My skin is driving me crazy at the moment. I say ‘at the moment’ but actually it’s been driving me crazy ever since I was about 12, and my first spot appeared. Since then I’ve been plagued by the little bastards – to differing degrees of severity I must add – but I’ve never gone a day without a few lurkers spoiling my bid for perfect skin.
All I want is to be one of those girls who say things like “You wear foundation everyday? Oh I can’t be bothered!” (because obviously they don’t need to) or “Argh my skin is sooo bad today” when they have one tiny spot on their otherwise flawless complexion. Actually, I don’t want to be one of those girls, because they are annoying, but you get the idea.
I recently interviewed U.S. skincare expert Dr Murad for work. His theory is that the route to perfect skin is 20% topical (i.e. the lotions and potions you put on your face) and 80% to do with what’s going on inside: your diet, how much sleep you’ve had, how stressed you are etc. “When your heart is happy, your skin is glowing” was his motto – meaning you should set aside time to pamper yourself and promote some inner peace to give you a lovely complexion.
I’ve decided to combine the pampering sessions with some targeted skin products, in a bid to achieve gorgeousness. My products are:
La Roche-Posay Effaclair A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector – Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends has written about the efficacy of this brand, and although it’s pricey I’m willing to give it a bash. I also have the mattifying moisturiser which promises to tighten up pores – that would be fab as the pores on my right cheek are probably visible from the moon.
Soap & Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser – I’ve read many articles singing the praises of hot cloth cleanser, and I’m pretty sure the Guardian’s beauty writer Sali Hughes recommended this one specifically. After only one use I can definitely say it gives you a really good deep clean – intensive without the abrasiveness of a scrub.
Aveda Outer Peace Cooling Masque – promises to reduce sebum production and unclog pores. I am going to use this once a week as part of my ‘me time’ probably accompanied by a glass of wine and an episode of Snog Marry Avoid. It’s all about pampering yourself right?
I will report back on how effective this lot are – in the meantime if you have any amazing products or tips you can recommend, I would love to hear about them!