Clarisonic post, my face was caught in the crossfire of a cat fight that erupted in our bed in the middle of the night. In an effort to flee the perpetrator, one of our cats literally ran across my face leaving me with 3 huge deep scratches. My prevailing reaction was one of mortification because I was horrified that I would be left with three unsightly permanent scars. I should have taken before and after pictures, but vanity prevailed and the thought of looking at the deep wounds in perpetuity was too much for me to bear.
Now, about one month later, and through the miracles of my Sunday Riley Skincare regimen the scar has faded to the point that it is now nearly undetectable.
Here's what I used (and by the way- this is also a foolproof method for achieving summer-ready glowing clear skin):
When my scratches were still open wounds I washed my face exclusively with Charisma Crème Cleanser- it is so gentle and I didn't want anything too active on my scratches- thereby making this the obvious choice. It soothed, cleaned and softened the skin beautifully, and never irritated my open wounds. This is a miraculous cleanser, and while it is formulated for normal to dry skin- it works beautifully on my combination skin as well. It is the only cleanser that I trusted during my time of healing.
After cleansing I feverishly applied Vitamin E and Juno Oil topically. Not only did the Juno Oil bolster hydration levels and make my skin glow, but it is also filled with so many anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients that it helped knock down the redness while offering UV protection, and sped up the healing process as a result.
Stimulant II Perfecting Stem Cell Serum was also extraordinarily instrumental in helping me heal quickly, and I applied it 2-3 times a day. This highly potent serum was designed to help fight UV damage, and to combat all forms of redness (including laser treatments, sun damage, and Rosacea). Trust me when I tell you there was so much red surrounding the wound- that the only logical thing was to slather the area with Stimulant II. I had already witnessed the miracles of this serum having inadvertently sunburned my chest while sitting under an umbrella. It literally banished the red because of its ability to combat solar radiation. I therefore was unsurprised when it nearly knocked all of the red out of the scratches.
I obviously did what I could to keep the scratches out of the sun, but never set foot out of the house without wearing Cashmere SPF 30 (which I wear daily anyway). This is a super potent physical mineral sunscreen, and its SPF factor can be boosted to the 50+ range by mixing it with Juno Oil-- which is precisely what I have been doing for years.
For my daily moisturizer I used Skin Adrenaline because it is light and filled with anti-inflammatory ingredients, anti-oxidants, essential minerals, and peptides-- making this one serious powerhouse moisturizer. One of the primary reasons that I chose this moisturizer during this period of time is the fact that it contains Live Yeast Cell Derivatives which soothe inflammation and also densifies the skin. This ingredient is a well known super-healer which is precisely what I needed to help prevent permanent scarring.
As soon as my skin was prepared for a more active approach to healing, I added in one of my daily favorites- that I have used every single day for 3+ years. Good Genes is a super active exfoliating treatment that contains Unneutralized Lactic Acid- this ingredient exfoliates, plumps fine lines, increases epidermal firmness and thickness, and helps accelerate skin renewal. Also the healing and anti-inflammatory properties from the Licorice, Arnica and Yeast Extract were essential to hastening my return to an unscarred face.
Once I added Good Genes back into rotation I figured this was a perfect time to add in the backstage trick that Valerie Plotnikova (Sunday Riley National Manager of Training and Events) taught me some time ago- she devised this backstage at the Jason Wu and Stella Mc Cartney Shows in order to give the models perfected runway-ready complexions. Val added a cocktail of Good Genes mixed with Stimulant II to knock down any redness, and then topped it off with Juno Oil mixed in with a touch of Skin Adrenaline for a gorgeous luminous glow- the end result was utter perfection, both for the models as well as for my healing skin.
The final step was adding back in Stimulant III which is a nighttime only highly active retinol based serum that is very very active. This fantastic serum is one seriously effective powerhouse product. It is filled with anti-oxidants, and many skin lightening ingredients that did wonders to help fade my scars,. It is also filled with many potent ingredients to combat hyperpigmentation as well as a myriad of healing vitamin and plant extracts to accelerate healing.
A delightful byproduct of this combination of super-healing products is the fact that my skin is now irresistibly fresh and summer ready, and of course my scars are well on their way to being banished from my face!