I find it quite ironic that since ditching the face wipes and sticking to a proper skincare routine - using decent cleansers, regular face masks and treatments, and you know, actually using a moisturiser - my skin seems to have gotten worse. Now I'm not saying I have terrible skin because I definitely don't, it's just that I've gone from having the rare spot to getting them every couple of weeks, and I have quite a lot of redness on my cheeks that never used to be there. Basically I have more issues that I need to deal with now, and that means I've had to try find solutions for those issues, and over the last 6 months or so I feel like I've found a couple of products that really help. Quick disclaimer here - I'm aware how subjective skincare can be, so what works for me may not work for you, but if you have combination skin with a blemish prone t-zone then I would recommend giving these a try.
Origins Super Spot Remover - £14
This little beauty has got me through many a troubled spot (pun intended), and it's definitely one of my "wonder products". It's an intensive spot treatment which target spots and helps speed up the healing process. I tend to use this whenever a spot starts to surface, applying on clean skin just before I go to bed and leaving it to work miracles overnight. Well, not actual miracles - it's not like the spot disappears in one day but it's definitely reduced and after a couple of applications I normally find it completely clears up.
REN ClearCalm 3 Clarity Restoring Mask - £30
Long term readers of my blog are probably already aware of my love of REN Skincare - their Clarifying Clay Cleanser is one of my all-time favourites, and I adore their Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask, so it's no surprise that 2 of their products have made my skin saviours short list. First up is the Clarity Restoring mask - this is part of the ClearCalm range that features the clay cleanser and is designed with blemish prone skin in mind. It feels a bit like a less harsh version of the glycolactic mask (which can be a bit stingy on more sensitive skins) and aims to combat the 3 main causes of breakouts - excess sebum, build up of dead skin cells, and blemish-causing bacteria. I like to use this once a week, increasing to twice a week if my skin is particularly bad (like if I'm having a hormonal breakout).
REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate - £30
Next is the Resurfacing AHA Concentrate. This is an overnight treatment along the same lines as Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and contains a combination of glycolactic, lactic, tartaric and citric acids to exfoliate and promote skin cell turnover leaving you with a fresh, glowing complexion in the morning. I use this a couple of nights a week to give my skin an intensive treatment overnight and I LOVE it - I can totally see the difference in my skin the morning after, particularly in terms of pore reduction.
So that's a quick insight into my skin heroes - if I'm having a bad skin day/week/month then this trio are the ones I'll turn to for help. As I said at the start, skincare is a really personal subject so it can be difficult to take advice on products as you might have a completely different reaction to them than me, but hopefully if you have a similar skin type to me then this will have proved useful.