Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Facial Euphoria For Pissy Skin


I don't know about you ladies but this is not, and has never been, an accurate portrayal my facial cleansing regiment. I've tried this glamourous cleansing technique and, well, I will let this ecard explain the rest for me...

Today I want to give insight on one of my most overly sensitive and highly obsessive beauty regiments - my face. I'm not sure if it's just me but I'm terrified of the thought of getting wrinkles and watching my skin age. Everyone around me thinks I'm borderline fit for a straight jacket because I'm convinced I already have a small wrinkle on my forehead. A WRINKLE! I can't, I just can't. Early wrinkle and aging prevention has become a serious journey for me. Serious and not light on the wallet, but worth it. I think.

For years, as along as I can remember, this was my go-to face wash. This and only this...

Those were the days! $8 and my skin was soft and smooth like a baby's bootay.
Cetaphil was always fantastic for me to use because I never wore too much makeup and it was gentle enough to calm my pissy skin.

Pissy skin means skin that hates nearly every product you bring near it. I've got pissy skin like a mo fo. 

All of this began about 2 years ago, at my ripe age of 23, when I really started to look into early aging prevention and such. Much to my surprise, there are a bagillion products on the market that tell you they're going to keep the wrinkles off of your face and, of course, brighten it up like a Christmas tree. Christmas tree face? Sign this girl up!

So, I went out and dropped about $30 for the Clarisonic knock off by Olay.

I should have flushed the $30 down the toilet. It would have saved me the chemical burn that the cleanser gave me. The Olay Professional Pro X line is not meant for us ladies with pissy skin, take my word for it. In addition, if you aren't ready to drop the big bucks on a Clarisonic don't settle for this knock off, just go take your pots and pans scrubber brush and wash your face with it. Your results will be pretty similar and the pots and pans brush may feel slightly more enjoyable.

I then decided I needed to stop being a cheapskate and I did my research. I stumbled upon the Murad skin line and for $40 I came home with their Renewing Cleansing Cream.

I loved this stuff. The smell was great, it felt nice when I'd wash my face with it and I loved how my skin felt after I used it. And then 4 days later my face felt like sandpaper and I had raw spots all over it. Yep... another chemical burn. Awesome. Another $40 I should have put down the garbage disposal.

At this point, I pretty much gave up thinking that I had any hope for fighting wrinkles. I was screwed because my pissy skin hated me and every product out there that wants to help it. That's when I took about 6 months off and went back to Cetephil, which certainly didn't fight off signs of aging and I'm still convinced my little wrinkle came during those 6 months. 

That's when I decided to go out and finally give in to the Clarisonic Mia 2, which you can read more about here, if you didn't see that post. (hint: I'm overly obsessed and in love)

I've been using the Simple "moisturizing facial wash" with my Mia for the most part.

Does it burn my skin? Nope, it's kind to it, just as it states. Does it smell good? Nope, not a scent in the entire bottle. Don't let this product deceive you though... "Moisturizing" is a false word to describe this product. Not to say I don't continue to use it, because that would be a lie, but I always need a ton of moisturizer afterwards because it dries me out like crazy. 

The moisturizer I use is currently my most favorite facial product.

I swear by Say Yes to Cucumbers daily calming moisturizer and I'm thinking I want to try some of their other products out. More specifically Say Yes to Blueberries, which is their anti-aging line.

All of the products seem to be gentle and less invasive than the ones I tried a year ago that caused those fantastic chemical burns, but I'm still nervous. They're not the cheapest products on the market but they're available at drug stores which is nice, for convenience purposes. I'll have to report back on this product once I've tested it. Wish my pissy skin luck! 

Do any of you ladies deal with pissy skin? What products have you found that don't cause chemical burns? I'd love to hear! 


  1. August 28, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    I used to use the Say Yes to Tomatoes. Now, I use Philosophy! I looove it but definitely not cheap.

