Beauty · February 7, 2018

Spotty Skin Saviours

Ever since I turned about 12 and the hormones set in, my skin has been a bit of a delicate area. I suffered from pretty terrific acne from the ages of 12 until about 16- and being at the kind of age where Dream Matte Mousse was my only means of covering things up, it was a pretty challenging time.

I tried everything from the kind of medicinal scented lotions and potions in gaudy bottles you see on TV. Stinging me like chopped onions, and doing nothing but increase endless red patches on my conscious face. I also tried endless doctors appointments, where I had tablets (that I was scared of swallowing, so had to crush and eat with something sweet), thick face creams and everything in between- a feeling I’m sure so many of you have been familiar with when tackling something similar. After endless trying, I ended up going onto Yasmin- a combined contraceptive pill that I’d heard glowing reviews about from family- and eventually helped clear up my skin…

Fast forward just over 11 years, and last year I finally came off of the pill. Although I’m sure there’s definitely a post there for another time, I’ve definitely found that in the last couple of months my skin has started playing up again and those old feelings of consciousness have started to reappear every now and again…

Thankfully, I’m now a lot older and wiser than I was all of those years ago and fortunately now have access to far more skincare products and knowledge too, meaning dealing with breakouts, whiteheads and unwanted redness is now a marginally easier feat. I also appreciate that my skin is not half as bad as it could be, and appreciate how I’m actually lucky it’s not any worse- but still, everything is relative- right?

So! In order to potentially help anyone else who is prone to the ol’ zit or two, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite new (and old) discoveries that I’ve truly found have helped me during those tougher times of the month. A couple are more first impressions, but let me know your favourites too!

First Steps First:
Although there are a few great cleansers I have in my stash that I go back to endlessly, over the last couple of months it’s been the French pharmacy favourites that have been doing the real point scoring. The first discovering came from Vichy’s Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel. I had picked this up a couple of years ago for my brother whilst in Paris- but it was only after seeing it in Boots recently that I went back to it. Not only does it create the perfect gentle lather and foam- but it’s so gentle despite the fact it helps balance oiliness and subtly dry out any spots. I’ve been using it morning and night and t’s massively helped reduce breakouts, which is pretty damn impressive. Another favourite has come from Avene and their Antirougeurs Clean Cleanser, which is fantastic at calming any angry redness and reducing oil too- but this time with a more milky consistency, which is softer if you’re having a dry day!

Mask Time:

When my skin gets really oily and broken out, my favourite thing to do (maybe once or twice a week) is a good clay, or charcoal deep cleansing mask. Although I have a few favourites (I love Origin’s Clear Improvement and Beauty Pie’s Super Detox Black Clay Mask) it’s The Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask that always, always delivers. Not only does it get the job done, it’s not too tight for this kind of mask and leaves me softer than a wee bottom- which is only ever a good thing, right?

It’s Not The Problem:
…it’s the solution (ho ho ho)! All terrible jokes aside, I’ve recently started trying Glossier’s latest addition and exfoliant, solution, and so far, I’ve really quite liked it. Although I have admittedly read a mixed bag of reviews about this- so far, it’s done nothing but help minimise some of the small red patches dotted on my chin- and I haven’t reacted to it at all, which seems pretty promising. Although I do also love Pixi’s Glow Tonic, I’ve already taken a bit of a shine to solution, so shall let you know how it ends up faring.

A burst of moisture:

I’ve been using Sunday Riley’s Tidal for a looong time (hence the worn in packaging), and with this being my second tub- I can confirm I’m a serious devotee to this product. Not only do I think it’s gel like consistency does wonders for my mug, but I love it’s cooling, hydrating and brightening properties- and can continually see it giving my skin a real drink every evening.

In terms of morning moisture, I’ve been loooving the Origins Original Skin moisturiser with Willowherb. Not only does it have the zesty scent of their Ginzing moisturiser, but it applies perfectly and makes for one of the best foundation bases I’ve come across in a long time. Not only does it even out and soften the skin beautifully, but it doesn’t ~ball up~ or flake off (something I hate when I’m waiting to do my make up). I highly recommended for beautiful coverage and a one-stop-shop daily moisture boost- yes!





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    February 7, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Oooh, I’ve been dealing with troublesome skin as well lately, I’m thinking due to the temperature differences, cold air outside and the dry heating inside. I discovered Lush Ultrabland as a brilliant calming cleanser and I’ve also found that pure oils, such as jojoba or almond are really good as a calming night creme/sleeping mask.


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    February 7, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Good ol’Dream Matte 😉 I love Herbivore’s BHA mask, it’s done wonders – sulphur is a great spot killer so I use Sunday Riley’s clay mask too so they clear off quick!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Cruelty-Free/Vegan Beauty • Lifestyle • Photography

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    February 7, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    This Sunday Riley cream sounds absolutely amazing! I love the Origins Ginzing moisturiser but have used the Willowherb serum and loved it.

    Jasmine x | Beauty, Lifestyle and Travel

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    February 8, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Masks and moisturizers really are life changing! Great tips and cute photos!


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    February 8, 2018 at 6:20 am

    oh skin can be a little bitch can’t it?! ive found the lush mask of magnaminty to do wonders for when im looking a little run down and blemishy!

    katie. xx

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    Alice Dearden
    February 8, 2018 at 7:00 am

    I’ve been having the same problems with my skin. I am also wondering what foundation and concealers you are using when your skin is bad? Thank you in advance.

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    February 8, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Thanks for the recommendations! However, I wish I could use most of these – however, I’ve got the added problem I can’t put anything on my skin that dries it out s the last year I’ve also started getting the most terrible eczema on my face. Nice to know I’m not alone, though!

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    February 8, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I’m such a fan of The Body Shop! I have really been enjoying their tea tree mask!

    Candice |

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    February 8, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I haven’t tried the solution but I do use glow tonic, I’m very curious to hear how they compare from someone who’s tried both! I’m really loving the Niod Flavanone Mud mask at the moment too, it’s incredible! xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion & Lifestyle

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    February 8, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! I also have super acne prone skin so these reccomendations are so welcome!



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    February 8, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    This was such a useful post, thank you! To be honest I’ve never paid much attention to skincare (I guess it doesn’t deliver quick results like make-up, made me a bit impatient) but recently my skin has been so oily and spot-prone that I think I do need to try something new! I’ve never really done any masks, but that Body Shop one sounds amazing – I think I’ll give it a go next! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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    February 17, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Amazing! helpful for those days when my skin is just not its best! love of you could check out my blog

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