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When I left for vacation, I didn’t want to pack one of the bulky face washes that I have at home so I decided to just pick something up at one of the many pharmacies around Paris.  Once I settled in, I chose a promising looking shop, asked the woman behind the counter for a recommendation for a face cleanser for sensitive skin, and made a selection. I ended up with a La Roche-Posay facial cleanser. 

La Roche-Posay - taken from the official website

La Roche-Posay – it looks so harmless, and apparently has gotten great reviews

A few days into the vacation, I dropped my moisturizer onto the bathroom floor, and it shattered. I hightailed it to the nearest Sephora because the water and weather had completely dried out my skin and I definitely couldn’t go without. I asked for a moisturizer that was fragrance-free and acceptable for sensitive skin and left with a Dior Hydra Life moisturizer.

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Hydra Life – It works pretty well, but I’m not even sure why I bought it. Less expensive brands have always suited me well.

By the time I got to Ireland, my skin had looked the worst it has been in years, maybe even since early high school. My skin was dry, and my cheeks and jawline were covered in rough bumps. Desperately hoping the reaction was from the face cleanser and not the moisturizer (it cost me 52 euros!), I ran to the nearest Lush and bought the ever trustworthy Angels on Bare Skin.

Angels on Bare Skin - The holy grail of face wash. It always leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft.

Angels on Bare Skin – The holy grail of face wash. It always leaves my skin feeling fresh and soft.

Since I’ve gotten home, I’ve been using the moisturizer sparingly in combination with the one I had at home which I believe is a L’Oreal. I’ve been using those crazy looking Etude House face masks as a way to inject extra moisture into my skin. And lastly, I’ve been trying to give my skin a break and have stopped wearing makeup to work for a few days.

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Face Masks – I think I’ve used Bamboo, Olive, and Pearl so far.

My skin has always been hit or miss. I go months without a blemish, but when I do get them, they last for weeks and weeks at a time, and often scar even if I don’t touch them. And the scars last forever. In fact, I have a few on my forehead from blemishes I had last winter! So I try to treat my skin well. I drink loads of water and get a lot of sleep. I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of refined sugars I eat and I rarely eat fried foods (I just don’t generally like them). I also have to be mindful of the products I use because some will randomly throw my ski into a frenzy, and so my skin care routine rarely changes. Let me know if you have any go to skin care tips.

 

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