Friday, February 12, 2010
I took this photo for the Fiberwig review, but chose to give it its own separate post… it’s about time we talked skin. What makes this photo different from all other FOTD photos on theNotice is that, while it’s only a half-decent photo, it hasn’t been retouched, and I’m not wearing foundation. (Just a bit of blush, some lip balm, a touch of concealer under my eyes, and mascara.) Normally, due to the retouching, I can’t take credit for my skin… but today I can, and it’s wonderful!!
As many of you know, I dropped dimethicone (and all other silicones, for that matter) in mid-November of last year. Check out the pros and cons behind the cut!
The pros: Well, duh: my skin is looking fantastic. While I still have blackheads around my nose (you can’t really see them in this photo, but I promise they’re there and quite prevalent in real life, unfortunately) and I do get the occasional zit — usually one or two minor ones each month — my pores are practically invisible, and I no longer get awful white bumps that take ages to come to a head, turning red and incredibly irritated for days after they do.
The cons: Not using silicones is a hard task! It means I have to skip all of my favourite primers, I can’t use my favourite shine serum, and almost all foundations are off-limits to me… including the gorgeous MUFE HD, which in 117 matched my skin perfectly. Scanning each and every ingredients list is a pain in the arse, especially when you find out you can’t wear that item — which happens very often. Even my new moisturiser ended up having dimethicone in it! (And I really, really liked that moisturiser.) I’d warrant to say that about 95% of skincare, haircare, and liquid foundations have silicones in them, and it’s hard to give up 95% of your choices!
What I am using: German Nivea, Marcelle’s AC-Solution cleanser, TimeBalm concealer, pure silica powder… and no foundation.
The verdict? For now, I’ll be sticking to my “dimethicone diet”. Do I miss being able to wear products like a normal person? Uh, yah. But is it worth it? Absolutely.