About a year ago I had one of my routine monthly facials. Having one this often helps to keep my skin glowing and looking younger. What I didn’t know was what was to come. I got home and later that evening after I washed my face my eyes started to itch. The next morning I woke up to swollen eyes…nearly shut! I freaked out, went into the restroom and washed my face. Immediately, under my eyes started to burn. I wasn’t sure what was going on. Over the course of 2 weeks my eyes were grossly swollen and my skin was dry and cracking. It goes without saying that was a terrible two weeks. It was so bad that I missed Aaron’s family Thanksgiving. That puts the degree of my look into perspective.
Months later I decided to get a Hydra-facial from Anti-Age Institude. These are facials I’ve been getting for years and have highly recommended even to this day. Knowing Hydra-Facials have never caused any sort of reaction in the past I figured my skin was safe. After the facial I went home and maintained my normal skin routine. I could not believe it when I woke up the next morning to eyes swollen, again. At this point all I could think was that there was a reaction between the facial and the product I was using.
As a blogger I get gobs and gobs of product to try and review for you all but this reaction couldn’t continue. So, I threw all the product away. Every last bit went into the trash. That’s when I started researching for new product. I had to keep my skin clean and thought organic had the safest route. While at Sephora I stumbled upon Drunk Elephant. One of my girlfriends had told me about this line in the past. She mentioned her success story with D.E.
To be honest I was a little leery because my skin was still inflamed from the facial several days before this. Only thing I could do was to give it a try and see what happened.
It took my skin a few days to calm down. But once it did, I did not look back on any off that product I tossed out. I think my skin was over treated. The previous product was causing my skin to be drier than it should have been…which caused me to be somewhat addicted to it. Without it my skin felt uncomfortable.
Now it’s been 7 months and I am still using DE. With all the questions I get asked from you all about my skin I felt it was really important to share this with you this experience. Now you know that reasoning behind all the Instastory and Snapchat allergy testing. It was pertinent to know what was causing that reaction, as to void it again. Turns out the allergy is what’s call Balsam of Peru.
Balsam of Peru is a fragrant resinous liquid harvested from trees grown in Central America. Not commonly used today, balsam of Peru may still be found as a fragrance, avor, or antibacterial ingredient. Balsam of Peru contains a mixture of many sub- stances related to cinnamon, vanilla and clove fragrances, and flavorings. –T.R.U.E Test
While online it says it is NOT commonly used…I beg to differ. What I found out is that it’s in quite a lot of product use in my every day life. This includes perfume, tomatoes, citrus, chocolate, gum, scented candles, pesticides, WINE (just kill me now), and other things SUCH AS FACIALS! It’s in the orange or citrus and/or the acid peel portion of the Hydra-Facial. How wild is that? To say it isn’t “commonly used today” is not the case for me. I use all at least one of thees listed in my everyday routine.
Here are some of the points that stand out to me about D.E.
- No Fragrance is used
- No harsh chemicals
- Less is more when it comes to ingredients in products
- pH and toxicity levels are paid close attention to
It’s my desire as a blogger to share what works best with me as organically as possible. And even more exiting is that much D.E. is giving me one box of Littles (a travel size set) to GIVEAWAY to one of my followers. All I ask is that you share this post with someone who is interested in skin care and leave your comment below. Don’t forget to leave your email as well so that I can email you if you win.