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.

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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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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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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?

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