Whilst I'm rarely short of beauty products [and as much as I love trying new launches], I am a creature of habit; especially when it comes to beauty products that work really really well, do exactly what they say they will, and make a difference with immediate and lasting effect. This is especially true of skincare; for after years of struggling to find the perfect products for my complexion, when I do fall upon The One, I'm loathe to risk replacing it and tend to stick to those I love.Read More
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In order to achieve the season's highly coveted 'lit from within' glow, as much care must be given to skincare as to makeup. The first and crucial step in achieving and maintaining luminous radiance lies in the art of curating a bespoke skincare routine, tailored with just radiance in mind.
Meet the glow-getters.
I adore a silkily textured and easily absorbed serum for its versatility; this one can be used both day and night as it sits as well beneath makeup as it does moisturiser, with a texture that will suit both very dry and very oily complexions. Weightless and effortlessly absorbed, it's ideal for those who don't like to overload their skin with heavy layers of product. The formulation is specifically catered towards clearing pigmentation and scarring, and promises to make a difference within four weeks; utilising a powerful complex of antioxidants that work towards maintaining a clear, even, and luminous complexion.
A multi-awardwinning Clarins bestseller that has achieved cult status amongst skincare fanatics for its prowess as an instant skin brightener. Softening, smoothening, and above all brightening, the delicate, silky consistency [which is more light lotion than heavy balm] is ideal for an instant skin pick me up, an overnight moisture boost or a secret surge of hydration and luminosity under makeup [its smoothing capabilities make it an ideal makeup primer]. Immersed in a nourishing layer of ingredients [including olive, witch hazel, algae extract, and bisabolol], skin appears instantly more radiant and toned, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced and diffused. My skin never looks fresher and healthier than when I've applied this after use of the below Origins mask.
If you've ever scorned the idea that a cleanser is capable of more than just cleansing, then this product will be the one to prove you wrong; cleansing is the backbone of any committed skincare routine, and can be chosen to cater towards your individual concerns and goals just as easily as any other product can. Rich in vitamins and fruit enzymes, and created especially with dull skin in mind, this offers a thorough cleanse and gentle chemical exfoliation whilst delivering antioxidant protection and improving moisture retention; all of which contribute towards a fresher, more radiant complexion. What's more, this cleanser is a joy to use; a delicate gel that transforms into a weightless oil upon application, smoothening, softening, and infusing skin with the fragrant aromas of chamomile and rose.
Long term skincare strategies aside, some products truly are capable of having an immediately transformative effect upon the skin. Designed to recreate the bare-faced natural glow seen backstage at recent fashion weeks, this mask has an almost 'my skin, but better' effect after just one brief use. Following removal, my complexion appears instantly brighter, redness is calmed, exposed pores vanish, and imperfections are blurred, resulting in a fresh-faced luminosity that almost negates the application of makeup. The mask's success lies in its deep cleansing and exfoliating formula, which removes blockage from the pores and buffs away dead skin cells, whilst injecting skin with a cocktail of brightening and hydrating ingredients. [For a full review, see here].
For an instantly discernible glow, and true skin luminosity, this cream is quite unrivalled [in recent months I've torn through three jars so can more than attest for its prowess], offering a noticeably brightening effect after just a single use. Notably, the formula is rich in Dermapep [Eve Lom's trademarked brightening ingredient, proven to be 20 times more effective than its competitors] alongside a cocktail of essential oils, chosen for their efficiency in calming inflammation, fading pigmentation, and plumping skin with nourishing antioxidants. The result is a complexion that appears fresh, even, and radiant. If you're serious about injecting a little life and vitality into a dull complexion then this would be my first recommendation, it truly is glow in a jar.
When you sleep, your skin switches into repair mode, making overnight the optimal time and occasion to wear concentrated serums that restore and renew. Comprised of two parts [serum and oil], a few shakes blends the two formulas together in order to encompass both the hydrating benefits of an oil with the light texture and fast-absoprtion of a serum. The result is a sensual glow without clogged pores or a greasy residue. Moringa, jojoba, and pomegranate oils offer instant hydration whilst red rice stem cells tone and rejuvenate the skin; combined, the ingredients lend a wonderfully silky softness and impart a nourishing, indulgent effect that leaves skin radiant come morning.
Those with sensitive skin should invest in a natural oil blend such as Pai's, designed to nourish, regenerate, and protect the skin, and essentially providing all of the essential elements for a supple, radiant complexion. The minimal ingredients list comprises both the seed and fruit extracts of the rosehip, providing the ability to target numerous skin complaints at once, including fading scarring and clearing blemishes. The effects of so concentrated a formulation are multiple - exceptionally rich in fatty acids [Omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9] and antioxidants, this oil deeply hydrates skin and reduces redness; with consistent use, skin bears an ultimately brighter, clearer, and fresher appearance.
