You know that feeling when you find products that really work for you - a sense of satisfaction and sometimes relief that you've finally found a product that actually does what it supposed to do.
Well I have! For me it has been these products - products that have not only reduced blemishes, but changed the way my skin deals with stress and other factors that leave it looking dull and lifeless.
The first game changer which I have spoken about numerous times on my blog is the Alpha H Liquid Gold. This exfoliating treatment refines the skins surface by tacking pigmentation and uneven texture like blocked and enlarge pores. It also helps with fine lines and boasts the skins radiance by using Glycolic Acid to remove dead skin and pore blocking impurities.
Another product that fits in nicely with the Liquid Gold is the Pixi Glow Tonic. This is a much milder version which I use everyday when I'm not using the liquid gold. The exfoliating toner also contains Glycolic Acid which gently removes dead skin cells. This creates the perfect canvas for all my skin care products that I use afterwards as it lets them absorb fully (without the dead skin getting the way) and allow them to work to their full potential.
These two products are a must have for me as like I said they both ensure that my skin is in optimum condition for all my other skin care products. If the surface is covered in dead skin it's going to act like a barrier so no matter how good the products are they're not going to work, and I'm not going to see the results to there fullest.
These next two products are fairly new to me but have still delivered results that have completely changed my skin.
Avène Ystheal* is a retinol based moisturiser and my first dip into retinol based products. This has completely changed the way my skin deals with breakouts and stress.
The moisturiser is designed to be used at night and helps repair skin as you sleep. The retinol which derives from Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that's protects against free radicals and collagen breakdown as well as increasing cell turnover - which in turn speeds up the recovery process when your skin to looking and feeling stressed out. It heals blemishes and nourishes dehydrated and dry skin by delivering moisture just where it needs it.
Since using this my skin is less oily - in fact I would go as far as saying my skin is edging more on the combination/normal side now, something I never thought would happen!
The next is the cult Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. This has been on the market for years and raved by thousands as the wonder product that helps with ageing by targeting fine lines and wrinkles, as well as maximising the power of skins nighttime renewal.
The light serum absorbs quickly into the skin leaving it feeling smooth with as almost velvet texture. And just like the Ystheal cream it oomph's up the skins cell turnover by healing scars and reducing blemishes, as well as delivering much needed hydration and radiance to the skin.
My pores are smaller and my skin feels smooth - before my skin would feel lumpy and uneven and a far cry from smooth! Now it's like I have a different face, and I love it!
Since using all these products together my skin has changed. Before I was always conscious of my imperfections and used high coverage foundations to disguise them. But now I'm finding that apart from the odd scar ( from past blemishes) I'm happy to opt for a lighter coverage, and for the first time in years let my skin actually see the light of day without it being shielded under layers of foundation. These products have been a game changer as far as my skin is concerned and I can not recommend them enough if you're someone that suffers with the same problems I have.
*PR Sample . All thoughts are of course my own.