Tuesday, 24 March 2015

A Lifestyle & Skin Care Routine That Has Finally Cleared Up My Skin

I've been trying out products to get rid of my spots for over a decade, and right now my skin is the best it has ever been. That's not to say that it's perfect, of course I still get spots (like clockwork around that time of the month), but now I might have one or two spots on my face from time to time, as oppose to four or five on a regular basis that I used to have. 

There is no miracle product that will eliminate spots altogether, and as soon as I realised that I was able to have a more relaxed approach to my skin care. I stopped researching products every other night in the hope of finding "the one" and both my skin and my bank balance have thanked me for it. In fact, I've changed my whole outlook on skin care. Rather than buying new, hyped-up (and expensive) products all the time in the hope that they would get rid of my spots, and piling them on top of each other on my face, I now keep it as simple as possible.

I've completely streamlined my skin care products, using the same ones every day and letting my skin breathe. Instead of using aggressive spot-targeting treatments that usually made my skin angrier and redder, I now make sure that my products are oil-free and much more gentle on the skin.

I've been using my current skin care products every day for about 6 months and I can see a massive difference. My skin type is quite a fussy one, which is why it's taken me so long to find the right products. It is blemish-prone but also sensitive. I'd say it was fairly normal-combination in terms of oiliness.

Before I focus on the products themselves, I have also incorporated lots of extra little things into my lifestyle that have helped to clear up my spots too, and thought I'd share them with you...

My Skin Care Advice

I am certainly no skin care expert but after years of trying to get my skin in good condition, I've learnt a few things along the way..

Eat healthier. I know, I know, "Tell me something I don't know" I hear you cry, but, seriously eating lots of vegetables makes a huge difference. I always ensure that my plate is 3/4 full of veg, both for lunch and for dinner. I never diet in the traditional sense of the word, but I make sure that I eat very healthy foods every day. Look into veg that is particularly good for your skin like avocado, berries, broccoli and fresh garlic and try and incorporate them into your meals.  Check out The Medicinal Chef book for a list of vegetables that are great for your skin and other areas of your body- it's a brilliant book.  

Change your pillowcase twice a week at least. You'd be amazed at all the sweat, drool, skin and hair grease that gets on it in the night! Gross, I know, but it's made a difference since I started changing mine really regularly (although it's really annoying for messing up the matching bedding!)

Drink less alcohol. Another obvious one but since cutting down on alcohol my skin is much better, in fact I'd say that alcohol and chocolate are the two biggest food/drink sources that cause me to get more spots; it's guaranteed that I will break out if I consume a lot of either. I did dry January this year and couldn't believe how much better my skin was after it! I lost some weight too, and just generally felt better and cleaner in my body as well as less sluggish. Now I limit my alcohol to 2-3 days (maximum) a week. 

Double cleanse every night and use a flannel or muslim cloth with your second cleanser to make sure everything is off. This is a big one. It's so important to cleanse after you've taken your makeup off as the makeup remover doesn't clean the skin, but simply takes the makeup off. So the skin underneath still has blocked pores and trapped dirt. 

Drink lots of water. Set yourself a target each day and turn it into a game. I always make sure I drink at least two 500 ml bottles as well as lots of green tea. I also like boiling water with a wedge of lemon in it (this is particular refreshing in the morning or when you're hungover). Anything that rehydrates you is good so the more water the better. If you start to feel thirsty you're not drinking enough! 

Don't pick and mess with your face. This always results in more spots. Definitely never squeeze red spots. If it's a yellow head and ready to pop then make sure your hands are clean and you cleanse the area afterwards to avoid cross contamination. Make sure you avoid touching your face as much as possible during the day- I find that I do it subconsciously when I'm concentrating so I'm making a real effort to stop myself from doing it. 

Wash your makeup brushes regularly. Another obvious one but the amount of bacteria that builds up on them means that they are a big cause of creating and spreading spots around your face. I'd recommend washing them once a week, and baby shampoo is great for this. 

Avoid really harsh spot gels or creams as they will irritate the spot further and prolong its existance. There are so many adverts about products that claim to eliminate spots instantly and they're just a complete myth. The products are often very harsh and very drying, and will actually end up hurting your skin more.

Make sure your contraceptive pill is the right one for you. One pill broke me out a lot and completely disagreed with my skin, and a close friend got acne for the first time after starting a new pill, so make sure you speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about this, as it might not be a good mix with your hormones.

The Products That Have Worked For Me 

L'Oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil
- I use this to remove all my makeup. It does a great job of getting rid of all my eye makeup in particular, doesn't sting my eyes at all and is very quick to use. I wouldn't say this has any obvious skin care benefits but it's really convenient to use and it doesn't break me out if I use my Ren Cleanser after it. 

- This cleanser is brilliant. The clay formula draws out all the impurities in my skin and unblocks all my pores. I leave it on my skin for as long as possible, like a mini face mask, whilst I brush my teeth etc, to achieve maximum effect. I often remove it with a hot flannel in the evenings as well to make sure my face is really clean, but in the mornings I just wash it off normally. It really has reduced the number of spots I get, but without being too harsh on my skin. I would highly recommend this cleanser to anyone that gets spots! You need to give it a month before you realise how much of a difference it is making, it's not instant so be patient, but it does work!

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
- This is the perfect toner to use after cleansing my skin as it's so gentle and soothing. I feel like it just calms my skin down after it has been thoroughly cleansed.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
- I've been using the Estee Lauder night repair serum for years. It's brilliant at just providing your skin with an extra bit of TLC. I apply it just after toning and before my moisturiser every night and it keeps my skin moisturised, bright and, in particular, I've noticed that it gets rid of redness and heals any blemishes or red marks. 

Elemental Herbology Moisture Milk
- This, alongside the Ren Clay Cleanser, has made the biggest difference to my skin. It is the perfect moisturiser for tackling spots as well as keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised. It is oil-free, which is essential for me as any kind of oil in skin care products always breaks me out, and contains green tea as well as plenty of vitamins. It's pricey but it lasts quite a long time and is honestly worth every penny in my opinion- my spots have diminished significantly since using this! 

Clinique All About Eyes
- This is a lovely, soothing eye cream. It is not too heavy, like a lot of them are, so never produces any milia (those annoying little bumps under the eyes). It's particularly effective when my eyes are tired after working all day, or during hay fever season. 

Eve Lom Dynaspot
- I was wary of this spot cream at first as, like all others, it didn't produce instant results. The price tag is high, another reason why I was wary of it, but I think you pay for a spot cream that will not irritate or anger your skin. Whilst this does not get rid of spots immediately, it certainly speeds up their lifespan and ensures that they last 2 days rather than 5. It also calms the inflammation down and gets rid of the redness, bringing the bacteria to the surface to remove it from your skin quicker.

I hope you found this helpful! 
What do you think about these products?
Any other tips for combating spots?

Rosy x


  1. Many great products.
    I have one question: You use your serum after your moisturizer? I do it the other way around.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Thanks hun :) Oh no I meant just after toning and BEFORE my moisturiser! Thanks, I'll change it now :) xx

  2. I've recently started using the Ren ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser as my morning cleanser and I really like it, like you, some mornings I leave it on my face as a mini face mask whilst I'm brushing my teeth. I've definitely noticed a difference in my skin since I've started using it so hopefully it will be even better after another couple of weeks! xo

    Jenny | That Northern Gal

  3. Great post Rosy, I swear by Ren products! Love the new site design too x


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