The Benefits of Rose Water

Since Ancient Egyptian times rose water has been used not only as a drink but for its skin benefits. It’s said that Cleopatra used to bathe in rose water, and still today you can see it’s benefits if regularly used. I’ve used many toners in the past that have rose water as an ingredient, famed for its rejuvenating, soothing and calming properties, but I had yet to use it on its own until I found Erbology Organic Rose Water.

The Erbology Organic Rose Water is made from only the best organic fertile Damask rose petals making it the perfect rose water to use on your skin. I suffer from oily skin that is prone to redness and have found in the past that a lot of toners aimed at my skin type tend to cause my skin to dry out too much. When switching to moisturising toners I found that they broke me out so I could never find a happy in-between! This is when I decided to switch to a more natural product like rose water, hoping that I would see some of the the famed benefits. It is claimed that rose water:

  • Reduces skin redness and puffiness due to its anti-inflammatory properties
  • Helps to sooth skin irritation such as eczema
  • Help prevent acne due to its antiseptic properties
  • Helps to prevent cell damage as it contains antioxidants which are found within rose petals

After using the Erbology Organic Rose Water for 3 weeks every morning and night I found that the redness in my skin reduced and I was able to go to work without feeling the need to wear foundation. My skin felt cleaner after using it, without feeling stripped (due to rose water having a neutral pH 7), and it was gentle enough to retain moisture in my skin without breaking me out in spots! Ditching harsher ingredients for pure rose water was the best switch I made for my skin and I’ve even had compliments on how glowing my skin looks! When you treat your skin correctly the results are bountiful.

Continuing with my use of rose water I’m sure that my skin can only get better, especially that after 3 weeks I’m already seeing fantastic benefits and I will also be experimenting with incorporating it into food, as it is a very popular ingredient in the Middle Eastern cooking. If you have sensitive, acne prone or skin redness then it’s definitely worth trying to incorporate rose water into your beauty regime! The Erbology Organic Rose Water can also be drank or mixed into smoothies; I found it very calming when I drank it before bed and it helped me to fall asleep.

You can purchase the Erbology Organic Rose Water from their website here – Erbology Organic Rose Water, along with a range of other fantastic health products!

Have you tried rose water before?

Laura 

Disclaimer: I was gifted this rose water, however all opinions are genuine and my own.

 

10 Things You’re Doing That Are Causing Spots

Is your skin getting you down? You think you’ve tried everything but you’re still getting those stubborn spots? Well there may some things you’re doing that you don’t realise which is causing your skin to be this way! You might have the perfect skincare routine but there are many surprising causes of acne that you probably didn’t know about!

1. Not Washing Your Hands Before Touching Face

Your hands harbour loads of bacteria from everything you touch during the day, including propionibacterium acnes which is a bacterium that lives on the skin and is responsible for clogging pores which causes spots! Not only is there bacteria on your hands but also oils, which again can cause spots, so keep those hands away from your face! If you do need to touch your face remember to wash them before doing so or to use hand sanitiser.

2. Using a Dirty Towel to Dry Your Face

Every time you wash your face if you’re not using a clean towel to dry it then you will unfortunately be transferring bacteria onto your lovely clean face, which can result in spots and worsen existing skin conditions. A cute idea to help you with this is having a small basket in your bathroom with neatly rolled face cloths stacked up, ready for you to use a clean one every time you wash your face!

3. Not Washing Your Makeup Brushes Regularly

Makeup brushes are another location where bacteria can grow if you don’t clean them often. All that old makeup and bacteria, as well as oil buildup from your skin, makes dirty brushes a major cause of spots! You wouldn’t put dirty water on your face so why put dirty brushes on your face?! It’s important to clean your brushes at least once a week; you can even buy some gadgets to make your brush cleaning less of a chore, like the Stylpro Original that cleans and drys your brushes in seconds.

4. Transferring Bacteria Into Your Makeup

It’s strange that a lot of makeup brands don’t produce their foundations with a pump so you end up having to pour it out onto your hand if you can’t find a pump that fits. Not only is this annoying but it causes bacteria to be transferred into your foundation! This also applies to other products you have to dip into so it’s important to buy makeup pumps where you can and always use clean brushes when dipping into products to prevent your makeup from being contaminated! It should also be remembered that makeup actually has an expiry date, and it’s not recommended to use the products after this date because it’s safe to say they will definitely contain a good dose of acne causing bacteria!

5. Not Changing Your Pillow Case Regularly

For a long time I wondered why I was getting spots on the side on my face, in particular my cheeks. It wasn’t until I realised it was being caused from my pillow cases that I discovered a build up of oils from your hair can transfer to your pillow, which in turn transfers to your face and can cause spots. I made sure to change my pillow cases at least twice a week and like magic I started seeing an improvement in my skin! It’s particularly important to do this if like me you love putting argan or coconut oil in your hair, which can transfer onto your pillow cases.

