Skin Care Revamped: Post-Op Gastric Sleeve

When I was a teen, I really struggled with my skin. I had really bad acne which didn’t clear up until I was 21. I should have been happy with that but my skin was still problematic. I have redness and pores that are impossible to keep clear. The last few years, as I am nearing my 30’s, I have been focusing on my skin care routine and trying to perfect it. I have been trolling the sub-reddit of r/skincareaddiction which has taught me a lot about how to take care of my skin.

It wasn’t until recently that I had re-evaluate my skin care routine because my bariatric surgery. I am not able to consume as much water as I use to and I think my skin is just having a bit a temper tantrum after my surgery. I use to have oily/combo skin but now I have combo/dehydrated skin. It’s really frustrating because I really felt like I got my skin care routine down pat for the most part and now I have to re-evaluate my whole skin care routine i.e. buy all new skin care stuff. Not all new stuff but I still buy a couple of new items to help my dehydrated skin.

Back to square one.

Step 1: Sunscreen and Makeup Removal

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm – I’ve loved this cleanser for awhile because it doesn’t strip my skin and it’s quite hydrating without being overly greasy. I don’t wear makeup every day but when I do this always does the trick of removing all of my makeup including water-proof mascara.

Step 2: Cleanse

Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser – Again, I’ve loved this cleanser for a long while and this is not changing in my routine. It leaves my skin feeling clean but not tight. I can always feel a difference in my skin when I don’t use this for a couple of days.

Step 3: Exfoliate

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10 percent Hydrating Gel – This is brand new to my routine. I received a sample from Sephora and after only using it for a couple of days I knew I was missing something in my routine. I ran out of my sample pretty quickly and after a couple of days of not using this I realized I needed this product in my life. I immediately bought a full size.

Step 4: Moisturize/Protect

Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000™ 75 percent Hyaluronic Acid Complex – After talking to a Sephora rep, she suggested this product for my dehydrated skin. THIS IS AMAZING!! I use it at night and when I wake up any scaly bits that I may have had are gone and my skin is soft.

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30 – I use this for my day moisturizer because it has 30 SPF. Sometimes if my skin is a little dry I will add a few drops of Tarte Maracuja Oil and it totally does the trick.

I will let you know how this routine goes.




Atheism and Christmas

Growing up catholic, Christmas was the best time of the year. It was less about some baby that was born a couple thousand years ago and more about family and friends. It was about bringing everyone together even though they lived chaotic lives and lived miles away. It was about making fudge for everyone we ever met or knew. It was about the ridiculous amounts of food my Mum and Aunts would make Christmas Eve. It was about the scent of Pine candles because we always had a fake tree. It was about hand made presents my parents would go gaga over when I was kid and that still litter my childhood home. It was about wearing my “Christmas” pajamas my mother would give me the morning before Christmas that I would live in for the next couple of days. It was the Hood Golden Eggnog.

If you are not from the Northeast, you are missing out on the best nog EVER.

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