Anyone who knows me knows that I have ‘problem’ skin. Since adolescence, I’ve battled general acne, scarring, hyper-pigmentation and mild sensitivity. Sometimes I hit with this skin, sometimes I miss. I’ve used the simplest ingredients and the most complicated. And because skin is ‘adaptive’ – eventually I end up switching my routine… yet again.
Dana Ramos believes that she can change that.
Ramos is the author of ‘The Skin Regime: Bootcamp for Beautiful Skin.’ Like me, she’s battled all manner of skin issues… some even more severe than mine (she’s also had to deal with melasma). That picture of Ramos is her skin… untouched… no foundation… just a bit of lipgloss, blush and mascara. Like… REALLY.
So I cracked open her book in hopes of learning her secret.
Turns out, it’s no secret. Ramos believes firmly in K.I.S.S (KEEP IT SIMPLE SILLY) when it comes to skin care. You need a cleanser, a moisturizer, and some sunscreen. That’s it. She suggests several brands (with simple cleansing ingredients) to start the bootcamp. They’re so simple, in fact, that they may cause you to pause.
Here are her recommendations:
Soap: Dove or Cetaphil
Exfoliation: Clean Washcloth
Degreaser: Rubbing Alcohol
I don’t necessarily disagree with her recommendations… but since I know my skin better than anyone, I altered the list to fit my needs. So I did this:
Soap: Habibi Oatmeal & Peppermint Bar
Degreaser: Witch Hazel
Moisturizer: Habibi Oatmeal & Peppermint Moisturizer
Now, the secret to this regime is not in this list… it’s in the peel. Yes… there is a peel that’s designed to get rid of all of your dead skin cells, and reveal newer skin. The list is to ‘keep’ that new skin healthy and beautiful as it is revealed. Very simple. And not really a secret. And THAT is Ramos’ point. She believes we spend so much time, effort, and money on so-called ‘miracle’ formulas that contain some rare plant that can only be harvested under a full moon once a year… that we lose sight of the simple act of ‘caring’ for our skin. It’s no miracle. It’s just common sense.
So I prepped my skin for 2 weeks (recommended) and weaned myself off of all other products. Then I got ready for my peel. I cleaned my skin… lightly exfoliated… applied the ‘degreaser’… and applied the peel.
I left the peel on for 5 minutes (mild tingling… nothing serious), and washed it off, applied moisturizer and went to sleep.
Woke up the next morning…
I’ll explain… with pictures… in Part 2!