I know the above statement is a pretty big one to make. A skincare routine that actually changed my life? Let me explain before you scoff at my dramatic click bait title. When you have bad skin, it can affect your life in so many ways. You lose confidence. You stop making conversations with people when you’re out because you’re sure every time they stop making eye contact and look somewhere else, they must be looking at the spots ready to erupt under the layers of foundation you’ve plastered on. You just don’t feel comfortable in your own skin anymore.
About three years ago I had really bad skin – and I mean big, under the surface spots all along my jaw line, on my chin, on my top lip – and from then until now, there’s no denying it’s improved. But it still wasn’t where I wanted it to be.
I never really had much of a skincare routine other than Simple face wash, then Simple moisturiser. That’s it. Plain and literally Simple. That was until I decided at the start of this year I’d really invest into my beauty products and develop some kind of morning and evening routine to help my skin get back to its best. I’d trialled a few Liz Earle products last year and I knew I wanted natural products instead of anything chemical that could go on to irritate my skin.
I’m always cautious about trying new products and braised myself for a couple of weeks of breakouts after ordering a whole host of Liz Earle products from Boots. Yes, admittedly it was a lot more expensive than what I was paying for my supermarket buys previously, but I knew something had to change.
The first product I use is the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, which is a signature Liz Earle buy. Made with rosemary, chamomile, cocoa butter and eucalyptus essential oil, this is a rich cream which dissolves my makeup as I massage it into my face. It even works on mascara which is a big plus for me as I wear fairly heavy eye makeup on a day to day basis.
Once massaged into my skin, I run my muslin cloth under warm water and start to wipe the dirt and grime off my face, using the surface of the cloth to gently exfoliate my skin. I think this step is how I’ve managed to get my glow back. You don’t really need much product to get your full face of makeup off, and I think this 200ml will last me another month or so.
Next I take a cotton pad and sweep the Instant Boost Skin Tonic all over my face to pick up the last of any bits of makeup or dirt. Designed to refresh, sooth and brighten the skin, this toner includes naturally active ingredients such as aloe vera, calendula, chamomile and cucumber. I’ve never considered a toner before because I imagined they’d be fairly drying to my combination skin, but this hydrates more than anything and my face feels so clean afterwards.
One of the final steps is to add my Skin Repair Moisturiser. A light yet rich cream, I apply this both morning and night to give my thirsty skin some hydration. Including avocado oil and natural Vitamin E, I can definitely feel this cream going to work as soon as I massage it into my face and neck.
I recently reached out to the Liz Earle team on Twitter to see if they could recommend a product to help fade the red marks and scars I have from old spots. They recommend the Superskin Concentrate for Night, which contains a natural source of Vitamin E to help speed up the skins natural recovery process so I’m going to buy both the night and the day version, which will go on just before I add my moisturiser and hopefully my dot to dot face will get better in a couple of months and I can think about the possibility of going out sans foundation.
Finally, two to three times a week I’ll apply the Deep Cleansing Mask, which includes green clay, manuka honey, propolis and rose-scented geranium. It’s a fairly thin, watery mask, which I was unsure of at first, but it dries so quickly and evenly I can let that slide. Along with the mask, you get two sponges which are designed to take it off once it’s dried – another great way to gently exfoliate the skin.
I’ve been using these products for five weeks now and so far, I’ve not really had any noticeable spots. Of course I’ve had the odd little pimple pop up now and again, but even when it’s been that time of the month when my skin usually plays havoc, it’s been cool, calm and collected.
Like I mentioned above, I’ll be investing in the serums to go under my moisturiser later this month when I get paid (at £44 each I have to wait until the money tree sheds some notes) so I’ll update you on whether they’ve made any difference to the red marks left. If those could go I’d be even happier. It’s great not having bad skin, but when you still have to wear makeup because of the scars it can be a pain.
Just in terms of price, I went to Boots because I could see they had an offer to get 15 per cent off so this whole lot came to £66, which has definitely been worth the spend in my opinion.
Are you a fan of Liz Earle? I’d love to know if you recommend anything to help fade red marks on the skin so please leave those below. Have a great week guys.