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    Friday, 11 November 2016


    So I have to start this post with a bit of a confession. I am the WORST girl when it comes to beauty products.

    Don't get me wrong, I like having treatments done. I have eyelash extensions, semi-perminant eyebrows, hair extensions and regularly get my nails done but basic skincare routine?  I am so bad.

    I'd pretty much gotten away with having next-to-no regular skin routine untill this year when suddenly my skin was like 'sorry babes' and I broke out in what I can only call 'teenage skin' again. 

    In a bid to clear my face up, I paid a visit to the specialists at Biologique Recherche for a skin analysis and facial to see if they could help get to the bottom of my skin troubles.

    I was told I had congested skin. I had no idea what that actually meant but I knew it didn't sound good. Well turns out congested skin basically means having clogged skin - which can lead to blackheads and enlarged pores. 

    A lot of people think blocked pores are caused by dirt but it's actually excess oil and sebum which are the main culprits so I've put together some tips on how you can tackle and reduce skin congestion.

    This one is so obvious and we're told it time and time again but if you want good skin - you're going to have to drink more water. Our bodies are made up of around 60% water so naturally if your dehydrated, your skin is going to suffer.

    Personally I enjoy water but if you're not a fan, you could try adding lemon slices or pomegranate seeds to jazz it up a little. 

    Another fab way to keep your skin hydrated is to use a water difuser at home which spritzs out a mist of vapour - you can also load them up with essential oils and perfumes so your house will be smelling divine aswell as you having glowing, hydrated skin: win, win. 
    I used to rely extensively on face wipes, because I'm super lazy and it was the quickest way to get my make up off my face (sometimes I just didn't take my make-up off at all - told you I'm the worst, didn't I).

    Anyway, I found that make-up wipes are basically enemy number one for your skin. Not only do they dry out your skin but they also do bugger all in terms of actually getting your make-up off because they don't actually clean down into your pores.

    You need to use a good cleanser, and preferably a cleansing brush, so you can really scrub all that horrible gunk out of your pores!

    Since having my initial facial with Biologique Recherche, I've been trying to do a face-mask twice a week.

    Their  Masque Vivant is my new BFF. It smells and looks a lot like marmite but if you can get over smearing the sticky brown gloop on your face, it's packed with antioxidants which purify your skin and helps to regulate oil, unclog and tighten pores, and generally brighten your complexion.Total game-changer.

    I was also prescribed a whole host of products so now my skin-care routine has gone from one quick wipe to a four-step process. I definitely feel that the face masks and the exfoliator have made the biggest difference to my skin.  
    This leads me on nicely to the next product in my kit which is a real saviour to my skin, the exfoliator Lotion P50.

    Exfoliation is something I definitely didn't do before and since I've started has made a real difference. It all makes sense really, skin congestion is caused by dead skin-cells blocking your pores so you need to scrub them away to keep the skin clear and clean. 

    Lotion P50 is a bit of cult beauty classic and the most famous of all their products. It's made of fruit enzymes which work to dissolve and remove the dead cells and it also helps to regulate oil production which has massively toned down the break-outs I'd been having.

    You could put all the lotions and potions in the world on your skin but if your diet sucks, it's not really going to be much use. Much like with drinking all the water, you need to be nourishing your skin from the inside-out to start seeing a difference.

    Foods rich in Vitamin A are great for stimulating the dermis so these are the ones to load up on, think orange foods like carrots, squash and sweet potato. Blueberries are another skin-friendly food packed with anti-oxidants as are every blogger's favourite food, avocado so now there's even more reason to munch on that avo on toast!
    There you have it, my go-to skin care tips. 
    What do you think, have you got any skin-care gems to share?

    * My treatment with Biologique Recherche was complimentary
    All the tips/opinions above are based on my experience & totally honest

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