Sunday, 21 June 2015


To start this post about my skincare routine, I will give you a brief history about my skin and it’s many problems. 

It feels like I have the worst skin in the world at times, and growing up with greasy, combination, acne prone skin, can really suck. As most skin complaints start, it all began at puberty. My skin became very greasy and it erupted in what can only be described as clusters of mountains all over my face. One boy in my class even called me Himalaya face, which was obviously not very nice. I tried to manage it myself for a couple of years by trying all of the spot fighting treatments that I could get my hands on, but to avail, as they seemed to get worse.
I found this very tough and was living in a vicious cycle, covering my spots with layers upon layers of make-up to try and hide them, but this of course just made the problem worse. My mother decided to take me the doctors and I then started different treatments from topical solutions and the pill to try and ease my hormones and to help with the oiliness. Theses helped for a little while but by the time I had finished college I had tried most of the treatments the doctor could give. So, I was referred to a Dermatologist who put me on a treatment called Isotretretinoin, also know as Roaccutane. This medication is very strong and can cause lots of side effects if not used properly, my parents and I had to have a good talk about the pros and cons of taking this drug. I decided to go ahead with the course adhering to all the precautions and within 6 months I finally felt happy with my skin, with myself and my appearance. 
Looking back now, I realise I was far to interested in the way I looked and more importantly what other people thought about me. I found it very hard to cope in school, as I was convinced that I was ugly and different because of my skin, but really I was just the same as everyone else, studies have said that 80% of teenagers will suffer from acne at some stage.

After that delve into the past, my skin now is still combination and yes I do still suffer from spots, but not as bad as I used to. I have also learnt that my skin needs a break and to be free, free from make-up and any heavy skincare routines. I try to keep my routine light and as minimal as possible, I tend to keep it to the 4 easy step systems of cleanse, tone, serum and moisturise with a face-mask once a week.

To cleanse my face I use Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Foam Cleanser and Purifying Mask. I use this morning and night, I do not use this as a mask as I find it too drying for my skin but as a cleanser its lovely. I like it as it makes my face feel squeaky clean afterwards, and it takes off every scrap of make-up I have on without making my skin feel tight. 

I then tone my face using Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spray, I liberally spray this all over my face. Not only is it cleansing my skin, it also feels very refreshing, this step in the morning is lovely to wake me up. I then use a cotton pad to wipe the excess off my face and I am then ready for my serum. 

I use Clinique’s Smart Custom-repair serum, which I came across by chance. I love buying fashion magazines, Cosmo and Glamour are my usual faves. However, last month I decided to buy Instyle as well, luckily for me it came with a free sample of this wonderful serum. I have used it everyday since, and I am in love. I rub a couple of pumps into my finger tips and pat into my skin. It sinks in lovely and just seems to even out my skin tone and make it  glow and just, well, lovely. I must admit though I haven’t tried too many serums, so, this has given me the confidence to go out there and try a few more, since I am nearly hitting 30 I definitely need all the help I can get.

For moisturiser, I use a day cream with SPF and for night I use one with bit of a richer cream for more moisture, I use both the Boots Botanical Skin Calming creams for this step. I really like the Boots Botanical ranges, they are all organic and natural and they don’t make my skin break out, which is always a bonus.

Another Boots Botanical product I use is the Hydrating Radiant Youth eye cream. Although my skin isn’t too bad on the wrinkle front, my eyes however, are starting to show signs of wear and tear. The skin under my eyes can also be extremely sensitive,  and I have tried a few other brands that have left my eyes very sore and red. This product it lovely though, I apply a small amount to my finger and dap it gently under my eye area, It sinks in nicely and my skin doesn’t get irritated or sore. I use this at night and in the morning as it also helps my concealer stay in place.

One last product to mention, as I said above, I like to use a face-mask once a week, this not only helps me relax but also gives my skin a really good deep cleanse.
At the moment I am using Glamglow Supermud clearing treatment, I know this product has a hefty price tag, and is a bit of a beauty cult item, but I had to try it for myself to see if it is worth all the hype. You don’t need very much of this product, a little does go a long way. It smells minty and fresh and makes your face tingle, which I personally like, as it feels like it’s doing something. I then use a damp face cloth to wash it off and then dab my face dry with a towel. I then follow on with my night-time routine, as this is when I tend to use the mask.
I do like this product as it made my skin feel very clean, but I do feel it is over-priced for the results I got. I am, however, leaving it in my skincare routine and I will use it up before maybe trying another face-mask. If anyone has any recommendations for a face-mask, please leave a comment below.

This has been a very long post, thank you for taking the time to read it. I hope it has been interesting and maybe given you some tips or maybe you would like to try some of the products mentioned.

Until next time, 

Victoria x

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