Monday, May 13, 2013

When your beauty routine fights back. AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® Intensive Night Cream

Okay darlings. This is going to be part review and part how to recover tale.

This entry brought to you in part by Influenster. I was sent the AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT Intensive Night cream for free to review.

Check out some other reviews here.

Product Blurb from Aveeno:

The AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® Intensive Night Cream, formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Total Soy Complex and vitamin B3, helps to reduce the appearance of discoloration, uneven tone and blotchiness, revealing healthier-looking skin.

To start with let me detail what products I use regularly.

From the fine company One Hand Washes the Other. I use Black Magic facial soap. I have been using this as a cleanser for about two years now and I must say that my skin is consistently clearer than it has been since puberty.

At night I use (so expensive my God) Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C night time facial cream. If you recall I bought it for myself as a present in January. I still have quite a bit so I'm not as upset about the price as I had been. Also, the stuff is freaking gold. Smells and behaves luxuriously. Worth it.

During the day I wash my face with cold water in the morning, I use one of several BB creams, MUFE mat velvet foundation and whatever powder is in arms reach.

So I opened up the Influenster box and was delighted to see the moisturizer. First impressions:

Nice light scent. Not as heady as my Korres but reasonable and dissipated quickly.

Very nice light but creamy texture.

The first time I used it I only used it on one cheek. I thought if I were going to have  reaction it would be immediate. After the first night things looked good. No itching, no redness, no apparent upset. I waited a full 48 hours and nothing so I started using it as I would use my regular night cream.

Within about four days my face broke out in epic proportions.

I have had acne prone, oily sensitive skin since puberty (more than 20 years to quantify it) and wow.

Honestly my face broke out worse than it has in years at this point.

I immediately stopped using the Aveeno and started the recovery effort.

Of course now it occurs to me I should have taken pictures but honestly I was just too upset to think of that. My cheeks and forehead were absolutely covered with painful bumps from very small to medium sized, some had whiteheads some didn't.

It was awful.

Here is how I set about recovering.

First thing, if you have a serious skin reaction do not go crazy on it and throw ALL THE PRODUCTS on it. That could make it worse.

I stopped using my Clarisonic and used just my hands and my black magic to remove my make up and cleanse my skin. I also alternated using a drying lotion (which I will review later) and heavy moisture because my face was drying out in spots.

I also made a serious effort to be extra hydrated. Lots of water.

I skipped using any facial masks etc and just kept up with gentle but thorough cleansing, lots of water and keeping my skin moist.

After about another week and a half or so my face is almost as clear as it was prior to this mishap.

I am pretty adventurous when it comes to new products and sometimes this happens. The thing to remember is that being gentle is your friend, don't put ALL the zit clearing things on your face at once and listen to your skin.

Now for my thrifty and frugal friends here is a protip.

When a moisturizer or face wash doesn't work out for your face don't toss it.

I've found that often what breaks out my face is good for other things. This time of year the skin on my body is dreadfully dry. That Aveeno moisturizer that broke out my face is actually really nice on my dry feets. I also use it on my knees and elbows. No itching no problems.

For facial cleansers, I keep them around and use them on my make up brushes. Especially my foundation brush. It's important to keep your face brushes clean to avoid bacteria caused breakouts.

So the moral is sometimes crap happens and your skin may freak out.

You can fix it with patient love and gentle attentions.

Also, don't toss away stuff that doesn't work for your face because you might get other uses out of it.

Again, this post brought to you by Influenster and I was sent this product for free to review.

If you'd like to be an influenster drop me a note as I still have a few invites left.


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