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I always remember my childhood years, too, with my mom's very quick application of a DYI "mask" of some sort to her face, applying a mysterious (to me) concoction made of honey and an egg yolk left on for twenty minutes before heading out the door for any event, including going to church. As a reaction to my mom, I never cared for any skincare products but - sigh! - eventually we all do pretty much become our mother's daughters.
And so, with that said, one of the workhorses in MY personal supply of "stay as young as possible" products is Skinceutical's CE Ferulic treatment. Its main ingredients are Vitamin C with a touch of Vitamin E and, of course, Ferulic Acid. The C is there to clarify, brighten and lighten hyperpigmentation, whereas the E protects the skin from being further damaged by those pesky free radicals. The Ferulic Acid, according to Skinceutical's PR, "neutralizes free radical activity."
I've been using this treatment on and off for four months now, approximately once or twice a week and have been thoroughly impressed with the progress my face has shown. My old "freckles" (age spots, mom! NOT "little flowers"!) are getting lighter. In fact, it was because of the success of this treatment that I started using other treatments and different brands. I think I used to believe nothing really worked so, in true "me" fashion, once I saw one product work, I went from seemingly nothing to seemingly everything. I'm such a product of extremes! (Another sigh: this one for those of us with the DD and know our "all or nothing" tendencies all too well.)
Most importantly, perhaps is that this Skinceuticals product is intended for those who have sun damaged skin which is also dry and sensitive and for those who wish that their skin were smoother, softer and, that panacea we're all after, radiant. I like it too because it's meant to be used in the morning. It often seems, to me at least. that most treatments are recommended for evening/bedtime use. While using this product, however, one absolute "must" is the use a good SPF - unless, perhaps, you happen to be like me and live in some sort of version of Batman's bat cave and never see much light. On the other hand, I've read that this CE Ferulic and SPF work synergistically - thus one reason for its recommended use in the AM.
After applying a few drops to my dry, cleansed face and throat (I skip the chest since it's just too sensitive for anything) I usually end up putting a moisturizer on after the Ferulic application or a good SPF that also acts like a moisturizing cream, LaMer's sunblock in my case, or a BB cream.
In the beginning, I found that in applying a drop onto my skin, the skin just absorbed the drop without giving me a chance to smear it around. It was very puzzling as to how in the world I'd ever manage to smear the recommended 4-5 drops all over. In fact, at first I dabbed a bit of each drop on a targeted area (where the age spots were the worst) and hoped for the best. Happily, after a month of use I found that the dryness had improved so much that the drops actually did now begin to slide around my face. Now that's what I call improvement!
I also have large pores on my nose and I've found that they appear less deep and the skin on my nose is smother, less bumpy when using the CE Ferulic.
So, all and all, this is a product one can't help falling in love with, especially when considering the funky skin those of us with CFIDS/ME/fibro all have to deal with.
In the meantime, here's to hoping all are doing their best, only better - boy, some days I really do love fibro-logic! I just hope fibro-brain wasn't too evident in this post!
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