Posted by: Jordan
At first I was afraid,
I was petrified,
Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side,
But then I spent so many nights just thinking how you did me wrong
And I grew stong
And I learned how to get along
I’m fairly certain that Ms. Gaynor was referring to a lost love, but in recent weeks this song has got me thinking about my own lost love: Proactiv. I was lucky enough to be mostly clear-skinned all through my otherwise ugly duckling teen years, but when I hit 25 my hormones decided that occasionally they’d like to make up for some lost time. My friend Lora discovered Proactiv, and when I went to her with my skin woes, she shared her secret with me. Bonding over our mutual drug of choice, we became fiends together. When she decided to go natural with her beauty routine during pregnancy, and thus gave up our beloved Proactiv for nearly a year, I emailed my condolences, but was thinking to myself “another reason to put off that whole baby thing for a while longer”, and offered to take her Proactiv off her hands for her so that the precious creams wouldn’t go to waste. When she was able to return to her old blemish-zapping routine, we rejoiced together.
But now that I’ve decided to go natural with my beauty routine, the Proactiv had to go. For good. I hadn’t used it every day for years, but I’d keep it around for emergencies. Lora, good friend that she is, took her first step along with me by permanently throwing out her chemical-heavy Proactiv. For the first month of my completely natural skincare regimen, my face glowed and I thought to myself, “why did I rely on that junk as such a crutch??” And then came the revolt. Forehead and chin sprouts abound! I kept waiting for the glow to come back, but all that came back were more red bumps. Over a glass of wine at an organic restaurant on the Upper West side, I complained to Emily about what was going on with my face. She suggested I try Juice Beauty’s Organics to Clear Skin Kit. She said it was a great way to sample several of the products in their line, and she’d had great results with the blemish clearing serum. The next day, I marched straight over to the Union Square Sephora during lunch time and couldn’t wait to try out the entire set!
Three weeks later, I’m a huge fan! My face is nearly completely free of both blemishes and the drying that usually accompanies zit-zapping products. I love everything in this set, including the bonus soft bamboo headband. But I have to say, my most favorite product in this trial/travel sized kit is the Green Apple Peel mask. You use it once a week, and I’ve found myself anxiously waiting for Thursday evening to arrive so I can use the mask again! I read a few reviews on Sephora’s website that a few people were confused by the terminology, so let me clear that up for our readers. Don’t think of this mask as one of those old-school masks that you literally peel off your face (anything that painful is obviously going to cause some irritation.) You rinse this mask off. The word peel is used in the sense of a chemical peel. The fruit acids literally eat away at the dead skin, thereby exfoliating your face…you yourself do not peel the mask off. The first time I used this mask, I put it on way too thick and my face turned bright red within minutes. It went away after about 20 minutes, but it was a scary moment for a while there. Coincidentally, when I was at Whole Foods during lunch a couple weeks ago with my friend Jamie, I was telling her about my one-week results so far with these great products and how much I especially loved the mask. Like a guardian angel, a bubbly, glowing-skinned girl strolled up to us and asked if we needed help with any Juice Beauty products–she was the rep!!! So I told her how much I was loving the results of the Green Apple Peel mask, and asked if she had any samples for Jamie to try out. Precious-gift-from-above that she was, she opened a new container and scooped a few spoonfuls into a jar for Jamie to try. And now Jamie is addicted too, and we both find ourselves getting ridiculously excited to our weekly peel! But one tip to remember when using this mask, as stressed by the baby-faced Juice Beauty rep: do NOT put the mask on very thick. Just a thin layer will do the trick. In fact, the thicker you put it on, the more red and tingly your skin might temporarily get. But the results will not be any better by piling it on.
Yesterday I received this email from Lora:
it’s a [darn] good thing I threw out my proactiv because sistah.. I’m tellin ya.. I would have slathered that sh*t up on my zit full face like it was the day after lint and I had given up chocolate.
See, I told you we get a bit worked up about our breakouts. In repayment to her blemish-fighting wisdom from our not-so-natural days, I told her to go try out this natural blemish-fighting kit and see if she likes it as much as I do. It’s not an instant miracle like Proactiv was, but it also doesn’t contain carcinogens. I think it’s a good trade-off, myself.