I don’t think I will ever be truly happy with how my face looks, I have scars, blemishes, and blackheads, but at this point in time I don’t have one actual spot on my face. It is gross to talk about acne, but millions of people all go through the same struggle. Sometimes it is down to hormones, what we eat etc, but if you are lucky enough to have never had problem skin, then count yourself blessed.
My skin care journey started before I had my first period. I clearly remember being in Year 6 (10 years old) and have white heads pop up. I was 10, and my skin was already like ‘here, have some spots’. I hated that I had them, and that’s when my skin care started.
Over the years, I have tried and tested everything. I have been on antibiotics, some roll on the skin antibiotics, and I have been to the hospital (and five years later and I still don’t have a second appointment).
My skin got horrible in the summer before I started Sixth Form, and that is how I know have scaring. It sucks, but I guess it is just apart of me now. That is when I went on the pill, and also when I started using The Body Shop Tea Tree range, something that I still swear by today. However, it was when I started University in October 2015 when I really upped my skincare regime, and found other products that worked on and for my skin. Touch wood, I haven’t really had a problem since – except for when I am on my period, or I go on a cheese ban and my skin hates that.
My skincare regime isn’t that complex – cleanse, toner, moisturise, eye cream, make up. Okay I only included makeup because that is my morning routine. Then once or twice a week I will use a mask (depending on how my skin feels, depends on what mask I will use), and I exfoliate about two or three times a week.
My go to cleanser will always be Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, simply perfect. Not only does it remove make up in the evening, but my skin feels fresh and clean after using morning and night. In terms of exfoliators, then The Body Shop Tea Tree is always on my face. What is great about the 3 in 1, is that you can use it as a cleanser (needed in the morning to wake my skin up), or as a face mask (to help with them pesky black heads, or whenever I feel a spot is wanting to create a home on my face).
Toners have somehow become a huge part of my skincare, and I still don’t really know what they do, but I do know they help to stop the spots. I tend to change between three different toners. I love The Body Shop Tea Tree toner, especially in the morning. However, Pixi has become a huge favouirte this year. The PIXI Glow Tonic and the PIXI Retinol Tonic are amazing. Now, I think I actually may prefer the Retinol Tonic over the Glow Tonic, and I know how much hype the Glow tonic gets. I only use the retinol tonic in the morning, and then apply SPF (La Roche Posay) after to protect my skin. The glow tonic is therefore sometimes used before bed, if I feel like I need it.
Similar to toners, I tend to switch up my moisturiser as well. Switching between L’oreal Hydra Genius Liquid Care and La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + has really benefited my skin. On daily use I will always reach for L’oreal, as it also works really well with my foundation, but also because it is so light my skin reacts really well, and craves the moisture that it gives. I then use La Roche Posay when my skin needs a little bit more love and when it is struggling during a break out.
As for some little extras, for when my skin hates me, I also have some hero products. The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion has been a huge favourite for a while now. When I know I have a spot coming through, I will apply some of this magic product onto the spot I can feel. Sometimes I will also apply it under makeup if I have a pesky white head or a red thing that just wont go away. Then, for when my skin is REALLY bad, the PIXI Glow Peel Pads come out. I have actually used these of my back as well, as I have suffered from acne on my back, something that I am no longer ashamed to talk about, due to it actually being pretty common. The PIXI glow pads are amazing, you can feel them working, and really do help my skin out.
Do you have any skin hero’s that have helped your skin?