A few weeks ago I wrote a post about my troublesome, oily skin and the painful breakout around my chin and neck. My plan was to strip down my skincare routine, giving it a break from new products. During an Elemis Facial, I was actually advised to change my skincare routine up, as the skin can get used to products and that’s why they may no longer be as effective. Whilst there is a lot of debate surrounding this theory (I’m a bit wary it was just spiel to sell their products), I was that frustrated with my skin that I was up for trying anything. I was recently sent a skin SOS package from La Roche-Posay, so I decided to ditch my routine and create a whole new one – what did I have to lose? Now, four weeks on, I’m happy to report, that my skin hasn’t looked this clear in years – halleluja!
Whilst I’m hoping to review each product in detail, I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of the products that have transformed my skin from red, oily and painful to calm, matte and almost completely blemish free. My first step is to use the Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel. This cleanser cuts through all the surface grease that I wake up to every morning without leaving my skin feeling tight or dry. This is my favourite product from the package I was sent and I can’t recommend it highly enough for oily skin. Next, I spritz my skin with the Serozinc Facial Mist Toner. This helps to calm everything down. It’s incredibly refreshing and is also targeted for blemish prone skin. I then use my trusty Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream on the parts of my face that require a boost of moisture i.e. my cheeks and undereye area. For the rest of my skin, I use La Roche-Posay’s bestselling product – Effaclar Duo [+]. This has become a holy grail skincare product in my house. This daily gel moisturiser reduces the appearance of spots, controls shine and hydrates my skin. It’s powerful but still gentle enough for sensitive skin; I don’t know how they do it, to be honest. I also have the tinted version too for ‘no makeup’ makeup days.
I wish I had taken a before and after photo of my skin, but at the time my breakout was at the peak of its eruption I was feeling too self-conscious. Even days after using these products, all though there wasn’t an immediate visible improvement, my spots didn’t feel as painful and angry. They completely calmed that stingy sensation of the spots bubbling away under the surface. My skin is feeling so good that I’ve also just added the REN Perfect Canvas Finishing Serum into the mix. Once I come to the end of their 14-day challenge I’ll let you know my final thoughts. I’m also considering purchasing the Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Treatment and new La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Clay Mask to target any signs of ageing and give the products I’m already using from the Effaclar range a boost. When it comes to skincare I just can’t help myself, but I’m trying to be good!
Do you have any holy grail skincare products you can’t live without right now?