My Retin A Journey – 1st month
This year, I started using prescription Retin-A. You can read more about how I got started in my first post.
Turning 30 has made me a little more inclined to care for my skin and body in general. I am slowly stepping away from late nights, bad sugars and everything that messes up with my biological clock and system.
Here is a quick summary of using Retin-A for 1 month:
- I was able to start using Retin-A about 2 to 3 times a week. Anymore was just too much.
- I did not see any more break outs or pop ups at all after the first few weeks!!
- My skin peeled and got dry… like nobody’s business. Even when I applied a good layer of moisturizer and moisturizing sun screen and got out of the door looking like a oil machine, I would have dry sports in a span of 2 hours- especially around my lips and nose. Not at all a good look for a 10:00 AM meeting.
- Skipping Sunscreen was NO LONGER an option.
By the end of the month, after a lot of trial and error I finally figured out the one moisturizer that can combat the dry skin.
Enter: The ultimate not-so-secret weapon in every East European old dame’s moisturizing routine! Nivea Creme. A good dose of this at night and and a small bead of it in the mornings helped my dry skin so much! The fact that you can buy a sizable jar for under $5 helps!
I specifically use the Made in Germany version. Despite of no big difference in ingredients, I feel it is better than the Made in Mexico version. It might just be in my head!
I was slightly iffy about the jar / tin version. I worried that it was unhygienic. But, at this point, I was desperate for a heavy, thick moisturizer. So, I took a chance and am very, very happy with the results. Since then, I have discovered that the same cream comes in a tube version too! Also Made in Germany!!
Using Nivea brought back pleasant childhood memories. I remember my mom applying it to her hands every night before she went to bead. It was her own end of day ritual. After a day’s work, she would sit on the side of the bed, take the Nivea tin out of the night stand and apply a good sizable dollop to her fingers and back of her hands.
I am liking Nivea so much that I use it all over my legs and feet now. I might live dangerously by giving up Kiehl’s Body moisturizer this year!!
I am curious, do you have an ‘under $10’ product that brings so much satisfaction that you pat yourself for all the money you saved by not buying expensive alternatives? Right now, at the ripe old age of 31, I am patting myself on the back for ‘discovering’ Nivea.