Just Charlie G
26. 07. 2011

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I’ve absolutely had it with my skin. I’m 37 and quite frankly fed up of the gaping pores emphasised by anthing other than polyfilla, I’m sick of the lumps and bumps and I’ve had it with the spots. ENOUGH.

A long time ago, before I started blogging I was a Decleor devotee. I swore by the range and loved it. Since blogging however, I’ve mostly stuck to Estee Lauder for it’s miraculous line reducing qualities and chopped and changed with other brands when I’ve been sent them for review purposes and I think my skin has had enough. So thinking back to the past and in consultation with the extremely knowledgable Caroline Hirons I’ve just started a new regime in the hopes of fixing my face.

I will be using the following:

Cleansers: Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser every evening and I have a sample sized bottle of Nuxe Cleansing water to get through but thats just for emergencies. I will always use a clean cloth and hot water from the tap, never from the bowl. My only problem with this is not having a mixer tap…ouch, it gets hot, but so far so good!
Moisturisers/oils: Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang and Aromessence Ylang Ylang Night Balm, both for combination and oily skin (although I am neither… I certainly lean that way rather than dry), Decleor Expression De L’Age Radiance Smoothing Cream, specially formulated for women in their 30’s.
Eye Care: Decleor Expression De L’Age Relaxing Eye Cream. Again specially formulated for women in their thirties.
Special Treat: Decleor Source D’Eclat – 10 Days Radiance Powder Cure. I’ll review this product separately after the given 10 days but this is a radiance booster with pure Vitamin C so we shall see!

Some of these items are PR samples and some of them I have bought myself. I have previously had the Alpha H Cleanser as a sample but finished it, this bottle I have bought myself. I have also purchased the Eye Cream and Moisturiser myself, whilst the other three Decleor products were PR Samples.

So what am I trying to fix? Well lets have a look! I am largely make up free in the following pictures, except for eye make up. There’s nothing else. There was tinted moisturiser first thing in the morning but this was about 10 hours later so nothing remained.

Doesn’t look bad here does it?

Β So lets go a bit closer. Eeek!
Here’s a closer look at my lumpy bumpy chin area, I know, it still doesn’t look terrible in this pic.

So what about this? You see I get spots around my lips, mouth and chin area and along my jawline are those bumps.. so many horrible little bumps… when I have make up on, it just looks like acne.

And this was supposed to show you my nose and its horribleness but erm.. it’s out of focus…

So thats that! I’ve already started with the cleanser and the Aromessences duo but am waiting for the moisturiser and eye cream to turn up and when they do I will start the 10 day radiance powder cure as well.

So I’ll see you 10 days after that point for a review of that product and an update and I suppose in about 4-6 weeks for a closer look at all the products and they are working out for me!

Wish me luck!Β And a huge thanks to Caroline for the advice. xx

17 responses to “Big Skincare Overhaul”

  1. Computergirl says:

    I really feel for you- my quest is to get healthy skin. Ms Hirons is a god send- she has my skin on a good path! I have open pores but having a good cleanser/routine is doing wonders. Such a pain though, right?!

    Good luck with your mission xx

  2. xXMaNdAXx says:

    If this regime doesn’t work you should try Liz Earle’s products!! I swear by them and I’m totally addicted! The hot cloth cleanser is a must have but the mask is really good too x


  3. Charlie says:

    yes, thank god for Caroline!

    Manda, I’ve used Liz Earle… I did really like it, but I used to love Decleor so fingers crossed!

  4. Cat says:

    Have you tried the Eve Lom cleanser? I have struggled with my skin for years (cystic acne for a period which was disgusting!) and it’s a godsend. Expensive but worth it. I also swear by Sudocrem for any spots!

