Friday, 30 November 2012

Skin Deep

I've had a few twitter convos regarding my skin recently and after watching the BBC3 programme Dying for Good Skin the other day it's got me wanting to ask for your help in a more formal manner in the hope that any comments to this post will also help others. 

Now you might not think I have anything to worry about as my skin isn't that bad and I do know that compared to many others and to my 16 year old self my skin is alright.  The problem for me is I had 15 or so years of beautiful skin thanks to the pill and it has left me wanting what my hormones won't allow on a permanent basis.  The photos you see of me on this site show me with a full face of make up and if I have a particularly bad spot or two I either won't take photos until they clear or I will use a blemish tool to make it disappear.  Vain? Maybe.  I wish I had a real life blemish tool.

My skin is greasy, it gets clogged up easily and it is prone to break out around my chin on a regular basis.  It's not just the skin on my face, I also suffer with bad skin on my back and the top of my arms. The only thing that currently helps my skin is sunbeds.  I don't want a lecture on the side effects of regular use (I am well aware, thank you!) I figure that I don't use them too often, I hardly ever sit in the real sun and the difference they make to my skin is vast.

I want to invest in the best skincare I can and after trying quite a few different lotions and potions I am looking for your recommendations.  I know that skincare is very subjective and what works for you may not be so good for me, I am at the end of my tether and willing to try anything!

So please link me up with your skin saviours.  What do you use to keep your skin looking it's best?  What do you reach for if you need something to zap that spot fast?  What is your number one tip for beautiful skin?  

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15 comments:

  1. B Kamins does a really good line of acne products. I don't have spot prone skin, except for when I'm due on, when I get hormone spots which drive me barmy. I used to use the B Kamins face wash which was brilliant. Unfortunately they don't distribute in the UK now (sniff sniff) so sourcing it isn't hugely easy :( Good luck x

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  2. here's my post about that programme/my problem skin

    http://golddustk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/the-hardest-post-ive-ever-written.html

    x

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  3. I'm like you, feel completely dependent on the pill to keep my skin clear-ish, but load it with makeup as I feel my complexion is ruined. I read over on Wonderful-you's blog (Meg?) about some products called NUDE which she really rated, I definitely want to give them a go!

    xx

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  4. I've got mild acne and recently found Savlon to be an absolute savior believe it or not! If you put it on and around the area the night before you'll be surprised how much better it looks the next morning, I've also been using Rosehip oil for scarring which seems to be helping if you suffer from that as well.

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    1. savlon is amazing! Orgins have nice products for redness and soreness and they give out lots of samples usually x

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  5. My skin is so awful, I hate it and absolutaly anything sets it off!

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  6. I don't have any real issue with spots but I have VERY sensitive skin and some blackheads due to the amount of moisturiser I have to use. I use Soap and Glory's clear here because it's also moisturising as well as neutrogena oil-free moisturiser because it's matte. xx

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  7. Hi lovely

    I've recently discovered Liz Earle and its changed my life! I'd read reviews before but wasn't a convert until I used some of my friends while staying at hers. I used it twice and - no exaggeration - could see a difference already. I ordered some and all my family have commented since about how much clearer my skin is. I still get occasional break outs, normally around a particular time of the month, but for the most part my skin is much clearer and healthier. It comes with a bit of a price tag but its a small price to pay for all the benefits it brings. Let me know if you decide to give it a go and what you think of it :)

    Lauren
    alittlelessoflauren.blogspot.com

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    1. Which Liz Earle products are you using lovely?

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  8. I've had problem skin since my early 20s, and have spent thousands of pounds in the hunt for an improvement. It's been trial and error, but a wise person once told me to treat it like sensitive skin, and to absolutely avoid harsh "acne" products. I use Emma Hardie's cleansing balm (I hated Liz Earle, but know a lot of people really rate her, although worth knowing she has personally resigned yesterday, the company's now owned by Avon, and lots of people are about to lose their jobs...) a bonkers combination of Chanel and Superdrug moisturisers, and take a supplement called Chlorella which is amazing. (You can get it in Holland and Barrett for about £9.) I still get spots, usually around my period, and zap them with either Sudocrem, or an antibiotic ointment called Neosporin, which is only available in the USA, but you can get from Amazon. Prior to switching to the Emma Hardie balm I was using Eve Lom's cleanser and had great results with it too.

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  9. I rely massively on Clarins exfoliator - the one with orange extract. It's quite grainy but not too harsh - the orange in it seems to zap oil. I also use a lot of toner, there's a cheap Clarins one that you just use a few drops of, from their daily energiser range. I'm using a Boots Botanics one at the mo, which seems to clear and tighten my pores. Have you also tried good old beauty flash balm? Always a winner for all skin type. Finally the main thing that might help - Clarins again! They do a small roller ball called Blemish Control that you roll on at the first tingle of a spot (you know before it gets to feeling like a bruise?!) and it seems to just disappear. They do two in a box and they've saved my life numerous times!!

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  10. I've kind of got the opposite type of skin to you as my skin can become quite dry, dull and flaky. I do get quite clogged up sometimes, though, like when I haven't taken my makeup off properly or a certain time of the month. I've spent so much money on skin care- I've tried liz earle, Clinique, origins etc but I honestly think that the best I've found are from the Body Shop. They have ranges for pretty much every range and their tea tree range completely gets rid of any type of spots, pimples, blackheads- the works. It's really calming and soothing too. I personally love their vitamin c range because I want my skin to be brighter. My fave is their microdermabrasian exfoliator (I recently reviewed it) and honestly- its amazing. Completely unclogs pores, digs out any impurities. I really notice when I DON'T use it. Folk have commented in how much brighter my skin is too. Maybe give it a try? Not too expensive!x

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  11. I love the post and your blog!

    http://theprintedsea.blogspot.de/

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  12. What I have found that's helped is using more natural products, rather than the brands like Clearasil etc. I use a lot of Lush skincare and find it much less harsh. My skin is still not great though.

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  13. I have combination skin which can be really hard work. I don't suffer from spots but my t-zone is oily and filled with grubby little blackheads. Yuck!! I've just started using the Emma Hardie cleansing balm, which is as good as all the hype around it from beauty bloggers at the moment, and the clarins balancing toner which are both doing a good job. I also started taking fish oils on the recommendation of this blog, http://www.beautymouth.com/?m=1 which has so much skincare info it's insane. This lady knows her stuff. The cheat sheets and clinics really helped me figure out what my skin needs so I hope you find something there too! xx

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