Facing Skin Facts {Plus a Giveaway for YOU!}

GUYS. Can I just say how swell the "What's in a Name?" linkup went yesterday? Thank you so much to everyone who came by to join us! It was a lot of fun, and I loved reading your posts, and even making some new friends! Of course, thanks a billion to my beautiful co-hosts, Jessica and Kelli! They are dolls, and it wouldn't have been the same without them! (By the way, the linkup is still active for a couple of more days, so feel free to join if you haven't already!)

Yesterday we talked names, and today I'm switching gears on y'all. In this little blog session, I'm going to be discussing something that is very important to women...our SKIN. It can be such a frustrating thing to care for, can't it? No matter how much time and effort we put into cleansing, toning, exfoliating, it still seems to be a constant battle. Some of us suffer from acne. Some of us have huge pores. Some of us are developing wrinkles. Some of us have discoloration.

Let me tell you a little about my personal skin history. I don't have acne. I don't have discoloration. I don't have developing wrinkles. (Yet, anyway.) My pores are kind of big, but I can deal with that. What I can't deal with so easily though, it something that I like to refer to as "oily tomato face syndrome." This means that I not only have excessive amounts of oil in my skin, I also have a pink tint to my skin. Therefore, any amount of time that I am sweating, or in this Florida humidity, or even just out and about for long periods of time, leaves me looking like this:

Exhibit A: Oily Tomato Face. Also, ignore my eyebrows. Thanks.
Because of this, skin care has become something that is not only important to me, but interesting as well. I absolutely love trying out new skin care products for oily/red skin. It's fun...at least I think it's fun anyway. That's why when Sara, a lovely consultant from Rodan & Fields (the creators of Proactive) emailed me to ask if I would want to test some samples from a Rodan & Fields skin care line, I responded with a giant YES. She had me do an online test to determine my skin type, and then she had my samples on the way. Just a couple of days after my birthday, I had a package from her in the mail. This is what it contained:

STILL need to remove date setting from camera. Note to self, Miranda.
Along with a belated birthday wish and a sweet handwritten card, I had some samples and instructions just begging to be played with. For my skin, Sara included:

ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste, REDEFINE Night Renewing Serum, and REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum.

Tiny things are so adorable. How cute are the little samples?
I was also given instructions for how to use everything!

After using everything, I couldn't decide what product was my favorite. They were all refreshing little treats for my sensitive skin. I think I will have to go with the Enhancements Micro-Dermabrasion Paste though. It gets rid of all of the dirt, grime, and dead skin (wow...sorry for the grossness overload there), and makes your skin feel really soft and pure. The Redefine Lip Renewing Serum does something similar for your lips! It would be a great treat for someone who exposes their lips to a lot of different products, or even sunlight. The Redefine Night Renewing serum was also particularly interesting for me because I don't typically use overnight treatments. I could definitely tell the difference in the firmness of my skin the next morning, opposed to other mornings that I just wake up with a bare face.

Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields were so successful in their Proactive endeavors, that they have created an entirely new skin care line for ALL types of skin. These include regimens for everything from rosacea, to aging skin, to damaged skin, to acne prone skin. You name it, Rodan & Fields has a regimen for you to try out! They also have current opportunities to become involved in the distribution of products by becoming a consultant. This has the potential to be a great career opportunity, and I have been looking into it myself. If you're interested, just let me know and I can get you in touch with Sara. She is so sweet, and extremely helpful!

Now, for something extra exciting, Sara has offered to give three of my readers a mini facial kit! Do you want to win one? Trust me, you really do! All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me one of your personal skin concerns, and I will use a random number generator to determine the winner. One comment per person please, and you have until Wednesday, October 23rd to enter!

Have a great day! :)
Pleas(e) and Carrots said...

Ooo I got this stuff in the mail too, so don't enter me into the contest lol but I loved the lip stuff the best. I have extremely sensitive skin and the paste was just too much for me! And yay for our success with the linkup!

Lisa said...

this is awesome! I too suffer from excessive oil which results in acne! I have always had acne problems but even at 24, my breakouts are similar to those of a 13 year old boy! and unfortunately this pregnancy is not helping either.
so really I would love to find something to combat the oil and/or treat acne!

Nadine Lynn said...

Skin issues can be such a hassle! I suffer from VERY dark circles under my eyes that I can not get to go away. I also have very fine lines around my eyes because I am ...30...and I tend to break out on my chin sometimes. Sounds like fun, right?

Bekah Walsh said...

I actually have a line called calm - it's a regular daily regiment that soothes redness because of cucumber and other botanicals! I'd love to send you a sample.

Kelli @She Crab Soup said...

First of all Yayyyyy for our success, it felt like we hit a little bloggy milestone!

My biggest skin problem is a dry T zone and an oily everything else. In addition my skin breaks out easily. Boo to all that.

Kelly @ [Big Apple, Little Bites] said...

Neat! Thank you for reviewing. I have an increasing wrinkle creasing between my eyebrows (worry line). And i tend to breakout on my chin :-/

The Peanut Program said...

ok so someone else in blogland just reviewed this! i think this is awesome.

my concern with skin is (hang head in embarassment) pimples! i get bad by my eyebrows, hair line, and on my chin.

Sam said...

I have such a love-hate with my skin. Usually I have acne-free, clear skin and then there are the rare occasions I break out all over my chin and my face gets super red. Hallelujah for makeup haha

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

i've been waging battles with my skin since forever but i have a different battle: dry skin that is very sensitive and freaks out when:
a) the weather/seasons change b) my period is about to come c)whenever it damn well feels like it.

however, i managed to find my secret weapon: organic argan oil! it's the best thing for my skin! i carry it around with me everywhere.

Vodka and Soda

Ishey Shen said...

Skin is a very sensetive parts of our body .n We should keep it clear. I think it is a helpful website where you find many suggestion about keep clear skin. You also find and know about many kind of skin care product.

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