Who would have thought that the same products I saw in the drug store growing up would be my beauty secrets of today! It’s true. As a young child I had extremely dry and flaky skin and was teased constantly about the way my skin looked. Some times my mother would take me to the dermatologist who would prescribe creams and lotions that would literally peel the outside layer of my skin off and my skin would go from being flaky to being two-toned. I kid you not, I went to school after taking that medication and a boy in my class said, “Wow, look, Karen’s face is two colors”. Thus began my new nick name in grade school; two-toned. Oh, the joys of childhood!
As I became an adolescent I am sure I’ve tried every potion, lotion and moisturizer known to man to not avail. That was until about 10 years ago when I was traveling and discovered that the airline lost my luggage. Well, even my personal items were in my luggage, so I had a choice to make make; either use the hotel brand facial cleanser or buy my own, I opted to take my own chances and go on a quest for a good cleanser.
While browsing the isle of the local drug store I came across a recognizable name; Queen Helene. I remembered thinking to myself, “I know that name; I thought they had gone out of business” . Although I never used any of the products growing up, it was something familiar, so I thought I’d give it a try. There were so many masque, toners and cleansers to choose from, I decided to go for the one I felt had the most natural ingredients; so I chose the Oatmeal n’ Honey facial scrub.
Once I was ready to retire for the evening, I washed my face with the Oatmeal n’ Honey scrub and to tell you the truth I was a little worried at first because of my history with using cleasners on my sensitive skin. I put on a brave front and decided to move forward in faith. The product has a gritty texture and resembles oatmeal. After I gently rubbed this product on my skin with a little warm water as recommended I let it sit for a few seconds and then rinsed my face clean with warm water. Now was the moment of truth; I looked into the mirror and didn’t see any rashes or discoloration, there was nothing there but clear, radiant, smooth skin. I was sold! Just think of what this product could have done for me years ago.
Since that time, I have used several of Queen Helene’s products and here are my top picks for the ladies:
1. Oatmeal n’ Honey Facial Scrub – This product should be used by mixing it with warm water and gently massaging it into your skin in circular motions. After you have covered your entire face avoiding your eyes, rinse your face and towel dry. You will feel refreshed and your skin will be radiant and smooth.
2. Grape Seed Peel Off Masque – You should use a moderate amount of this product and cover your entire face, avoiding your eyes, and hair line. Once you covered your entire face, allow 5 to 10 minutes for your masque to completely dry and peel off the old dead skin and reveal healthy, glowing skin.
3. Mint Julep Masque – This mask feels so good when you put it on your skin. You can actually feel the mint penetrating deep into your pours. Once you remove the Masque, your skin will feel tight and refreshed.
Queen Helene, who could have known that an old product could bring new life. Go to your local retailer and revive your look today to less!