Happy, happy Thursday!
I don’t have much to post today, since yesterday was a rest day. But, two great things did happen last night that I will share with you!
1. My Stridebox for this month came! This might be my favorite box yet, and I can’t wait to do a full review for you in a few days and tell you all about what’s inside! Here’s a snippet:
Don’t make fun of my Olympic pride tablecloth. USA USA USA!
2. I cooked a hearty, colorful meal last night, much to the demise of the hubs, who requested pizza. Again. I stayed strong and went to the store instead and came home with sweet potatoes, salad, and asparagus. Much better! I realized that I really only ever blog sweets or pizza, because they are of course way more interesting than a bowl of oats, Chobani, or green smoothies. Don’t worry, we DO eat pretty decently.
Now, onto today’s topic! And this will be short and sweet.
What is your face washing regimen?
I have been using the SAME face cleaning brand since high school, and it has never failed me. Specifically, I am a loyal buyer of Clinique’s Acne Solutions 3 Step cleaning process. It is a foaming cleanser pump for in the shower, a clarifying liquid that you apply with a cotton ball post the foaming cleanser, then a lotion/moisturizer that you put on last.
My face has always been acne prone, but not BAD. Just enough to where if I don’t use something on a regular basis, I’m prone to breakouts, ESPECIALLY once you start factoring in the extra sweat my face takes from running, Aunt Flow, and when I’m overly stressed. Well, I sometimes get in the habit of just using step 1 and 2, (the bottles on the left and middle) and forget about the lotion for step 3. I often only use the lotion on the right to complete the full process if my face is looking extra blemish-y or breakout-y. So,the past couple times I’ve used that lotion I’ve noticed that it makes my face bright red, only on the skin that it touched. I didn’t think anything of it because the first couple times it happened because I just attributed other things to it and had no reason to think that’s what was causing the redness. Last night, I used it on my forehead and down around my chin and this morning BAM, bright red, splotchy rash. AGAIN. It’s definitely what’s causing it, and I’m wondering if suddenly I’m now allergic to it, or if the formula in it got changed to something too strong for me. My face is fairly sensitive, which is why I’ve always used Clinique, BUT I’ve never had an issue with the 3rd step lotion aspect. It’s almost like it’s burning my face!
I’ve thought about dropping it all completely, and my husband thinks I should try going one week without using anything but mild soap and water. I think my face needs at least a little bit of acne control, but I could be wrong. Maybe over the years my face hormones have changed? Is that even a thing? You get what I’m trying to say.
I know there’s about a million different methods to cleaning your face, from Neutrogena to ProActiv to au-natural methods like coconut oil and honey. I don’t know if I’m ready to jump on the hippy train, but would love to hear what brands, methods, products you use on your face to keep the blemishes and pimples away that you know runners are so prone to from all that sweat!