Just Charlie G
24. 07. 2015

Sad times have slowly happened over the last six months or so. I’ve been using Aveda skincare for years now, and have recommended to everyone, its amazing stuff that my skin loved…until it didn’t anymore. After several months of terrible skin it was time to face facts, my skin care routine wasn’t working for me any more. It’s definitely not Aveda’s fault, the products didn’t change, but I guess my skin did, its pretty much happened with every brand I’ve ever used.

My realisation that I need to switch things up came, unfortunately, at a time where I had not a huge amount of money, and of course its an absolute nightmare to find products that work on acne, but that aren’t designed for oily teenage skin. I’m not sure what led me to Mario Badescu, I know that sometime ago someone recommended the range to me, alas I can’t recall who it was, but regardless, I’m glad I tried it out.

First thing to mention is that its not an easy brand to find in the UK. The only stockist I could find was Beauty Bay. The other thing to mention is the range is huge and its hard to know which products to start with, and that’s where the Mario Badescu site is amazing. Not only can you sort products out by skin concern on the site, but you can also fill in some questions and have a regime prescribed to you, which they’ll send to your inbox. If that’s not good enough or if you have specific questions, they have live customer service which I used twice and got excellent advice on both occasions.

My skin had become incredibly dry and flaky, all over my cheeks and nose, while my chin was absolutely covered in a wide variety of spots, from big cystic spots to small bumps under the skin and whiteheads thrown in for good measure. I bought all the products recommended to me.

Mario BadescuThe Enzyme Cleansing Gel (£11.95) is a non foaming gel cleanser and contains papaya extracts as well as alpha hydroxy acids. It feels great on my skin and removes all my make up with no worries, even mascara and liquid liner. I found it totally non-drying and my skin felt clean and soft after washing. I rub in and rinse off with hot water and a cloth.

I follow this step up with the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion (£12.95), which is actually your toner. Containing no alcohol, this does contain witch hazel, seaweed and aloe to soothe and disinfect dry, sensitive skin.

My day moisturiser is the Oil Free Moisturiser (£16.50). It’s so simple and no frills, I was hesitant, but along with the rest of the products it seems to be doing the trick, my cheeks and nose had lost their flakiness within about three days and it’s never returned. It’s non-comedogenic and fragrance free and quickly absorbed.

My night cream is the Seaweed Night Cream (£18.75). This little pot of green cream is magic. Oil free and non greasy it contains collagen and hyaluronic acid and softens, hydrates while not clogging.

Finally I bought the famous Drying Lotion (£12.50).

Mario Badescu Drying LotionThis little bottle contains calamine and salicylic acid and is for use on whiteheads overnight. You dip a cotton bud into the bottle, down into the pink layer (don’t shake the bottle!) and apply to any blemishes. It will dry in little white/pink patches on your face and if your husband is juvenile like mine is, he will laugh at you. It will reduce spots really quickly and it doesn’t seem to dry out my surrounding skin at all.

While I was pleased with the moisturising-without-clogging, and I liked the drying properties of the Drying Lotion, I felt the spots were still coming thick and fast, which at 41 is pretty depressing. So I decided to buy a few more products to step it up a notch.

Mario BadescuThe Buffering Lotion (£15.50) is similar to the Drying Lotion but this time you need to shake it, and its for cystic spots, the deep big kind.  It’s sulfur based and is quickly absorbed into the skin. It also contains ingredients too soothe and take away redness, while promoting  healing. I love it. Nothings going to get rid of cystic acne in record time, but this does stop them getting quite so big and takes a day or two off their life span I reckon.

The Glycolic Foaming Cleanser (£13.30) is a foaming cleanser for dull, congested skin. I only use this twice a week (mondays and thursdays if you’re interested!). It leaves my skin feeling unbelievably clean and smooth without feeling dry.

The Glycolic Acid Toner (£15.50) is an exfoliating toner for dry and sensitive skin. Containing 2% glycolic acid, grapefruit extract and aloe it exfoliates, refreshes and is a Beauty Bay best seller. I use this as my evening toner, every day, while the Seaweed Cleansing Lotion has now become my morning toner.

I can’t believe I have never reached for Glycolic Acid before, it seems to be the key ingredient my skin has been missing. All my congestion as gone, my skin felt bumpy to the touch, but thats all gone now, but it took a little while to for the results to show. I find my skin is more glowy and plump looking which in turn makes my fine lines look far less obvious.

