Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Spotty Fixes

Things are serious at BBB and I'm not happy! I don't know if it's the weather, my age (to me, 21 is NOT the age to be experiencing spots since I've been spot free all my childhood) or my diet but I am experiencing breakouts left, right and all over my forehead! I'm going to be drastically changing my diet, ditching the chocolate, cutting out the dairy and guzzling all the water I can get my hands on.

Of course, what beauty blogger would I be if I hadn't found some gems that are now a permanent part of my stash and these are the items I now reach for in bid to recover my post-breakout skin.

Let's start with the cleansers. I've ditched the oils and balms on a morning and chosen a lightweight alternative such as the REN Rosa Centifolia Cleansing Gel. This removes any post sleep grime and leaves skin cleansed and more refreshed. If only the rest of me felt like that at 6.30am!

Next up is exfoliators and this is my favourite step, there's nothing nicer than buffing away dead skin cells to leave baby smooth skin. My exfoliator of choice is the Origins Brighter By Nature Exfoliating Pads, these pads are soaked in fruit acids which remove dead skin and promote a brighter complexion. The pad itself is also a little rough so this makes exfoliating the skin even more effortless. These are my savior at break out times although if you have sensitive skin, I would give them a miss as they can sting.

I always like to add a mask into my routine if I'm feeling extra spotty and the Una Brennan Pore Purifying Clay Mask (as I like to call Aesops cheaper sister, a heads up for those who can't afford the Parsley Seed Mask) is fantastic for detoxing the skin and giving my face a thorough cleanse and really helps unclog pores. I avoid using this if I've used the Origins pads already, there is such a thing as treating your skin too much.

And finally, the creme da la creme of the routine, it's the cream. When I'm wanting a fast acting breakout treatment, I reach for the Quinoderm Cream. This is readily available in the UK in any pharmacy and everytime I have a spot that needs shrinking, I apply this. Breakouts are dramatically reduced over night and this takes any redness out. With any cream high in acid and designed for breakouts, this can cause sensitivity and dry skin (vicious circle, I know) but for a targeted spot treatment, it's a small price to pay!

What are your breakout saviors?


  1. I adore those Origins Brighter By Nature Exfoliating Pads - they are a miracle worker. I only have a few left but will be repurchasing them.

  2. I love all REN products they are amazing! Love Skincare!
    Hannah :) x

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