It was a rough start to the week this morning. The kids woke up at 7:30am and by the time I got them out of the door at 8:35am, I was done. Ugh! At least the toughest part of my day is done.
I have a product review for you this morning that you might appreciate if your skin is as temperamental as mine.
My skin is crap. Its dry, super sensitive, and now has a generous sprinkling of, em, 'laugh lines'. On top of all that, turning 40 brought me more acne then I ever had as a teen! Like WTF? Apparently this isn't unusual for women later in life. Who knew?
So needless to say, I gotta be real careful about what I use, but I definitely need to use something. As soon as I come out of the shower, even in summer, my skin starts feeling super dry and tight. In winter, ugh, don't even get me started!
My eyes tear like crazy because they too are dry (apparently I have very viscous tears which do a shit job of moisturizing my eyes, so they tear constantly to compensate and there is not much that can fix this). This causes extreme irritation at the outer corners of my eyes, which causes lines and redness, which is just delightful! Also, since I constantly have a runny nose (also an issue that seems to have no solution) and sinus inflammation, the area around my nose is often irritated and dry too. A lot of products will cause burning and more irritation and that sucks.
Given these issues, I was very happy to be sent samples of Oxygenetix products. The skin care and make up line is designed for sensitive, irritated skin, even for those who are healing from cosmetic surgery.
Here is some more info:
Designed for doctors, Breathable foundation covers and treats a wide variety of skin problems: skin injuries, wounds, rashes, cracked, dry skin, acne scars, rosacea and other skin conditions. On post-surgical scars, patients are re-assured and impressed that after care includes safely camouflaging any evidence of surgery.
I received their moisturizer and foundation to try. My skin is very dry and irritated right now...maybe because its gone into shock from the cold that came on suddenly after such a mind early winter a few weeks ago...then going back to mild last week...and now back to frigid temps this week. Add to that, our house is very cold (we like it that way) but my workplaces, like most, are ridiculously overheated. Yikes, not good for the skin!
I was a bit nervous to try new products, but I am very pleased to say these are great. No burning, no irritation and, in fact, the irritation has gotten better. The moisturizer is very effective even though it is light and not at all greasy. The foundation provides very light coverage, lighter than I like (give me spackle if it will help me look better!), but also not at all greasy or irritating. Its matte, which I usually avoid, but doesn't make your skin look dull. Its definitely very natural looking and won't make you look overdone.
The products are available at high end beauty stores across North America. Like most high end beauty products they ain't cheap! I won't be able to buy them on a regular basis, but if you are finding yourself with a temporary skin problem that requires using only very gentle products, then these are a great option.
Disclosure: I was sent this products for free, but all opinions on this blog are my own.