I’ve been stressed about acne since I was 12. In high school, I refused to let anyone see me without a layer of foundation and concealer across my chin and cheeks to cover each of my breakouts. While my face has cleared up since then (thank you puberty), I’m not completely out of the woods when it comes to pimples. Though I have learned a thing or two about self-love and acceptance since the very vulnerable teenage years, I’ve also found some tried and true products that help along the way as well.
Now, I still don’t have my skin all figured out (who does?). Beyond slathering on a bit of moisturizer and SPF most days, my skincare routine is lacking. The most dependable moisturizer I’ve come to know, however, is from the wonderful ocean-inspired, female-founded, and family-owned brand, OSEA. Their Blemish Balm has become about the only staple in my skincare routine as it soothes and nourishes my sensitive and blemish-prone skin.
It keeps my acne and oily skin in check.
After years of constantly worrying about my skin, I am happy to say that I am in a place now where it’s not really on my mind. Blemish Balm gives me a soft glow without letting my oily skin take over to make my face look like shine city. And with consistent use, my breakouts eased up. TBH I feel like my pimples don’t even dare to make themselves known on my face when Blemish Balm is around. (But when they do, the Essential Corrective Complex is great for overnight relief) It’s the one stop-shop product that this routine-hating gal needs.
It’s powered by plants.
As someone who is inspired by everything the earth has to offer, the fact that this moisturizer is powered by plants makes me instantly feel like my day is already aligning with my values and passions. The formula includes three different types of seaweed to help calm, soothe, and moisturize skin but without feeling too heavy or weighed down. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free!
It reminds me to take a moment for myself.
Every morning and evening after I scrounge up enough energy to wash my face, I apply my Blemish Balm and soak in the refreshing and invigorating scent of tea tree, juniper, and thyme. When you live in a crowded city, the least your skincare can offer you is a moment of self-care—and that’s exactly what this Blemish Balm does. With a sheer layer of this balm on my face, I’m ready to tackle my day, dreaming of the ocean and pleased with the calm glow of my skin.
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