Once upon a time (in a different life, I believe...), before pregnancy, Monsieur Baby's arrival and before life became a swirling circus of meetings, travel, play dates and dinners, I used to have good skin. In fact, I recall some of the facialists I went to for my regular skin treatments used to say that my skin was excellent and that it really needed very little maintenance. Alas, those days are long gone.
For the past 30 months, I've been struggling in the "glowing complexion" department. First there were the pregnancy hormones and the sun spots that came with them, no matter how much SPF I wore. Then once the hormones were gone I realised they must have helped my skin keep moisturized, as it started looking tight and rather water-deprived. And of course the sleepless nights.
And since then, it's a war between tight dehydrated skin and breakouts! Trust me, I never thought I'd say this past the age of 19... thankfully there are no major wrinkles on sight, else I'd be cursing my skin fairies right now.
But only last month did I realise how silly I'd been throughout these months... I've been experimenting with more make-up options to compensate for my irksome complexion than a Clinique-owned guinea pig... And then I remembered I used to get lots of compliments (and most importantly, much less breakouts!) back when all my make-up was from BareMinerals...
See, it's a 100% minerals based product range, where most of the make-up products are powders which are soft and light and brush on to the skin like creams. I love the Original Foundation (it comes with SPF15) and the Well Rested concealer which has a knack to erase dark circles and redness... and of course the Warmth powder (a dark brown to sculpt shadows) and the Blush are amazing to revive my skin even on days when I've had less than five hours to sleep.
I've been back with the BareMinerals range for about a month, and, what do you know, my skin is starting to look clearer and happier and the compliments are back! All it took was a couple of tubs of powder, and a few sessions of brushing and buffing. Happiness in a powder, I tell you!