I cannot recommend these products highly enough, for me they have been fantastic. I suspect I’m always going to be spot prone, but now they are far less frequent and they go much faster, and my skin is smooth, and well moisturised, with moisturisers that don’t give me spots.

Highly recommended, and as I say, the range is huge so whatever your skin type, there are products for you. I bought all of these products with my own money and have already replaced the Enzyme Cleansing Gel once, a great, well priced, effective brand and I’m amazed I don’t read or hear more about them.

 

 

There’s a new weapon in the war on spots. Meet Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel (£14 for 15ml)

Clinique Clinical Clearing Gel

Be warned, this is a very small bottle. But it’s potent and you need very little.

Okay so this is a topical gel that is gentle enough for all skin types but delivers several results those being:

Now you can use it two ways, either a very thin layer all over the face or as a spot treatment. With my skin issues I’ve not really had a big play with this as it’s intended as you shouldn’t use it in conjunction with any other acne treatments and I am on prescription cream at the moment.

I had a spot crop up on my chest though (nice huh, thankfully rare) so I gave this a quick go. I found that within 24 hours the redness and and size has greatly reduced, and by day three it was still slightly visible but completely flat, just a bit of redness left.

Pretty fast acting if you ask me.

Definitely a product worth having around if you’re prone to the odd spot, or even if you get more. Although I’ve not really put this through it’s paces, I absolutely love Clinique’s Anti Blemish foundation and think spots is an area they do well in!

Available from Clinique Counters nationwide or online at  www.clinique.co.uk/

*Disclosure – Product Received Free of Charge for Review Purposes*

I’ve been meaning to review this review for so long but as I’ve now nearly finished the bottle I guess it’s a good time!

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Clarins Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate is designed primarily for sensitive skins and as a treatment. As such it’s not intended to be used every day for the rest of your life but more for when you’re having some issues. To use it you can apply as an emergency treatment if a problem occurs, or as a time specific intensive treatment every 1-2 days… simply apply a few drops to a cleansed face and finish with your moisturiser.

For me this has been used for two very specific purposes. Firstly, my nose, which doesn’t look or feel dry, until you put foundation on and then you can spot some flaky bits, so I use this on my nose but also it’s been an invaluable tool for spots that are on their way out. When they are nothing more than red marks and flakiness. It works really well to soothe redness and indeed soreness. The reason it’s so perfect for sensitive skins is that it calms irritations and inflammations with it’s beautiful ingredients…Lavender, Marjoram and Mint soothe, Soya and Avocado replenish, Olive Extract softens, Vitamin A derivative repairs and Xlmenia Extract Moisturises.

Personally I didn’t find this of any assistant on spots and blemishes  themselves, but the ones that were on their way out really benefited from a drop of this to help ease the flakiness and soothe the redness.

If you have sensitive skin or are prone to extreme dryness or have spots that need a helping hand on their way out, this is definitely worth a try!

It retails at £40 for 15ml, but it has literally lasted me months and months.

Available from Clarins online or counters nationwide.

*Disclosure – I received this product free of charge for review purposes*
28. 08. 2013

I’ve got a couple of Elemis lovelies to show you today. Both are lovely, but one’s an absolute must have!

Starting with the Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser. Now I don’t use cleansing milks as a rule, or if I do, I use it as the first step in a double cleanse and so that’s how I’ve been using this. First thing to mention is the texture, which is a milk, but this comes in a lovely pump bottle. Next thing to mention is the beautiful fresh scent. It smells gorgeous. It’s for oily to combination skins, whereas I’m dry to combination as a rule but it suits me just fine. It actually leaves my skin very clean after use, but I always do a second cleanse anyway because that’s what I like to do! It leaves my skin clean and soft and not feeling at all dry but it does leave it feeling soothed. It’s really lovely. It’s £21 for 200ml.

Then onto the Herbal Lavender Repair Mask. This is a must have for break outs. It’s ingredients include rosemary, thyme and lavender essential oils, all of which are absolutely beautiful ingredients for your skin as they are antiseptic. You apply for 15 minutes and then rinse away. Voila redness lessened, oily bits removed and skins soothed. Not only that though, if you get a spot pop up, add a dab of this to it before you hit the sack. It’s a great spot treatment. It really helps to bring swelling and redness down. And that’s why this is a must have for me. Not just a beautiful face mask for stressed, congested skin, but also a spot treatment. I can’t actually imagine a skin this wouldn’t be beautiful on. It’s not cheap at £28 for 75 ml but worth every penny.

