About Face: Days of Wine and Rosacea Revisited

From Wax Figure to Glam Glow – Marie Veronique Review

No big cover up here, just healthy skin!

Last summer I wrote about my rosacea issues in Days of Wine and Rosacea, Parts 1 & 2 – tracking 30 days of facial crisis. I never published, however – it was a boring food/skin diary that didn’t have much conclusive evidence to share. Other than red wine did NOT always make my skin flush red (thank goodness)!

I have been struggling with rosacea for over four years now. I believe it is linked to age-related hormonal changes (perimenopause). Since the beginning I’ve been determined to “win the war” on redness. For over a year, I took a photo of my face every morning, searching for some sort of pattern.

On my worst days, I had extreme flushing (all over facial redness) and red bumps.  Sometimes referred to as “adult acne,” these bumps (papules) are not really acne at all. They certainly didn’t act like the zits of my youth. My stressed face was now a dry, flaky, bumpy red desert that I hid daily under a waxy cover up mask.

Turmeric honey oatmeal mask

I tried dermatological treatments. They didn’t work for me (and sometimes exacerbated my dryness). I tried all kinds of home remedies, some of which helped temporarily. But my face really was under duress, and I was running out of tactics.

My 30 day test had a “more is more” approach. Looking back on it now, I learned a bit about the foods I was eating. But my skincare routine was all over the place. I was desperate to find something that worked.

Lucky for me, I have found relief! Not a cure, mind you (there is no cure for rosacea). I still get red.  But my skin is so much happier and I am no longer at war with my face. The turning point came when I happened upon a lecture by Marie Veronique at a neighborhood skincare boutique.

Marie is a chemist, a grandmother, and has beautiful, healthy skin. Her staff was giving complimentary facials that day, so I sat down and let them take off a waxy layer of foundation to reveal my highly-stressed skin. In a few minutes, my face felt soothed and looked visibly hydrated. I took home some free samples and bought her book.

What I love about Marie’s book is that she never tries to push her products. In fact, she offers plenty of home remedies and less expensive product choices. For instance, putting yogurt on your face as a moisture mask really helps. I don’t always care for the sour smell or the “brain freeze” application (I try to warm it up in my hands first), but once it’s on there I’m a happy face. 🙂

I actually left the house one day with no makeup at all!

Marie Veronique’s line is expensive. I tried the other (cheaper) brands she mentioned in her book, but I didn’t like them as much. So last fall I took the plunge and bought a set of her products to use every day. To my pleasant surprise, I haven’t run out of anything yet (except for the face oil which I use twice daily). I am miserly with the products, only one pump gets the job done. No more bumps! In 8 months, I’ve had nothing but happy, glowy skin. I am no longer afraid to show my face.

This is my routine:

I never, ever wash my face in the morning. Just a splash of water.
Pre+Probiotic Daily Mist
Vitamins C+E+Ferulic Serum
Protective Day Oil
Everyday Coverage Tinted Sunscreen

In the evening, I use the Replenishing Oil Cleanser or organic greek yogurt
Pre+Probiotic Daily Mist
Gentle Retinol Night Serum
Protective Day Oil or Rejuvenating Night Oil

A word about the tinted sunscreen. At first I thought it was too sheer, but then I grew to love the look of my actual skin. The light tint balances out my redness just enough, but it certainly looks like I have on nothing at all. I’m free of the mask!

(top photo by Mike Lloyd)

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