I can’t remember a time in my life that I have ever liked my skin.
Little kid me hate my arms and all the dark spots…not really freckles, but not really moles (too flat), and adolescent me broke out with the worst acne ever. It was mostly my face (forehead in particular), but also my shoulders, chest, and upper back.
I couldn’t use any sort of cleanser aside from Dial soap or I would get more zits. I couldn’t use any lotion (other than Clearasil) or I would get more zits. I did all the things the doctors told me. And I got more zits. I even took a pill for awhile. I don’t think it helped.
In 7th grade the boys would sing “connect the dots, la la la” to me about my face (remember Pee Wee’s Playhouse? Yeah, thanks, dude.). Also in 7th grade a boy I really liked a lot told me I was too ugly to ever get a boyfriend.
My skin was in direct opposition with my self-esteem.
In college, my skin sort of cleared up. Being on the pill helped since it regulated my hormones better, which my body SO needed. But even putting sun block on my face meant I was going to pay for it in the way of white heads the next day.
My “skin routine” still only involved Dial soap and no lotion, creams, or foundation make-ups. Wash it, dry it, go.
This lasted into my 20’s when my acne started to disappear (for the most part), however; then the effects of too much sun on my face crept in.
And wouldn’t you know…getting myself knocked up has wrecked so much havoc on my skin, I may as well be a pre-teen again.
People? It is EMBARRASSING teaching high schoolers who have better skin than I have. It’s HUMILIATING having to use Clearasil before going to school…as if I was still a teenager.
I was crabbing about this a few months ago on twitter and Francesca responded and asked if she could send me a little sampling of Bona Clara skin products.
I was nervous because usually, trying new fancy pants things = a mega breakout for me. But that cleanser? CLEANSED. And the cream? Took away the dryness, but did NOT make my skin turn into an oil slick.
And–I can’t believe I am saying this–but my acne actually cleared up.
And then my sample was gone.
And I was sad.
But then Francesca was like, “hey, do you want to have an online party?”
And I was like. “…” because I sort of hate online parties.
But then she was all, “I’ll donate a portion of the proceeds to Sandy Hook Victims.”
And I said, “Let’s DO IT!”
I know the product is a bit spendy. Ok, it’s maybe a lot spendy. But I thought about how much I spend at Ulta on face cleanser and lotion and really, this isn’t that much more. Plus it works better.
And for how much grief my skin has caused me over the past almost 35 years, I decided that maybe if I treat it nice, it will be nicer to me. You know, the whole Golden Rule…but with my skin?
Really what it comes down to is that I have finally accepted the FACT that I deserve to feel beautiful in the skin I am in. And this product helps me with that. Maybe it’s more than you would like to spend. I get that. It’s taken me over 20 years to figure out that maybe my skin is where I should splurge since I can, and have it look and feel great.
And when my face feels beautiful, I know that feeling shows through and I LOOK beautiful.
So go shopping. You know, if you want to. Remember: part of the proceeds (Francesca’s commission, in fact, will get donated to the United Way to help Sandy Hook victims. )
Below (and on my facebook fanpage) you will find the Rafflecopter widget that will enter you to win the Try Me set (valued at $25).
Legal Stuff: I was not compensated in any way by Bona Clara. I was sent the teeny tiny little teaser size samples, but was not told to blog about it. Francesca offered to do the party to help Sandy Hook victims, but did not ask me to blog about it. I chose to do both because I really love the product and the party is for a great cause.