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I have naturally oily skin. As a teen, I remember using tinted blemish creams that were offered in one color & didn't seem to blend with the skin tone of any human.
Into my 20's I used straight rubbing alcohol (yes, you read that right) as an astringent. It worked, because my skin became super dry and I thought this was a good thing. It wasn't.
I regularly saw a dermatologist, received facials and used prescription creams. Some worked...sometimes.
During and after pregnancy, my skin cleared up. I think it was a combo of vitamins and a better diet for baby. I was loving my new skin!
Sadly, the 'new' skin vibe faded in between babies, & disappeared altogether after my hysterectomy in 2016.
In February of 2020, at the age of 40, I decided to swap all my usual (and unclean) skincare & cosmetic products for organic and/or vegan. Why do we wait so long to start caring for ourselves the way we care for others?!?
I started reading rave reviews about Primally Pure & was intrigued by the idea of a 'Cleansing Oil'. As someone whose goal was removing all oil from my skin, I couldn't comprehend using an oil to clean it. But, I couldn't ignore all the hype either.
It's been 18 months, and I love cleaning my face! My skin feels soft, moisturized and youthful. If I had any doubts about the effectiveness of PP, they quickly faded along with the melasma I'd tried to cover since my first was born 17 years ago.
Then I got shingles in April 2021. If you haven't had it, no, it's not just something you get over the age of 60. I was 41 and in the most excruciating pain of my life for 2 weeks. Worse than giving birth to my 5 children without meds!
Shingles affects people differently and is brought on by stress. When I was diagnosed, I was broken from devastating stress that I really thought I was handling like a champ. But the shingles rash on my face & ice pick headaches behind my right eye didn't agree with me.
I'm sure you aren't here to read about that horrific experience; but let me share that my rash scars are 90% gone. They can be permanent and are usually treated with a ton of steroid creams and ointments.
After the virus disappeared, I chose to heal my skin with PP. Simply, I kept with my regular cleansing routine and trusted that clean, organic ingredients were best. Thankfully, I've been rocking bangs for most of my life. My rash was largely hidden. And if you met me on the street today, the scars wouldn't be immediately noticeable. The discoloration (think very dark melasma) and skin dimpling are almost completely clear & smooth.
I love the way my skin looks at 42. I wish I'd started on this path 20 years ago. But we all learn at our own pace, right?
My personal favorites that I use daily are listed below. If you'd like to try PP, use code: MADLYWISH for 10% off your order.
This week their team launched new Plumping, Clarifying, and Soothing skincare collections. I'm a Clarifying girl and just ordered the new cream and face mask.
If you have any questions about my favorites, just reach out! And, let me know what your PP favorites are!