The full Elemis range is available online from www.timetospa.co.uk.

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It’s a constant battle with me. Spots. I’m never without at least one big one going on and things come to a head (ha ha) usually the week before I’m due on. And it really varies how many I might get, but they do tend to stick around for a while, at least a week, maybe two.

Seriously it’s an ongoing battle. Am currently in the process of tackling my skincare ritual (anti spot regimes just don’t suit me because I don’t have teenage or oily skin) and I have been relying on Origins Super Spot Remover on actual blemishes which I previously loved, but as time goes on it seems to be less and less effective for me where once it did seem to be super powered…

Step forward Clinique.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel

In particular I’m talking about the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel (£13.50) and the Anti-Blemish Solutions Post Blemish Formula (£12).

The Spot Treatment gel really is incredibly super powered, so far, the best spot product I’ve ever tried. Now I’m not actually supposed to use spot products that work by drying out the spot (as I have dehydrated skin), but honestly, I’d rather put up with a tiny patch of flaky dry skin that a spot. And this zaps spots super fast. Now like most spot treatments (over the counter ones at least), it doesn’t get rid of big cystic type spots, I don’t believe anything but medication really can, but I swear to god this seems to reduce them slightly faster. You know how long those buggers stick around for, they do seem to last less time with a dab of this stuff morning and night. It is a gel and it dries very quickly and I’ve had no issues with putting make up on over the top, the make up just looks as good as it does without the gel.

It’s a great price and you only need such a minute amount it will last a very very long time. So for me, it’s bye bye Origins and hello Clinique.

So you know when a spot heals and it can leave a little mark or a little patch of discolouration? Well then the next step is The Post Blemish Formula. It’s a little twist up pen type product with a thin cream. You apply it to the marks and they reduce, quite significantly. I’ve found that it works very well on new blemishes, fading them very quickly, it does also work with old marks, but they take much longer to fade the scars. There is one gripe with this product. Whilst it’s reasonably priced at £12, there’s only 1.8g of product there, if you suffer with a lot of spots, this isn’t going to last you long at all. If you just have the odd one now and then, it’ll last you a long time if you’re careful. I’m neither extreme, and I’m using only the tiniest amount having been prewarned (by reviews on the Clinique website) and so far so good.

Both of these will be staples for me I think. Brilliant products, reasonably priced.

Both available from your local Clinique Counter, or www.clinique.co.uk. Both highly recommended.

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It’s a constant battle with me. Spots. I’m never without at least one big one going on and things come to a head (ha ha) usually the week before I’m due on. And it really varies how many I might get, but they do tend to stick around for a while, at least a week, maybe two.

Seriously it’s an ongoing battle. Am currently in the process of tackling my skincare ritual (anti spot regimes just don’t suit me because I don’t have teenage or oily skin) and I have been relying on Origins Super Spot Remover on actual blemishes which I previously loved, but as time goes on it seems to be less and less effective for me where once it did seem to be super powered…

Step forward Clinique.

Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Review

In particular I’m talking about the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel (£13.50) and the Anti-Blemish Solutions Post Blemish Formula (£12).

The Spot Treatment gel really is incredibly super powered, so far, the best spot product I’ve ever tried. Now I’m not actually supposed to use spot products that work by drying out the spot (as I have dehydrated skin), but honestly, I’d rather put up with a tiny patch of flaky dry skin that a spot. And this zaps spots super fast. Now like most spot treatments (over the counter ones at least), it doesn’t get rid of big cystic type spots, I don’t believe anything but medication really can, but I swear to god this seems to reduce them slightly faster. You know how long those buggers stick around for, they do seem to last less time with a dab of this stuff morning and night. It is a gel and it dries very quickly and I’ve had no issues with putting make up on over the top, the make up just looks as good as it does without the gel.

It’s a great price and you only need such a minute amount it will last a very very long time. So for me, it’s bye bye Origins and hello Clinique.

