If there’s one area of skincare that is underrated in my opinion – it’s a good makeup remover. Once upon a time I used baby wipes but quickly stopped when I learnt just how damaging it was to the skin. For a while now I’ve been using baby oil (out of pure laziness) but it’s a little too harsh for my eye area. They dried up quite a bit but I also think it was part hayfever too as the itchiness was quite intense. I’ve been shopping around for a little while looking at various cleansing balms to help break down and remove any makeup or pollution. Pestle & Mortar have made such an impact on my beauty regime with their Hydrochloric Serum and now I’ve introduced their latest addition, Erase cleansing/makeup removing balm into the mix. It’s an oil like balm that is designed to remove even stubborn makeup and of course those day to day elements such as dirt and any environmental issues.
Whenever you know you’ve a holiday coming up it’s the small things that you often forget about. I tend to write a checklist of various things I need to book in for. From taking care of my travel documents to making appointments for some beauty upkeep – it can be a busy time prepping. Trying to book in for appointments can be a little frustrating as you’ve limited time with work commitments etc and it’s more or less impossible to block book appointments or your day.
I have a serious love/hate relationship with my skin but I’d say over the past year it’s thankfully been more love than hate. After attending an event by the lovely folks at Image Skincare a few year’s ago, I got into conversation regarding my skin. They recommended I visit Réjouir Skin Clinic (you can read all about it here) on the Lisburn Road. During the visit I learnt that my previous skincare routine had to go. I was using the wrong products, to be honest I didn’t have enough knowledge to even understand what I had been using. The lovely owner Pamela, explained to me in detail (she has the patience of a saint) and after me asking a hella lot of questions I was on the road to skin recovery.
The craze of face masks has taken an entirely new level thanks to L’Oréal and their new Pure Clay Masks. I was in Boots during the week and seen that they had an offer on them, each mask is currently £5 each which is an absolute bargain. I initially picked up the Purity and Glowing products but ended up going back for the Detox mask as I wanted to try out all three. Each one has a different job to do regarding your skin. I’ve tried all of them and even though it’s still very early days I’m pleasantly surprised with how my skin feels. I already have a strong skincare regime (you can read it here) but I was missing that extra step in my routine to give me skin some TLC.
Last weekend I was very kindly invited to Réjouir Skin Clinic on the Lisburn Road to get a skin consultation and treatment using Image Skincare products. I was very excited to undergo an analysis using a state of the art Visia Skin Scanner. This photographic process allowed my lovely therapist, Pamela to see what is happening with my skin at a deeper level. Afterwards she then prescribed treatments and homecare products that are personalised to me. I’m going to be brutally honest with my results in this post so I would definitely recommend taking serious care of your skin so that you don’t end up like me.