#JanuaryJoy – Overhaul your Skincare

January is a time for fresh starts, clean slates and good intentions. I don’t know about you but I’m always in need of a kick up the behind when it comes to skin care and I can’t think of a better time than now, when I’m feeling motivated and thinking about all the events I have coming up this year that I want my skin to be glowing for.

In a moment I’m going to share my skin care resolutions and I’d love to hear yours. As with so many of the #JanuaryJoy prompts, just writing something down makes me feel much more committed to the idea and it’s fab sharing tips and thoughts with you all.


Image of and credited to Keiko Lynn

First though, I want to update you all on something I have been doing for my skin for a while now. Back in June I wrote 2 posts on Adult Acne… One busting the myths and encouraging you all to seek treatment if you need it, instead of putting up with less than perfect skin and a second detailing the acne treatments you might be offered. At the time, my skin had been particularly troublesome. Barely a day went by that I didn’t get a new red lump under my skin and whilst they were easily coverable with make-up, who wants to have to do that everyday? The spots were also leaving areas of increased pigmentation behind and after looking back at some honeymoon photos of ours, (when I had been on treatment for spots) I realised how good my skin had been and how I had really just got used to the spots, kidding myself when I had a good few days that it wasn’t that bad. Don’t get me wrong, I was by no means acne-ridden, but I certainly fell into one of the categories of women who I was trying to target in those posts – Living with acne and not feeling like I really warranted medical treatment for it.

Fast forward 6 months and after 5-6 months of treatment, my skin is massively improved. I barely get a spot now and if I do they are much less significant. My skin tone is also so much better. All the pigmentation I was worried about has almost completely faded and apart from my desert island beauty item of blusher to brighten up my monotone skin, I’m happy to go completely barefaced any time, any where. (Here I am, doing just that.)

I’m so glad I went back to my GP (GP’s have their own GP too!) and got it sorted out. As with all my other skin care tips I wanted to remind you, if one of your resolutions this year is to sort your skin out, before forking out on expensive cosmetics and skincare, go back and read those posts and think about whether you actually need professional help. (It was interesting to note, even after writing those posts, that when I tweeted about how much my skin had improved yesterday, everyone was hoping I would reveal a miracle cosmetic product.)

Ok, so skin sorted, what am I focusing on this year when it comes to my skin?

  1. My devotion to Eve Lom is unwavering but my laziness seriously gets in the way of maintaining her regime. I’m going to try my very best not to fall into bed without taking my make up off and at the very least, keep some make-up remover wipes in my bedside to use if tiredness gets the better of me.
  2. Now I’ve turned thirty, I feel like it’s time to start thinking more seriously about anti-aging products. I’m not entirely convinced any anti-aging product actually works but I am going to endeavour to apply my eye cream at night and to moisturise my neck too.
  3. On the same note, I’m going to start the search for a super-serum to improve my skin and at the very least hydrate it better.

So let’s hear your thoughts now. What are your skin care resolutions? Did you visit your GP after reading my Adult Acne posts and have you seen a difference? Or has this post made you realise now is the time?

Here’s to your best skin ever in 2013!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS. Here are those Acne posts if you want to re-read.

Florence’s favourite: Facial Exfoliators

I am somewhat of a creature of habit when it comes to skin care. I love my Eve Lom cleanser, don’t vary my moisturiser or sunscreen choices much, and even have my favourites with haircare and cosmetics, but today I have a new ‘find’ to share with you all.

One thing I have always been a fan of is exfoliators. I love the feeling of smoothness you get after using them and the idea of sloughing away all those dead cells. Now that I use Eve Lom I actually don’t use exfoliators all that often as the muslin cloth exfoliates for me daily. However when I needed a boost I used to occasionally use Dermalogica’s daily microfoliant. I’ve had that for years though so when I spotted this No.7 micro-dermabrasion exfoliator, I thought I would give it a go. Reporting to be so effective you should wear extra sunscreen, I was hoping for big things.

I prefer my exfoliators to feel like they are doing something and this one came out as a granulated paste, with an almost sand like texture when rubbed in. I was really pleased with the results too. Super smooth skin, as promised, and although I expect some level of tightness in the skin after exfoliating, it wasn’t overly uncomfortable.

I’m so happy with it, I binned the Dermalogica. My skin has cleared up massively in recent weeks, (more on that later,) so I was really keen to make the most of it. Add to that the fact that I’ve been thinking about stepping up my skin-care in view of my recent big-three-oh birthday and I think this product is worth a try if you want to do the same. At £11 I didn’t think it was too expensive either, just over a third of the price of the Demalogica.

Have you tried the No.7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion exfoliator? Or have you got a favourite you can recommend here?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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