I’ve spoken about my skincare routines a few times now and then but it’s only recently that I’ve been really happy with how my skin has been looking. Of course, as I write this I’ve got the inevitable hormonal spots on my chin that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to shake no matter how perfect my skincare routine may be but for at least a month my skin was looking better than ever before. For a while there my entire routine was targeted at stopping new break outs occurring, now I’ve managed to stop most of the break outs I’ve switched to damage control – fixing scarring and pigmentation – but there are three mainstays in my routine that are there to stop my skin from bringing anything nasty to the surface.
Recently my beloved Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner has been sidelined and I’ve been giving the Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads a go. And although I haven’t quite had long enough to form a complete opinion so far my skin has been liking them. The pads contain Glycolic Acid (10%), Salicylic Acid (2%) and quite a bit of alcohol (46% – you’ve been warned). They’re advertised as having a ‘fresh peach bellini scent’ but to me it just smells of alcohol which I really don’t enjoy. I can see these being waaaay too harsh for a lot of people and they’re probably right on the tipping point for my skin, which is normally fairly tolerant. I tend to cut these pads in half, which is certainly enough for me each night. These pads have a different texture on each side – one smooth and one slightly more exfoliating. I generally use the exfoliating side just as personal preference. Forgetting about the scent for a moment, the salicylic acid definitely seems to make a difference if I can feel a spot coming up and my skin has been looking lovely since bringing them in but I’m still not convinced that a repurchase will be on the cards. There’s also a gentler version available too with half as much alcohol and only .5% of salicylic acid.
If you’ve been around these parts before then you’ll know my feelings towards the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. It’s some kind of miracle elixir for my skin. The tiniest little dot all over my face each night (and some mornings if my skin’s not looking too flash) is a quick and easy way to clean my skin up quick smart. It unclogs my pores and simply reduces the number of spots I seem to get. I’d recommend this product wholeheartedly to anyone who struggles with blemishes or just in general, really. Apart from anything else it’s a nice and simple daily moisturiser to apply before make up. When I run out of this tube (I’m dreading the day) I’ll be excited to try the Effaclar Duo+ formula and see how that goes too.
Next step is a good old facial massage and some oil. A few drops of my chosen oil rubbed into my face, working in outward motions (does that make sense? that probably doesn’t make sense) seems to really do the trick to fix up any congestion that I can feel under the skin. Pictured is the Antipodes Divine Facial Oil but in truth I prefer the Protein Rich Night Replenish Serum from the same brand that I recently finished off. The Divine Facial Oil doesn’t seem to sink in quite as nicely. Others might prefer Rose Hip Oil for this step but I find it tends to clog my pores a little bit.
So there are my three simple steps to get a little closer to spotless skin – a good exfoliating toner with a good dose of salicylic acid, a treatment targeted to fighting imperfections and spending a bit of time on a oil facial massage each night. I also find having a good little routine before bed can be quite relaxing and get me ready to get off to dream land.
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