Obagi, Questions, Twitter Contest

15 Sep

Hey guys! Hope you all are having a good week. I haven’t had much to report on the Obagi. It’s been sorta the same. Peeling in the morning, peeling at night. I had a family emergency yesterday morning so I ran out without washing the Tretinoin off from the night before. It was fine though. I didn’t get home till about 5pm when I washed it off. I didn’t put anything else on till about 9pm before bed but I skipped the Tretinoin because I’m still doing one day on and one day off. I peeled A LOT this morning. But my skin is very soft and smooth. And even a little glowy. I still see the acne scars I’m trying to get rid off, although my mom swears they look less deep.

Questions
Since I don’t have that much to report, I figure I’ll answer a question or two that you all have asked on Twitter or through email.

1) Laura V. asks: I love your blog! I’ve been wanting to try Obagi forever but I’ve been too afraid to. In your last blog you said you were using this Neutragena eye cream. I am 24. How old are you and at wat age do you think I should start using an eye cream?

Ans. Hi Laura! Thanks for the love! I am 26 and I would suggest that you start using an eye cream. You don’t want to wait till you have wrinkles to start battling them. Prevention is always the better way to go. I like the Neutrogena one because I have sensitive skin and Neutrogena has always worked well for me.

2) Toni S asks: U sed u have a beauty adviser. Who is this? Where did u find her?

Ans. Hi Toni. My esthetician is at Sona Medspa. I’m not sure where you live but you probably have a Sona or something similar close by. If you live in the DFW area, I go to the Sona in Plano and my esthetician’s name is Holly B. She’s wonderful and has great skin. She’s the one who got me on the Obagi and she’s been very helpful and supportive.

Twitter Contest
So I’m thinking we can do a Twitter contest. Rules would be fairly simple. I will give away an eyeshadow palette with 88 shimmer eyeshadow by Coastal Scents pictured below.

I think we can start this Friday, just for the day. 3 things to win:
1) Follow me on Twitter – PeppermntPolish
2) Give me a Follow Friday and mention this post. So for those of you who don’t know you need to tweet some that says something like “#FF @PeppermntPolish to win a Coastal Scent Shimmer Eyeshadow palette”

We’ll do it this Friday. I will post a reminder on Friday morning.

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Obagi Day 6 and 7 (and a little bit of Day 5)

10 Sep

I was so miserable on by the evening of Day 5. I couldn’t open my mouth because of the dryness all around it. It was painful to eat a sandwich. So I cheated *gasp*!!!! I did, I admit it. I washed my face with the cleanser that night and then didn’t bother to put anything else on. I was planning on skipping the Tretinoin anyway because I doing one day on, one day off but I didn’t put the Clear or the Blender on either. I went to bed feeling guilty.

The next morning I woke up pain free! I washed my face and it peeling a lot! Like A LOT! I gently massaged as much of the dead skin off my face as I could. Took me almost 20 mins in front of my bathroom mirror yesterday morning. Then I showered and put on the Toner, the Clear, and the Sunfader like usual. My skin felt good yesterday. Less dry with no pain but it got really red by the afternoon.

Then last night I put on the Toner, the Clear, the Blender mixed with Tretinoin like I should. I woke up this morning feeling rather dry but not too bad. I had some peeling issues but less than yesterday. Or at least I couldn’t get the dead skin off as well as yesterday so I have a little bit of dryness around my mouth that doesn’t look too bad unless you’re crazy like me and stare at it closely in the mirror. I actually had some dryness around my eyes too but I took care of that with a little bit of Neutrogena Ageless Essentials Continuous Hydrating Eye Cream. I dabbed it on just the area around my eyes with a Q-tip and it immediately looked better. I love this Neutrogena eye cream. It comes in a handy little tube and costs between $12 and $15 bucks but a little goes a long way. I hate to put stuff around my eyes because they’re very sensitive but this stuff is wonderful!

Anyway, it’s a little after 1 in the afternoon now. I hope I don’t start grotesquely peeling later today. Wish me luck! And Happy Weekend!

