Skincare Favourites 2018 – Part 3

I really hope you are all still enjoying this series of posts. I am really enjoying sharing my favourite skincare products of 2018 with you all.

If you missed the first two posts you can find them here and here.

Today’s post is focusing on the products that: help to prevent and treat spots, blemishes, whiteheads and blackheads.

My skin is prone to hormonal breakouts, clogged pores and whiteheads around my chin area.

I find the products featured in this post help to prevent the above issues, and speed up recovery time.

As I have said in the previous posts I use an array of products throughout the year, but within this series I have picked out my all time favourite products, ultimately they are the ones that work absolute wonders for me.

St Ives Apricot Facial Scrub:

This facial scrub has been in my stash for many years, and you can pick it up in Home Bargain, for as little as £2.99.

The creamy apricot formula is laced with 100% walnut shell powder, a natural exfoliant. The formula is enriched with 2% salicylic acid, and this helps to clear dead skin cells and pore clogging impurities.

I really like the texture of the exfoliator, I don’t find it to rough on the skin, but the grain is robust enough for the skin to feels as though it’s still being exfoliated.

I tend to use this once a week, but will up the usage when hormonal spots drop by. It helps to calm them slightly, and speed up recovery time.

The scent is fruity and uplifting, and continuous use of this scrub over a couple of weeks you begin to see great improvements to the skins texture.

Whiteheads, clogged pores and spots are less apparent and my skin always appears smooth, healthy and feels super soft after I have used it.

Glamglow YouthMud Mask:

This mask boasts ingredients such as french sea clay and volcanic minerals.

I use this mask specifically on my chin area. The mask is a thick, wet dark green clay consistency, with bits of paper/ leaf type pieces laced through.

It has an initial prickly tingling sensation, that some may find uncomfortable, but the sensations passes quickly, and over time it stops completely.  I have really sensitive skin, and this mask has never ever irritated it.

Whenever I am desperate for a good skin day, and want to help any blemishes, and dry patches be on there way – well this is my go-to-product.

The exfoliating formula helps to reduce swelling, calm blemishes and speed up recovery time.

There is also a SuperMud Clearing Mask in the range, but for me the YouthMud Mask is the one I can’t be without.

It costs around £45 so I usually pick up a mini tube for around £10, and this lasts me a couple of months.

Oxy Rapid Spot Treatment:

I purchase this from eBay, and it’s shipped from America

It is around £9, and takes a week to arrive.

It’s a white creamy lotion, and I pop a blob on the blemish and leave overnight.

The next morning the blemish is a lot less swollen, calmer and less sore. It has 10% Benzoyl Peroxide, which is renowned to help treat acne and spots. Although this product doesn’t dry the skin like some products with high amounts of Benzoyl Peroxide in.

A little goes a long way and this tube easily lasts me over a year.

*Antipodes Face Mask:

*Antipodes Halo Skin Brightening Mud Mask is described as a high-performance detox for the skin. It contains volcanic mud from New Zealand that helps to tone and calm the skin, and a wide range of plant based ingredients that include peony (helps calm and leave skin smooth) and jojoba (helps to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin).

When I have an outbreak of spots on my chin I will use this mask to target them specifically, I dab a little over the spot and after I find that it assists to calm, sooth, and dry out the spot.

The mask is well formulated, natural, and enriched with plant based ingredients that help my skin to appear refined, smooth and it does a splendid job of detoxifying my skin.

I am always on the look out for new products that help reduce and banish blemishes.

What are your favourites? I would love to know.

Hit me up in the comments.


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