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Skin Diary: Katherine Minnis, Day 46, Week 7

June 11, 2013

Skin Diary: Katherine Minnis, Day 46, Week 7

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="432"]Katherine Minnis: See how much better my skin is! Katherine Minnis: See how much better my skin is![/caption]

There’s no two ways about it. I am stressed. Totally, completely and unequivocally stressed. My friends are giving up on me, my boyfriend is avoiding me and my parents are probably wondering if I’m still alive. Working full time, nurturing a fledgling writing career, planning two weddings and now also an impending post-wedding relocation to Borneo in SE Asia is seriously taking its toll on my mental state. For the first time in my life I’m starting to wonder if, finally, I really have bitten off more than I can chew. I normally revel in a bit of competitive busyness – but this time it’s serious. I actually can’t fit everything in unless I give up sleeping entirely. Hence why this post is brought to you squatting between carriages on the 19.34 from Euston, cringing as the man standing above me tries to read as I write. Yes, sir, I can see you looking…

[caption id="attachment_2178" align="alignright" width="329"]Cosmedix: Define Cosmedix: Define[/caption]

With things so, well, tense at the moment, it’s an enormous relief to not have to be stressed about my skin playing up as well. Despite the lack of sleep, extra caffeine and the clandestine chocolate bars, my newly resilient skin is - by and large - behaving itself. So I was slightly concerned (read: disproportionately alarmed) when Aysha and the team decided this was the right time to change my routine. Uh oh. But my skin has only just started to look half-decent? Why would you want to change a system that appears to be working?! Well, if I want ‘next stage’ skin, this is what I need to do. And by ‘next stage’ I mean new, clear and practically perfect. Because although my skin has improved and it’s much more healthy, I want to actually reverse some of the damage. My skin needs to be resurfaced to reveal the noticeably healthier skin underneath – not with harsh shop-bought exfolients, but by using Vitamin A.

There has been a lot of hoo-ha in the beauty press about Vitamin A. From Retin A to retanoids, retinol to HPR there are all sorts of acronyms and science-speak surrounding these so-called ‘age defying’ creams. But in my experience, they are also very harsh on the skin – especially dry, sensitive and hormonal skin like mine. And after waking up more than once with a sore, bright red face I’ve given topical Vitamin A a very wide berth. So why should I give it a go just a mere 6 weeks until my wedding?

[caption id="attachment_2442" align="aligncenter" width="432"]Katherine: I've lost it Katherine: I've lost it[/caption]

Clearly my trust in Team Medico knows no bounds as I found myself tentatively smearing on a new step in my skin routine -  Define. The Vitamin A in this cream is actually 2% Retinol AGP Complex: or in my words, Actually Gentle Peeling. This cream encourages the exfoliation of older, pigmented cells (goodbye, age spots). It's botanical ingredients, AGP Complex messanger systems and intelligent Chirally Correct formula means that it can do all of this without stripping the skin of its natural, protective layer - so no red face either. Basically, it’s very clever stuff.

In this first stage, Aysha gave me strict instructions for correct usage. Rather than slapping it on willy-nilly, this cream should be introduced into a routine gradually so that the skin can build up tolerance. With Vitamin A, less really is more. So at the moment I’m using it every other night, and plan to step up to every night about 8 days in. It’s all about your skin gradually shedding the bits it should, whilst growing a shiny, happier replacement. Interestingly, my skin is already healthy enough to cope with this stimulating product, whereas seven weeks ago, it was so damaged wouldn’t have been able to cope. It was so damaged it wouldn't have been. The first stage of the routine has reinstated the natural, healthy barrier function of my skin.

articlepic_c-the-light02 If that wasn’t enough thrills for one week, it was also time for me to introduce another key vitamin into my routine – Vitamin C. This felt much less intimidating: after all, we all know we should eat more oranges. This little pot of powdered crystals was so unlike any product I’ve ever encountered before I was really curious to see what would happen. Pure C, meet skin. Skin, meet Pure C.

 

Let’s just say it’s been a match made in heaven. This is no bog standard Vitamin C product. These are 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Crystals – the only sort of Vitamin C that can be directly absorbed by the skin. And blimey, does it do what it says on the tin. These tiny grains of goodness literally brighten your skin, waking it up like a bright sunshine-y day. You can almost feel the zing as they sizzle first into whatever product you add them to and then into your skin. It’s 8 hours sleep in a few grains of sand. A 6-mile run in a little shake of salt. I can’t get over how adding such a teeny, weeny amount of something can make such a noticeable difference to the quality of my skin. I like it so much that it might be about to knock the Mineral Make Up off my top spot (if you’d read my Day 33 post, you’d understand how much of an impression mineral makeup made).

It’s a hell of a lot of excitement for one week. And an even further improvement. The man who’s still reading over my shoulder just missed his stop.

M O R N I N G

O N E

o              Drink a little bit of warm water (preferably with lemon).

o              Have a glass of Restore on an empty stomach

T W O

o              Cleanse face and neck with Purity Clean (Hydrating Cleanser) (x1 pump)

o              Always wash hands before cleansing

o              Dry face with Scotch Roll

T H R E E

o              x2 sprays Benefit Balance (Hydrating Antioxidant Spray)

o              Mix with one or two shakes of Pure C

F O U R

o              Apply Hydrate Plus (Hydrating SPF17)

o              Do not apply SPF when it is dark/at night

o              After lunch take Eskimo Oil (Omega 3,6,9) & ISO D3 Supplement (Vitamin D)

E V E N I N G

O N E

o              Cleanse face and neck with Benefit Clean (Hydrating Cleanser) (x1 pump)

o              Always wash hands before cleansing

o              Note if wearing make up might need x2 or x3 pumps

o              Dry face with Scotch Roll

T W O

o              x2 sprays Benefit Balance (Hydrating Antioxidant Spray)

o              Mix with one or two shakes of Pure C

T H R E E

o              Apply Phytoclear (Clarifying Moisturiser)

o              Apply products (apart from sunscreen) as sparingly as possible

F O U R

o              Apply Define last

o              Always remember that LESS is MORE Too much and you will overstimulate.

o              Put up to the bone around the eye.

o              Start on a different part of the face evening.

o              Do not put on eyes or neck, the skin is thinner and you will over stimulate.

o              Only put on at night, never during the day or in light as you will overstimulate.

o              Apply lots of sunscreen during the day, to avoid hyperpigmenting.

1st post in Katherine’s 3 month skin challenge: Skin Diary: Day 0, Week 1 2nd post: Skin Diary: Day 10, Week 2 3rd post: Skin Diary: Day 33, Week 4 4th post: Skin Diary: Day 38, Week 6 5th post: Skin Diary: Day 46, Week 7 6th post: Skin Diary: Day 90, Week 12


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