Operation Spot Control

19 Oct

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!


One Response to “Operation Spot Control”


  1. Soap & Glory The Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser Review « Kiss and Make Up - November 19, 2012

    […] a month ago I wrote this post describing my spotty skinned plight and the new products I had bought to control it. Luckily, the […]

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