So I started testing the new acne facial soap. Often when I’m going to be the one testing, then I’ll use an overpour or some other not-suitable-for-sale version, so I’m not really losing much. If an official tester is getting the item to test, then they get the full item usually. Anyway, I had an overpour that I have been using for testing. It wasn’t the smoothest soap, I admit. *grin* There was a dollop of oats that fell at the very end, which didn’t get absorbed like it usually would have, since they had started to set by the time I was pouring the last of it (it made more than expected, but not enough for a full soap, which is an overpour). I was excited to test it and while in the shower (since I had several test items to do, I figured I’d give it all a go at once) I grab up the new round of soap. Stupid, stupid girl…I picked it up and dragged it across my skin, forgetting the little issue from the pour, and scraped the rough oats straight across my forehead. *rolling eyes with a dramatic sigh* Yeah, like I said, stupid, stupid girl. *grin* However, the scratch went away quickly, and the soap is actually pretty neat. I’m still tracking the results to see if it’s coincidental or if it seems like the soap has made the difference. Since it has a combination of oil and lemon powder, it cleans and moisturizes, but leaves a waterproof feel to the skin. Oddest feeling, but really cool! To describe…it’s like running your finger over the surface of a plastic waterproof tarp – that smooth feeling that lets you know that the water will bead up. What happens is that this reaction keeps the ingredients on the skin and penetrating, but since it is oil, water rolls off. Sounds counter-intuitive, but really moisturizes. I just couldn’t believe I did that. lol So far I’m breaking out, but that is normal if the soap is doing the job. (This is where selling Avon and doing other product parties has come in handy…I learned a lot before I started making my own stuff!) You see, when you use an item that really starts to work against your acne, it’ll bring the acne that is in the lower layers of your skin up to the surface. When you exfoliate, you remove the dead cells that are at the surface (don’t exfoliate too hard, because then you remove the healthy skin, which is why your face hurts and is pink as can be), revealing the radiant skin that doesn’t have the dull blah of the surface stuff. I have to keep this in mind while testing the soap, because if it’s just random acne (thanks hormones…), then I’m just out of luck. If it’s because the soap is working, then I’ll stop breaking out. Only time will tell. I love the relaxing spa scent, the oats (except for the lovely dollop on mine) is super soft and exfoliates, but isn’t abrasive, and it leaves that awesome clean feeling. My husband felt my cheek yesterday, raised his eyebrow, and said it felt super clean. At least part of the soap works! lol By the way, the oats are a mixture. I chopped up part of them, so they’re nice and fine. There are some roughly chopped oats that give some real umph to the soaps and add a great texture while using it. It admittedly feels a little odd when there’s something rolling on your skin until you realize that one of the oats has come loose and is all soggy *grin*, but hey, that is so unique!
I’ll be testing this for a while. I will end up using another tester to find out if the lemon powder included in it is working, since it doesn’t for me, but like medicine, it may work on one person’s skin, and not another. For my oily skin, I might be making a lemon soap. I’ll keep you posted. Have a great night!