It was only in my late twenties that I took the need to moisturize seriously. At 24, I suffered a massive breakout. It started in Spring of 2004, my first time in Japan. Before this time, I had nice skin and didn't have serious problems. My routine for my face was wash with Nivea Visage cleanser and dab on baby powder if heading out. That's it, very simple girl. I did try St. Ives Appricot scrub several times (not everyday though) but it broke me out so I avoided exfoliating scrubs entirely.
So, back to Spring 2004. Days after my arrival, my face felt itchy and tight. I was using a L'Oreal facial wash with salicylic in its ingredients. It dried me out but ignored it. Little did I know that one must moisturize regardless of climate and especially having hit twenties, the more our skin needs something to compensate dryness. Because of my ignorance and bad hormones, I suffered acne for three years.
Fast forward to 27 year-old-me, after some numerous purchases and usage of skincare products that most only made matters worse, I found my ex-HG products. It was Clinique Superdefense and for powder foundation, Dior Extramoist Fit. Especially the former, it helped heal and fade my acne scars.
But my relationship with these two ended in 2010. For still unknown reasons, I had developed an allergy over them. My face suddenly became red, inflamed and really dry. I stopped using them and went again searching for the right products.
Count me as one of those women who love vanity. I do enjoy trying out products but it can be a burden especially if the effects are the opposite of what you expect or what it promises to achieve. Hope this means my quest ends here. I'd like to stick to the same products as possible but we never know. Our age, more often than climate, dictates that it's time to change.
And speaking of allergy, I found that only few lip products work for me, i.e. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, Rosebud Salve and Anna Sui. Even good old Chapsticks cause my lips to itch. As of this writing, I am suffering from chapped itchy lips after dabbing on Savex.