I’m 26, and my skin is at that strange stage where it’s not sure what the hell is going on. Apparently, I’m at the age where it’s appropriate for fine lines and creases to start forming (oh joy!), however, my confused little face is also regularly home to blackheads and blemishes. I have an oily, spotty t-zone but dry cheeks and an increasingly wrinkly forehead. So shall I just get it over with now and pop a paper bag over my head? It’s safe to say skincare is an area I am increasingly becoming obsessed with. Whether it’s from Poundland or Harvey Nichols, I love trying out different lotions and potions. Facial oils, masks and serums are particularly becoming my most indulgent purchases. Just so you know, I tend to trial skincare products for at least 4 weeks so my skin has time to absorb all the benefits and show any reactions before I share my thoughts.
Since I was a teenager I’ve had troublesome skin. There were a few brands I relied on including Witch, The Body Shop’s Tea Tree collection, Clearasil and my old favourite, T-Zone. As I got older I pushed theses brands to the back of my mind and moved on to what I thought were more ‘sophisticated’ brands. I was too inexperienced to know that big price tags don’t necessarily equal great results! With age I’ve actually become less snooty towards designer brands and prices. Anyway, I was very kindly sent this T-Zone duo to try: the Refreshing & Hydrating Gel-Cream & Sensitive Cleansing Cream Wash now available at www.beautyandthebunch.com. Both contain Tea Tree and Salicylic Acid, are naturally anti-bacterial and contain no parabens or artificial fragrances.
The Sensitive Cleansing Cream Wash* (150ml/£3.99) is my favourite of the two products. The rich cream is refreshing and gently cleanses and unclogs pores without drying the skin. I apply it to dry skin every morning and evening, gently massaging the tea tree scented cream into small circles, then rinsing off. It leaves my skin feeling fresh, tingly and clean as it removes excess surface oil without drying out the skin.
I have then been following this with step two – the Refreshing & Hydrating Gel-Cream* (50ml/£4.99). The lightweight, non-greasy formula absorbs very easily into the skin without leaving any residue. It soothes the skin and works with the wash to help fight blemishes and prevent new ones from forming. I tend to concentrate on my oily areas when applying. It can often leave my feeling a little tight and uncomfortable after applying the gel-cream. I always make sure I follow with a rich moisturiser such as my Replenishing Day Moisturiser from the Bannatyne Spa Collection to help skin feel more soft and supple. Despite this, I have noticed a definite decrease in the amount of blemishes on my chin and nose area since using both T-Zone products! The collection also includes: Shine Control Cleansing Wipes, Spot Zapping Gel, Blackhead Fighting Facial Scrub and Face & Nose Pore Strips.
The T-Zone collection is available now from www.beautyandthebunch.com. Both the Hydrating Gel-Cream and Cleansing Cream Wash can be purchased separately or as part of the T-Zone Ultra Hydrating Bunch which also includes the Shine Control Wipes for only £9.73 – that’s a saving of 25%!
Have you tried T-Zone?
What are your thoughts on their products?
What are your go-to brands for tackling blemishes?
*This post contains a PR Sample or gifted item but don’t worry, all thoughts, opinions and ideas are always my own!