Recently I’ve broken out in tiny zits on my face. No one else can see them, but I can, and it’s sent me into panic mode. I have always prided myself on the near-flawless condition of my facial region. I made it through puberty with nary a pimple in sight.
I say recently, but it isn’t. Since late 2009, when I was working a very stressful job for people who pretty much fired me for whistleblowing (all types of illegal to do…wish I’d thought about that then though…), I had some tiny tiny pimples on my forehead. I thought after losing my job and moving on with my life that they would go away, but those lil buggers never left.
After the birth of my son this past October, they returned full force. Again. No one else saw them, but I scrutinized my face for every perceived blemish every night. I hated them, and I hated my face.
I have random people ask me from time to time how I manage to have such awesome skin.
Here’s my secret, which I’ve recently started doing again: Noxzema. I love this stuff.
I rub it all over my face and let it sit until my face stops tingling, about 10 minutes. Then I take a washcloth and run it under water as hot as I can stand. Using gentle, circular motions, I wash it off my face. I love how smooth and refreshed it makes my skin feel. and now that I’ve started using it again, I’ve seen a drastic improvement in my face over the past three nights. It tightens my pores, smoothes and soothes my skin, and even helps out with the redness in my cheeks. Here are some other facial tips (stop snickering, you pervs…):
I rarely wear makeup. I know people who wear makeup every day. And while I love how the right makeup will return my face to its once porcelain, non-freckled tone, I don’t like how it clogs my pores. It makes me feel like someone put Saran Wrap on my face…my skin can’t breathe. I’ve tried almost every foundation known to man in almost every form…powder, liquid, cream, mousse, and they all suffocate my skin. Oxygen is really important for healthy skin.
I don’t use lotion on my face…not even water based. When I wash my face, I use either Ivory or Dove. Both moisturize my skin well and don’t require the use of an additional moisturizer. I don’t even like water based lotion on my face, because the crap still clogs my pores. My face likes to breathe, and not just through my nose. I can understand though, that some people have horribly dry skin and need lotion. I’d advise sticking to water based lotions. I do, however, use water based lotions on the rest of my body. I love lotion.
I don’t use facial lifters, skin firmers, etc. I have a few fine lines on my face. But after a Noxzema treatment, they are visibly reduced. I don’t mind little lines here and there. I’m 29, not 12. Also, unless you resort to plastic surgery/injections/etc, you will never have as smooth of a face as you did when you were younger. Get over it and age gracefully. You don’t have to put up with horrid wrinkles…but a couple of barely there fine lines aren’t going to kill you. Take care of your face and you’ll look great. Trust me.
For those of you with the time, here is the routine (nightly) that kept my skin awesome through puberty and my pre-mommy years:
- Fill your sink with hot water. The hottest your tap can provide.
- Place your face over the sink and lay a towel so that it traps in the heat (I always allowed a little space that I could breathe in fresh air.
- Keep your head there for about ten minutes. The heat opens up your pores. This is important.
- Take Noxzema (the original cream in the blue tub) and apply to your face. Don’t be afraid to rub it around. You should be rubbing. Oh, yeah…you don’t have to hold your head over the hot water. In fact, go ahead and drain your sink. You’re done with that part.
- Read a book or do something for ten minutes.
- Take a washcloth (should be a little rough, but not like sandpaper) and wet it with hot water. Using circular motions, gently clean the Noxzema off your face.
If you have horribly dry skin, wait another 10 minutes to allow your face to rest before applying your moisturizer.
It might take a day or two to notice results, but I usually notice them right away.