When I woke up my skin felt a little tight, but most of the redness had faded from the previous day. I rinsed my face and put Epionce’s Medical Barrier Cream and SPF 50 lotion on before using my regular BB cream (by Dr. Jart). Even in the harsh, ridiculously unflattering fluorescent light in my office bathroom, my skin looked totally normal. It still felt a little dry, so I was happy to wash my face when I got home and applied more medical barrier cream and Cetaphil.
My skin was a little dry and flaky, but returned to normal as soon as I put more Cetaphil moisturizer and Epionce SPF 50 lotion on. I don’t know if you can tell in the picture, but my skin was GLOWING. I barely needed any BB cream as the skin tone looked much more even, and overall I just looked refreshed and renewed. I continued to use the Epionce gentle face wash but used my regular night cream by Algenist and Intense Defense Serum by Epionce.
I was definitely having a little more peeling on Day 4, so I used a mild exfoliant to get the dead skin off before applying Cetaphil and SPF 50. Once again, as soon as I put the BB cream on, everything looked normal. Well, better than normal — glowing, even skin tone, refreshed. I used my ZO Oilacleanse that evening and my aforementioned night cream/serum combo.
By Day 5 my skin felt hydrated — the flaking had pretty much disappeared at this point and I hardly needed any BB cream to even out my skin tone. I did my normal skin care routine at night and everything felt back to normal!
I woke up to a stupid hormonal pimple on my cheek – FOILED. Fortunately the rest of my face looked fabulous and it was easy to conceal so I didn’t stress over it. I hadn’t been using my usual anti-acne treatment (ZO Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment and spot treatment with Aczone) as I was worried it would dry out my skin as it healed from the microneedling, but I used it this morning and at night along with my regular skin care routine.
Thank goodness I have the photo to prove this as I wouldn’t believe it, but that pimple disappeared overnight. Not sure if that’s a benefit of the microneedling, but I woke up to clear, even, glowing skin. I even made it another makeup-free day because I didn’t feel like I needed it. If you had told me a few years ago that I’d be voluntarily going makeup-free, I wouldn’t have believed you. That’s one of the best things about getting into a good skincare routine — once you figure out what works for you, it streamlines your entire beauty routine because you’re not wasting time concealing your skin. Microneedling actually treats and improves your skin, and there’s nothing to hide about healthy skin, right?