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My Battle with Skincare.


Up until the age of 18 I had perfect skin. I look back and kick myself, because I didn't have an intense skincare routine, just a cream cleanser and some energising face wash in the mornings. Sometimes I would use moisturiser, sometimes I didn't need it and that's the way my skin worked. Then everything changed.

I turned 18 and was hit hard with the cosmetic fairy, resulting in uncontrollably spending on skincare. I was convinced that everything had a purpose. The newest cleanser, exfoliating toners, you get the gist. Now, three years later my stash is stoked with everything and anything. But I don't use any of it anymore.

For a long time I read blogs and magazines and took every word as truth, but now I'm a little but sceptical. And it all started with the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. If you look back at my posts I have a love hate relationship with this wonder product. At first I loved it, then it messed me around a little bit, finally it broke out into a war and I had burn type marks on my face for a week! I tried to hard to love it, I really wanted to be another success story. But it just wasn't meant to be. I have this problem with a lot of products. Anti Blemish claiming products would get rid of blemishes that I had, but would instantly be replaced with more. And they were angry! 

This got me thinking, what else am I just trying to love? I looked at the lineup of products on my dresser and took away everything but three items. The Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, the Origins Make a Difference + Rejuvenating Moisturiser and the Organic Surge Daily Care Facial Wash. After just one week my skin was glowing, I still had a bit of dry skin and some scaring from previous nasties. And so I pulled out a sample of Steamcream and used that as my new daily moisturiser. 

Another week had passed, my skin was smooth, hydrated and most of all clear. The boy did have a bit of a chuckle once he had seen my magic three in comparison to the usual hoard. Everything was working with my skin in harmony, and I felt great. But I sit here today after doing the unthinkable, I changed two things at the same time and have awoken after two days of use with two blemishes. I know that something has done it, I just can't tell which. 

REN Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel.
or
ESPA 24-Hour Replenishing Moisturiser. 

I think that it may be the REN cleanser, only because of it's blemish banning claims. As I mentioned earlier, most of the time they just don't work for me. And so this is going to be the first thing that I remove, after a week I shall report back. I know that some of you must be screaming at the screen, spots are natural  and everyone gets them. But after changing something in your skincare routine you should always assess the situation. If in a weeks time I still have a few little breakouts, then I'll know that it's just my skin. If it clears, I will be passing said removed product onto someone else. And of course returning to my magic three.

I've learnt that just because someone else uses multiple products doesn't mean that I need to. What may work for someone else may not work for me. 

As rambly as this post is, do you think that you sometimes want to love products that just don't love you? And do you sometimes feel like you buy skincare without needing to? Please let me know in the comments below!

Gem. x