Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Beauty | Skin update #1

I've decided to start doing regular updates on my skin, it's condition and the products I've been using.

So, my skin right now.

Let's just say it's AWFUL!!

With both pregnancies, both my skin and my hair have suffered, and I never really got the healthy glow that's meant to come halfway through. I've struggled with bad skin and hair throughout!! Unlucky huh?

Before falling pregnant, I'd got myself into a great skincare routine, both morning and evening. With a full cleanse, tone, serum and moisturise in the morning, then make up removal, cleanse, tone, serum & moisturise in the evening. My skin was in great condition and I was receiving compliments on how good my skin was looking.

At the beginning of this pregnancy I struggled with the worst sickness in my life, I couldn't use any beauty products as the smell of everything made me sick. Plus, I had to stop using quite a few products as they weren't safe to use in pregnancy.
I broke out on my chin quite bad, and regular use of skincare products seemed to be making my skin worse. So due to all of those reasons, I've had to strip back my skincare routine quite drastically.

So, my very basic skincare routine at present, includes...

Washing face with just warm water.
Using Olay Regenerist CC Cream (£16.66), an anti-ageing 3 in 1 serum, moisturiser and sheer foundation.

Removing make up with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (currently £2.99 in Boots), which is a fantastic make up remover, which gently cleanses, soothes and hydrates the skin.

A full routine with my Liz Earle products; the Essentials Try Me Kit (£23.00) including Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion & Skin Repair Moisturiser.

Exfoliate with my faithful Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (£41.30*) in the morning. This stuff is amazing and makes my skin smooth and bright. Unfortunately, it contains salicylic acid which is deemed a no-no in pregnancy, high doses have been seen to cause birth defects, although small amounts are considered safe if not allowed to absorb into the skin [such as face peels]. So I use a tiny amount twice a week.
I also use Skinetica Anti-Blemish & Super Toner (£9.99*) applied directly to the blemishes on my chin in the evening. It doesn't contain the usual nasty chemicals in anti-blemish and acne products and it really does work, I usually use this as a toner during the evenings, but until my breakout clears up I'm just using on that area a couple of times a week.

It seems as though when my skin seems to be getting better, and clearer, another few spots appear. It's so frustrating! I haven't had clear skin since falling pregnant.
The rest of my skin however is fine, clear, smooth and feels really soft. My t-zone isn't at all oily or dry, my skin tone is pretty much perfect. It's just the breakouts on my chin that are troublesome.

Hopefully by the next Skin Update, I'll have good news that my breakouts have cleared up and my skin is looking much healthier!! Wish me luck!!

If you have any tips or advice for me, all will be muchly appreciated!! :)

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  1. How about a really good moisturising facemask once a week hun? x

    1. I do think I'm slowly going to reintroduce treatments and more products back into my routine. I don't want to speak too soon but the past couple of days my skin has been looking slightly better, so fingers crossed I can start using more without it bringing me out in another breakout!! :)

  2. I loveeee the dermalogica microfoliant, it;s so gentle on my skin! I really hope your skin starts to clear up soon for you, how much water do you drink? I swear by taking in loads of water daily and I always receive so many compliments on how soft and clear my skin is and I swear it's all down to drinking lots of water!


    Hannah x

    1. I do try to drink plenty of water, although Im prob not drinking enough! Pregnancy just plays havoc with my skin!!

      Thanks for your comment!! :)

  3. Pregnancy hormones can throw your skin out! Always good to keep it back to basics for awhile until they settle down a bit :)

    Jasmin Charlotte

    1. I'm looking forward to reintroducing some products back into my routine once it calms down a little - what happened to the healthy pregnancy glow?! lol.

      Thanks for your comment :)

  4. Glad to know you have perfect skin. Dry/acne prone skinned people have to use many products to maintain the radiance. Nice post :-)

    1. My skin is far from perfect! :)
      Thanks for stopping by though!


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