So you know when a spot heals and it can leave a little mark or a little patch of discolouration? Well then the next step is The Post Blemish Formula. It’s a little twist up pen type product with a thin cream. You apply it to the marks and they reduce, quite significantly. I’ve found that it works very well on new blemishes, fading them very quickly, it does also work with old marks, but they take much longer to fade the scars. There is one gripe with this product. Whilst it’s reasonably priced at £12, there’s only 1.8g of product there, if you suffer with a lot of spots, this isn’t going to last you long at all. If you just have the odd one now and then, it’ll last you a long time if you’re careful. I’m neither extreme, and I’m using only the tiniest amount having been prewarned (by reviews on the Clinique website) and so far so good.

Both of these will be staples for me I think. Brilliant products, reasonably priced.

Both available from your local Clinique Counter, or www.clinique.co.uk. Both highly recommended.

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JooMo Natural Face Wash
I was recently asked if I would write about and review JooMo and I have to admit to being hesitant, but then I spotted that the product claims to be the first 100% natural facewash which I though gave it an interesting slant for me to write about.

What I failed to notice was that this is a face wash exclusively for Young and Sensitive skins. I am of course not young. I have however recently learned that I am sensitive, actually very sensitive. Even so I left this on the shelf for a while wondering what I was going to do with it. The last time I tried to use skin care for young or spotty skin, it was far far to harsh for me and I’m still suffering the consequences of that now.

Before I tell you about how I came to eventually use this and what I think of it, let me tell you a bit about it.

The 100% truly natural face wash is apparently something of a “Holy Grail” in cosmetic formulation, with many products that claim to be so, actually far from it. JooMo contains the skin care product SaponinJ which is a skin repair system that consists of  Saponins, Essential Oils, Sea Salt, Natural Sugars, Natural PH Modifiers, Emollients and other things with the aim of repairing damage caused by synthetic products, rebuilding defenses to protect against allergies, infection and inflammation, making it the ideal product for youngsters who suffer from sensitive skin, prone to acne and blackheads.

So back to the product and me. I recently underwent an intensive facial treatment which involved some deep pore cleansing (trust me, the poor practitioner has only just started as that wasn’t the real reason I was even there). As a result of the prodding and poking, my skin is much much smoother but my sensitive skin didn’t take too kindly to the trauma and I’m suffering a massive break out.

While I was having this treatment, the lovely girl who was looking after me told me the best thing I could do was strip everything back to absolute basics. Basic cleanse, basic tone, basic moisturise, gentle exfoliation three times a week and a nourishing mask a couple of times a week. Get rid of all my fancy heavy creams and potions, and start from scratch. So I know which brand I’ll be going for when I do, more on that in another post, but for now, I was wondering what best to wash my face with and this looked like a good option.

It certainly is a good option, my skin LOVES it. It’s a strongly scented face wash that doesn’t foam much if at all, and its scented with honey, orange and copious amounts of cinnamon. It’s very Christmassy actually. But my skin feels just lovely, my spots are calmer, the rest of my skin is soft and happy, dry patches are disappearing and all in all, things are on the up.

So whilst JooMo is clearly targetted at young skins with very good reason, I would strongly recommend this if you have sensitive, reactive or spotty skin. It won’t strip away all the good oils, which I find is the problem with most spot treatments and ranges, it’s just not for my age group and it dries my skin out. This absolutely doesn’t. It’s lovely.

Get yours here for a bargainous £4.75 plus postage.

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OXY Natural Skin Science Clearlight

Spots. The bane of my life. At nearly 40 I’d hoped to have seen the back of them over 20 years ago. That’s not turned out to be the case unfortunately and I suspect I’m going to end up a pensioner with acne, have you ever seen an old lady with acne? No. I will be the first.

And so it is I’m on an eternal battle to cure my face. I should mention at this point that I don’t have oily skin but I do suffer awful hormonal spots for about three weeks of each month.

So  when OXY Natural Skin Science offered to send me some products I leapt at the chance. I have my skincare routine pretty much set now but am still hunting for products to help me deal with the worst days of the month.

OXY Seaweed Power Fresh Skin Wash (£5.99) and  Seaweed  Power Deep Calm Balm (£5.99) I’m going to say from the offset did not suit my skin. It was clear as soon as I tried the products that they weren’t intended for my skin type at all and would be suited for either very oily or teenage spot prone skin. I found my skin dried out very quickly with these products. That said, I don’t have anything bad to say about the product themselves, quite the opposite, just because they weren’t for my skin doesn’t mean they weren’t good. So lets just talk about the pros.

