Wednesday, May 28, 2008

WFMW: Inexpensive Skin Products for Rosacea

Hello! Welcome to Works-For-Me Wednesday, a weekly tip carnival hosted by Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer.

I have terrible skin. I developed rosacea while I was in my mid-twenties and enduring the stress of vet school. It started out as persistent flakiness on my cheeks, and now looks more like a permanent sunburn. Caring for my skin has been a learning process, especially since I can't afford premium products. (To think, I used to use Apricot Scrub and harsh astringents in my teen years!!) I tried many things that seemed to work for awhile, and then my skin would revert to the fresh sunburn look. Right now I think my skin looks pretty good, and this is what I'm using:

The Dove Cool Moisture Foaming Facial Cleanser has just the right balance of cleanser & moisturizer. It helps remove the excess oils without giving my skin that tight, dry, itchy feeling. Besides, it smells nice!I was VERY excited to find Neutrogena's Alcohol-Free Toner. I needed something to help improve the texture of my skin, and regular toners turn me bright red - not a good look. This toner does a pretty good job of evening things out & removing surface flakiness without further irritating my poor sensitive skin.

Foundation has been a little trickier. I needed something that would even out my skin tone so that people wouldn't immediately say, "You've been getting some sun, haven't you?" I really like Maybelline's new Mineral Power Foundation. It goes on really smoothly, and has pretty good coverage without feeling like theater makeup. Plus, it comes in a great bottle, similar to eyedrops - no more shaking and shaking to try to get your foundation out!

This powder is my trusted friend. It looks so strange, and I was a skeptic for a long time - until I gave in & tried it. It's Physicians' Formula powder in green. Yes, green. A little dusting of this over my nose & cheeks, after the foundation, and things immediately look better. It really tones down the redness. I follow it with a regular loose powder, but it's this green stuff that really does the job.
And for something a little pricier - Bare Minerals Bisque powder. I've had the same tiny jar for several years, so I'm definitely getting my money's worth. This powder is amazing. Along with their full-coverage concealing brush, this will cover up any lingering redness, spots, scars, or really anything you want to hide. A little dab will go a long way. When I finally use up this little jar, I'm going to have to find some more - it works better than any messy concealer I've ever tried.
Those are some skin/makeup products that work for me. For more great tips, head over to Works-For-Me Wednesday at Rocks in my Dryer!


Sheila said...

I too have Rosacea and I have such a hard time finding products that work for me. I currently use Neutrogena's Sensitve Skin facial cleanser, but even that leaves my skin fealing itchy. I will have to try the Dove out. Thanks for the tip!

Shannon said...

I will definitely be trying a few of these products out~ thanks for the tips ( :

Aunt Murry said...

I have adult acne so I feel your pain. The best thing that I have found to wash my face with is glycerin soap. I use my hands to wash my face except for once a week I use a wash cloth to exfoliate. I know that Rosacea and Acne are two different things but if the Dove quits working then you have something else to try. I can't wait to get myhands on the green powder...

purplepassion said...

I am SO going to try these. I have tried so many different things and was about to give up. I do use the Physicians powder and like that but I'm sure there will be a difference if I use it along with the right cleanser etc. THANKS!