In March of this year, I needed to change my life. I had been doing extensive research and experimentation on various skin care methods, both internal and external, since the previous December. But I wasn’t seeing a difference. Knowing what you need to do and actually doing it are two very different things. It’s hard to start a habit when you have a million things going on in your life. So in order to remedy the situation and work towards tangible results I put pen to paper and crafted a six-week skin care program using the various tactics and products that I had read about. I chose 6 weeks because I knew from previous visits to the dermatologist that it is advised to use a product for 6 weeks before expecting complete results. After a month, I was graced with the best-conditioned skin I’ve ever had in my life! When I took selfies, it looked like I was wearing makeup when actually my skin was bare. What an accomplishment!
Now, the six-week plan that I created is different than a 31-day skin care challenge that you might have seen before. The plan was highly customized to my needs. I can’t guarantee that it would work for everyone, especially those with sensitive skin, but I do think that it can serve as an inspiration for creating your own skin overhaul plan.
I’ve typed up my plan below, using descriptive terms and numbers for each product used, and then I go on to identify and discuss the products. The number next to each product corresponds with a scrub, mask, or peel under the list. For example, to know what “Mask 3” is, look at the list of masks below the chart, then find number 3.
|Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4||Week 5||Week 6|
|Sunday||Scrub 1||Scrub 3||Mask 1||Peel 1||Mask 1||Peel 2|
|Monday||Peel 1||Peel 2||Scrub 1||Scrub 1||Scrub 1||Scrub 1|
|Tuesday||Mask 3||Mask 3||Mask 3||Mask 3||Mask 3||Mask 3|
|Thursday||Mask 4||Scrub 1||Scrub 2||Mask 4||Scrub 2||Scrub 3|
|Friday||Mask 4||Mask 2||Scrub 2||Mask 2|
|Saturday||Scrub 2||Scrub 3|
- Fresh Sugar Face Polish– a very nice scrub that can be left on for a few minutes as a mask.
- DIY Pink Salt, Manuka Honey- I’ve spoken before about the benefits of pink salt and Manuka honey. Combining them into a scrub/mask, was the next logical step for me. There is no measurement, just add salt to a little bit of honey until you get the desired scrub consistensy.
DIY Lemon juice, dissolved aspirin, baking soda-another DIY scrub mask using simple ingredients that are known for their skin clearing properties. No measurement necessary (more about why I have stopped using baking soda and lemon juice coming soon)
- DIY Glam Glow– make only enough for one mask each time, because trying to store the extra amount is almost impossible.
- Queen Helene Grapeseed Peel-off Masque– This is a drugstore find that I have been using for years. The mask is a clear sticky gel, almost like glue, with a faint purple tinge. Apply to the face and wait 10-15 minutes until it its dry. Peel the mask off and rinse your face to remove any remaining product that is stuck in your eyebrows or around the edges of your face. I enjoy this mask because the consistency of the product really feels like it’s getting all the bad stuff out of my pores, and there is something deeply satisfying about peeling it off.
- Fresh Peony Brightening Night Treatment Mask– I love this mask! The next morning, my face always looked bright and clear. This is why I chose Wednesdays as my “off” day. I would only rinse my face with water morning and night, because I loved the results of the Fresh overnight treatment I had used the night before.
- Makeup Artists Choice Triple Enzyme Peel– this is another fantastic mask. I recently found out that it can be worn overnight, but during the plan, I only used it for 20 minutes. It says that it’s a peel, but to me it really looks and acts like a mask. There is certainly no burn, and it is actually quite soothing. With pumpkin, pineapple and papaya enzymes it refines the pores without irritating the skin. It also has and Aloe Vera as the second ingredient, along with chamomile and green tea extract.
- Ole Henriksen POWER Peel Professional Spa Grade Kit– This burns! I just had to get that out first. For someone who does a quite a bit to her skin with peels and scrubs, I met my match with this product. It’s a three step process (“Almond Polish”, “Lemon Strip”, “Chamomile Comfort”) that really refines the skin, and leaves it feeling smooth. It is quite effective, but that Lemon Strip step is a doozy, so be aware.
- Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula– I actually expected a burn from this product because it is extra strength, but I experienced none at all. I found the product to be incredibly effective as well, without the pain of the POWER Peel, but I will continue to use both products, as they exfoliate and peel with different ingredients.
I think that following a six-week program such as this would be great when you are ready to take your skincare to the next level. It’s one extra step a day, for about 30 days, so I would wash and moisturize my face normally and do nothing else to further irritate the skin. I did every mask and scrub at night when I had more time to spend in the bathroom. Having a written plan that told me what products to reach for each week allowed me to get into a habit, and choosing high quality products and ingredients that I loved made it easy to stick with it. I encourage you to try this plan, or create your own and be prepared for real results!