oh that elusive perfect complexion. we spend hundreds each year in search of that airbrushed perfection we see in print. i have been no different, and because of this blog and my position as a beauty editor at glitter guide, i try out more products than most, with no goal other than ensuring it’s good enough to recommend.
i’ve struggled with spots and acne scarring for 15 years, and after a very severe bout of acne in my early 20′s, i was left with some pretty visible scarring. it’s ALWAYS bugged me, and i’ve tried to get it sorted so many times before. shorter term fixes to boost collagen like laser genesis is less invasive (i.e. doesn’t go as deep) and works well if you have some texture concerns that don’t include the deeper variety. read about my experience, here.
bring in the big guns. fractional laser. this laser goes deeper to affect the inner layers of the skin, puncturing tiny, microscopic holes so that the injured skin will heal itself with a boost of collegen. it stimulates the collagen to repair the tissue. sounds scary? yes, but it’s not to be feared. i just had my first treatment at pure light laser, and after a few days of redness, i noticed a difference. i will have 3 – 4 more treatments, and then will be sharing the no holds barred before and after shots!
in the meantime, my current evening skincare routine has changed from my usual tinkering and playing with beauty edits (my co-worker is now in charge of this and reports back with her findings!), to this targeted regime:
cleanser: zo skin care oilacleanse cleanser (the 2% salicylic acid clarifies the pores during treatment and is super concentrated – i mean very, so you only need the tiniest bit to get your face perfectly clean. this is the best cleanser i have ever used. leaves not a trace of makeup, but doesn’t strip it, either. this product can only be sold by licensed professionals so tracking it down may be a challenge, but worth the effort. mine is from pure light laser in vancouver)
toner: glossier soothing face mist (post cleansing, i love the way this smells and it’s a pleasure to use. the rose scent signals relaxation, and the ingredients of any good toner will balance out the pH levels of the skin)
night lotion: proderm aha bha 5-2 (another dose of clarifying ingredients, aha-bha exfoliates with 5% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid overnight to make the most of my fractional laser treatments, and also moisturizes with some essential oils. slight peeling is normal, but will regulate. it also comes in a stronger 8% glycolic acid formula for more challenging conditions)
glam toothbrush: nano-b silver coated toothbrush (the latest technology in toothbrushes! silver coated bristles are antibacterial, killing more germs in your mouth. plus, it’s gorgeous, isn’t it?! testing this out and will report back)
body moisturizer: one love organics vitamin c body oil (i use this on my chest – yes, breasts – and backs of my hands before bed to keep things in check)
lips: aerin rose lip balm (yummy rose scented moisture for my lips that feels oh so luxurious and romantic)
next, i’ll be sharing some images of my skin pre and post fractional laser treatments – stay tuned! xx