  5. Amy says:

    I get spots around my mouth/chin and it’s so annoying πŸ™ I tried Liz Earle and my skin had never been as bad πŸ™ x

  6. Replica says:

    I really don’t think you have bad skin at all! I definitely think changing around skincare has a negative effect, its just hard to stick to the same products as there are always new alluring things coming out πŸ™‚ I’ll be interested to see how you get on with the eye cream as I am currently on a quest to find “the one” x

  7. I agree with Anonymous. I’m fair too and it just seems to emphasize everything! I’m tired of the wrinkles, pores and most importantly spots too! I hope to find something to turn things around! Good luck to you and I look forward to checking in with you to see how it’s going πŸ˜‰

  8. Charlie says:

    Thanks for the comments all. You can be assured you’d never see such brave shots if it were my time of the month…I’d be caked in so much Doublewear foundation, I’d be mask like πŸ˜‰

    I know it’s not awful, I do get terrible skin around my time of the month but the rest of the time it just seems… dull and congested. I guess I’ll never have smooth glowy skin but I’m going to try to make it the best I can!

  9. makeup merriment says:

    I think your skin looks very good!

    I’m a *searcher* myself and am always looking for the next great thing. It’s so difficult to stick with something. I’m never really happy with my skin so you are not alone….

  10. Anonymous says:

    Some brave shots there but I think you have very good, clear skin. You’re very fair, like me, and it’s hard to disguise blemishes and dark circles etc. Before children, when I had money to squander I like Decleor too. These days I just use Ultrasun during the day and pure Avocado oil at night (fab for cuticles too).

  11. Miss Kei Kei says:

    My Mum swears by Decleor and Estee Lauder too. That’s how I got addicted to the EL Advance Night Repair Serum! My skincare routine has definitely lessen though since using the Clarisonic Mia and feels so much healthier. x

  12. BeautyParler says:

    Thanks for sharing the pics! In general I don’t think anyone has `flawless perfect’ skin I too get clogged pores that are skin tone so with makeup can look worse. For me facials work & I’ve tried high & low products, there are many good products in the market but as you know what works for one doesn’t always work for others. Can’t wait to read about your overall experience.

  13. Mari says:

    I hear you Charlie, I’m approaching mid 30s and see every nook and cranny on my face getting more noticeable than ever. I have seriously considered getting a chemical peel to help with the surface problems that I know will be a waste of money trying to buy it on creams, serums and moisturizers that will probably never fix the problem. If you see good results then I’ll be sure to consider some of the items you are currently trying out yourself! Good luck doll!

  14. Missey says:

    I think we are all our own worst enemies when it comes to our skin. I think your skin looks quite nice!

    I find it interesting the the harder I look at my skin, the more flaws I find. I have come to discover that no one examines my face as closely as I do. I’ve decided to give myself a break and take a few steps away from the mirror. There- that’s not so bad! You should try it too πŸ˜‰

    PS I like your blog quite a bit, it’s as lovely as you are!

  15. Jo says:

    I really don’t think your skin is as bad as you think it is Charlie. Going by them pictures, I think it looks in good condition actually. I may have to send you some private pictures of mine at the moment, so you can compare, you’d be feeling great then haha. xx

  16. Charlie says:

    Thank you all for the lovely comments! Thing is I wasn’t brave enough to put up pictures of me make up free on a bad day so yes – this is a good day fr me, in fact its about the best it can be, the spots are old and dried up…I probably wouldn’t put a pic up of me with a nice fresh crop of them! xxx

  17. [THE BEAUTY DIARIES] says:

    I sometimes get spots around my lip line, and always on my chin. If you get spots around your chin a lot of people say its stress or hormone related, which isn’t always true depending on where the spots actually are on your chin. If you get them on the sides of your chin rather than the middle it could be something in your diet that causing it, or a poor diet in general

    Also, I’ve had to stop using certain products on my lips as they have some ingredients that cause breakouts such as lanolin and mineral oil

    Just a thought hon, I know these are dead simple but sometimes its that very reason we overlook them. Can’t wait to see how you get on with your Decleor products though!



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