Every once in a while, my complexion rebels with breakouts, dryness, or both. For the past few weeks, I've been dealing with a few stubborn zits and dull looking skin. This could be due to a myriad of things: weather changes, not washing my face well enough, eating too much sugar, etc. After trying a few different products to combat these problems and not seeing improvement, I realized I was doing too much. I was probably compromising my skin's barrier further by battling it instead of nurturing it.
If you're experiencing skin issues like pimples and dullness, go back to the basics:
-Clean eating (as best as you can during the holidays!)
-Double cleansing: oil cleanser, followed by a gentle cleanser of your choice
-A simple moisturizer
-Exfoliating just once a week, at least until your skin is back on track
-Not popping your pimples; instead using a salicylic acid based cream on the problem spots after you wash your face at night
-Using a serum that has ceramides in it. Ceramides occur naturally in the uppermost layer of our skin, helping retain plumpness in the cells. When added to skincare, they provide an additional safeguard against moisture loss.
All of these things will help build your skin's barrier, and get your face clear again.
About two months ago, I received a sample from Sephora of this exfoliating clay mask by Philosophy. I normally am not a fan of clay masks because they are usually too drying for my skin, but this one is magic. When the sample ran out, I hurried to buy the full size version.
This mask is my go-to when I'm in need of smoothing and a glow. It is formulated with salicylic acid (which is great for acne prone skin), oil-absorbing white clay, and gentle, naturally based exfoliants. It's almost like you get two treatments in one because after the mask dries and you start to wash it off, the exfoliants come into play. You won't believe how smooth your face will feel after. Your moisturizer will absorb better, as well, because of the impurities you will have removed.
I use the mask as instructed, about twice a week, for 5-10 minutes at a time. For very dry or sensitive skin types, less often might be better. As always, stop usage if you notice any irritation after. Hope this mask by Philosophy works well for you, too!