  2. August 28, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Thanks so much! My mom just got me a Clarisonic for my birthday and I'm so excited to start using it. Also, I'm so terrified of wrinkles...I started getting botox 2 months ago. And I have to admit, I'm not going to stop! It's amazing :)

  3. August 28, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Ive been wanting to use some of the SAY YES products, I definitely will look into it now. I hope I like them, they look intriguing. I am adding your button to my page, I thought I already did a while back, obviously not - but you are on there now :) I also love the Murad, their spot treatment works wonders!


  4. August 28, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I love the Origin line from Sephora. Lemme tell you, expensive!
    I really want a Clarisonic, though.

  5. August 28, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    i have incredibly sensitive skin-I've used the Say Yes makeup remover wipes but I haven't tried the lotions yet. My face can only handle certain lotions so I'm afraid. I sort of want to try the clarisonic but I was nervous about it!

  6. August 28, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    I definitely have pissy skin too (the way you describe your chemical reactions is sooo familiar.) I used Proactiv for awhile, but just the cleanser because the toner and the lotion made my skin freak out. I tried Yes To Tomatoes on a whim and let me tell you, best thing I ever did. It controls my oily skin and perceived acne (I'm not sure if my face would still break out if I didn't use acne control, but I'm too scared to try.) I have found the products to be gentle and my skin feels like it gets clean. Best of all, the salicyic (sp?) acid doesn't bleach your towels and pillowcases like products with benzoyl perxoide do!!!

  7. August 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Reading this post made me laugh because my skin is so pissy that it still breaks out in temperamental fits of acne when it sees fit. See: I currently have a compass on my face highlighting my forehead, chin, and cheeks respectively. I love my Clarisonic, but no matter the product or diet regimen I commit to--hello breakouts! Have you found anything that works for that?!

    P.S. I am 23 now and used Korres line of natural anti aging supplements and all of my friends think I'm ridiculous.

  8. August 28, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    I've been wanting to check out these Say Yes products, they've been all over the place recently. Are they a Target find by any chance?

  9. August 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    I've been thinking about a Clarisonic for awhile, but haven't made the purchase yet. It's so expensive!
    Celebrities are always recommending it as a "must have", and it sounds like it's working for your skin... I just might have to get one!

  10. August 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    My Great Grandmother used Ponds cold cream everyday. At in her 70's she didnt have a wrinkle. She always looked 20 years younger than she was. I use it now and so far so good.

  11. August 28, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    I'm so glad I read this! I've been thinking about taking the plunge and getting the Clarisonic Mia for my bday in Sept, but was thinking about saving money and going with a knockoff. I've heard the say yes to products are awesome!!

  12. August 29, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Hey there! New follower, found you from Life of Meg and loved the blog name! I'm just starting to worry about wrinkles too, but the Say Yes to Cucumbers stuff was a no go. My MIL bought it for me, and I used it the first time on my bachelorette party...my face started to burn like crazy and turned bright red! That was a fun make up night. I pretty much stick with Aveeno for the more natural stuff. It's been doing pretty well but I've been having some dry skin issues too. Still need a good moisturizer. Thanks for blogging!

  13. September 1, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    It sounds like we have really similar skin! I too have "pissy" skin, but even better, it is acne-prone! I've been using Cetaphil soap since I was 14 (I'm 29!). Occasionally I mix in Clean & Clear Daily Pore cleanser or the Neutrogena Naturals Pore Scrub (which isn't very scrub-like). I'm scared to try new stuff on my face, honestly! I have a Clarisonia Mia with the Sensitive brush. I need to get into a better skincare routine and add some anti-aging wrinkle fighting weapons into the daily mix. Eek!

  14. September 2, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Murad's acne cleaner saved my sanity. I use it daily with my Clarisonic Mia. Love. I've also used the Yes To Blueberries eye serum. It is a great product, but the smell made me think of rotten blueberries.

  15. September 5, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    I think it was not appropriate to call oily skin as a pissy one...it sounds so ridiculous indeed...well other than that I recommend all the visitors to try just once OLAY products, I bet you would become the long-term user of this cosmetic brand..

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