It’s no revelation that new moms often feel (and sometimes look) exhausted. I’m certainly no exception. After the birth of my daughter, I felt beautiful in so many ways—but when it came to my skin, I was feeling far from pretty. My dark circles were approaching zombie status, I had the dreaded “mask of pregnancy” and my skin was drier than ever.
The opportunity to try so many beauty products for my job is a luxury. I love opening a new bottle of face cream and inhaling its fresh scent and potential. I scrape every last drop of a product from the lid before I even reach into the container. I want to savor it! But there is a downside (really, there is!) to sampling several beauty products on a regular basis: My sensitive skin can freak out and turn red with irritation and blemishes. This leaves me feeling worse than before—and clueless as to which (if any) product may be specifically causing issues.
My daughter is now 15 months old. I’m not sure if that classifies me as a “new” mom any longer, but until about a month ago I was still dealing with many of those postpartum skin troubles. My pigmentation had significantly improved, but my tired, red, dry skin was still present. I began to believe that maybe my skin was simply never going to be the same. But before giving up completely, I decided to do a test: I would stop all the beauty-bingeing sessions and use only one brand’s skin care products for a month.
It didn’t take long for me to pick a brand. I had been using Tata Harper products (along with many others) for the past year. I feel as though it’s a very high-quality line, and I like all the natural ingredients. Tata Harper herself is also a mom and has ah-mazing skin. Seriously, have you seen her? Her skin glows. She is her brand’s best advertisement.
I did continue using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to wash my face each morning and night since it’s proven to be non-irritating and gentle enough for my skin. I also used Estée Lauder’s ‘Re-Nutriv’ Radiant UV Base SPF 50 because I can’t go without sunscreen, and Tata Harper’s products don’t contain SPF. Other than those two items, every skin care product I used for the entire month was Tata Harper. I have to admit: I was skeptical of my experiment at first because I knew I’d only be able to conduct the test for a month before needing to try new products for work. Would four weeks really be enough time to make or notice a difference?
Here are the Tata Harper products I used over the last month:
I used different products as needed. Most days I used the Rejuvenating Serum, ‘Repairative’ Moisturizer and Restorative Eye Crème. On days that my skin seemed especially dry and tired, I used the Replenishing Nutrient Complex or the Beautifying Face Oil—both are a tad more greasy and made my skin feel extra hydrated. I used the Resurfacing Mask every other week, since it promises to give dull skin an instant glow. And even though it’s not a skin care product, I threw in the Aromatic Stress Treatment to see if the aromas really do help alleviate stress.
Here’s what I found: After one month of my Tata Harper test, my skin looks better than it has in a very long time. My face feels smoother. It’s more even. It’s less bumpy, red and irritated. I’m so happy with these changes that I’m afraid to start bringing other products back into my routine! I wouldn’t say my skin is perfect—but whose is? (Not to mention that makeup, diet, sleep, age and other factors can also contribute to my skin issues.) It’s safe to say, though, that this has been the best improvement I’ve experienced since my postpartum skin woes began. I can’t say that the Aromatic Stress Treatment actually made me less stressed, but hey—I’m all for a little placebo effect!
Boosted Contouring Serum—one of my favorite Tata Harper products.