For as long as I can remember my skin and I have been at war. For most of my teenage years I was a salesperson's dream; I believed everything, and would have tried anything. As a child, I vividly remember staring at the small holes dug into my father's face and wondering what explanation these pin pricks could have for being there. Open Pores. They were given a name, and for the next ten years I would slap and paste on anything that promised to shrink them. My skin was constantly dehydrated, for every beauty counter attendant would attest their oil-stripping-skin-destroying-magic-potion (low price of $119) would be my miracle.
Skin-on-fire stinging, whole face rashes, and many tears later I was ready to give up my quest for glowing skin. Early this year my skin fell in love with a couple of products, and I found a newfound desire to learn my skin from the inside out, and continue my quest for glowing skin.
It is generally agreed upon that yes, pore size is genetic. Like many skin concerns, pore size and prevalence is determined by your genes, but they are affected by your daily habits and lifestyle. After speaking with the team from Laser Clinics Australia, Deanna my skin technician recommends we begin this quest addressing my skin's sensitivity by building up its strength before we target the pores directly.
Skin Concerns: very visible open pores, skin sensitivity, redness.
Current Morning Regime: micellar water, cleanse, tone, moisturise, SPF
Current Evening Regime: micellar water, cleanse/exfoliate, serum, moisturise
Current Hero Products: La Mer The Renewal Oil, and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum. I alternate using these two products to create the perfect amount of moisture and elasticity within my skin. The Renewal Oil has certainly reduced my redness, and added back vitality. My skin looks clearer, and there is definitely some reduction in the appearance of fine lines and pore size. The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is my go-to daily serum. It is the first truely nourishing product I used that didn't cause my skin to break out.
Plan of Attack: A four month treatment plan combining 4 x 5-Step Microdermabrasion followed by LED Light Therapy, 4 x AHA Enzymatic Peels, and some targeted Skinstiut Products.
Perfect for those who know their gorgeous complexion is hiding just out of reach. The microdermabrasion treatment process exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry skin cells to improve your skin’s overall texture and quality.
LED Light Therapy:
Following the 5 Step Microdermabrasion I will be sitting under the non-invasive LED light therapy. The soothing, deep penetrating LED lights target deep into cells heightening their internal functions, photo-stimulating dermal blood flow, and creates faster healing so your skin always looks rejuvenated. I am told this is especially great to fight active acne and rosacea (yay!).
Cosmetic Grade Peels:
I will be having AHA Enzymatic Peels in monthly intervals, two weeks after each microdermabrasion session. Cosmetic grade peels help repair and polish your skin with just one visit. Perfect for beginning to improve discolouration and the appearance of large pores.
Together these treatments will work to build my skin and ensure it is as healthy as possible.
Anything Else: I am making a conscious effort to reduce my sugar intake!