Face Masks…

It hasn’t been until the last six months that I have realised the incredible impact masking has on your skin and just how important it is to use more than just one.

I have slowly been introducing more masks into my skin regime when I have found myself tackling different problems. I began using clay masks when my skin started to break out as a way of drawing out impurities and have found that the SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque is the best of them, using earth clays and minerals it clears congested pores and removes any excess oil without irritation. I use this mask for 15 minutes approximately twice a week – mainly on a Sunday or Monday night to detox after a weekend of makeup and drinking and then again on a Wednesday or a Thursday for a mid-week decongestion. I find that using a foundation brush when applying this really helps for a smooth and even distribution of product to ensure even drying of the mask.

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The next problem I encountered with my skin was when it finally began clearing up a bit I was left with dark marks and scarring from spots so I started using a peeling mask in the form of Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel. This mask uses enzymes and jojoba beads to help shed dead skin whilst vitamin C helps to reduce pigmentation and increase collagen production. I use this mask one a week, keeping it on for around ten minutes (the suggested time is 4 minutes, however I keep it on for longer for a better result). To apply you rub the exfoliator type cream into damp skin and washing off after the recommended time with a damp flannel. I will usually apply this mask on a Thursday or a Friday night so that I have a clearer and less pigmented complexion in time for the weekend.

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The final issue I encountered was that after months of using strong products for my breakouts, my skin was beginning to dry out (especially after a couple nights of drinking and neglecting my skin regime) so I opted for a hydrating mask. I have never been tempted to try a hydrating mask due to the fact that I always thought it would break me out with my naive belief that moisture = spots, however I am now a convert thanks to the Vichy Quenching Mineral Masque. Although deeply nourishing, this mask is in no way rich with it being more of a gel consistency, so I am able to use this once every week or two – or whenever my skin feels dried out and in need of some TLC. Containing Vichy’s signature thermal water, this mask hydrates skin and can also provide a cooling relief to irritation or redness. You can either opt for a quick burst of moisture by keeping the mask on for 10 minutes and washing it off or as I do, by applying a thin layer and letting it sink in overnight with it being completely absorbed by morning – leaving you with soft and deeply nourished skin.

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I cannot stress the importance of masking enough – if you haven’t tried it or if you feel like certain masks won’t work for your skin type, remember that your skin is constantly changing with different conditions and therefore constantly needs a different remedy without changing your day to day regime.

 

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Skin Regime For Acne/ Breakout Prone Skin…

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For the past year my skin has been a complete mess and I have tried so many different products without any success – if anything most products made my skin even worse. After months of suffering from the worst breakouts I decided to do a complete skin-detox by not wearing any makeup during the weeks and using strong products that are formulated for acne-prone skin. Finally, my skin has completely cleared up and I could not be happier with it so I thought I would share my routine.

First I use SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel – this cleanser is specially formulated with strong cleansing agents such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid to target acne. I will warn that this cleanser is extremely drying and very potent so I would suggest you only use this if you do have a breakout and switching to something gentler when you don’t. I apply this to my wet FOREO LUNA mini 2 device and use it on a damp face until the product is foaming – I use this all over my face avoiding the eye area for about 2 minutes. The LUNA mini 2 uses T-Sonic pulsations to provide a deep cleanse, I would really recommend using this over other cleansing devices as the silicone bristles are so much more hygienic and can’t store much bacteria, which is ideal when trying to clear up your skin.

After cleansing I use SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense. This serum contains Salicylic Acid, which helps to reduce the formation of acne and is specially designed to be used alongside the cleanser. This is an extremely active serum that you really feel working from the moment it touches the skin. Initially it may sting or burn you but don’t worry this is not a reaction and after a few uses you will no longer be able to feel these sensations as your skin will get used to the strength.

Following on from the first serum I apply La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+, which is a light gel-like cream that I use as a second serum, however oilier skin types may use this as their moisturiser. This product contains zinc, which is amazing for preventing and treating acne, it is also a lot gentler that the SkinCeuticals products and great for sensitive skin.

Finally, I apply La Roche-Posay Effaclar H to moisturise my skin. This cream claims to moisturise skin that has been weakened by drying skincare products and this is entirely true. The SkinCeuticals cleanser is so brilliantly effective, however it really does dry your skin out to the point that if you do not moisturise it will peel off (I have experienced this numerous times), so this moisturiser is the perfect product to combat dryness whilst still containing ingredients that prevent breakouts.

I am so much happier with my skin now and rather than trying to prevent breakouts I am finally able to work on trying to get rid of the scarring and blemishes left behind (the SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense is also great for scarring) and will soon post about what products I felt were the most effective for this.

I hope this helps – trust me if you stick to this it will make such a difference!