If it's a total reboot you're after, invest in a high quality chemical exfoliant such as Radical's Exfoliating Pads, which work on a cellular level to repair and calm the skin as well as promoting new cell turnover. Exfoliation is key to maintaining a fresh-faced 'lit from within' glow as it ploughs away dead skin cells, which pile up, diffusing light and causing the skin to look dull and grey. Utilising antioxidants and AHAs, which penetrate deep beneath the skin's surface, these pads offer a deep but gentle, and incredibly effective form of chemical exfoliation, with luminous results.
What skincare products do you use to 'get the glow'?
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The bare essentials of skincare diktat call for a morning regime that starts with clarifying and priming, and an evening ritual packed with powerful and reparative must-haves; easy enough, but what about the process of fine-tuning your skincare routine to suit you? If your skin is dry, you're going to want to make sure that intensive hydration is the basis of your agenda, 24 hours a day; but if you're prone to oiliness, you'll be well aware that whilst hydration is vital, it comes at a price, and must not imbalance your complexion.
Personalising your skincare routine from start to finish is no mean feat, but below I've identified some failsafe duos that will help you to maintain your personal skincare agenda, day and night.
DAY : Thick, buttery, and soft, SISLEY's Confort Extreme Day Skincare* is a joy to use, and without a doubt one of the most luxurious creams in my collection. It won't sit well under makeup, but is ideal for lathering on thick on foundation-free days, and is the ultimate treatment for curing and preventing dry patches. The nourishing and softening formula treats dry skin as sensitive skin, so this won't aggravate a fragile complexion - instead, like a comfort blanket to the skin, it restores suppleness and soothes sore skin, whilst replenishing the delicate moisture barrier and preventing future moisture deficiencies. The formula is packed with some of nature's most powerful moisturisers, including plum, shea butter, wood mallow, and olive, alongside solanum, which stimulates the production of lipids [notably deficient in very dry skin]. Warm in the hands and apply massage-style for the ultimate luxe moisture treatment.
NIGHT : Designed specifically to replenish dry skin overnight, the NARS Restorative Night Treatment* employs an innovative gel-to-oil technology that helps to deliver moisture into even the deepest layers of skin. The thick, balm-like gel melts upon application, forming a luxurious layer of nourishing ingredients that lock in moisture and leave even the dullest driest skin looking bright and radiant come morning. Packed with nourishing fatty acids, omegas, and antioxidants, ingredients such as almond, plum, rice bran, and alaria extract help to restore and strengthen the skin's water reserves whilst infusing it with moisture and minerals - boosting hydration levels by up to 146% in one use. When my skin is especially dry I take the time to massage this into my skin before bed, and always notice a smoother and brighter complexion come sunrise.
DAY : Those who suffer from blemishes but have struggled to find a treatment that sits indiscernible on the skin will adore the MARIO BADESCU Buffering Lotion. The thin watery texture absorbes without a trace of residue, and can even be applied over makeup, thanks to its weightless and fast-absorbed formula. A blend of soothing anti-inflammatory herbal extracts, vitamins,and amino acids, this is one of the fastest acting blemish treatments I have ever used, and dries up blemishes without affecting the surrounding area or causing scarring. Specially designed to treat painful cystic acne, the astringent formula proves the ultimate topical treatment for daytime use.
NIGHT : Thanks to its thick, white, paste-like formula, EVE LOM's Dynaspot* treatment is most certainly not daytime appropriate [if you're planning on leaving the house, that is], by night however, I layer it thick and fast over both forthcoming and established blemishes [when applied in good time it will stop even the worst in their tracks]. Packed with soothing antiseptics [salicylic acid and tea tree], zinc [to prevent scarring and pigmentation] and chamomile [to calm inflammation] Dynaspot acts like a super potent targeted face mask, reducing the size, appearance, colour, and pain of blemishes within a matter of hours and without drying out the skin; spots will be visibly diminished by daybreak. I often layer this with the above when I have a particularly nasty breakout - together they're an unbeatable blemish-battling duo.
DAY : The oil-free, mattifying formula of SISLEY's Tropical Resins Complex* is tailored to suit oily skin and act like a blotting paper, absorbing excess oil and preventing shine. It works to balance sebum production and purify skin without compromising skin's moisture levels, via a soothing combination of plant extracts and zinc. If you're used to your morning treatments leaving your skin feeling tight or stripped, this will provide a welcome antidote [and also serves as a fantastic makeup primer thanks to its softening and easily-absorbed gel texture].
