How I transformed my skin for less than ten bucks. Yes. Really.1comment
We all know that having a baby can wreak havoc on your body, but the damage I hadn’t counted on when spawning my little dude was to my hair and my skin.
I knew that when a woman gets pregnant, her gets thicker due to the fact that all the hair that normally sheds during the course of the day stays put. Then, after giving birth, many women shed that extra hair. At least that was my understanding. Nope. My hair was thicker while I was pregnant, and when, after giving birth, it stayed thick (though unwashed for weeks at a time) I thought I had dodged that particular vanity bullet. That is until about three months later when handfuls of hair fell from my head several times each day. It did not shed evenly over my whole head, which might not have been so bad. In addition to all-over hair loss, I also shed the first half inch of hair from the front left side of my forehead, which grew back into the worst lopsided bangs you’ve seen in your life. Also, for some reason the top of my previously wavy hair went limp while the underside went curly. Super cute.
If that wasn’t bad enough, my skin went to shit. Pregnancy, birth and the first year of post-partum is a time a huge hormonal fluctuations – more dramatic in many ways than puberty – so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that my skin might go through some big changes, but it did. After the pregnancy glow was gone, I was left with icky, drab skin. At first I attributed my dull pallor to the extreme sleep deprivation I was enduring. Sadly, once my kid finally started sleeping decently well (and I’m talking a good 10 months later), and I finally was somewhat rested, my skin still looked like that of an infirm 60 year old. And, to add further insult to my already battered self-image, I got a brown spot on the middle of the bridge of my nose. The spot was about the size and shape of half a dime, which might not sound that bad but when it is smack dab in the middle of the most prominent part of your face, it is the only thing you seen when you look in the mirror. I tried all my normal soaps and creams and lotions and serums, I even splurged for a few facials, but nothing seemed to help; my skin was dull and dry and there was a big dark spot in the middle of my nose. I had a baby I loved and now had skin I hated.
One day, on a trip to the mall, I stopped in Sephora to see if there were any skin lighteners that might be able to, at the very least, lighten the spot on my nose. Most of them were crazily expensive, and the very helpful lady admitted that it could take a long time to see any results and they might not be as dramatic as I wanted. I was loath to fork out a bunch of money for something that may or may not work in 6 months. The Sephora lady was great, gave me a small sample of the Muriad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum to try. I went home and looked at some reviews of the product, and one review mentioned that she had been using it in conjunction with Roc Resurfacing Disks, and after about a month, not only was the spot lighter, but her skin was now fresh, glowing and bright. I was skeptical but intrigued, so I googled the Roc Disks and was surprised at how positive the reviews were.
I decided to give it a try. After all, this is a product that can be purchased at CVS and other drugstores for about $10 (I got mine on sale for $8). The discs don’t seem like anything special, they are pretty much just cotton pads with cleaner in them – though one side is a little textured for exfoliation. So much product is in each pad that I decided to do as one reviewer suggested and cut them in half to make them last longer – there’s still more than enough cleanser on half a disc for your face and neck. After washing with the discs, I dotted the Muriad serum on my nose and put my regular moisturizer over the rest of my face, and did the same thing the following evening.
I noticed a difference in the texture and appearance of my skin within 2 uses. I swear. I’ve been using it once a day (at night) for about a month now, and my skin looks better than it did pre-baby. I’m sure I sound like a cheesy infomercial, but I promise the enthusiasm is completely genuine and unsponsored (not that I’m not open to being paid to shill the stuff. Hey, people at Roc… call me!).
If that weren’t enough, the spot on my nose has faded to the point that it is barely noticeable. I’ve been using both the Roc Disks over my entire face and the free sample of the Muriad just on the spot, so I can’t say for sure which product helped with the dark spot (or if it was both being used together), but I can say that my skin in dramatically improved from where it was a month ago. Can I promise that the Roc Resurfacing Discs will rehab your skin as dramatically as it did mine? Nope. But as it is less than ten bucks, it might be worth a try.