Ugh, I can't tell you how bad my skin has been over the last 8 weeks or so. I've always been lucky in that I've had great skin all my life, even as a teen I was never really plagued with spots or acne. Every now & again I'd get a hormonal spot or two but not very often so when my skin suddenly took a very bad turn for the worse, I didn't know how to treat it!
I have the Liz Earle Spot-On Treatment Oil that I roll onto any spots usually but even this, which normally works a treat, wasn't working. My chin & upper lip were covered in big, angry lumps that were really bloody painful & no amount of clay masks or spot treatments were working.
I though for a while I was having a reaction to a product that I loved using it but I've come to realise now after a trip to the GP that it really was down to some serious hormonal issues I have going on at the minute. I'll bore you with the details another day!
Anyway, as my normal skincare products seemed to be exacerbating my already problematic skin, I decided that now would be a good time to completely change my products & I want to tell you how I'm getting on with them.
1. Clarins Pure Melt Face Gel £19.50 for 125ml
I apply a pea-sized amount of this thick gel cleanser which, when rubbed over my face, turns into a light oil so massages in comfortably. When water is applied, it emulsifies into a milk but I usually gently rinse mine off with a muslin or flannel. My skin feels scrupulously clean with no oily residue left behind.
2. Clarins Gentle Exfoliating toner £25.00 for 125ml
I was really cautious about using this beauty blogger favourite as I also suffer with rosacea & anything with AHAs usually makes it flare up but after reading so many reviews saying it was suitable for the most sensitive of skin, I decided to give it a whirl. I spoke to a sales assistant about my worries beforehand so she gave me a sample to try first & after only a few days, I noticed such a huge improvement in my skin, I went & purchased a full bottle. I get no tingling sensation or irritation whatsoever from this slightly viscous toner but my scarring & lumps have lessened substantially in the 2 weeks I've been using it. I use it probably 4 or 5 times a week, more than the recommended use, but my skin seems to thrive on it. This is definitely my new skincare BFF!!
3. Clarins Beauty Flash Balm £29.00 for 50ml
This is another blogger favourite that admittedly I had been using for years but hadn't replaced when my last tube ran out about 6 months ago. My skin feels so nourished when used as a mask & looks so much better when used as a base primer. There are oodles of reviews online about this fabulous cream so I won't bore you with another one!
Indeed Labs Hydraluron £24.99 for 30ml
After reading Caroline Hirons banging on about this product so much, I decided a few weeks ago to try it when it was on offer for a third off at Boots. My first impression on opening the box was how teeny tiny the tube looked but this product really goes a long way. I use the tiniest amount over a freshly cleansed & toned face, applying just where my skin feels really dehydrated (my chin & cheeks at the moment) & then apply my moisturiser over the top. My skin has felt so much plumper since using this & my scarring is getting better too - I'm sure this in conjunction with the Exfoliating Toner is working its magic on my poor skin & I will definitely be repurchasing when it's ran out.
Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream £40.00 for 50ml
I had a generous sized tube of this cream in a Clarins GWP so have been using it for a few weeks & again, my skin seems to love it. I've had no adverse reaction to it & I alternate between this day cream & another for my rosacea, which I'll review another time.
So slowly but surely, my skin is clearing up. The large angry bumps have gone but I still have a couple of smaller lumps still hanging around. The redness seems to be kept in check & the pigmentation & scarring is much less noticeable now. I'll keep up with these products for another few weeks & report back on how my skin is again - watch this space!