Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Skincare Saviours

Hello all! It's been a little while since I last posted, and even longer since I last posted about skincare. I haven't really been switching my routine up recently as I've found a few products that are really working for my skin - and I only mean a few! The following are my skin saviours:

Used all over the face when I can feel an achy spot on the horizon, lurking under the skin's surface just waiting for the perfect moment to break through (usually the night before a special occasion of course), Effaclar Duo [+] can be an absolute lifesaver! An improved formula to the original - and much loved - Effaclar Duo, the product now helps to prevent red marks and dark spots that hang about after the actual blemish has cleared. The texture is creamier than the original and, once applied, soothes the skin to diffuse any inflammation and eradicate so much more than your average spot. It can also be used with or without your everyday moisturiser; I personally find it quite moisturising on its own. It's not a product that I use daily, because I'm not prone to these breakouts, but it's definitely a skin product I couldn't do without in my time of need.

I was sent this to try at the end of last year and I feel like it really helps my cheek redness. The fragrance-free cream effectively alleviates the symptoms of redness, dryness, visible spider veins and itchiness. It works to restore the natural skin barrier, provides daily protection from UVA rays, reduces reoccurrence, and calms, hydrates and softens the skin. I hadn't heard of Dermalex prior to being sent this, but it turns out they do a whole host of treatment creams for problematic skin including rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. They also have a blog which you can read here

I use the Effaclar A.I. in conjunction with the Duo [+] treatment. This is more of a spot treatment as you're only supposed to apply it to targeted areas of the skin. It targets individual blemishes, helping to reduce their appearance and prevent residual marks. 

This little beauty had a whole post of its own last year, and I still use it to this day whenever I have a flare up of ugly red spots. The main ingredient in the blemish treatment gel is salicylic acid, which helps to fight spots when they appear as well as fade acne scarring. Once applied, the gel tingles on the skin and in a matter of hours my blemishes are less red and painful - and after a couple of liberal applications throughout the day, a few days later they're sure to be gone. By far one of the best spot treatments I have come to discover!

On a slight side note, but still on the subject of skincare, I'd also like to ask you guys what you think about cleansing balms. I have yet to try one but I'm looking to invest. I'm torn between Clinique's Take The Day Off and Emma Hardie's Cleansing Balm. Have you tried either? I'd love to know your opinions!

*PR Sample


  1. I've been using the Effaclar Duo recently and I've been absolutely loving it. I never tried out the original so I can't really compare but I'm so glad I started using it!
    I'll be doing a post on it this Sunday which I hope you can check out lovely. :)

    Ellis - Ellis Tuesday

  2. Has the formula changed recently katie? I been used the effaclar duo for many months now and always re purchase it. im intrigued with the AI product.

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

    1. The formula isn't much different to be honest. The Duo [+] just has added "anti-pore efficacy" which helps correct the appearance of imperfections after the actual spot has gone. But if the original Duo works for you, then great! The A.I. is good for a concentrated treatment, so it's just for the spot itself. I'd recommend both! Xx

  3. We have pretty much the same skincare routine atm haha! I'm using the Take The Day Off Balm, Effaclar Duo+ & Origins Super Spot Remover & I love them!:) x

    1. Haha, how awesome! Seems like another vote for TTDO - it's pretty unanimous on Twitter too. Looks like that will be my next purchase! Xx


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