Problematic skin is the bane of my life! I suffer with it all- dry patches, blemishes, oiliness, blackheads, sensitivity, redness, need I go on? My combination skin can get quite tiresome to look after, but I have now found a couple fail safe options that have crept their way to the top in my regular rotation, I know that I can rely on them to bring my skin back to normality. I think understanding your skin is crucial, what does your skin need? I’m no expert, queen of skincare Caroline Hirons is the lady to turn to if you want to get a bit more technical, she’s a hero!
I’ve realized that although my skin is oily, it can also get dehydrated, I have noticed such a difference in my skin since addressing this. To do so, I use the Clarins Lotus face oil treatment, it’s a light oil that is designed for combination to oily skin. I find that it gives my skin just the right amount moisture and gives a lovely boost of radiance at the same time, who wouldn’t want that? It also had a big impact on the size and redness of any blemishes, I find that they are dramatically reduced overnight. I know what some of you might be thinking, putting oil on oily skin, what is she on about? Trust me, it works! I’m not going to get too scientific, mainly because I don’t know what I’m talking about, but from what I understand here’s the lowdown. When your skins natural oils are unbalanced , the sebaceous glands produce sebum (nasty stuff that clogs pores and causes breakouts). Sometimes this can be caused by using cleansing products that are too stripping, a regular mistake made by the oily skinned clan (myself included). Once the balance is restored, this should help clear the skin and prevent blemishes from cropping up. I cannot recommend using an oil enough.
Next we have probably the most hyped product of 2012/13, the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (now +). Blogger hype is a very powerful thing and this particular product truly deserves it. I mainly use it as a serum before my evening moisturiser, if I’m feeling lazy I will use it in place of a moisturiser, a bit naughty I know but oh well. It has recently been reformulated, it is still very similar to the original formulation but in my opinion it’s even better. The original was mainly targeted at reducing spots, but now it also claims to reduce the appearance of acne scarring. The lightweight gel texture and very subtle scent reduce the possibility of it irritating even the most sensitive of skins. This has been an absolute miracle worker for me, I recommend this to all of my family and friends when they complain about their blemish woes. Crowd pleaser right here ladies and gents!
Right, now that I have confessed my undying love to these two products we’ll leave it there. What are your skin saviours?