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Breaking Bad (Habits)

I have a confession to make: I take absolutely terrible care of my skin. 

Or, at least, I have been taking terrible care of my skin. I’m trying really hard to better myself, but there are some habits that are just so hard to break. With summer now far behind me (according to the temperatures, anyway), the days of lounging in the sun and sweating in the humid air have been replaced with dark mornings and cold, dry winds. My skin started to feel the difference before I had really clued in, and with my new, heavy moisturizer comes the turning of a new leaf. It’s time to take better care of my skin. In just over two weeks since completely overhauling the way I treat my skin, I see a huge difference.



First up on my list of things to do was quit tanning. Quit. Gone. Bye-bye. After years of chasing a golden glow, I’ve decided that the only glow I’m getting has to come from a bottle. My pale, freckle-covered skin was beginning to show my bad habit a little too much, with clusters of freckles that looked like dark spots and a few more laugh lines than I wanted cropping up. Defense is the best offence here, people, and I don’t want the skin of a 40-year-old before I hit 30. I quit tanning 3 weeks ago. I’m now looking pale and loving it.

Yes, I consider this “tanned”.

Next, I had to stop going to sleep with makeup on. This was going to be harder. Although my initial thought was to rush out and grab some make-up removing wipes, I had not one, not two but three full-sized bottles of Neutragena face cleansers that needed some attention, so I’ve been using those instead. In practice, my new night-time regime takes all of 5 minutes. Twice a week I use a gentle scrub to remove all the dead skin. Stay tuned for a review on my Neutragena Pore-Minimizing products – they’re ahhh-mazing.


Pale is the new tan.

Then after reading oodles of reviews and speaking directly to a dermatologist, I decided to start using a Retinol cream, beginning with twice a week, in conjunction with a heavy nighttime moisturizer and eye cream. I’m not quite ready to move on to a third time per week, but I’ve noticed my skin has become much brighter and smoother already. I’ll be reviewing my Neostrata Anti-Wrinkle Night Complex soon!


One of my worst skin-care habits is picking at blemishes. I can’t. stop. touching. them. AHH! As soon as a pimple begins, I’m on it with tweezers or fingers. One of the bonuses of tanning was that my acne completely disappeared, but I picked up a Tanda Zap and I’m having really great results so far. I’m sorry to say you’ll have to wait for that review, too!

Between now and December, I’ll be reviewing a beauty product a week! I’ll also take some additional photos to show you the progress in my skin, from the blemishes to the fading of my tan and “dark spots”. I don’t know what kind of damage my skin has already suffered, but I know that I’m going to be more aware and more conscientious in the future… and will look 30 forever. 

… Or something like that.

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