That’s not quite an appealing welcome photo but, hello! Happy Sunday everyone. While I was writing this, an earthquake struck us around 3:33 in the morning so before anything else, I hope everyone is okay! We panicked for a second there.
Speaking of panic, my humongous face above was taken February of last year. I kept this picture unseen all this time because look at such horror! Flaky, peeling skin, itchy face, red bumps and tiny pimples all over my face and chest. A good sequel to any disaster movie!
Let me tell you my skin story. Years back, I had no major problems but an oily face. I had no pimples, no noticeable blemishes, no WIDE-OPEN pores, no nothing. I was four then – HAHAHA! No, kidding aside, those were the good ol’ college days. Going to school means a little powder on my face, tint for both cheeks and lips, eyeliner, and brows.
I was very into makeup since high school, but only on my senior year in college, specifically during my internship, did I practice more and started experimenting with my loot. Since then, I noticed changes like tiny blemishes on my cheeks.
Fast forward, from combination skin, I have sensitive skin now. Sensitive because, my skin reacts quickly to extreme temperatures aka allergic urticaria and whenever it gets pricked or punctured, swelling and redness would appear seconds after. It gets oily once in a while but my skin’s a lot drier than before.
Last year, I experienced an awful skin irritation (worst so far) and it was so bad I thought they were measles that I had to go to the hospital to get it checked.
The culprit? DEHYDRATION.
That was the time I drank water like a bird. I would take other fluids, but the unhealthy ones – soda, coffee, liquor on some occasions, and other sugary drinks. On my face, I would apply toner and skip moisturizer.
See my fault right there? Now, I drink as much water as I can and I swore to never skip moisturizers ever again.
I gave Neutrogena a go and so far, it’s working well on me and my clients. I personally prefer Oil-free Moisture for Sensitive Skin because it’s oil and alcohol-free so it’s safe on any skin type. It’s fragrance-free, it’s not sticky and it feels light on skin after application. I like that my moisturizer doesn’t give me the greasy effect after it sets on my skin.
The one with SPF 15 has the same consistency only that it burns my eyes a little because of sunscreen. It smells and feels like you’re putting sunblock lotion on your face. You’d want to apply an ample amount and somewhere far from your eyes to get comfortable with it.
Oil-free means that this works best on oily to combination skin. Since I’m between combination-dry-sensitive, I’m surprised that this product hasn’t given me breakouts or anything yet.
Where to find? Watsons and other department stores sure have Neutrogena on their shelves.
What to do? More than anything else, DRINK LOTS OF WATER. That intense, nasty breakout died just a few days after I applied the medicated moisturizer the dermatologist prescribed and after drinking fresh orange juice and liters of water everyday.
I felt like a plant in drought and would be a shame if that happens again.
On top of my New Year’s Resolutions list: WATER! Let’s gulp a glass now. 🙂