It has been a while since I wrote about skincare. If you have been a avid reader of my blog, you may remember my post about my skincare journey, where I opened up to you all about my severe eczema condition. Since then, I have been 100% on top of my game with treating my skin, but flare ups still happen on occasion. With the ever changing weather in Chicago, and working next to a dry, hot heater in the office, my eczema has been relentless.
Whenever your flare ups are getting worse, even when you have a pretty bomb skincare routine, it usually means its time to switch things up. Originally I was going to head over to Lush Cosmetics on Michigan, but figured it would be easier to head over to Sephora, located down the street from my office (dangerous I know).
At four products total, the purchase was only two items. The first, being the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter and the second being the Josie Maran Argan Skincare Ritual Kit which comes with a oil cleanser, the argan oil and a sunscreen moisturizer.
The skincare ritual set is designed to hydrate and nourish all skin types, with a special concentration on sensitive skin.
Step one is to cleanse with the Josie Maran Argan cleansing oil. According to the box, the cleansing oil is self heating and will melt away any dirt and makeup on the skin. You apply it dry, and rub it all over your face, slowly adding water into the mixture until it gets a milky consistency. Continue to message and rinse.
Pros: It gives my face a deep clean without feeling stripped OR super oily. Also, the smell is pretty divine.
Cons: The bottle, I wish it came with a pump. Also, if you are not careful with washing the oil off of your face you will notice a sticky residue.
Step two is to nourish your skin with the Josie Maran 100% pure Argan Oil.
Pros: The deep penetration into the skin that the light-weight yet thick oil brings. I notice when I press the oil into the corners of my nose (a eczema problem area) the dry and flaky skin is eliminated.
Cons: None! This is probably my favorite skin oil to date.
Step 3 is to protect your skin with the Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47. Truthfully, I do not know a single thing about SPF or sun screen. For a long time I drank the koolaid and believed that people of color did not need to worry about the harmful effects of sun damage. I now realize I was wrong, and having this sun screen moisturizer in the kit was a big selling point for me.
The main thing I do know about sun screen is that when applied with makeup, it can leave a awful flash-back glow making you look like a ghost. I have yet to test my theory with this moisturizer. Has anyone else had this issue, and if so how do you combat it? Skincare is my priority over makeup and I want to fit this product into my regimen.
Lastly, I slather my face with the Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter. For my dry, flaky skin, a whipped buttery consistency is literally what I needed most. The first day using this product I knew it had the juice just by the way my makeup application went. Honey it was soo smooth! Not a single drop of foundation settled into my frown lines nor did my skin feel tight or look cakey throughout the day. As you can tell by my enthusiasm – I am very excited about this product, but nothing is perfect so it has some cons as well.
Cons: This moisturizer does not work well with the 100% argan oil. It is suggested to follow up with the oil after applying the moisturizer, but I notice that when I try that method everything starts pealing off of my face. It is best to apply the oil to your face while its a bit damp and then follow up with the moisturizer right after.
If anything, I can see the oil cleanser potentially becoming a staple product in my skincare regimen. As far as the other products, it is still too soon to tell.
Thanks for reading and please – I would love if someone could give me some feedback on the SPF issue.
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