My skin hasn't been the same since I had (gave birth to? Pushed out? Idk.) Gabriel last year. Gone was my foundation-free life and no-makeup days. My skin became redder, bumpier, and prone to breakouts, my cheeks flaky and croissant-like. Ah, what poetry! Don't you feel like you're reading Oscar Wilde?
I tried exfoliating more, exfoliating less, an expensive LUSH face wash, a paraben-riddled moisturizer, and a several other tactics. One fateful day at Walgreens one month ago, I spotted a clear bottle of Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner. I used Dickinson's original witch hazel and Thayer's Rose Witch Hazel Toner before, both of which I still have half full in the medicine cabinet. I decided to plunk down the $5 and purchase the dang thing. I began to use the toner in the morning and evening with a cotton ball and swipe it gently all over my face. Three days later, my skin improved drastically.
Before- note the moisturizer in the hairline:
After- note the glob of moisturizer on my nose-crevice:
I'm swear I'm not trying to pose-- I just wanted to pull back my bangs!
(Sidenote- Darin always teases me because of my moisturizing skills.
I always, always fail to rub it in thoroughly.)
I hope that these pictures show how much my skin has improved. I still have some redness, but the texture of my skin is so much smoother. You can't see it in the Before photo, but I have serious flaky patches on my upper and lower cheeks. They're gone now! My skin has become more luminous, too. I have been using this toner for a month and I am oh-so-happy with the results.
Get thee to the drugstore and buy this! I bought a back-up bottle yesterday because Walgreens had a special display in which you can fill out the attached rebate and get a full refund! It's FREEE! Well, as long as you remember to fill it out and send it in. Oh rebates, you fickle demons.
Let me know if you have tried this!