Hi Rosy Friends! I’m so glad to be back to tell you all the things I’ve been doing over the last while to overcome/beat/hide/understand rosacea. If you’ve been following me on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, then you know I’ve been up to quite a lot. If you’ve been following me exclusively on this blog, then clearly I owe you an apology!
My hope is that by making this a big-fat juicy post about everything I’ve been up to in living the Rosy Life, you’ll forgive me 😉
I’m not sure where to start, so instead of overthinking, I’m just going to dive in. Here’s what I’ve been doing to take control over my rosacea.
I’m a member of the National Rosacea Society!
If you have rosacea and you haven’t visited the National Rosacea Society website yet, then that should be your next stop (after reading this post, subscribing to this blog and bookmarking the link, of course haha).
The National Rosacea Society is a registered charity that provides rosacea patients as well as doctors with a huge amount of information about the condition. It includes everything from the very basics (what it is, what the symptoms are, etc), to guidance about treating it, covering its symptoms, and it even conducts studies regarding its impact on our lives, comorbidity (other conditions associated with it) and other important research.
I’m proud to be a member of such a fantastic organization and I’m looking forward to taking part in upcoming studies and doing my part to further the understanding of rosacea.
I launched the Rosy Life Kit
The Rosy Life Kit is a lifestyle box I created and curated to include products you’ve seen me review, test and love on my YouTube channel. It was my opportunity to share the experience of some of my very favourites with you.
I absolutely loved the entire experience of coming up with the kit and sharing it with you. It was far better than I could ever have expected. I launched it in one video and your enthusiasm was overwhelming! I’ve never had to ship so many packages at one time before. Thank you!
When I first had the idea to share the products I’ve found to be the best for my own rosacea-friendly lifestyle, I talked to some of the companies from whom I’d purchased my very favourite products.
There were lots of different things inside this lifestyle box. Some were skin care, others were sun protection, some were accessories, one was a very special surprise gift from me to you. All were sensitive/reactive skin-friendly and they’re all things I’ve reviewed in the past and have continued to use and adore. Valued at $50, I sold them at a fraction of that cost. The companies I spoke to were fantastic and supportive. That experience alone was inspiring. Since I paid for it all with my own money – and I’m a writer, so I’m not exactly swimming in cash – I put only a small number of Rosy Life Kit boxes together.
After only one launch video, they were nearly all gone! I didn’t even get the chance to mention them here on my blog (until now), and I barely even spoke about them on Facebook and Twitter. Holy cow! I’d expected to have to give them all to friends and family as Christmas presents haha. I’m thrilled that so many people were interested in testing out what I’d tried and liked.
I do have a very small number left because I deliberately stopped talking about them completely. Canada Post looked like it was going to go on strike this summer, and I didn’t want to sell boxes to people they’d have to wait weeks or months to receive. As it turns out, there was no strike, so if you want a Rosy Life Kit, now’s your chance because once they’re gone, they’re gone. They’re extremely limited edition, and I’m almost out of them.
I tested a huge number of rosacea skin care products
This summer was a huge time for me to test out a ton of rosacea skin care products, makeup products and other concoctions to apply to the skin or consume in order to treat, heal or hide rosacea symptoms.
I fell in love with SBT Seabuckthorn’s new Wellness Matcha and made up a ton of recipes out of it. They include everything from beverages to vegan ice cream and even mini-cheesecakes, each using this glorious powder.
I was swept off my feet by Celtic Complexion and its full line of different skin care products that are all safe for rosacea sufferers (full blog about these coming soon), including a sunscreen and (drum roll please) a facial scrub! It’s been years since I’ve been able to use an exfoliating product! The Calming Serum is also unlike anything I’ve experienced before and is more than likley the best product I’ve ever applied to a rosacea flare-up.
I still haven’t got the hang of Substance natural sunscreen because I get white stuff on everything when I use it, but it was well worth the try.
I was also flattered to be sent two of the Cover Girl Katy Kat products just before they hit the shelves – the Katy Kat Eye mascara and the Katy Kat Matte lipstick. Both were a ton of fun to test out.
