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Products We Love: Proactiv 365

1 Comment 22 October 2011

I had a birthday in August! I love birthdays. Presents, cake, treats, and an excuse to ignore my diet for a week for the day. This past August I celebrated my first year of turning 29 for the rest of my life. (I’ll give you a moment to think about that one. Digest it yet? Ok, good. Moving on…)

So, at 29 years old you would think that would mean that I’m well past my acne days. The key words here are YOU WOULD THINK.

It seems that, while I never had issue with acne as a teen or young adult, as a woman in my late twenties (ouch, it hurts to say that) I’m suddenly looking in the mirror going “Where did THAT thing come from?” Or, worse “where did all of THOSE awful things come from?”

I’m incredibly vain. I am fanatical about my skin. Looking in the mirror and discovering that my face has been overtaken is not exactly fun – so I end up throwing myself on the bed and pouting, all while trying to hide my face from everyone I know and refusing to leave the house.

And yes, I really am that dramatic. Please, pray for my poor fiance’.

To make a long story short, Mom Central recently reached out with a campaign for Proactiv 365. It’s like they knew. Maybe my fiance’ contacted them on the sly. Who knows? All I know is that when they did, I wrote them back and basically said “OMG YES I WILL DO IT!” Just like that, I swear.

I’m sorry, but I don’t have any photos to share with you from my “before”. I know all too well how google works and those awful photos of me would be on the internet for so long that my grandchildren’s grandchildren will be pretending like I wasn’t related to them. But trust me when I say it was not good, my friends.

I started using Proactive at the end of September on a daily basis. I used the Renewing Cleanser, the Revitalizing Toner, and then the Repairing Lotion. In a week I saw a dramatic improvement. In 3 weeks I had totally clear skin. Every now and then a small blemish pops up, but if I’m being honest, that’s probably because I get overly excited sometimes and skip a day of use. And then I pay for it.

Here is a photo of my daughter and I from yesterday at the Pumpkin Patch. You can see – my skin looks great (you know, if I do say so myself).

I logged into Proactive 365 to talk to a personal skin care expert who recommended that I use the refining mask on stubborn trouble spots while I slept. Going to bed with white dots on my face was not so pretty, but totally worked. They also recommended the daily oil control, because I do have trouble staying “matte” throughout the day. Something about my clean skin increases oil production it seems – but who cares – I can go makeup free if I so desire again!

I’m sure you’ve been hearing about Proactiv for years, but tell me, have you ever used it? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Proactiv and received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

 

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  1. Face & Fitness | Women Around the Web - February 1, 2012

    [...] at 29, you’d think her acne-ridden days would finally be over — but they’re not. In this post, she describes using ProActiv, and she wonders if maybe her fiance “hooked her up” with [...]

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