As promised, I wanted to share with you an update on my Clarisonic results. I have been using the Clarisonic Mia 2 for 8 weeks now and have seen significant results with my skin. I no longer look and feel like a congested, bumpy little greasy potato. My skin is clear, bright and blemishes don’t hang around for nearly as long. You may recall me writing about little lumps and bumps that have forever plagued my face, and I can honestly say I have found a huge reduction in this. My skin has never been so smooth, clear or glowy. I have even started to notice a little less oil production throughout the day. Never did I expect that the unique gentle rocking action of the Clarisonic would rid my skin of chronic bumps, regulate oil-production, reduce blemishes and promote healthy glowy skin. I am as happy as a clam. Now I’m a smooth sparkling fresh-faced potato.
I recently got my hands on the new release Mia Fit as well and find this device to be much more user-friendly. It fits perfectly into the palm of your hand and has a longer single use timer to allow cleansing of the neck and decollatage.If you have ever considered purchasing one of these, I cannot recommend it enough. It is a huge resounding yes (!) from me.
Another thing I want to delve into is an updated skincare routine. I touched briefly on changing skincare with the seasons in my previous post, so thought I would take you through what I am currently loving.
I go through cleansers like I go through cups of tea – I’m always starting a new one before I finish the old one. But once I find a good one, I’ll stick with it until it’s empty. Lately I have been really loving Stem Organics Gentle Cleansing Milk. I am not usually a lover of cleansing milks, as I don’t find them cleansing enough for my oily skin. But this little guy is a winner. It removes my daily cakeface perfectly, nourishes and makes my skin lovely and soft, without feeling tight. Plus it smells delicious – it reminds me of the scent of Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey mask, and we all know my lover affair with that. I have also still been using my hands-down favourite, Skinstitut L-Lactic Cleaner. I’ve spoken about this cleanser before and will probably mention it again because it is just that good. It removes impurities and congestion like no other, while refining and hydrating at the same time.
I, like others, often forget to use a toner, but we shouldn’t because it is a really important step in our skincare routine. Toners allow our pores to constrict and close to prevent any dirt and grime working its way deep down into our pores. I have been using the same product for quite some time now, and that is the La Roche-Posay Serozinc. This spray is simple but super effective. Serozinc soothes and purifies the skin to perfection. I spray this after cleansing, after using a facemask, as a primer or even as a setting spray.
I have been alternating between a few different serums lately. I have been using Skinstitut Even Blend serum for quite a while now to diminish the appearance of un-even skin tone and to brighten. I have also been loving the Brooklyn Botany Vitamin C serum as well. Vitamin C is used for brightening and collagen production – Who wouldn’t want that? This serum is also the perfect accompaniment to the Clarisonic. Use of the Clarisonic allows greater absorption of vitamin C products – up to 61%.
If you had read my Spring Essentials post, you’d know that I am currently loving two moisturisers. As the weather is getting warmer, I have opted for a more gel-like moisturiser to save my skin from being a grease-ball. Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Gel Cream is just what I need. This oxygenating cream brings life back into dull-skin. It’s light, but full of hydration and It sinks into the skin instantly. Plus, It smells fresh and is a pleasure to use. Another similar moisturiser is the Clinique Moisture Surge gel. Boasting incredible hydrating properties, this innovative gel sorts dry skin out in no time. I honestly can’t pick a favourite between these two, so had to mention them both. I have also been using the Hylamide Subq Eyes as an eyecream. This little guy has been a very welcomed addition to my skincare regime. I haven’t been using this long but have definitely noticed a difference in moisture levels and dark circles.This eyecream sinks in quickly and is a breeze to use. I have really been impressed with Hylamide and Deciem products recently. Stay tuned for a brand spotlight on their products.
I am a sucker for masks and have upwards of 4 open at any one time. I am obsessed with Banish Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. This mask is packed to the brim with naturally occurring AHA’s which slough off dead skin cells, and brightens the complexion. This mask also contains vitamin A and C; perfect for targeting acne, regulating oil production, reducing lines and wrinkles, all while gently exfoliating the skin. Once applied this mask does tingle as it gets to work, and smells like delicious pumpkin pie. After it is washed off, my skin is bright, fresh and super refined. I have also been loving Bare Babe Exfoliating Coconut and Coffee mask, which again is full of a naturally occurring AHA’s, I have mentioned this incredible mask in an in-depth review here. Another treatment that I couldn’t look past, is my old trusty Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Face Mask. This mask has been on regular rotation for months and months. This clay based mask is a very budget friendly dupe for the ever-popular Glam Glow SuperMud; It thoroughly cleans pores, reduces oil and treats blemishes.
I couldn’t write a skincare post without including Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Pads. I cannot go without these hard workers. Packaged as practical pre-soaked pads, swipe one all over your face for a controlled dose of chemical exfoliation. Glycolic Acid re-texturises and re-surfaces the skin while toning and hydrating. Seriously these little guys do everything. I use these before bed every other day and cannot go without. I would highly recommend the Nip and Fab Glycolic fix pads to anyone struggling with blemishes, congestion or dullness. The perfect introduction to Glycolic acid and chemical exfoliation.
Speak soon, Lovers,
*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.