I tried the super-affordable RubyLux Light Therapy bulbs
At the start of the summer, a Rosy Friend asked me if I’d tried the RubyLux light therapy bulbs because they were unbelievably affordable and she wanted to know if they worked. I confessed that I’d never even heard of them so I couldn’t tell her about any personal experience about them
Then it dawned on me. Why wouldn’t I try these bulbs to help out my Rosy Friends? After all, if these could work as effective light therapy for rosacea, it could be much more affordable than the methods I’d previously been using.
I contacted the owner of the company and she (VERY generously) offered me the products for free if I’d pay for the shipping. That was unexpected and absolutely wonderful of her. I was more than happy to cover the shipping and soon I had a Rubylux All Red, RubyLux All Yellow and RubyLux All Blue bulb to test.
These bulbs were great (full blog about them coming soon)! I wouldn’t say they’re appropriate for the type of use I’d need to put them through simply because they’d take too long to treat my whole face. However, I can’t think of a better way to test out light therapy in an inexpensive way to see if your skin will react well to it. It’s the perfect option for a patch test. The RubyLux light bulbs are also a fantastic travel form of light therapy if you’d rather leave a more expensive device at home.
I’m starting a new rosacea light therapy experiment
After having such fantastic luck with red light therapy for rosacea and amber light therapy, too, I’ve taken it upon myself to test green light therapy. Unlike when I tested the Dual Care light therapy on my rosacea, back when it was just a prototype (though it has since become a successful and popular treatment for rosacea if my understanding is correct), I’m doing this experiment all on my own.
I already have a green light therapy bulb because I was using it indirectly for anxiety and insomnia issues about a year ago. After doing a bit of research and talking to a lot of rosacea sufferers, I started to wonder if green light might have some benefits for the rosacea condition, too. My hope is that it will help to cool down the sensation of red light therapy for rosacea (though I don’t have much of a problem with that, I’ve heard some other people do) and that it will help me with some of the lasting “permanent” redness on my face that just never goes away.
I started on September 10 and plan to do it every day for three months. Wish me luck!
I created a rosacea product review database
After wanting to take on something like this for a very long time, I’ve finally created a rosacea product review database. Several people have asked me to create a list of products I’ve tried, but every time I attempted to get one started, it just seemed too daunting. It wasn’t something that could fit on this website.
Instead, I created a sister site for this blog: https://rosyjuliebc.wordpress.com/
It’s still a work in progress but I’ve added around 30 or more products, so far. The goal is to add every product I’ve ever tried and reviewed or discussed, regardless of whether I liked it or not. At the new site, I talk about what it is, where you can get it, what the claims are, what I said about it in my review (including text and/or video) and an ingredients list, where appropriate.
My goal in creating that site is to make it easier for you to look through all the products I’ve tried so it might be easier for you to find something that is appropriate for your own unique rosacea symptoms.
Just because something worked for me, it doesn’t mean it will work for you. Just because something didn’t work for me, it doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. But at least there is finally one place to be able to discover it all at once. I’ve broken it down into skin care, makeup and lifestyle products with sub-categories to make things easier to find. There is also a search feature in case you have something specific in mind that you’d like to find.
I’m continually adding to the site since I’ve now tried well over a hundred products. It will take some time, but I’m populating it as quickly as I can because I think this type of resource is sorely needed online. I’m thrilled to be able to provide it!
That’s just a fragment of what’s been going on over the last while. I’ll try to keep blogging much more frequently so my updates won’t be long enough to make your eyes burn from now on.
I’m looking forward to future posts that will give my full review of the many Celtic Complexion products I tried, of all the different colors of affordable RubyLux lights, and of my amazing new red-amber and green light therapy for rosacea experiment!
So much is going on right now, and I’m very excited to share it with you. Until then, I hope I’ve shared enough with you to be helpful in your own efforts to combat rosacea symptoms and live the Rosy Life.
See you soon!