6. Letting Your Hair Touch Your Face Constantly

Similarly to changing your pillow case, always allowing your hair to touch your face can cause spots. Your hair is coated in natural oils, along with any other products you may add which probably won’t agree with your skin. If your hair is always touching your face these products can transfer onto your skin and clog your pores. Wearing some cute clips to keep your hair off your face or using less products can help prevent them from forming!

7. Using Too Many Harsh Ingredients in Your Skincare Regime

When you have acne it’s can be very easy to think that throwing everything at it that you’ve got will make it disappear, but this can cause the acne to get worse or other skin conditions to appear. It’s important to remember to treat your skin kindly, it’s very easy to dry your skin out by overusing AHA/BHAs which can make your skin more sensitive, trigger more spots or lead to dermatitis. You may think that moisturising will make acne worse if you already have oily skin but trust me moisturiser is not your enemy! Investing in a good oil free moisturiser will make sure that you’re not over drying your skin and can actually help regulate sebum production. When you over dry your skin, it can respond by producing more sebum than before so it’s important to get the balance right.

8. Making Calls on Your Phone Frequently

If you’ve been changing your pillow cases frequency but are still getting spots on your cheeks then it might be because your making phone calls a lot. A recent study showed that your phones harboured more than 25,000 per inch and some even had more bacteria than a toilet seat! The issue is that your phone is rarely cleaned, if you’re someone who likes to sit on the toilet with your phone, you’ll most likely wash your hands after but not your phone. Additionally, all the bacteria from everything you touch during the day gets transferred to your phone, and this gets transferred to your face, in particular your cheek area when you make phone calls. It’s worth investing in some headphones with a microphone to make calls or carrying round alcohol wipes to give your phone the much deserved cleaning it needs!

9. Increased Stress Levels

We all get stressed at the best of times, but most people don’t realise that stress can have a negative effect on your skin. Stress doesn’t directly cause acne but it has been found that the stress hormone called ‘corticotrophin releasing hormone’ increases the production of oil on the skins surface which can cause more spots to form. Another important factor to remember is that when we are stressed we may forget to follow our usually skin routine!

10. Poor Diet

Many studies have shown that eating a healthy diet can improve your skin and help reduce the amount of spots you get. Diets high in sugar increase your insulin levels, which in turn caused your oil glands to produce more oil causing more spots. Sugar is not the only thing in your diet to do this, but also high glycemic carbohydrates, dairy, saturated fats and trans fats. If you want to help your skin it’s suggested you consume more:

    Fruit
    Vegetables (especially leafy greens)
    Legumes
    Whole grains
    Oily fish
    Nuts and seeds

Final Note

Recognising the underlying causes of your acne is the first step towards helping to treat it. If you follow these 10 easy steps then your on the way to getting your acne under control! Always remember that if you’ve tried all of these steps, as well as over the counter products, but your acne persists then its best to seek advice from a dermatologist.

What’s your best tips to fight acne?

Laura 

Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturiser Review

Big news – after years of searching for the perfect product for my spot prone oily skin I think I have FINALLY found it! Since a teenager I’ve suffered with hormonal acne breakouts and blackheads, trying nearly every product you can think of to combat them. Whilst some products did seem to work for the spots, I couldn’t find anything that actually managed to get rid of my stubborn blackheads until I discovered the Mario Badescu oil free moisturiser.

The Low Down

The bottle isn’t that large at 59ml, however a little bit goes a long way. The moisturiser is SPF 30, meaning it does have a thick suncream consistency and smell, but it soon dries off once you’ve applied it. I was worried about my skin feeling oily after application but after leaving it a few minutes to absorb fully my skin was left feeling fresh and awake! Some of the main ingredients are:

Glycerin – hydrates your skin and acts as barrier, working well for oily skin types.

St John’s wort – soothes and repairs delicate skin.

Green tea extract – a powerful antioxidant giving protection against environmental pollutants, UV radiation and premature ageing of the skin.

Aloe Vera – hydrates and softens the skin.

The product itself is dispensed through a ‘flip out’ style nozzle applicator, which can actually be a bit of a disadvantage at times, because product gets stuck in the applicator and dries out, meaning that when you squeeze some product out upon next application you get some of the left over hard residue come out.

The Results

Suffering from very oily skin I’ve always been scared of wearing moisturiser daily, as I’ve never really found one that agreed with my skin. However I thought I’d give this one a shot, and for the FIRST time ever used a moisturiser every morning and night for a month. I wasn’t expecting much but the results shocked me. The blackheads which I’ve had for over 15 years and haven’t been able to get rid off had completely disappeared! My skin was glowing and I felt confident for the first time to leave my house makeup free. Not only did it leave my skin spot and blackhead free, but I was also left is super soft glowing skin. The only downside I found to the moisturiser was that if I wore it under makeup then my foundation didn’t last as long. This was a slight inconvenience but it was nothing some blotting paper and a bit of powder couldn’t fix, it was definitely worth it for the results I was getting!

