MY SKIN BEFORE THE SKIN PERFECTING LIQUID
When I was a teenager, my skin was perfect. I would get the obligatory hormonal pimple once a month, but aside from that, I had no real concerns. The only makeup I wore was mascara, and if I felt like it, I would sometimes remove it before bed. If I were feeling really inspired, I would maybe wash my face at night. My skin stayed that way until my mid-twenties when my body chemistry decided to do a complete 180. My clear and effortlessly glowing skin was replaced with dry patches. Aside from the texture change, I also had to deal with what seemed like a never-ending string of breakouts. The pores on my cheeks, which I honestly never noticed before, grew larger with every passing day.
After a few weeks of sulking around and hoping that my skin would even itself out, I decide to take action. I started with a simple routine of diligently removing my makeup with a cleansing wipe every night, followed by a foaming cleanser, and then applying a night cream. While taking better care of my skin did seem to help keep the breakouts at bay, I kept feeling that my routine could use an upgrade. After many nights of tireless research, I decided that if I really wanted to get serious about seeing results in my skin that I had to commit to a proper, grown up, 6-8 step routine. Which, yes, I’ll admit is a little bit on the crazy side, but once I get into something it consumes me and all of my $$$.
Since I didn’t have the funds to just go out a buy an 8-piece set, I decided to add the new steps in gradually. This also helped me to see how each individual product was performing. First, I added a hydrating mist, then a serum, and then an eye cream to the mix. After a few months, I began to grow more comfortable with my longer skin care routine. In fact, with every new product added, the more I began to treasure my nighttime routine. I found the time dedicated to my skin relaxing, and more importantly, I loved being able to see the positive results in my skin.
Even though I was beginning to see my skin change for the better, there was still one-step that always alluded me—finding an exfoliator. This was proving to be a harder task than I originally thought. I purchased several exfoliating scrubs and washes but was always left with nothing more than a red and irritated face. Desperate to find a product that wasn't so physically rough, I stumbled into a realm of exfoliants that I had never knew existed before: chemical exfoliation!
There are several different chemical exfoliators on the market, but I decided to go with the universally loved Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid. Having never used a chemical exfoliant before, I very slowly incorporated the powerful liquid into my routine. After a couple trial uses, I began to use the product every night. After a week, I quickly began to see what all the fuss was about. The skin perfecting liquid lived up to all of its claims. Within the week, my skin began to appear noticeably brighter and smoother.
Another almost immediate result was that I began to see my blackheads dissolve. I won't lie to you and say that my blackheads are completely gone now, but I can say that this chemical exfoliant has helped significantly reduce the size and amount of them. To be honest, this is the only product I have ever used that has ever had any kind of effect on my blackheads. Also as a note, I only use this liquid once at night, but it is safe to use this during the day as well. Just make sure to use a sunscreen if you're going out into the sun. I’m sure using this product twice a day would help reduce blackheads even more.
I knew before using this product that it would help with blackheads which was certainly welcomed, but it's the other results that have made me a true fan of this product. I started to notice that the constant patch of tiny red bumps on my forehead began to disappear. I also saw the redness around my nose and cheeks even out with the rest of my skin tone.
This product has made such a noticeable improvement in the quality of my skin that I never go a day without using it.
Paula's choice even offers the chemical exfoliant in varieties other than the liquid. If you have dry skin, you may consider trying the Skin Perfecting Lotion, or if your skin is oily, you should check out the Gel.
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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Verdict:
- Fast acting results
- No scent
- Easy to apply
- Dissolves stubborn blackheads
- Helps to relieve redness
- Brightens complexion
- Smooths skin
- Can be somewhat drying
This is a life-changing product that I would recommend to friends and family. Adding this chemical exfoliator to my routine has made a tremendous difference in the quality of my skin. It has also noticeably reduced stubborn blackheads. This product has been a welcome introduction to the world of chemical exfoliants. If you know of any other brands I should try please leave your recommendations in the comment section below!