Bonus! You also get a Q&A to go with today's post.
I want beautiful amazing skin. What's the secret? How do I get it? It doesn't seem fair to be in my 30s and dealing with both acne breakouts and the coming of wrinkles. Help me, Alisha, you're my only hope!
Dear Complexion Vexed,
First off, tight pores and wrinkle-less skin in mostly in your genes. I have asked a dermatologist how to get smaller pores and he said "get a new mother". [I thought that was an awkward thing to say but he meant 'you can't, it's genetic'. At least that is what I hope he meant.]
Additionally, I have been in several skincare situations where everyone turns to the woman in the group with glowy, smooth, fresh looking skin and beg for her secrets, only to find out that she barely washes her face in the shower and uses no moisturizer.
Second, you can help yourself out. I turned to my sister Juliann, beauty buff and skincare enthusiast, after hearing that she has a skin care regime that has made her skin look better than any time in her adult life. She raves about how smooth and clear and soft it is and how her pores look smaller. She looked in to Oprah's favorite skin care products but they were over $200 a month. After much research, and some sampling of pricier products, she has come up with her own drugstore priced regime.
Here is what shes uses:
Alpha Hydrox Nourishing Cleanser- this is her face wash for day and night (see above)
Alpha Hydrox Souffle
Am moisturizer and sunscreen Combo- basic Oil of Olay
One small complaint, I have tried this product and it has way too much added scent for me. It made my eyes water. Are you listening Oil of Olay?
same face wash as AM
Alpha Hydrox Night Rescue treatment "but not in the eyes!!"
Alpha Hydrox Retinal Night Resque
Oil of Olay Night Regenerist as her moisturizer (see above)
Don't think you're done yet, twice a week she suggests exfoliating with Burt's Bee's Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub.
She hasn't sent me pictures of her pores and proof, but this is the happiest I've ever seen her about her skin, an answer to many prayers.
Or if you are slightly rich, or have neglected your skin, try microderm-abrasion at a salon/spa. It will smooth the surface of your skin out and you can begin moisturizing anew.
I could use a caption to go along with these darling photos of Violet and I....