Sunday, July 17, 2011

Trying a New Nighttime Routine With Miracle Worker

I've been sitting with Philosophy's Miracle Worker Set in my gratis box for awhile now. I have been wanting to use it, but just didn't know how I wanted to go about using it. The Miracle Worker Set contains the Miracle Worker Anti-Aging Retinoid Solution, Retinoid Pads, Anti-Aging Concentrate and the Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer. The Retinoid Solution and Pads really caught my attention because I have been wanting to introduce a retinoid nighttime treatment to my routine. Retinoids are known to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and also address the issue of skin discoloration (I have hyperpigmentation thanks to sun damage) and minimize pore size.

Tonight is Day One of me using the Philosophy Miracle Worker set. First step, a double cleanse. For the first cleanse, I used the Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil to breakup all of the makeup off of my face. On the second cleanse, I used my all-time favorite foaming cleanser, Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel. Second step, I applied a thin layer of the Anti-Aging Concentrate all over my freshly cleansed skin. I gave the concentrate a few moments to sink in. Third step, I applied the Miracle Worker Anti-Aging Retinoid Solution soaked pad all over my face. I let the product sit on my skin for a good five minutes. I wanted to make sure that the product had enough time to absorb into my skin before applying a moisturizer. For the final step, instead of using the Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer, I opted for something different. I used Dior's Skin Perfect Pore Refining Perfecting Moisturizer because it's a lightweight formula, rich in hyaluronic acid and is extremely hydrating. I didn't want something really heavy sitting on my face over night.

Anytime you use a form of retinol, it can be very drying on the face. Even though the Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer is designed to be used with the other items in the Miracle Worker set, I wanted to bump up the hydration levels on my skin. The Dior Moisturizer is lightweight and is quite the beast when it comes to hydrating the skin. Plus, call me crazy, but I love cherry picking my products. Who says you have to use all of the same products made by one brand? Customizing your own skin care routine based on your own skin needs is half the beauty fun.

I'm excited to try something new. I'll be sure to keep you updated on my progress with this new nighttime skin care routine.

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