The Seaweed Power Fresh Skin Wash is an absolute pleasure to use. It has a sort of exfoliator in it that sort of tingles, as though you can feel it working, it’s not gritty however, it just feels amazing and my skin felt crystal clear afterwards. I was a bit sad this was too drying for me because I could get addicted to the feeling when using it. After the wash you should use the Deep Calm Balm which is an oil free moisturiser, again it felt absolutely lovely but it didn’t provide enough moisture for my skin which had been stripped by the cleanser. I can report that both of these products found a new home with a teenager suffering acne and her Mum was delighted to inform me that after a short while of using she had spent her first weekend foundation free, a completely unheard of occurrence – I can’t think of higher praise!

OXY Natural Skin Science ClearlightThese weren’t the only things I received though, I also received the OXY Clearlight (£39.99).

Now this is a clever bit of kit. There’s a proven technology called blue light therapy which is used by dermatologists in the treatment of spots and acne. Specifically a blue light at the wavelength of 415nm kills spot causing bacteria and now you can use it at home. The Oxy Clearlight kills spot causing bacteria. It doesn’t give out any heat, it doesn’t give out UV rays, it doesn’t dry or cause peeling and you don’t get any sensation either. The only time its recommended you don’t use it if you suffer from a photosensitive disorder or are taking medication which means you shouldn’t be exposed to sunlight, otherwise this can be used by anyone. It’s incredibly simple to use, you turn it on, place the device over the spot, leave it for three minutes and then it turns itself off. You do this twice a day when you can feel a spot erupting.

I have to confess I can’t confirm how well this works because it simply takes too much time to use. I know that three minutes doesn’t sound like a long time, but that’s per spot. Imagine it’s 11.00pm, you’re exhausted, you want to go to bed and you’ve got 6 spots.  That’s 18 minutes sat holding this thing on your face, and if you have lots and lots of spots then you might as well stay up all night.

OXY Natural Skin Science Clearlight

Now this isn’t a criticism of the product itself, and I think it would come down to how much do you spots really bother you, is it worth the 20 minutes a day, and of course if you’re just wanting to battle one blemish then 3 minutes is nothing really, but I’d imagine anyone willing to invest £40 in an at home treatment for spots would probably suffer more than one spot from time to time… so it wasn’t for me. I’m still clinging on to this product as I think I’ll give it another go next month, perhaps just choose one blemish and do that one only and see how well it works out for me, I’m certainly intrigued by the technology!

To to sum up, the skincare products, amazing for anyone with acne prone skin, not ideal for middle aged skin with hormonal outbreaks and the Clearlight? Well the jury is still out, but if acne is the bane of your life then you may feel this is worth a shot.

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It’s extremely rare for me to do an all out negative review on my blog. Normally if I don’t get on too well with a product I will be at pains to stress who I feel it might suit and explain why it didn’t suit me but might suit you. This time I can’t think of a single positive. No wait, I can actually think of two, but lets start at the beginning.

I was contacted by Montagne Jeunesse to see if I’d like to review their Skin Hero products. Although it’s lower budget than I’d usually buy for a face mask, I’ve seen the lovely bright packaging around and read good reviews, plus I’ve had a slightly stressful time lately and imagined myself relaxing on the sofa with the face masks and so I accepted the offer to receive them in return for a review. So here we are.

I received the following and thought it was a jolly nice parcel to receive. Something really treaty for me and I was looking forward to giving them a whirl.

Montagne Jeunesse

A cheerful looking collection of products I think you’ll agree.

At the time I received these I was suffering from a small break out, a monthly occurrence unfortunately, so the first one I decided to try was the Break-Out Mask.

Montagne Jeunesse

It sounded perfect. A mud mask fusion of calming Tea Tree and soothing Canadian Willowherb. Followed by a “super moisturiser of tantalising Tea Tree and calming Canadian Willowherb”.

So I slapped it on all over my face (except eyes and mouth obv.) liberally. It felt lovely I must say, a bit mentholly, so cool, smooth and creamy to apply and then as I left it on for the next twenty minutes and as you would expect it dried out giving you that face lift feeling. Then I washed it off and admired my lovely smooth soft clean skin. Then I went to bed.

When I woke up in the morning my face was itchy but it took me a while to drag my sleepy bum out of bed….by which time I realised I was not only very itchy, but my skin was feeling really bumpy and sore too….then I looked in the mirror…. excuse the crappy photographs, I used my phone to take them immediately.