Day 4 and Day 5 Obagi Nu-Derm

8 Sep

Ok my face is really red and peeling. I used the Tretinoin on Day 1 and Day 2, I took Day 3 off but used the Blender anyway. And I used the Tretinoin again last night (Day 4). Yesterday, was the day after I didn’t use the Tretinoin but I looked like I had a sunburn and my boss commented “Looks like you got some sun this weekend”. I shrugged because it would’ve been too long a story to go into at the time. LOL.
Then last night after I washed my face and put the night stuff on (including the Tretinoin), my face felt super dry and tight. It hurt a little to open my mouth to eat. I dabbed a tiny bit of moisturizer on the corners of my mouth to help with that.
This morning (Day 5), my face felt rough and dry and tight. When I washed it, it peeling a lot. I rubbed gently to try and get some of the excess dry skin off but didn’t scrub because I thought that would make my face sore. I put all the morning stuff on again but avoided putting the Clear around my mouth/lips. I then put some lip balm on my lips and dabbed a bit onto the corners to help me open and close my mouth.
It’s mid-afternoon now and I’m peeling around my mouth and my chin. It looks like dry skin (not very flattering). I’m still quite red and sunburnt looking. But I’m managing. Actually, I’m hiding at my desk trying to avoid other people but I’m not freaking out when people come talk to me.

Day 3 of Obagi NuDerm

6 Sep

I used the Tretinoin both last night and the night before and I’m starting to see some light peeling today. My face also looks pretty red like I have a bit of a sunburn. There was some mild burning to go with the sunburnt look but nothing unbearable.

I have to say, I do NOT like the sunscreen that comes with the Obagi box set. It is not sheer and doesn’t blend well into my skin after I put all the other stuff on. So it seems like it sits on top of my skin making me look white and pasty. I have a yellowish brown skin tone so it doesn’t work for me but maybe if you’ve got a pale white skin tone it would be ok? I’m gonna call my skin consultant tomorrow and ask her if I can use my trusty Neutrogena sunscreen instead (it goes on sheer).

Obagi NuDerm

5 Sep

I have to admit, I’ve been thinking about starting this beauty blog for awhile but I manage a few other blogs and I just haven’t had enough motivation to get to this one until now. The reason I finally came around is due to the fact that I really wanted to document my experience with Obagi NuDerm.

For those of you unfamiliar with this product, it is a skin care system that promises to reverse sun damage, hyper pigmentation, acne scarring, wrinkles, etc. I know that sounds like it’s promising a lot but I did a lot of research into it and people who have used it have been very happy with the results so at my skin care adviser’s injunction, I decided to give it a try.

Obagi makes more than one system but we’re talking about NuDerm here specifically. It’s a system of 8 products.

Obagi NuDerm

The picture only shows the 7 that are included in the big box that it comes in. Lets start with going over those.

1) The first big bottle is a cleanser. You use it like any other facial cleanser or soap:
-Wet face and hands
-Massage a pea size of cleanser onto your face
-Rinse and dab dry with a towel.

2) The second big bottle is a toner.
-Apply a quarter’s size to a cotton round (I prefer rounds to cotton balls because I think they waste less product) and rub gently all over face and feather down neck.

3) The third bottle is something called Clear. It has the texture of a lotion and claims to lighten dark spot on your skin like age spots or acne scars.
-You apply about half a gram (make a line from the tip of your forefinger to the first nuckle line).
-Dab spot on your face to ensure that it’s evenly distributed and then massage in all over, feathering down your neck.

4) The fourth bottle is the Exoderm which is an exfoliater.
-Apply just like the Clear, half a gram.

5) The fifth bottle is the blender. This one is mixed with something called Tretinoin which isn’t included in the box. It comes separately in a tube and you may know it as Retin-A. I believe it’s a derivative of Vitamin A and is the product that causes the most irritation to skin.
-You mix a 1/2 gram of blender with a 1/2 gram of Tretinoin (mix both on fingers) then dab on to skin.
-Massage onto whole face, feathering down the neck.

6) The sixth bottle is called Sunfader and I believe it lightens your complexion.
-Apply just like Clear.

7) The seventh and last bottle is a suncreen.
-Apply just like Clear or any other suncreen.

You used 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 in the mornings skipping the blender and the Tretinoin. After you cleanse, you just layer everything on. If you give it a couple of minutes to set, you can apply make up right on top of it.

You use 1,2,3,4, and 5 at nighttime, skipping the suncreen and the sunfader. You also cleanse and layer on.

My understanding is, that it strips away the damaged dermis layer and helps the skin grow new layers. It also promotes collagen growth and adds a healthy glow. I hear you don’t even have to wear makeup once you’re done with the system.

My only concern is, that the Tretinoin is supposed to cause a lot of redness and peeling of the skin. I started it last night and haven’t really seen any yet but I’m sure I will. I just hope it’s not unbearable. I will keep you all posted on the status and let you know if it works.

Peppermint Polish

5 Sep

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