While a few things have changed since that post, my love for the scar gel and Instanatural in general has not. In fact, I now have another favorite product. But before I talk more about that, let me share the backstory.
Between early-January and mid-February, my skin started breaking out again. Not the way it did in February 2014, but more than it had in a while. No bueno! My diet + stress levels + general environment hadn’t changed much, so I was a little confused. Why was my skin doing this to me out of the blue?!
That’s when I decided that a change of some sort was in order. So the experimenter in me did a bit of research and decided to change things up a little and try a few new products.
New product #1 – Dove Bar Soap for Sensitive Skin
A while back, my mom/dad’s dermatologist mentioned how he recommends Dove Bar Soap for Sensitive Skin to all of his patients and especially to those who experience acne. When my mom told me this, I shook my head in disbelief. I mean, how could Dove Bar Soap help with my horrendous acne?!
A year or so later, a good friend of mine mentioned Dove again and said that it really helped clear up her skin. That’s just not for me, I thought!
Not sure what changed in February, but after doing some Googling, I decided to give it a try. So I now I only use a bar soap to wash my face. Who would’ve thought?!
Note – I still love the Desert Essence face wash I used for years.
New product #2 – Grape Seed Oil (I use a different oil right now but will be getting this one next time.)
When I decided to switch to Dove Bar Soap as my face wash, I realized that while its gentle on the skin and all that, it wouldn’t be able to remove all of my makeup. So back to Google I went, and that’s when I came across grape seed oil and how it can be used as a makeup remover. As I read more, I came to learn that due to its non-comedogenic properties grape seed oil is great for acne prone skin. And that got me thinking about using it as my go to moisturizer.
Anyway, I ordered a bottle, and when it came in, I got to work. First of all, I needed to see if it worked as a makeup remover. All I did was pour a nickle sized amount into one palm, rubbed the oil between my hands, and then massaged my face for a good minute or so. I then took a wet washcloth and gently used that to remove the oil. You guys! It worked. My washcloth was a hot mess, but my makeup came off! I finished the routine with a little Dove Bar Soap action and was good to go!
Then I had to decide exactly how to use the oil as a moisturizer. I decided that in the PM I would apply 2-3 drops along with a small amount of my Cerave moisturizing cream to my face. And in the AM, I would only use one drop along with a small amount of Cerave.
New product #3 – Instanatural Skin Clearing Serum
I originally ordered this not for it’s skin clearing properties but because it claims to help with anti-aging as well. I figured it was about time I started using something to help with that!
How does this play into your routine, Parita? How many products do you even use?
Fair enough! This is the first product I apply after washing my face. Then comes the scar gel (only on my scars). Then comes the tea tree oil (only on existing acne). And then comes the grape seed oil + moisturizer. See, not that complicated at all! 🙂
I purposely didn’t talk about how these products are working for me individually because I made all three of these changes around the same time, so it’s impossible to tell how one thing is working in isolation.
Overall, I LOVE each of these products, and the changes are in fact working (fingers crossed!). Not only is my skin clearer but my dark spots are also fading. I read somewhere that grape seed oil can help with this issue but who knows. And any new acne that I do get goes away within a day or two as long as I stay consistent with the routine.
An additional benefit is that my skin is a lot smoother than it has been in the past. I know this because my makeup just glides on now…no more rough, dry patches! My skin looks/feels consistently moisturized and “glowy” (small amounts of grape seed oil will not cause your skin to look greasy!!).
Over the years, I’ve blogged A LOT about my acne prone skin and the different products I’ve tried. All I can say is that (for now) these products are reallyreallyreally working for me.
Tell me about any new products you’ve tried and loved recently!
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