acne Monday, August 31, 2015
Skincare is something that I have never really been able to figure out, I have tried a million different products and I have attempted to throw together my own little routine of sorts but I have never really had a true system. Over the last year or so I have put a lot more effort into taking care of my skin and establishing a routine.
I want to focus on using skincare that is made from really good ingredients and has amazing reviews and that's where Paula's Choice came in. Everything in the Paula's Choice range is cruelty free, fragrance free, dye and colorant free, non irritating and made in the USA.
Paula's Choice offers just about anything you could ever need when it comes to skincare, they have products for every possible concern and skin type. From acne to anti-aging, rosacea and everything in between, Paula's choice has a product or line for you. The great thing about PC is that you can customize the products to suit you and your lifestyle, you can pick and choose from the entire catalog or you can stick with a single range, it's completely up to you.
I was recently given the opportunity to create my own customized regime with Pretty In My Pocket - an amazing community and app of honest beauty reviews curated by real women - and I jumped at the chance. I had already been using a few PC products for over a month and I was so in love so I couldn't wait to try a few more.
To start off, I had a consultation with a Paula's Choice Skin Care Expert over the phone - a free service that absolutely anyone can use to discover what products might work best for them. I had a great chat with my consultant and we really got into the roots of what I needed for my skin, she had an amazing knowledge of not only the products but the science behind skincare and how it really works. After the consultation, I was able to contact her again if I had any questions or concerns which really meant a lot to me.
As I said the consultation service is available to absolutely everyone and is completely free of charge, you can receive your personal consultation by calling 1-800-831-4088.
The Paula's Choice Skincare products that I received after my consultation were:
- Clear Anti-Acne Kit which consists of
- Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser ($12)
- Clear Anti Redness Exofliating Solution ($28)
- Clear Daily Skin Clearing Treatment ($18)
- Oil Blotting Sheets ($8)
-The Hydralight Collection which consists of
- Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner ($20)
- Hydralight Moisture Infusing Lotion ($28)
-Hydralight Shine Free Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($28)
My consultant chose these products specifically because I have combination-dry skin that is very breakout prone. I have issues with clogged pores around my chin and I am plagued by small bumps and congested skin so we chose the Clear Acne Kit to help clear out my pores. The Clear Acne Kit ($58) comes in two stages, normal and extra strength. Both kits come with a cleanser, exfoliant and treatment that you can then pair with your favourite toners and moisturizers. There are also trial kits ($19) so you can test out the line for two weeks without a massive commitment.
I received the extra strength kit which is essentially the same as the regular but with a higher concentration of acne fighting ingredients. The exfoliant is packed with 2% Salicylic Acid while the treatment has 5% Benzoyl Peroxide, the combination will seriously get down into those pores and destroy all of the bad stuff. To combat any dryness we wanted to balance it out with the Hydralight line that would provide moisture without clogging those pores.
Before receiving these products I had been using and loving the Skin Balancing Pore Reducing Cleanser ($25), Skin Balancing Oil Reducing Toner ($20) and the Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid ($28) all from Paula's Choice. I wanted to test out the new products and see what the differences were between the various lines. After about a week, I was able to gauge which products were working for me and which weren't. I ended up mixing and matching and creating my own routine with products from each line.
(L-R Clear Treatment, Skin Balancing Cleanser, Clear Cleanser)
The final routine I settled with was composed of a mixture from the Clear Kit and the Skin Balancing Kit.
Cleanse - I start by cleansing my skin with the Skin Balancing Cleanser, this cleanser is a lovely milky texture that foams easily making you feel like you have truly clean skin but without any sort of irritation or stripped feeling.
Tone - I then swipe the Skin Balancing Toner over my entire face on a cotton pad for an instant refreshed feeling that adds a bit of hydration to my skin.
Exfoliate - Taking another cotton pad, I sweep the Clear Exfoliating Solution over my chin and jawline to combat any lingering bacteria and fight any existing pimples.
Treat - I take a tiny bit of the Clear Daily Clearing Treatment and apply it to any persistent bumps that won't go away. This stuff penetrates deep down and really helps to fight all of the bad stuff in my pores.
Moisturize - After all of those steps, I let everything sink in for a minute before applying my eye cream (Benefit's It's Potent), a serum and a moisturizer (Olay's Visibly Radiant).
I am so incredibly happy with the final routine. For the first time in months I am seeing a positive change in my skin and it is all thanks to Paula's Choice. The Clear Anti Acne Kit and Skin Balancing Line have proven to me that there are products that will do what they claim. They treat my unhappy skin and remove all of the gunk without irritation or dryness, any spots I have are disappearing faster than ever before and any old scars are starting to heal. I am starting to actually enjoy washing my face, something I never thought possible.
I have been so thoroughly impressed with Paula's Choice, they are a company that sticks to their guns and produces products that truly follow through. They only sell products that are good for your skin and they respect you as a consumer. I love that every Paula's Choice product is affordable and can be customized to suit your specific needs. No matter what you skincare concerns are I know that Paula's Choice will have the solution so take advantage of the personal consultations and give PC a try. They have a 100% money back guarantee (within 60 days) and if you want to dip your toes in before you buy, you can try samples of each product first.
I'm so happy to say that because I teamed up with Pretty In My Pocket and I am a "Power Primper", I have the chance to offer you 20% off your Paula's Choice purchase as well as free shipping! Use the code PRIMPFALL20 to get your discount, it will expire on December 31st 2015. Click the banner or here to access the code!
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*This post was sponsored by Paula's Choice & PRIMP, all opinions are my own*