If my skin were a person, it would be a toddler.  I love my skin, but sometimes it really tests me.  It acts up, overreacts, and occasionally throws full-blown temper tantrums.  The slightest thing can set it off - and just when I think I have it all figured out, it goes and changes.  Here’s my skin timeline:

Childhood: normal/combination skin.
Teenage Years: Acne and combination skin.
Young Adult Years: Dry skin (all over) and eczema.
Adult Years: Very oily t-zone and dry skin elsewhere.  Eczema.

When my skin went from dry to an oily t-zone, I realized that skin type is not something that is constant.  In addition to all these changes, I developed a pretty serious allergy; the last time I dyed my hair, I had a full-blown allergic reaction to hair dye and I can no longer dye my hair at all.  (Side note, want to see something freaky?  Google “hair dye allergic reaction” and brace yourself….)

When Dial® offered me the chance to try Dial® ADVANCED Bar Soap and share my skincare story, I knew I had to.  I know a lot of people struggle with their skin (including myself) and although it can be a real challenge, it’s important to keep it in perspective.  Here’s what works for me:

Face – I wash my face twice a day with a mild exfoliant and follow with a day/night moisturizer as appropriate.  At night I apply a night serum before my moisturizer and if I’m not feeling too lazy, an eye serum under my eyes.

Body - A lot of people forget that your body needs skincare too.  I used to use an all-natural soap, but I actually found that it was giving me more reactions than anything else, so I started using standard bar soap with a shower pouf and I’ve stuck to this for years now.  I recently swapped my usual bar soap out for Dial® ADVANCED Bar Soap and love the lather pockets. They are basically little holes on the ergonomic shaped bar that create a thick, creamy lather, eliminating the need for a shower pouf. It also contains vitamin E and aloe that helps leave skin feeling soft, and, as a handy bonus, it’s 25% larger than other Dial® bar soaps.

Makeup – This is one of the biggest changes that really helped my skin’s overall appearance: I stopped wearing powder and/or foundation.  I know it’s hard, but wearing no cover-up (except to hide the baggy “I stayed up too late writing” eyes) is incredibly freeing and made a very noticeable difference in my skin’s overall appearance.  I was actually at an event a few weeks ago and someone asked me what foundation I used!  I told her that I wasn’t wearing any and she said “well I wish my skin looked like that without makeup!” I laughed a little inside because of the irony of it all: I stop wearing foundation to cover up my skin and as a result, people ask me what I use to cover my skin. 

Hands – I’m a little obsessive when it comes to washing my hands, so I use a gentle hand soap with minimal fragrance to prevent my hands from drying out.  I’ve also used body wash as hand soap when my hands start to get really dry; I find body washes have strong moisturizing properties and clean just as well as regular soap.  My hands are the first thing to show the signs of changing seasons, so I swapped out my regular hand soap with Dial® Soothing Care with Collagen because it’s dermatologist-tested and pH balanced.  It has a pleasant, light scent and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth.

Moisturize – After every shower I always follow up with a good quality moisturizing lotion – especially on my hands, feet, and eczema-prone patches.

Protect – Sunscreen.  Always sunscreen.  Sunscreen when you don’t even think you need sunscreen.

As you can see, my skincare routine is actually pretty simple.  I know some women spend thousands of dollars and countless hours on their skin, but that’s just not me; I have a minimalist approach to makeup and skincare and that’s how I like it.  This doesn’t mean that my toddler skin won’t get cranky and decide it wants a cookie.  I’m human just like everyone else and it works out, because sometimes a cookie is exactly what I need.

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Henkel Consumer Goods Canada via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Henkel Consumer Goods Canada.