The Vine: December 14, 2011
I need some help finding new face products. Prior to having a baby I was one of those annoying people who never had to worry about my skin and was pretty lackadaisical about my maintenance. However, ever since having a baby 20 months ago, my skin has gone crazy. I need some advice about what products I should use, and I thought the nation could help. I honestly don't know what do to, and 20 months later I think that my skin is here to stay.
So pre-baby, I had a mildly oily t-zone and drier cheeks and used Oil of Olay Normal Daily Facial Cloths with Complete All Day UV Moisturizer — Normal.
Now I have: much more oily T-zone and am getting little bumpy pimples on my forehead and hairline. Plus a red nose and cheekbones. I'm looking for something that will combat this and will hopefully also contain SPF and ideally be organic (although neither is a deal-breaker).
I'll take recommendations on foundations or coverups as well, since I never really used them before.
15 years later, I feel like I'm back in high school
The first thing I'd recommend is to visit a dermatologist. Don't buy the products she recommends, necessarily (at least, not in the office; you can often find them cheaper online, as I did with my current facial sunscreen), but not every change in your skin or body is something you should shrug "post-baby" about. The redness you mention, for instance, is something I would get checked out just in case.
That redness and the increase in oiliness could also come from too much attention to your skin, ironically. I have T-zone issues myself, and if I wash or tone or exfoliate too often, my epidermis is like, "Have it your way," and ramps up the oil production in response. Don't exfoliate every day, and don't skimp on facial moisturizer (especially not the SPF) because you think it's greasing you up.
Hairline blemishes, for me, usually stem from a hair-product issue. Be extra mindful for a few days of only conditioning at the ends of your hair, thoroughly rinsing shampoo and conditioner at the crown, and not putting or spraying styling product at the hairline, and see how you go.
I don't wear base make-up much (or well, heh), so I can't speak to that, but Skin Medica's sunscreens go on light and give you adequate SPF. Kind of pricey, but one tube will last you a while.
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