Soap Free Skin Solution

I used to have a skewed idea of what ‘clean’ skin should feel like. Squeaky clean was my ultimate goal for each wash.  I even went so far to use legit bar soap ( Irish Spring?) for a quick fix, especially in a late-night drunken attempt at being a good girl and washing my face/887 coats of mascara.  NO GOOD. While getting dry patches from the harsh soaps, and ending up with an oily face minutes afterward. Scrubbing my skin raw with harsh granules & exfoliating my cheeks to get that squeaky clean feel was mentally fulfilling, but I now realize I was doing my skin and my clogged pores more harm than good.
DUH!

My scrub-o-riffic beauty routine was shifting my pores in to over drive, making my skin produce loads of oil to compensate for all that I scrubbed away.  Now- my skin is feeling super clean and clear with my new philosophy.  Clean you skin with moisturizing, SOAP-FREE, gel cleanser that gently dissolves the days makeup while maintaining balance in the skin.

I’ve been trying Cleanance Soap-Free Facial Gel Cleanser by Eau Thermale Avène and am loving what it’s doing to my skin, and my pores ( or a lack thereof). I’ve only been using for a week, an I- no joke- already notice my pores tightening and my skin feeling softer than ever.

Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Soap-Free Facial Gel Cleanser : $15

Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Soap-Free Facial Gel Cleanser : $15

No need for a washcloth or anything! Infused with Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe, Cucurbita pepo extact to regulate sebum secretion & Zinc/Glycerol to purify/hydrate, this gel is thicker than most, while being gentle enough to use for day and night, with a bearable light scent (!!).  I always follow up with the Anti-Shine Purifying Lotion to give my pores a talkin’ to. Just shake well to mic up all of the zinc, salicylic acid, alcohol ( just a little!) and kaolin to absorb oils, sooth, decrease inflammation & give your skin a soft, clean feeling that will make everyone around you want to pinch your smooth little cheeks.

** if you’re still having problem areas, I suggest CTRL’s Spot Treatment. It’s paraben & benzoyl peroxide free, so it will keep your pH balanced & won’t dry out your skin like most spot treatments will.

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Ingredients include Cermides, to hydrate, and Salicylic Acid to heal. Completely gentle- it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin at all.  Use morning and night for quick results.

Here’s to touchable soft skin, gals.

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a fun-loving, twenty-something living in Brooklyn. She spends most of her time absorbing all the life, tofu and whiskey that NYC has to offer. Her current obsessions? BDG High-waisted leggings, vintage boot shopping in Williamsburg, Katherine Kwei's sling bag and Melanie Marie's two-finger horn ring.