Courtesy of Dorit Baxter
Since my discovery of makeup in the 7th grade, I’ve forever been one of those women that wouldn’t be caught dead without foundation. It was always on my list of top 3 makeup items I wouldn’t leave the house without, along with a miracle working mascara and a good brow filler. These are things a woman just needs. An ongoing case of acne and blotchy skin, nothing too severe, but enough to make me want to cover it up, were the main reasons I wore foundation daily. I was definitely no stranger at the dermatologist’s office either. I was always prescribed some type of topical medication that caused my acne to subside but it never quite gave me that, “I look like I’m wearing foundation but I’m totally not look.” Worst of all, when I stopped using the medication, the acne always came back and nothing ever really helped with the blotchiness.
I’m not a fan of medication, unless I’m in dire need so the thought of having to use prescription acne medication my whole life wasn’t really an option for me. For the past 2 years, I stopped trying different medications and gave my skin a rest until about 3 months ago. I began exploring more natural ways to heal my skin. I’d always heard facials were a good way to revitalize your skin, and I had a friend that was always raving about Dorit Baxter, and her aesthetician, Yaffa, so I decided to give her a try.
During my appointment, Yaffa thoroughly analyzed my skin and suggested I get a sports facial. She used a warm mint-tea-solution wrap, that softens the bumps and prepares the skin for extractions. After, a masque of camphor, thyme, and kaolin was applied to balance the skin, helping to reduce impurities and minimize pores. Let me just warn you, this is not one of those relaxing, I feel like I’m laying on a beach in Tahiti facials…ummmmm, I’d say it’s more like “someone is sticking a needle type object in every single one of your pimples and squeezing until there’s nothing left inside,” type of facials. I promise it’s worth it though. After, she used a peel to rid my face of all the dead skin. She questioned me about my diet, activities, and cleansing of my linens and towels. She also explained that although acne is a outward issue, it also directly correlates to our body and how we are treating it.
After 3 months of following her guidelines, I noticed a huge difference in my skin. All the little bumps I had have disappeared and my skin is super smooth, even a lot of the blotchiness has evened out. There’s so many days now that I go foundation-free, with just a bit of under eye concealer, mascara, and brow filler to brighten my look, and not because of lack of time, but because I want to. I’m sure my skin is loving it too! The best compliment was during the Thanksgiving holiday, when my mom gave me a speech about how I need to stop wearing so much makeup, not knowing I wasn’t actually wearing any foundation. I never used to feel as put together without foundation as I do with, but now I feel the same! I’m not saying I’ll never wear foundation again, because I definitely have already but I love having the option of not having to. Check out the 5 EASY skin care tips that have kept me out of the dermatologist’s office and totally loving my skin.
- Go see Yaffa ASAP!!!
- Wash your face 2x a day. Once in the morning and once at night.
- Remove all traces of makeup residue, and excess oils and dirt with a toner twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Moisten a cotton ball with water before applying the toner to the cotton ball. Then gently clean your face until no more residue shows up on the cotton ball. Be sure to avoid your eyes. You may go through several cotton balls, but don’t stop until the cotton ball no longer picks up any traces of residue. I believe this was one of the most important steps for me.
- Switch out your pillowcase once a week. The oils from your hair and dust from the air build up on the pillow. Also switch your pillowcase from one side to the other everyday.
- Use 2 separate towels to dry your face and your body.