I’ve been on a kick lately to take better care of my skin. I’m in my thirties, I’ve accepted that I’m aging, and there are things I can do to age more gracefully, shall we say.
It’s all fun and games until your eyes swell shut! Yup, I changed my facial routine and ended up looking like Rocky Balboa for a day…
About The Time My Eye Swelled So Badly I Looked Like Rocky Balboa
Top of the list has been to smear my face in all the skin care things. All of them!
Spoiler, this is a really bad idea.
The best practice is to introduce a new product and give that one product a two week trial run. See how your skin takes it, if it works for you or if it creates other problems. That is the smart thing to do.
I tried to do that. I swear.
First I started out with a drugstore kit for dealing with acne. It had a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. I figured it had to be pretty run of the mill stuff and was an okay place to start. I used it for a few weeks along with another moisturizer I was really liking.
Then… My neck started to itch. I didn’t realize it until at the end of a long day I looked in the mirror and there were long, red scratch marks down my neck.
What the heck?
I immediately stopped the whole routine and went back to my regular make-up remover wipes and a gentle moisturizer I’ve used off and on for years.
After about a week the dryness cleared up. A little testing of my other products led me to believe the culprit was one, or all, of the acne kit. I put it in a drawer and ignored it for two whole weeks. Two weeks!
About a week ago I was washing my face, and thought–why not test it? Just to see? I mean, what’s the worst that would happen? I’d get itchy, right?
If I could go back in time and slap myself I would.
That night I opted to just apply the moisturizer. Just to test it out. I wanted to see what would happen.
The next morning I woke up to complete darkness. After a moment of flailing around and mutterings of, “Oh shit,” from my fiance I figure out that it’s not the lights that aren’t working.
It was my eyes. They’d swollen shut.
So there I am, face itchy and swollen, unable to see, all because I just wanted to make sure that this one product I was pretty sure wasn’t good for me, really wasn’t good for me. Guess what? It wasn’t. Yeah. Live and learn, and then slather yourself in coconut oil!