During the month I had university’s exams I became so stressed that I let my skincare regime slip and forgot to apply for moisturiser for a few weeks. Low and behold the dreaded blackheads returned, so you have to be consistent with the moisturiser to make sure they don’t reappear. Overall I can finally say that I’ve found my holy grail product! Although a little pricey at £25 a bottle it’s worth every penny in my opinion. If you want to try it for yourself you can purchase it here.

What’s your holy grail product?

Laura 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step System Review

So as I entered 2018, I decided to revamp by skin care regime and what better than investing in the highly revered La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step System. I’ve always suffered with problematic skin, which is prone to spots, blackheads and extremely oily to say the least. I’d heard many good reviews about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] from friends who also had problematic skin, so I went all out and decided to buy the 3-Step System and see if I had finally purchased a product that worked for me.

The La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step System consists of:

  • Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser 125ml
  • Effaclar Astringent Lotion 200ml
  • Effaclar Duo [+] 40ml

The set is said to last for 6 weeks, however I found that the cleanser lasted much longer as you only need to use a small amount of it. The first thing I noticed about this system was it’s unusual smell which reminded me a little bit of washing up liquid! That aside, I was excited to try it out and see what results I got.

What does La Roche Posay promise with this product?

Specifically formulated for oily, blemish and acne-prone skin. An award-winning, simple 3-step regime, inspired by dermatologists, which is clinically proven to correct the appearance of blemishes, unclog pores and reduce pore size whilst keeping skin hydrated and reducing the appearance of red and brown marks.” – La Roche Posay

My verdict

After using this product for 2 weeks I noticed no difference to my skins appearance, however the amount of spots I usually get had reduced. I continued to use the product twice a day, morning and night and after 4 weeks my skin looked more even in tone, and the redness around my nose has reduced. Again the amount of spots I usually get had reduced. Excited to see the end result I continued until week 6, and was met with horrifically dry skin. The skin around the edges of my nose and tip of nose were dry, flaky and quite sore. I guess my skin wasn’t used to such a strict regime, and even though I have very oily skin, it left my skin dryer than it’s ever been in my life. I had to stop using it for a while due to this, but when my skin was back to normal I reduced the amount I used it to once a day, and applied a good moisturiser at night which seemed to combat the issue.

Overall, this product did reduce the amount of spots I get, and make my skin tone more even. But the product also claims to reduce the number of blackheads, and unfortunately mine were exactly the same as before I started using the system. I will still continue to use this system as I’m happy with how it reduced the amount of spots I got, but will be cautious over it causing my skin to become too dry. If you’d like to try it for yourself you can purchase the set here.

Have you tried any products from the Effaclar range?

Laura 

Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Anti- Blemish Face Moisturiser

After spending most of the festive period eating copious amounts of chocolate, biscuits and unhealthy food my skin understandably decided to break out badly. I’ve always had very oily spot prone skin, and have struggled to find one product that actually improves my skin and doesn’t break the bank…until now! I’ve been a fan of the Garnier Pure Active Micellar Water for some time now, as it’s the only micellar water that I’ve found which suits my skin, as it is aimed at people with combination and oily skin. However, I had not heard about any other products in the pure active range until I came across the Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Anti- Blemish Face Moisturiser on offer in Asda for £4. At that price I couldn’t resist and brought a tube of it, eager to get home and try it out.

The product contains ‘airlicium’, which is derived from a natural mineral silica which has absorbing properties which is how it can keep your skin matte for longer. It also contains salicylic acid which is good if you have acne prone skin as it will help reduce the amount of spots you get. My first impression was that this moisturiser didn’t look (or smell) like your standard moisturiser but looked more like a primer. It smelt very fresh and was clear in colour with a blue tint; I was expecting this to be a white cream like standard moisturisers. I first applied it before doing my makeup and found it left my skin feeling really soft and matte, better than most primers I’ve used in the past! I was really impressed with how long my make up stayed on using it, compared to when I apply my makeup with normal moisturiser or primer. I usually get shiny skin within 2-3 hours of applying make up but I was shine free for 6+ hours with the moisturiser. Along with its brilliant shine control capabilities I found that using this moisturiser daily reduced the amount of spots I got, and helped reduce the redness of my skin that was caused by my current break out.

I’ve now ditched my current primer for the Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Anti- Blemish Face Moisturiser because even though it is a moisturiser (and not a primer) I found that it actually works better than my current primer AND moisturises at the same time! If you have oily skin and your looking to try out something new I’d definitely recommend this product, to use as a primer under your foundation to reduce shine, or as a standard moisturiser.

Have you found any products for oily skin types that actually work?

Laura