Friday, August 13, 2010

Ling Skincare Diary - Week #2

Correction from Yesterday
First off, let me apologize. I had misread a communication between me and the Ling Skincare representative I am in contact with. Yesterday I stated that the Ling Purifying Facial Cleanser had a shelf life of 2-3 months. I was incorrect. It is actually 2 to 3 years shelf life. So very sorry.

On to the week! 
As I sit here Friday morning, I just have to say that my skin looked great getting up out of bed this morning. I still have spots on my face where I am breaking out, but the parts of my skin that are clear just have that wonderful glow-from-within look. That's a very nice feeling - to wake up and see my skin looking healthy and not tired or stressed.

I continued this week with the Weekly At-Home Facial. I am happy to report that without doing a video and this being my second time through it took at lot less time. I didn't mind the hot towel on my face as much because I just laid down on my bed (and nearly fell asleep). Good stuff!

Per Ling Chan's suggestion, I am not using my dermatologist prescription of Tazorac for the duration of this month to get the full benefit of the products Ling Skincare has provided to me. I am a little nervous about this because Tazorac is supposed to be the bees knees when it comes to exfoliation, preventing acne and wrinkles. My derm said he'd be happy if I were on it for life (of course he would - that would mean return visits, the cynic in me says). I will probably reintroduce it once this is over. However, I have decided to take the increased antibiotic prescription as my doctor has recommended because, well, zits! 

I have decided that I think the Moisture Plenish IS too rich for my skin during the day and is much better suited for a night routine. I have been using the Oxygen Plasma Potion during the day. The Oxygen Plasma potion is supposed to be great for killing acne bacteria so I am thinking I may try using it for a week without the Moisture Plenish and with the Oxygen Plasma Potion instead.

Pomegranate Detox Mask
I used this  product this week. It is interesting because it too is a clear mask. My husband did not understand when I asked him to let me wash my face before he took his shower (the mask had been on for it's 20 minutes). He got all in a huff about it. I think had my face been covered in mud he would have understood, but the clear mask thing doesn't translate into guy-world. As for if this mask actually detoxed my face - I couldn't tell. I suspect this mask is one of those that works best with long-term use. Either that or maybe I am doing something wrong.

How's my face?
This question is complicated. On one hand, my cystic acne is up a bit and  more clogged pores seem to be rising into zit-like bumps. This could be a "TTOTM" issue (and if you don't know what that is you're probably a male reader without a wife or sisters). Post softball game, the bumps on my forehead increased as well as around my chin. I also used the Detox Mask that night, so who knows: did the mask do it's job, or did my skin succumb to dusty/dirty/sweaty field? Did I need to try a more aggressive approach after such a dirty mess? I have been using the Ling Skincare Drying Lotion sample that I have, but as soon as one zit goes away another appears. I would take detailed pictures but I'm not sure you really want to see that...

On the other hand, my cheek and nose pores have gotten visibly smaller. I was looking at my "Lust Bunnies"  face of the day I took I picture of this week and some past faces of the day from before I started the Ling Skincare routine and I can definitely tell a difference.

Ling Under Makeup
Given how moisturizing these products are I was a little apprehensive about wearing makeup. I haven't really been wearing it at all (except for the Lust Bunnies look). I shouldn't have been that worried. My makeup stayed put very well over the Ling Skincare products. I will try to get more adventurous with makeup again in the coming weeks since I now know that it won't slide off my skin.

Of note:  I am really loving using the Spotlight Papaya Resurface Peel mixed in with the cleanser for exfoliation. It feels really good on my skin. I have been doing that every other night as suggested but I want to do it every night. The combination feels like the exact right amount of rough exfoliating texture, as opposed to being too harsh (or worse, too light).

When I give myself my facial this week I am going to try some more aggressive means of getting steam to activate the Papaya enzymes in order to get a closer-to-spa effect with this peel. Wish me luck! I hope I don't burn myself... Not sure what I'm talking about? Read JoeyBunny's Review of the Ling Skincare Quadra Peel on Pink Sith.

Full Disclosure
The products in this review were furnished to me by Ling Skincare not only for my use but for review. I will not be compensated in any other way by Ling Skincare and have provided my honest opinion of the product. I don't sell Ling Skincare products, nor am I affiliated with Ling Skincare in any way.