skincare + selfcare


The Journey to Clear Skin: My Acne Story

I can't believe it's almost been two years since first writing about my struggle with acne. Back in October of 2015, I began to openly write about my experience with hormonal breakouts, painful cysts and red, irritated skin. You can read my first blog post here. Although posting such candid pictures of my skin was extremely difficult, I thought my story could help others struggling with the same issues. To be completely open and honest, I was mortified that I, a licensed medically trained Esthetician, was having such terrible trouble with my skin. It made me question my training, I began to question my efficacy at doing my job well...I pretty much had hit rock bottom. Although close, it was what I like to refer to as my mid-life skin care crisis.

In my first post, which was in October, I had been battling nasty breakouts for about eight months. Here is how my skin looked. This is a never seen before picture when my skin was literally at it's worse. This is still very painful to post so please be kind.

As you can see from the picture above, my face was not terrible because believe me, in my almost twenty years in esthetics I had seen much, much worse. However, this was bad skin for me since prior to this time period, I would only get a few blemishes during my menstrual cycle. My skin was always pretty damn clear even while going through puberty and well into my teen's. After doing what I could to tackle the breakouts on my own, I finally went to see my primary care physician because nothing I was trying was working. I want to stress that acne is a medical condition and those suffering should always consult with a doctor. In esthetics, I, a medically trained Esthetician cannot legally (in the State of Oregon at least) treat acne.



First Impression: Natural Pacific Fresh Herb Calendula Tincture Toner

Hey everyone! I wanted to quickly share my first impression on the Natural Pacific Fresh Herb Calendula Tincture Toner. I did post a review seen here on my Instagram but for some, I wanted to make a post for those of you who aren't on Insta. Here is my first impression review of the Fresh Herb Calendula Tincture Toner from the brand Natural PacificI have recently incorporated this into my skincare routine using a new skin care method called a "Toner Wash". If you would like more information on what the heck a toner wash is, just keep reading. 



Review: Juara Clove & Turmeric Serum

I am very excited to review Juara's Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum today. I have been testing this serum for about five, almost six weeks and I must say, I am impressed. While I mostly blog about Korean (or Asian) skincare, I have a soft spot for natural and/or organic skincare. Regardless, I choose skincare products based on ingredients, formulation and whether a particular product will be effective in treating my specific skin care concerns. As with Juara, this serum collected a panel research study regarding the efficacy of this particular product. When I read that after a 4 week period, 87% of women saw an improvement in their skin tone. If you have been following my blog or Instagram, improving skin tone, fading post acne scars and hyper-pigmentation is my biggest concern.



Review: 107 Core Flex Cream Essence

I am very excited to be reviewing the ONEOSEVEN Core Flex Cream Essence for you all. The brand had reached out awhile back and asked if I wanted to test out a few of their products. After researching the brand, I gladly excepted. I tested the Cream Essence not only in the colder, winter months, but in the warmer late spring and early summer. I wanted to offer you all a very detailed post on how this essence worked when my skin was more dry and when it tends to be a bit oily. If you want to hear about my experience just keep reading.

About the Brand:
Before accepting any type of pr or gifted products, I am very thorough and take time to research the brand and products. As you know, ingredients are extremely important but so is the company, how they produce their products and how they give back to the community. The main reasons I wanted to test out this brand is because of their philosophy not only on their products but with outreach and helping to change the world. "Combining the wisdom of our ancestors and modern technology to produce products that can make this world more healthy and beautiful." I also love that the ONEOSEVEN believes in philanthropy and gracious devotes revenue and resources in partnership with UHIC to help make the world a better place for all.

One hundred seven secret formulas began many centuries ago at a vinegar brewery. The company's name is derived from one hundred and seven secret formulas that have been kept for 35 generations to help improve health. Today, 107 combines these traditional secret formulas with modern science to help the skin stay youthful.

The Claim:
This essence claims to provide tightening and brightening effects while deeply moisturizing the skin.



Review: Atopalm Real Barrier Extreme Cream

I am so excited to be reviewing the Atopalm Real Barrier Extreme Cream for you guys. The brand Atopalm has been on my radar for almost a year so I was thrilled when I won this cream! I have read numerous reviews from others out there like me with sensitive skin that found the Atopalm product line to be very effective. 

The Claim:
This claims to be a rich, long-lasting, highly moisturizing cream that helps repair a damaged or compromised skin barrier. The skin will be calm and moisturized immediately after application. The "Real Barrier" line is exclusive to the US only.

About the brand:

The brand began its journey nearly 20 years ago after research scientist, Dr. Park created a hypoallergenic formula safe enough to use on his newborn son. His son suffered from dry, cracked and painful dermatitis and after years of devoted research, Atopalm was born. Today, his vision is now available to us, a line of products that heal and protect even the most sensitive skin.

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