Maybe it’s hormones or perhaps it’s my weakness for Aldi cookies, either way, I’ve had a very questionable relationship with my skin lately. In fact, if this were a real union I’d say we’re past questionable and are sliding into ghosting territory with an imminent awkward talk on the horizon. When it comes to avid skincare I’m practically a saint. I’ve always ALWAYS taken my make-up off before bed no matter how drunk or tired, have a healthy diet, exercise aplenty and we know I have an arsenal of beauty goodies on my shelf. So, what gives? Problem skin has seeked me out and I’m kinda done with it.
As we roll on into summer, it’s around this time of year that I look forward to bare-faced days in the sun with nothing but SPF and an eyebrow tint on my face. I’m the girl that has make-up remover in the car because I just can’t wait to let my skin breathe as soon as possible. But, the last few months my skin has been as unpredictable as the weather. From dryness to blemishes, redness to pigmentation, remind me why I switched up my birth control again?!
However, there has been a shift. I don’t like to tempt fate but it’s been almost an overnight transformation. After switching from organic skincare to breaking out the big guns, the acids, I’ve finally found a combination that’s both gentle yet bad ass when it needs to be! I am not a dermatologist or skincare expert but these three have been a saviour for my problem skin, just in time!
RAPID RADIANCE CLEANSER, SARAH CHAPMAN
Whenever I discover a skincare range created by a dermatologist or facialist, I’m the dream consumer. I trust them, I trust the product and I somehow believe that using their range will save me a fortune on appointments to actually go and see them! While I stand by the formers, the latter is somewhat flawed since I joined the facialist fan club. Sarah Chapman, along with Debbie Thomas, is a skincare expert I’ve been a fan of since I started writing beauty content. I’ve used them both as experts in features and haven been enthralled by what mind-blowing tips they’ve shared.
I was a little nervous using Sarah Chapman’s Rapid Radiance Cleanser as my skin has been so sensitive lately that only targetted skincare has done the trick. But I was very pleasantly surprised. Doubling up as a mask and cleanser duo, it’s thick clay-like texture I easy to apply on dry skin and gave my complex a healthy glow instantly. I mean, whilst it was still on my face! The blend of lactic acid and salicylic acid decongests pores, flushing out dirt and impurities while softening fine lines. After every use, my problem skin feels deeply clean to the point where it boasts a glass sheen on my cheekbones, nose and forehead. One of the biggest causes of bumps, blemishes and imperfections is bacteria and not using the right cleanser – this has targeted both in one product.
REDERMIC [R] ANTI-WRINKLE RETINOL TREATMENT, LA ROCHE POSAY
Retinol, along with glycolic acid, is my favourite skincare ingredient. Used to speed up cell turnover, it is a great addition to your regime for problem skin. One of my biggest skincare flaws lately has been congestion – those tiny little bumps under the skin that have no rhyme, reason or purpose for being there other than to make us miserable and look more obvious under make-up. I’d tried exfoliating, dermarolling and using the most hydrating night cream I could find. Nothing worked until I used this little tube.
Although the retinol concentrate is relatively low, at 0.3% it was enough to make a difference without irritating my skin. After using it every night under my night cream (I’ll get to that later), it not only cleared all of the bumps, it faded scars, reduced fine lines around my eyes and refined the texture of my problem skin. Absolute game-changer.
TOLERIANE ULTRA OVERNIGHT MOISTURISER, LA ROCHE-POSAY
#notsponsored just to be clear! I know I’m supposed to mix it up with different brands and products but I’m not going to draft in an OK formula when I’ve tried and tested this combination and know that it had an amazing impact on my skin. Full disclosure! I’ve been using this night cream after my retinol at night to soothe everything back down. Retinol is amazing but it’s a derivative of vitamin A and that can be quite drying. This overnight moisturiser puts all of the hydration back into the skin leaving it supple, plumped and dewy.
When you have problem skin, it’s tempting to blast the hell out of it and slap on every drying product known to man. But it also needs a lot of TLC and hydration at this time as well, whatever skin type you have. Something light, absorbent and targeted.
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