Ladies, let’s talk about makeup (guys, you can skip this post if you want. LOL).
Do you like to make sure that you are made up to look perfect every day, even if you only plan on running errands or hanging out at home? Or do you prefer to go “naked” (makeup free) and reserve makeup for special occasions? I would suspect that most ladies fall somewhere in between.
When I was younger I would never walk out of my front door unless my hair and makeup looked as good as it could be, even if that meant hours in front of the mirror. I wanted to look my best and I was proud of my appearance. That all changed the moment I became a mom, 17 years ago this week. I no longer had the time to make sure my eyes were lined perfectly and my hair was curled “just right”. I swapped pristine makeup for bare skin and dark circles under my eyes (for lack of sleep) and perfectly coiffed hair for a ponytail.
I’m NOT suggesting that new moms look haggard or don’t care for themselves. That is NOT the case at all. I’m simply saying that I didn’t have the time like I used to and my priorities shifted. Trust me I know many new moms who look perfect all the time. I wish I knew their secret.
It was a bit scary at first breaking up with my makeup routine and learning to love how I looked, flaws and all. It was even harder when I went out in public the first few times. In due time going out and about makeup free wasn’t even a concern anymore. I learned to embrace it and I’ve been much happier for it. These days I keep my makeup to a minimum. I’ll wear a little eyeliner and mascara and a bit of face powder to cover up the redness on my face. If I’m going out or doing something where I need to dress up a bit I’ll put on a lip stain, cover up, eye shadow and so forth.
I also have to be careful about what products I use on my skin. My Dermatologist said I have a mild form of Rosacea. Rosacea is a skin condition that causes the blood vessels in your face to enlarge giving you a “flushed” appearance, especially around the cheeks and nose.
Currently my Rosacea is not treated, but it IS treatable. My Dermatologist didn’t feel the need to treat it at this time, but I do know if/when the time comes I have some treatment options available to me.
Mirvaso is one such treatment option. It’s a topical gel and it’s the first and only prescription treatment that was specifically developed and indicated to treat the facial redness associated with Rosacea.
Mirvaso is easy to use. Simply apply it to your face once daily. Within as little as 30 minutes Mirvaso starts to reduce the redness associated with Rosacea and keep the redness away for up to 12 hours. That means you can get rid of the redness without caking on the makeup.
Important Safety Information: Indication: Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis.
Warnings/Precautions: Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
* Each gram of gel contains 5mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base † Phase 3 clinical studies of 553 subjects aged 18 and older. Half of the study participants used MIRVASO and the other half used a gel with no active ingredient (vehicle gel) for 29 days. Study participants and researchers were asked to grade the improvement they saw at 30 minutes and at hours 3, 6, 9, and 12 following application.
If you suffer from Rosacea you have to learn to treat your skin with TLC. New York City Dermatologist and Clinical Associate Professor from New York University Langone Medical Center, Dr. Doris Day, as some great skin care tips.
Calm the Skin Skin with Rosacea is more sensitive and likely to react to ingredients in both prescription medications and skin care products, so talk to your dermatologist about what options are best for you. Moisturizers containing lipids, such as ceramides, are usually well tolerated and can improve the skin barrier, which is often compromised in people with this condition
Eat and Sleep Well, Stay Hydrated It may sound basic but not getting enough sleep can make you look older because sleep is when your body repairs itself. Alcohol, sugary foods and processed foods can affect the skin’s ability to repair itself and cause premature skin aging, so try to eat a balanced diet and indulge rarely. For the occasional late night out, alternate a glass of water or carbonated water with every alcoholic beverage.
Be Picky About Sun Protection It’s a fact that daily sunscreen is a must, but not all sunscreens are created equal. Not only are some better than others, but many contain ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin with Rosacea. The best bets if ou are prone to Rosacea, are sunscreens that contain transparent zinc oxide and moisturizing ingredients, like niacinamide, and are fragrance free and non-comedogenic.
Here is an interesting infographic about Rosacea.
The makers of Mirvaso are also hosting a sweepstakes where you can enter to win a trip to the Emmys in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, or to enter, check out the image below where is says “Sweepstakes”.
In addition I have a Cetaphil prize package or a lucky winner. The prize package includes:
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths
- Cetaphil RestoraDerm Skin Restoring Body
- Cetpahil RestoraDerm Skin Restoring Moisturizer
- Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end n June 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eliglble entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me about your makeup routine.
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement (I do check) or the extra entries won’t qualify. Extra entries are optional.
*I was not compensated for this post. I am participating in the Break Up with Your Makeup contest sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.