Over the last few weeks, I’ve been thoroughly enjoying not wearing much make up. Those who have said that it brings your skin back to life weren’t wrong, however I’ve needed to keep an eye on my skin due to the amount of medication that I’m on. It has really taken a toll on my skin, and I’ve noticed that over the last eight weeks that I’ve been getting some unsightly lumps and bumps that I can only attribute to having a reaction to what I’ve had to take. Over a few posts, I’m going to share the products that I have been using in a very simple routine with some added extras to combat certain skin issues. The basis of my skincare has been from Clarins, a brand that I hold in high esteem to combating many of my skin concerns, and have done for several years.
Stripping my skincare right back has probably been the hardest thing for me to do in ages, as I am terrible for using a plethora of products to give me the healthy, glowing and clear skin that I desire. One good thing that has come from this is that I have discovered a product that has ultimately repaired my skin and given me a much needed respite from sensitivity and the after effects of having sensitive skin. The wonder product that I’m referring to is the Clarins Sensitive Skin Beauty Repair, £43 for 15ml. A pricey little treatment but my god, I cannot tell you just what this elixir has done to help. Packaged in a pump action bottle, one or two pumps are enough for the whole face. When applying it, it feels like it’s cooling my whole face down, removing redness and soothing irritation. I see this as an emergency treatment and I don’t use it every day, but I save it for times of need when I have a kind of first-aid situation. For my situation, I used it every other day for around two weeks and since then I’ve only needed to add it into my routine around once or twice a week or whenever I feel my skin flaring up. I had some unusual lumps under my jaw line that I can only link back to an allergic reaction of some sort, and a week it was like it had never happened. I do think it’s a must for every beauty cupboard.
Continuing with a sensitive skin regime, I’ve been wearing the Clarins Gentle Day Cream, £40 for 50ml, both morning and night. As I’ve only been wearing makeup on average once a week, my skin is feeling nourished enough to use a light moisturiser at night without having any adverse effects. It’s extra gentle and does work really well in conjunction with the Skin Beauty Repair. The cream does soothe skin irritation and reduce redness whilst hydrating and nourishing my skin. Although it feels a lot thicker than my usual day cream, the Kiehls Ultra Facial, it actually sinks into the skin without leaving any residue or greasiness. On the odd occasions that I have worn makeup, I’ve been able to wear it over the top of the Clarins Day Cream without my foundation sliding all over my face, which to me, speaks volumes.
Last year, Clarins brought out a range of Booster drops to add an extra oomph to your skincare. The Booster drops are available in Detox, Energy and Repair, and with my skin being in the state that it’s in, Clarins Repair Booster Drops, £30 for 15ml, are the ideal boost for my day cream. In the same packaging as the Radiance Booster Drops, which I absolutely love, the Repair Booster drops have been targeting my damaged skin to bring it back to life. A drop or two mixed into my moisturiser each more gives added reduction to any redness, irritation and discomfort. My skin has honestly never felt or looked better.
Although stripping back my skincare has been tough, it’s been a welcome change to only have to use a minimal amount of product. I know exactly where I’m up to with things and it’s making it a lot easier to see how I am reacting when I do add new products into the routine. After letting my skin settle, I’ve started to add some acids back for tackle other issues which I will be giving you an insight into in the next week or so.
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