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The Progression Of A Skin Care Journey – Part 1

Starting skin care products

Over the years that I have been doing this blog I have shared a lot of things related to skin care and skin health. But there is one thing I realize I have never shared with you, the actually journey from having a full-blown damaged skin from having a reaction to thriving healthy skin.

So after my skin being dried out from air travel on our vacation to being neglected after falling ill, and now I have had a major reaction that has left me with a rash all over my face. I thought this would be the perfect time to not only share my skin care journey with you, but also show you how much of a difference each product you add to your skin care routine can make in the way your skin looks and feels.

Here is how I want to go about this. I have taken pictures that of how my skin looks now. You can see that below. I am starting out with the three products I consider to the basic necessities of my skin care routine. For me the three things I always have to have is a some sort of an exfoliator, a cleanser, and a moisturizer. After three days I will take a new picture of where my skin is at, and I will add an additional product. I will keep this process going in three-day increments until I am using 9 products for a full Korean skin care regimen. (I originally planned on seven, but I thought why not do a full 9 step routine to show people what that looks like and what a difference it makes.) At the very end I will show you all what the side beside pictures of beginning and end look like.

Before we talk about the exact products I started with, lets take a look at where I am starting with my skin.

the start of my skin care journey

You can only see tiny bits of the problems in this full face picture, so I am also going to share a couple of closeups.

closeup of my forehead and nose

The lighting is bad in my house, so this isn’t too much better, but you can see more. If you look around my brows and on my eye lids next to my lashes you can see areas that look like dry flaky skin. That is one of the many things that happen with my allergic dermatitis, and from what I understand it is very common for anyone with a Balsam of Peru allergy. My skin is also very dehydrated and you can see that along my cheeks, both in this picture and the next.

Closeup of my chin and cheeks

In this picture you can see better where I really feel the majority of the pain from the reactions I have. If you look around the crevice of my nose and the of my chin, you can see a lot of redness and texture. Whenever that happens, those red spots usually feel like they are on fire.

I of course do have other issues with skin care, they just aren’t my first concern. But it is always a bonus if I see improvement with those things as well. In general while I have never suffered from a lot of Acne, I do get blackheads. Mainly I see those in the temple area. I also have some of the earlier signs of aging skin. I have a couple of sun spots, a small wrinkle in my forehead, and loss of firmness. Additionally, my skin can have a tendency to look dull.

Now that we have discussed my skin concerns, lets take a look at the three products I am starting out with.

Starting skin care products

For the first three days I used only these three products:

My exfoliator is the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub. I usually by mine at Walgreens, but you can also find it at Amazon.

For my cleanser, i am currently using the Tony Moly Banana Cream Foam Cleanser. I believe I purchased mine from YesStyle (though it is currently not available there), but you can also find it at Amazon and at Riley Rose.

And my moisturizer is the Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour. I typically purchase mine at Sephora, but you can also find it at Ulta and at Amazon.

So the big question is what sort of results did I get after just three days?

skin after three days of three products

You can probably see that I still have some dry flaky patches of skin, especially around my eyebrows and eye lashes. But there has been some improvement. The most noticeable thing for me is that a significant amount of the redness has subsided, and I am not having as much of the allergic reaction symptoms. So not as much of the burning and itching.

If you want to find out what product I add to my routine next, make sure you check back next week. I will be continuing to document the products I use and the progress in my skin.

 

 

 

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Plus Size OOTD: Finally A Jumpsuit For The Curvy Tall Girl

Off Shoulder Challis Jumpsuit from Torrid

 

Yes, believe it or not, I finally have a plus size fashion post up for you. Better late than never I think. This is one that I have meant to post for a bit, but never had time. It feels really important to me to share this one with you, just because of how much trouble I have had finding a jumpsuit that fits.

If you too are a jumpsuit lover and over 5’4″, you probably realize how challenging find one that fits can be. I am 5′ 8″, and while I don’t think of that as exceptionally tall, most of my height seems to be in the area that affects jumpsuit fit the most. Add in being extra curvy, and it’s not easy to find a jumpsuit that works for your body. I have even tried a fair share of jumpsuits on, and shared them here on the blog.

Before we take a look at the actual jumpsuit, let me start in my usual way and share my sizing info. If you are new to the blog, I try to do this with outfit posts because I think it can be helpful for you to judge whether the items will fit you, and what size might fit you best. I typically wear a size 20W or 2X at most plus size stores like Lane Bryant or Torrid. As I said previously I am 5′ 8″. My measurements are Bust: 49″ Waist: 43″ Hips: 54″. And I wear a 40DDD bra.

Off Shoulder Challis Jumpsuit from Torrid

Today we are looking at the Black Floral Off The Shoulder Challis Jumpsuit from Torrid. They only have a few sizes left of this in the clearance section, so if its something you are interested in don’t hesitate.

I am wearing my usual size for Torrid, being a 2. And I have it paired with some Sketchers Rumblers Wedge Heel Sandals. If you are looking for a comfortable heeled sandal, look no further.

Jumpsuit that fits tall plus size girls

Here is what you really need to know about this jumpsuit. It is meant to be worn off the shoulders, however as you can see it can easily be adjusted to wear over the shoulders without looking odd. And since it has a flounce ruffle all the way around, you can still get some arm coverage if that is what you are looking for.

Yes, it has pockets. I am not typically a pockets fan, and I know that makes me the odd person out. But this jumpsuit has pockets actually made in a way that I don’t mind.

Back of the plus size torrid jumpsuit

And most important to me was the fit. As I mentioned before I have a really difficult time finding jumpsuits in recent years that actually fits my height. Since most of my height is in the stride, and I have a booty, most jumpsuits end up giving me a frontal wedgie. Not really a good look or comfortable. This jumpsuit however is a perfect fit.

In addition, I love all the details. The print is bright and colorful. I love and off the shoulder look. And the flounce ruffle gives it a slightly more feminine edge. Even the empire waist is a perfect fit for me. And to top it off, the fabric itself is very soft and comfortable to wear.

Now, I recognize that this may not be everyone’s taste. And since they are out of some of the sizes, I did want to point out a few of the other jumpsuits Torrid has that may interest you. While I have not tried these on myself, the way these are structured looks promising for my fellow tall girls out there.

BLACK WIDE LEG STUDIO KNIT JUMPSUIT

Black Wide Leg Studio Knit Jumpsuit

 

MULTI STRIPE TEXTURED SELF-TIE CULOTTE JUMPSUIT

Multi Stripe Textured Self-Tie Culotte Jumpsuit

RED FLORAL CHALLIS JUMPSUIT

Red Floral Challis Jumpsuit

 

BLACK FLORAL CHALLIS TULIP LEG JUMPSUIT

Black Floral Challis Tulip Leg Jumpsuit

 

Now I want to hear from all of you. Are you a tall girl? Have you found a perfect fitting jumpsuit? Share it with us in the comments.

 

 

 

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