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Skincare on Trial

Skincare is something I try to only switch up now and again because contrary to what beauty blogging would have us believe, switching up skincare constantly can actually do more harm than good and it takes a good 3 months for skincare to actually show what magic it may or may not have worked on your skin, so those trials that have been for 4 nights on someone's nighttime skincare routine well, well they're a bit of Billy Bollocks if we're honest.

However, I have been adding some new things into my skincare mix as my acne was flaring up badly again (I'm talking hard, stone-like boulders sitting under my skin for weeks at a time) and it was a type of acne I wasn't used to. I ran out of my usual Vichy gel cleanser, I needed some new eye cream (I'm not loyal to a specific one yet) and I needed to fight those bloody blemishes. So here's what I've been trying out for the last 2 months now and what I think of them so far.

La Roche-Posay Serozinc Zinc Sulphate Solution | £8.5o - La Roche-Posay are a great drugstore brand for those of us with acne-prone or oily skin. Their products often include great ingredients for fighting the zits and excess oils and I'm a big fan of a number of their creams and moisturising products. Weirdly though, I've never bought into Serozinc despite it being pretty popular in the blogging world. I finally picked it up and I'm so pleased I did. This spray solution is great for yep, you guessed it - oily and acne-prone skin as it sucks up and neutralises excess oils and helps settle acne to make it manageable. It doesn't get rid of my acne completely, but it helps spots stay small and helps bring them to a white head quicker meaning I can get rid of them much quicker too. You can spray the product directly onto the face (which is quite nice in the warmer months as the fine mist is very cooling) or I tend to spray it onto a cotton pad and smooth it over my face, concentrating around my nose/chin area as that is where my pores are the biggest and therefore the most likely to get clogged up. I like using it with a pad as spraying it directly can often dry out the skin around my eyes as they're sensitive so just bear in mind if you do tend to get dry skin, this stuff may make it worse before it makes it better. I also have sensitive skin and this doesn't irritate it despite the quite scary, chemical-fuelled name. If you suffer from a *half way through the day shiny makeup face* try giving this a go. I use it every morning and night after cleansing and before makeup application and it really makes a difference to the longevity of my makeup.

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser | £8.99 - Yes To Tomatoes is a range I've tried extensively and quite liked. I realised this was the only product I hadn't tried. The YesTo brand have a collection for every skin type but of course, the Tomatoes range is best for my acne/combination skin. The charcoal cleanser should remove impurities and generally help to clear up blemishes. I quite like this but I don't love it. I really enjoy using charcoal-based products as they often get results and you can feel/see them working. However this one? I don't know, it just didn't hit the spot fully (or the spots fully ahem ahem). The texture of the cleanser is my biggest gripe - it's an almost jelly like consistency with the odd small bead in it. The beads are exfoliating and whilst they do definitely do that as it leaves my skin feeling super soft and they're not abrasive feeling, the jelly like texture means you always get too much product shooting out of the bottle and the majority of it ends up in the sink/on the shower floor as it slips straight out of your hands. I wouldn't say it clears up my blemishes either. It might help slightly with keeping them flush to the skin and stopping healing spots from going grossly crispy/flaky, but it doesn't exactly do what it says on the tin. I definitely prefer their Tomato pore scrub but this one is more gentle if you have extremely sensitive skin.

Nip Fab Dark Circle Fix Eye Cream | £15.95 - I'm trying to get into eye creams more because they're so important in a skincare routine, so I thought this one should be next on my to-try list as I haven't found *the one* yet. This eye cream simply promises to minimise the look of dark circles (as many eye products do) but again, this product falls short. I didn't really notice a difference to the tone of my undereye which was a little disappointing as I have quite heavy, blue/grey circles permanently, but this cream is lovely nonetheless. It's very light, non-greasy yet moisturising, makeup applies over it beautifully and my undereye area was always in great condition after using this product. I don't know if I'd rush out to buy it again, but it is also great for my highly sensitive eyes as it has no scent and didn't irritate them at all. The packaging is convenient with the handy little pump but I wish the bottle was clear so you know when you'd finished it!

Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Dark Circles Eye Cream | £12.99 - So I ran out of the Nip Fab cream pretty quickly so tried the next product on my eye dream hit list. I love Una Brennan skincare but I hadn't tried this. The vitamin C+ range from Una is designed to brighten the skin and keep it in top-notch condition. This eye cream also promises to help with dark circle problems but do you know what? I actually think it has done something. Albeit it small, in the last 4 weeks of me trialling this cream, I have noticed that my dark circles are less noticeable - particularly under makeup. This is huge for me as I usually use two concealers and still struggle to tone down the grey/blue shining through, but this stuff seems to be making it easier to cover up. It also hydrates the skin around my eyes really well and keeps the area smooth for makeup application. The only thing I don't love about this is the scent. The scent is similar to the anti-blemish clay mask from Una which if you haven't seen my review or tried it before let me tell you, it smells hella strong. So strong it gives me a headache. This eye cream isn't as bad as that but it is still quite strong and my eyes do twitch a little bit as I'm waiting for the cream to sink in. I can get around the scent though as ultimately, it doesn't irritate the eyes and it does seem to be making my undereye area more healthy looking. Can't grumble about that!

What new skincare products have you been testing out and enjoying lately?

- A.
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