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The Skincare Tag

29 Aug

Super chuffed to have been tagged for this! A massive thank you to Katie Flint for tagging me! She’s a super awesome gal who blogs about bits and bobs over on The Minted Beauty. Check her out and give her a hug as she’s embarking on a 100 Day Spending Ban – Good luck to you girl! 

The Skin Care Tag

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My skin care gang and the products i’m currently using and abusing on the quest for the crystal clear complexion are:

Sudocrem Used in hospitals and dubbed the magic healing cream, Differin Cream Prescription acne cream for the days they just won’t shift!,  L’Oreal Paris Micellar Water Love this stuff reviewed hereAnatomicals Facial Spritz Great pick me up spray, Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Purifying Mask Love slapping this on when my skin is a little lack lustre a mini review hereSt Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub staple daily facial scrub, Soap & Glory Hot Cloth Cleanser my deep cleanse saviour, Simple Daily Light Moisturiser Light and soaks in beautifully. 

Describe your skincare routine in five words..

Fighting Against The Evil Acne.

What’s your skin type?

Oily / Combination with some lovely hormonal acne that can be seen around the jawline and on the chin area, some large pores and scarring from the evil arch enemy.

What’s your favourite skincare product?

Currently I would say my Soap & Glory Hot Cloth Cleanser. It smells beautiful and is a pleasure to work into the skin, then seeing all the ickyness and makeup grossness come off with the muslin cloth is rather satisfying. Love a good deep cleanse.

Top blemish zapper? 

I would have to say the Sudocrem is severely underrated as a zit zapper. It doesn’t make them disappear instantly without a trace but it does soothe my skin considerably, reduces the redness and swelling of the surrounding area and shrink the spot with a few applications.

Face wipes, yay or nay? 

I used to be a religious face wipe user but let’s face it, I was being darn lazy! Despite my face feeling clean and all visible traces of make-up being removed there was always residue and muck left. I was actually advised that face wipes do the opposite job and grind the make-up and dirt into your skin. Since then, definitely a NAY!!!

Toner, yay or nay? 

I don’t use toner in my routine currently, not to say that I don’t have some tucked away in my drawer somewhere. I used to use the Simple Toner and found it very drying and stripped a lot of my natural oils and moisture. I think that if you cleanse properly then you shouldn’t need to use a toner, but it’s personal preference.

High end skincare or high end makeup?

I would have to hands down say High End Skincare, purely down to the fact that make-up is good at masking imperfections but you have to live with the face underneath. Taking care of my skin doesn’t make me recoil in horror when I see myself in the mirror on a morning!

What’s the most unusual skincare product you’ve tried?

I think the most unusual skin care product has been a home made pore strip which worked a treat but hurt like hell to get off!

You’re in a French pharmacy and can only pick one item – what is it?

I would have to say Bioderma of course. I think that’s a given!

Tell us your top skincare tip.

My top skin care tip would be, don’t squeeze if you can resist! I thought that if I wasn’t too vigorous when I squeezed that spot it wouldn’t scar. WRONG I am left with large pores and scarring that won’t fade or heal. It’s one of my biggest regrets that I didn’t have someone telling me to take better care of my skin when I was in my teen years. Look after what you have!

Much Love x

My skin’s story

1 Jul

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with myself. Trapped in a melancholy relationship with my acne, one I do not wish to live with.

I have suffered with spots as long as I can remember, even when I was really young i’d have a whopper zit on my chin, back then it didn’t bother me. At around the age of 14 I started to break out like i’d got the plague but they weren’t normal pimples, no, they were angry red whelks that were swollen and painful. It wasn’t just my face that suffered, my upper back and shoulders bore the same burden.

Several pointless doctor visits left me with antibiotics and cream which seemed as useful as a chocolate teapot. Nothing seemed to work and I was so self conscious of my face that my confidence evaporated. At 16 I went to get put on the pill. I’d read about Dianette which helped fellow acne suffers, I wasn’t sure how it worked but to me it performed a miracle.

My back scarred but finally the red lumps had gone, my face cleared up and I was so pleased. I was on this pill for a long time, longer then they like you to be. Six years later when they changed my pill my spots started to return. I was crestfallen, I knew that there had to be something more to them then just the average teenage acne.

Again my doctor didn’t listen. I really started to sink back into the depression pit of pimples.

A chance appointment which led to an internal ultrasound discovered I have PCOS and the connection to my acne was instantly made. Finally I knew it had a name and there was a reason why my skin suffered. Acne is the main symptom of PCOS that I have and in some ways I guess I am lucky in this respect but it’s incredibly hard to view things this way.

Acne has left a lot of physical and mental scares which are apparent even today by the self conscious grip it still has. I hate showing off my back as it’s started to flair up again, my face has been left with large pores, blackheads and purple scars under the skin where the spots used to be.

I desperately search for products I can afford that will help slowly repair some of the physical damage to my skin. These days I have good skin days but the vast majority of them are bad skin days, it’s a fine tightrope line I walk where I struggle to keep my head held high and not look down into that depression pit that’s always beneath my feet.

I will never claim to know everything about skin care because in this field I feel like I am lost.

I am always trying new things to help, believe me if I ever find the holy grail of products that zaps my zits you’ll be the first I will tell. If you have anything you can share (constructive and kind..) then please do.