Below are two samples of the same photo. The only difference is, in the second one I applied some skin softening via Nik Color Efex.
I'm not looking for an overall critique on my post-processing (or photography) skills, as I know I still have a LOT to learn in both cases. But I'm trying to avoid over-plasticizing the skin and worry that this may be too much.
What do you think? Which one is better?
Without skin softening:
With skin softening: