Friday, 17 February 2017

5 Spotless Skincare Steps

Evening all,

I have been contemplating this post for quite sometime now. I am not exactly sure what stance to take on it, but hey honesty is the best policy, right?

Two years ago I suffered with extremely dry, agitated and spotty skin it was horrible. I felt so insecure that I literally wanted to hide my face altogether. Whilst makeup works wonders it doesn't cover all the mess, unfortunately.

It was the worst my skin had ever been and I really struggled to understand why? I never had acne as a teenager, I mean I had the odd breakout here and there but thats normal for a hormonal teenage girl around that time, but it got so bad that my skin was swollen, it was red raw from my cheeks down. I could hardly even touch it.

People used to think I was exaggerating but only those who seen me without any makeup could see exactly what was hiding under 3-6 layers of foundation!!!

Although I didn't want to even wear makeup as it agitated my skin even more. Taking it off was another thing. I always used a wipe but my lovely friend, make up goddess and fellow beauty blogger Leigh Crawford had drummed it into me - do NOT use a wipe! (P.s. Check out her blog folks I just love it!!)

Sorry I'm digressing ...

At this stage it got so bad I felt like everything I put on my face; make up, wipes, moisturiser even make up remover was making this condition worse and worse.

So after numerous buys of skincare products and using nothing but water to remove my make up I went to the doctors to see what they thought it was. The doctor I spoke to wasn't my actual GP he was just in the surgery covering a "shift".

To say the least he couldn't care less, probably thought to himself "oh here's another girl with a minor problem which isn't life threatening please leave and allow me to enjoy my Friday afternoon".

 So after telling me I had achne (I was so so shocked because never did I suffer with this in my teens never mind early 20s) he gave me the whole spiel of "there are two options here":

 1) Go on a contraceptive pill

2) Take these tablets for ache - lymecycline

Now neither of these two options were "solutions". I won't get into the finer details but the first option was just not possible and the second well...

I did try these tablets but they were ridiculous. You literally were not allowed to eat or drink any diary products - there goes my love for cappuccino's and pizza!!!

So whilst I tolerated this for a few weeks, the tablets eased the agitation and swelling but it wasn't the long term solution (com'on you can't expect me to be anti-dairy can you??!?!?).

Invest in your Skin and stop wasting money on rubbish!

So I bit the bullet and finally invested.

Skincare is so expensive particularly when you spend so much money testing everything that is reasonably priced to figure that it was all a load of rubbish and just more money down the drain.

I went to a qualified Dermalogica skincare specialist in Carryduff called 'Chic Beauty Clinic' who do the most amazing facials with all Dermalogica products. No matter what state my skin was in before I went, afterwards it always felt so fresh and soft. It is so relaxing and comes highly recommended!

With this specialist advice I then begun to expand my skin care routine.

1. Dermalogica precleanser

I use this to remove my makeup. This is so nice on your skin and for anyone with sensitive skin I can assure you that it is perfect! It is an oil based cleanser with water turns into a milky solution and your makeup literally wipes away.

2. Dermalogica special cleansing gel

This is my absolute fav!! I use this straight after to give my face a proper cleanse. It is a gel that with water turns into a foam; just massage it in and then rinse with water. It leaves your skin so radiant. It really gives your face a glow.

3. Moisturise

This is where I should say the moisturiser  (I don't have the moisturiser from Dermalogica but i do plan on trying it).

Instead I use 'Simple' moisturiser which I mean does the job but I do plan on trying more.

4. Dermalogica microfoliant

I don't use this bad boy everyday as I do find that it dries out your skin but works a treat to exfoliate and really gives your face a deep exfoliation. This is a powder based substance that with water also turns to a foam with micro beads, I use this every other day.

5. Dermalogica charcoal mask

This is another absolute favourite, which comes out 'pre and post weekend'. This is a charcoal mask that you leave on for around 15 mins, just add water and again exfoliates your skin. Its brilliant. Its sure to kill of any 'upcoming' spots and again soothes your skin.

I know this costs a lot but Bronagh at Chic Beauty Carryduff check out their Facebook page is fantastic at giving you a heads up when there are any deals on, its totally worth it. All of the products above were bought post Christmas and I am not even half way through them.

I use the cleansing gel twice a day and a drop is all you need. I can't recommend these products enough. My skin feels and looks so much better. I still suffer with the odd breakout particularly round my chin which I've been told is hormonal. The rest of my skin is clear.

I recommend anyone with the same issues to stop wasting money on the cheap "skincare" treatments and invest. Speak with Chic Beauty Salon their Dermologica facials are amazing and they are qualified to analyse your skin and recommend exactly what treatment is required - without ripping you off they're 100% honest.

Anyhow I hope you all enjoyed these tips, if you have any questions please just get in touch.

A full range of the Dermalogica Skincare Products can be found here but remember to get your skin seen to first by a specialist like Bronagh who will give you a bespoke prescription to treat your skin - we're all different after all!

The Village Girl



1 comment

  1. Ok I'm dying to try this! My friend uses it and she says its amazing too! Do you think it can help eczema too?
    Emily x |


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