Montagne Jeunesse
Montagne Jeunesse

All over my face. Red. Bumpy. Sore. Itchy and Dry. So, I waited to see if it’d settle, it didn’t then I hit Twitter up for some advice and the very helpful and expert Caroline Hirons came to my rescue  as did the lovely London Make Up Girl. Between them they explained what had happened (Acid Mantle destroyed) and how I could relieve the irritation (antihistamine to relieve the itching and Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair to create a barrier). And do you know what, I’m so grateful to them. The anti histamine very quickly reduced the itching, and the Advance Night Repair soothed quite substantially… that’s not to say I was fixed though. Oh no, this first day was just the start of it. Those things did help to relieve the discomfort a little though.

So after panicking and getting advice from those fab experts, I calmed down and penned an email to my contact at Montagne Jeunesse. I wasn’t snotty, I wasn’t rude, I explained what had happened, explained that I was nervous to try the rest of the products I was sent, I explained how sore I was and what did they think? I think I expected them to consult their “experts” for me or something and offer me some advice on how to treat the damage, explain what might have caused it and whether they thought  I would be okay to try the other products.  And call me unreasonable but I also expected a fairly quick response. All of those things might have helped me to write a more balanced review… you know to include how quick they were to offer advice on what I could try to help and that perhaps they thought it was an ingredient in this one mask and that the others should be fine for me etc.

If someone emailed me saying the acrylic nails I’d done for them had destroyed their hands I’d be emailing pretty sharp to a) apologise b) see what I could do to help fix it and c) do some damage limitation…

But they never replied.

So here it is. A review with no positive input from the company at all.

So after the initial irritation died down, what happened? Well the itching remained for a week, although admittedly, nothing like as bad as the first three days. Then my skin started to get dryer and dryer and dryer. Then it started flaking. There’s no foundation that I own (and I’ve got about 10) that could cover this…and obviously I would want to keep my skin free of cosmetics and just keep it clean and moisturised, but I didn’t feel I could do that because of the final unpleasant side effect. I now have the mother of all break outs. I’m talking more spots than I’ve had in a long time. Massive sore, hard spots. No, no, I can’t go out like that, I just can’t do it. I appreciate that’s my vanity and no one’s problem, all I can say is I’ve put my foundation and concealer on it the morning and as soon as I knew I wouldn’t be leaving the house have cleaned with oils or balms before slathering on my most effective moisture giving products. A week on… the spots remain but the dryness has nearly gone.

So yeah, the Break Out Mask is appropriately named. I sure broke out. And flaked. And itched. And swelled. And got bumpy.

With no input whatsoever from the company I’ve felt totally unable to put a positive slant on this review at all as I normally would, so I’m sorry about that. I won’t be trying the rest of the products they sent me. I won’t be giving them to anyone else to try. I won’t ever purchase one of their products and I will never recommend anyone does.

Just as a final note, I am writing this post a week after using the mask, at the time this post goes live it will have been nearly a fortnight…if by any chance I’ve had a reply from the company in the meantime I’ll be editing this… so if you are reading a rubbish review you’ll know that I gave them a reasonable amount of time before going ahead with this post…

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Origins Super Spot Remover

Spots! The bane of my life. Hormonal, stress, no reason whatsoever. I hate spots. Mostly I suffer with them hormonally but they can last for so long it feels like I have them all month!

I get all sorts, from pimples to the huge cystic spots that feel like a pea under my skin, I get them all although thankfully, the latter are rarer.

Origins Super Spot Remover is a tiny 10ml bottle of gel containing Salicylic Acid, caffeine and red algae. The caffeine and red algae help to relieve redness.

This stuff really really works. It works brilliantly on most spots I’ve had, calming and reducing the redness fairly quickly and you only need a tiny amount. The only thing I’ve found it not so great on is the big painful cystic spots and it might be that these are just so big and painful that it’s harder to measure whether it’s working or not! It’s not a criticism really, I’ve said it before on my blog and it’s still the case that I’m not sure there’s anything that works on those spots and I’m not sure it’s fair to judge a product on whether it gets rid of those monstrosities.

What it does do is work really well and effectively on anything that has a “head” or has had a a head. The bottle is tiny at only 10ml, but you really only need the tiniest amount and my bottle is lasting ages, despite very regular use.

The best spot treatment I’ve ever tried and at £12, it’s affordable too. Definitely recommended.
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