Just Charlie G
26. 07. 2011

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?

 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! And a huge thanks to Caroline for the advice. xx

Alpha H Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel

Alpha-H are quite simply becoming legendary, certainly in blogging circles with many who say it is the creme de la creme of skincare. My own personal experiences with the brand are mixed, with a couple of products I simply adore and others I simply don’t understand the hype about, but generally my thoughts are positive, certainly although I don’t get the hype in some cases, I don’t dislike the products in any way.

This month Alpha-H launched a new range, Clear Skin, using natural ingredients with antibacterial properties (Wild Oregano, Willowbark, Tea Tree and Thyme), Zinc, Vitamin E and Licorice to counteract scarring, and finally Niacinamide (a form of Vitamin B3) to regulate and normalise sebum production.

As a sufferer of hormonal spots I struggle to find skincare that suits my needs. I don’t want skincare for acne sufferers as mine is only monthly and I don’t want products designed for teenage skin, what I do want is skin care for a 30 something year old that offers anti aging properties, SPF and feels luxurious. That in mind I didn’t opt to try the whole range, just the Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel (£15 20ml).

The Gel includes Wild Oregano, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Salicylic Acid to minimise the severity of individual blemishes and prevent further outbreaks. This gel can be used under or over make up (I’ve tried it and it can).

Actually I can do this review in one sentence. Works like a charm on small spots, doesn’t even scratch the surface of those massive hormonal spots that feel like a pea under the skin.

So in a way much like other Alpha-H products I’ve tried I don’t love it and I don’t dislike it. I will certainly without a doubt use this for all my spots in future knowing that they will be largely cleared up and gone within 48 hours, with no dryness to my skin. For this it’s fab. Highly recommended. But on the flipside it wasn’t the answers to my prayers when it comes to big big spots that you can’t squeeze (not that I advocate squeezing, but it helps to describe the type of blemish I’m talking about).

Having said that, I have to be fair. Is there really anything other than medication that can cure these types of spots? I suspect not. And is it really fair to judge one product when perhaps it’s designed to be used as part of a full regime? Again I suspect not. Perhaps used in conjunction with the new face wash (£25) and the hydrating gel (£22) this will work like a charm on those stubborn massive beasts.

So all in all, if you’re prone to pimples, breakouts and just occasional spots, this stuff can’t be beaten by any other spot treatment I’ve ever tried (and let me tell you I’ve tried many). And for that alone I heartily recommend it, but if you’re hoping that this product alone will cure huge cystic spots, I would say this probably won’t do the trick, but really, is there actually anything out there that will?

Disclaimer – PR Sample