Product of the Month | La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

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Every now and then there’s that moment you look in the mirror with frustration as to why your breakout isn’t budging. Is it the pizza I ate last night? The face oil I tried a couple of weeks ago? Just what is it? Such questions just float around in my mind and there’s just as many products in my bathroom cabinet promising to zap the zits as there are questions. But no matter how many products I have, there are only a few that truly work and La-Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo* makes the list.

Effaclar Duo packs a mighty punch for a product that’s so light and fluid and you might feel a little sting the first few times you apply it. But after that it just works its magic and you begin to notice a difference. I’m prone to cystic breakouts and pretty much deal with whiteheads on a daily basis and the Effaclar Duo sorts absolutely every type of zit and spot there is.

Anyway, enough with my waffling on, check out what La-Roche Posay have to say:

“Niacinamide and Piroctone Olamine to fight against bacterial proliferation and eliminate imperfections. Pores clogged with sebum: the combination of LHA and Linoleic Acid unclogs pores while eliminating the accumulated dead cells responsible for blockage. These active ingredients are combined with soothing, anti-irritant La Roche-Posay thermal spring water to reduce redness.”

I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love! You can get the Effaclar Duo from Boots and fall in love with it just like I have :D

Product of the Month | Glytone KP Kit

The Glytone KP Kit is actually far too good to be Product of the Month, it’s definitely one of my favourite products of the entire year but I can’t keep myself from typing away and raving about how good it is. It’s exactly the reason why I love glycolic acid because there’s manual exfoliation which is done with body scrubs and then there’s chemical exfoliation with the likes of glycolic acid which is a million times more effective. I use body scrubs almost everyday however nothing has worked as well as the Glytone KP Kit thanks to the 8.8% glycolic acid content in the Exfoliating Body Wash and 17.5% glycolic acid in the  Rexturize Body Lotion.

Keratosis Pilaris is ‘a common skin condition in which a protein in the skin called keratin forms hard plugs within hair follicles’ which therefore leaves some areas of the skin like the buttocks, arms and thighs bumpy and sometimes red. I have very, very mild Keratosis Pilaris but I thought I’d still give the KP Kit a try as I ‘m a sucker for anything that promises to leave my skin smoother. To get that smooth skin, I’d use the kit which comes with a pouf which you use with the Exfoliating Body Wash and then the Retexturize Body Lotion after getting out of the shower. I’m not a fan of poufs, I find that they don’t exfoliate well so I use a Japanese bath towel or a shower glove which exfoliates a lot better.

Using the products, I first shower with any usual soap or shower gel before using the Exfoliating Body Wash as it ‘s quite expensive and I wouldn’t want to waste it. Then after using the body wash twice, I’ll use the lotion after drying up and focusing on rough and bumpy areas and scars. Considering that the lotion has quite a high percentage of glycolic acid, it’s best to be careful when using it on your neck and chest as the skin is thinner (you may feel the skin tingle around that area). I would do this every day and within a week of using the kit, I noticed that the skin on my elbows and knees were ridiculously smooth which is a little odd as it’s usually far from that! I’ve been using the kit for quite some time now and my skin is significantly even, soft, smooth and glowing. It’s also made it incredibly easy to remove hair be that shaving, epilating or using a hair removal cream as it decreases the chances of getting ingrown hairs which most women have problems with.

I’d recommend this if you have Keratosis Pilaris, however I’d recommend it to anyone else too especially if you have uneven skintone, rough and bumpy skin, small scarring and hyperpigmentation as the glycolic acid will make quite a difference. I’d give this two months to make the best difference so get in touch with me if you decide to use it and tell me how you getting along with this!

Product of the Month | LUSH Sugar Scrub

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I think it’s an established fact that I have an obsession with body scrubs and I’ve tried ones that are ridiculously expensive but oh so good that you may have to live off baked beans for a month and I’ve also made scrubs where the ingredients cost next to nothing but LUSH’s Sugar Scrub is one of the best out there ever and for just £2.75, there’s just no excuse as to why some other scrubs should cost almost 20 times that amount and still not do as good of a job!

This is a no nonsense scrub with ginger, sugar, fennel and lavender oil which is said to help drain toxins from the body and also boost circulation. Perfect for areas with cellulite.

If used right, the scrub should get you through 5-6 uses. A trick I learned from someone that works at LUSH is to run the scrub under the tap for a very brief amount of time (roughly 10 seconds) and you’ll start to see it fall apart a little. From there, just break the scrub into pieces and store in a container and take whatever you need to use.

When using it, I find it works best on dry skin as you get a much better exfoliation and you create a creamy, foamy consistency which is due to the soap agent in the scrub which’ll gently cleanse the skin whilst exfoliating. I also like using it when the skin is damp and the sugar granules work perfectly on damp skin. I hate body scrubs that are so fine to the point where it’s doing nothing for your skin but the granules to be too big where they cut your skin; it’s right in between!

After using it, my skin is always smooth and moisturised but never oily unlike a lot of scrubs. I do like scrubs that are moisturising enough that you don’t need to moisturise after getting out of the shower but, this scrub is truly moisturising if it can manage to moisturise my skin without it being covered in oil. That’s what makes it the perfect scrub pre-epilating. It prepares your skin for hair removal and I’m always getting the best results when I use this beforehand.

Product of the Month | Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum

I’ve previously expressed my love for Antipodes products like Aura Manuka Honey MaskJuliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser and Grapeseed Butter Cleanser and I’ve come across yet another miraculous offering from Antipodes is their Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum* which is a water based serum to ‘help correct dull, blemished or uneven skin while restoring essential moisture’.

I’ve been using the Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum for over two months and my skin has significantly even in its tone and it’s most certainly brighter. Despite using it for such a long time, I did notice a different in the first two weeks of using it.

The serum consists of Vinzana Performance Plus from sauvignon blanc grapes which helps to minimise redness and excess melanin production which is the essentially hyperpigmentation. There’s also Vinzana Oxifend which comes from the pinot noir grape seed to give the skin a glow and I’ve most definitely seen a difference in how much my skin has been glowing! Thirdly, Walwera, the ‘best’ water in the world is a mineral water which helps to restore moisture to the skin. This wonderful concoction works fantastically together to combat pigmentation, dryness and dull skin.

It smells delicious too (apple pie and fresh grapes)!

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