S.O.S. - Save Our Skin

Today we’re going to talk about one of life’s challenges, skin.

This isn’t my normal type of post because I’m not a ‘beauty person’ by any stretch! I don’t have draws full of make up or piles of creams and lotions but what I do use is tried and tested. Skin means so much to so many people, in good and bad ways. I for one have had somewhat of a turbulent relationship with my skin; from totally flawless until 14, giant hormonal spots all through my teens and then the inevitable booze and binge spots of my twenties. It’s taken me many experiments, ups, downs and downright poor skin until I’ve finally got today – a time where my skin is manageable but only thanks to the products that I use.

My skin is combination, super oily in parts (especially over the summer) but quite dry around my hairline. Worst of all is the scarring; this is a problem that many people with mixed raced skin experience as there are issues with over-production of melanin which leads to dark spots, discolouration and hyperpigmentation. Honestly, I think over the years this has bothered me and affected my confidence more than the giant spots did!

One piece of advice I will give for those of you with oily or combination skin is try try try not to use products that over dry your skin; if your face wash, toner (especially astringent toners) or any other products leave you feeling just slightly tight, change them! I only found this out in recent years but by removing all of the oil from your skin it responds by producing even more oil leading to unsightly spots and sores - makes sense right. Now, not all of the products I use today are for everyone, but there a few bits I use which might be useful for all skin types, especially if you’re hurtling hastily towards your mid-twenties like I am! Firstly you will notice I use predominantly Kiehl’s products. This is after a good 6 to 12 months of testers, samples and horror products; they just work with my skin and work well with each other. Moving to London also really changed my skin, the pollution made me grey and the lack of real country air left me a little lackluster.

I have what I call ‘my daily essential’, ‘total saviours’ and ‘weekly treats’.

I cleanse using Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, tone and moisturise in the morning and use ‘Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution’ between toner and moisturizer. This is what I’d call a wonder product. Nothing has ever fixed my scars like this product and little goes a long way; the Activated Vitamin C breaks down and disperses the excess melanin within scars creating clear, bright, even skin. What I've also recently been trailing many a free sample of the Line Reducing Eye Brightening Concentrate eye cream. I'm still in slight disbelief that it actually does anything as in reality i don't have much to correct around my eyes - i'm lucky not to suffer from bags and dark circles and certainly don't have any real lines. I guess prevention is the best cure though!

In an evening I wash my face before bed, exfoliating twice a week with Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Brightening Exfoliator, then correct and use night oil. I’ve been using Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate for a few years now and along with my corrective serum it is the one thing I will simply say I can’t do without. No other product brightens and rehydrates my skin like this little blue bottle.

My two ‘extras’ are a SPF 50 that I use everyday under my moisturizer in the summer (and should do in the winter too, but a budget has to start somewhere right!!) and an over night mask that I use weekly (read: when I remember) that makes my skin absolutely GLOW!

All in all, I’m not really sure what the point in this post is apart from to let you in on a few secrets of a person who spends money on little else but skincare. If I were to recommend two products from my selection for every skin type it would be the Midnight Recovery Concentrate and the Overnight Mask for the ultimate luminosity. For those of you with scars I’d really suggest trying the corrective solution – pricy at the time but you’ll see a real difference in our scars in about two weeks.

Over and out

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