love? Bc so far all I have tried have been ehh at best...

  23. Your welcome!!! i always run to that mask when my skin needs a boost! natural remedies and simple things are great fall backs when your skin is in sos mode! hehe

  24. Great post! I need to get shopping now :D

  25. Thanks so much for the tips!
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