I’ve read a lot of articles that say, as our skin is affected by our hormones (thanks pals), that our skin changes all the time. For me, as soon as I finished puberty my skin became insanely dry and slightly sensitive and has stayed that way.
Every facial I’ve ever had (which admittedly hasn’t been a lot because they are so expensive and time consuming), I’ve been told that I have very dry skin. I think I’ve been using ‘anti-aging’ products since I was 20 just to hydrate my skin.
As a post-birthday treat to myself, I booked myself in for a facial at my local Endota Spa. I’ve decided that now that I’m 27, I want to try to be one of those people who get facials monthly. I’m a big believer that prevention is better than a cure and I want my skin to look fresh for as long as possible.
So I went along on Monday for a Dermalogica Face Treatment expecting the same-old super hydrating session with cream cleansers, lots of serums and a hydrating mask. I got the biggest shock when, during my face mapping, the therapist explained that I have a very oily t-zone and I’m actually only dry on my cheeks. Say what?!!
The therapist explained that I might have over-hydrated my skin with all the gentle, creamy products I’ve been using. So I guess it really is possible to have too much of a good thing! In a way it makes sense, since I have visible pores on my nose and I’m prone to blackheads. Also, if I don’t powder my foundation it disappears, but I always just assumed it was my thirsty skin drinking it. Perhaps it was excess oil making my foundation move. Mind blown!
The therapist recommended a large variety of Dermalogica products and suggested that I mix it up each day depending on how my skin is feeling. Oh the joys of combination skin! Goodbye to my previously straightforward skincare regime!
After my super-relaxing 60 minute facial, I decided to buy the Dermalogica Oily Skin Kit which contains miniature products to treat my oily t-zone. Still can’t believe I need products for oily skin! I also bought the Dermalogica Power Recovery Masque to treat my dry cheeks. As a free gift with purchase, I also received a three-piece Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Renewal Kit.
My therapist recommended booking in for a maintenance treatment in two weeks. After that, I’m hoping to have facials monthly and even maybe try hydro-microdermabrasion.
I look forward to including all these products in my skincare routine and seeing how they help my newly-discovered combination skin. I’ll keep you posted on how I go.
When was the last time you had a facial? Did you discover anything surprising about your skin?