Thursday, 7 January 2010

Paraben-Free for Perfect Skin?


You know that question, ‘If you could change one thing about yourself physically, what would it be?’ Well I’m far from perfect, but I could go to the gym, and I could stop eating chocolate, which would blitz my body worries; I wouldn’t use my ‘one thing’ on that. What I want, Mr Genie, if you’re asking, is perfect skin.

After suffering from a spotty face for quite a few years, I’m conscious of every scar and open pore. Although the spots are (mostly) gone now, thank god, my magnifying mirror obsession remains. And it’s not just my face I fixate on; the skin on my body isn't perfect either. It get’s dry, it’s pale and even turns a bit purple in winter! I covet that Eva Mendes glow, like gently polished gold.

I’m obsessed with exfoliating, both face and body. I feel like my skin doesn’t do it efficiently enough itself so I have to help it along. I get those weird upper-arm bumps, which make you look as if you never go outside. ‘Keratosis Pilaris’ is the medical name.

I use L’Oreal Exfotonic every day to try to keep my arms bump-free. With AHAs to melt away dead skin cells, as well as rough ‘scrubbie’ bits, it’s the only scrub I've tried that actually smoothes skin. As a result of all this scrubbing I don’t really get the bumps, just the marks from the bumps, ie pink dots. Still not good.

While preparing to write this post I accidently came across an interesting piece on The Paraben Free Princess, in which a reader explains that her KP disappeared almost immediately upon switching to paraben-free products. I have to admit, I’ll choose Redken over 'Natural Aloe Shampoo' any day, so to test this theory would be a real stretch for me and my hair. I expect my beloved Exfotonic would be out too. But I really do detest these bumps… After some more research on treatments for KP I'll report back. My hair may smell of Aloe when I do.

4 comments:

  1. The Evolve body cream I recommended to you on Twitter is paraben free. I prefer paraben free products, and I think it does make a difference. Thankfully the options are a bit less whole-foody these days (Evolve do some nice shampoos and conditioners too!)

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  2. Fantastic, I'm definitely going to check it out! I mentioned it to Sarah at London Beauty Review on her post about Sanctuary Microdermabrasion Body Renewal as well. Thanks to Vaseline my arms are dry as old bark.

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  3. I've read that Cheryl Cole uses Exfotonic too. I've buying it but can't seem to find it anywhere. Any suggestions...

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  4. Superdrug! They always seem to have it. I've found that Boots only have it sporadically.

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