NIGHT : It's a common mistake to assume that oily skin doesn't need more moisture, when in fact the truth is quite opposite; keeping oily skin moisturised can help to reduce excess oil production and is vital to maintaining good skin health. AĒSOP's Oil-Free Facial Hydrating Serum* is a welcome alternative to cream and oil based moisturisers, and allows for intensive hydration without inciting a greasy complexion. In the form of a lightweight and easily absorbed gel serum, the aloe vera based formula is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to ensure that oily skin receives all of the usual benefits of evening hydration. Skin will boast a weightless, smooth, matte texture, which feels instantly nourished and protected.
DAY : Designed to restore brightness and clarity to sluggish skin after winter, the CODAGE Spring Break Serum* is the ultimate antidote to a lacklustre complexion. A blend of moisturising, reparative, and antioxidant ingredients help to rebuild skin's defences and detoxify, in order to restore radiance and comfort. Most notably, the reparative ingredients play a major role in reducing pigmentation and fading blemish marks and scars [this is one of few products I have used that made an impact upon the appearance of my blemish marks in one use] by boosting cellular renewal and speeding up the healing process. Skin is repaired from deep within the epidermis, and anti-inflammatories calm redness and blemishes. The silky texture absorbs without a trace, making it ideal for both morning and evening use - and its invisibility renders it ideal for use beneath makeup.
NIGHT : The only other product to have benefitted my blemish marks after just one use - I'm currently onto my third jar of the EVE LOM Brightening Cream* and I remain obsessed. The texture is light and gel-like, but I apply this in a thick layer before bed, patting it into my skin for optimal absorption. Aside from addressing hyper-pigmentation, calming redness, and evening out a patchy skintone, this rose-scented cream injects skin with a luminosity that is noticeable the morning after. With continued use, skin grows clearer, brighter, and more radiant, with a smooth and supple texture in tow. The key ingredient, Eve Lom's patented Dermapep blend, is proven to be 20 times more efficient than regular brightening treatments, so if you're after a product that reaps instant and noticeable benefits, this is the one.
DAY : Offering immediate relief to severely dehydrated skin, the newly launched VICHY Aqualia Thermal Serum* is without a doubt one of the best hydrating treatments I have ever used [and readily available and affordable to boot]. The water-based formula means this absorbs seamlessly, and can easily be layered with other serums, oils, and creams for intensive rehydration treatment [but even normal, sensitive, and combination skin types will benefit from the soothing and fortifying formula]. Designed to provide 24-hour hydration, a cocktail of complex ingredients improve the diffusion of moisture into the skin, leaving it feeling soothed, softened, and refreshed.
NIGHT : A favourite amongst Korean skincare junkies, the LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask* has long been adored for its ability to mimic the effects of a good night's sleep and restore hydration levels in a single use. Essentially a powerful night cream that doubles as a face mask, the featherlight gel formula is enriched with ingredients such as rose and sandalwood which condition and soothe the skin. The key ingredient, chestnut extract, boosts hydration, as well as soothing inflammation and enabling skin to attract and retain water. The next best thing to drinking eight glasses of water a day; those with dehydrated skin will find that this cooling gel immediately hydrating, and its silky texture feels therapeutically soothing and refreshing on the skin.
What are your day to night skincare saviours?
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It's a no-brainer that when a brand releases two products with the same name or within a range, they're designed to complement each other; but what about those duos that chance upon each other by fate, the unlikely star-crossed lovers of the beauty world? For these five pairs [and me], it was love at first sight.
Meet the ultimate brightening duo. First, Codage's Spring Break Serum - offering a multi-pronged approach to skin reparation by optimising cell renewal, stimulating collagen production, and improving pigmentation. Codage do well by their French heritage and laboratory-style branding, both of which affirm a high-quality and luxury vibe that transcends into the application, use, and results of their products. This serum is light but potent; it never turns greasy, instead, it absorbs cleanly and wholly and ultimately leaves your skin bright and rejuvenated come morning. Despite working with prowess when used on its own, its results are amplified in conjunction with Eve Lom's Brightening Cream. Without a doubt the best moisturiser I have ever used [it completely debunks the theory of moisturisers serving only for hydration], the formula contains rose, Vitamin E, allantoin, and betaine - all known anti-inflammatories. The star ingredient however is Dermapep - which blocks melanin production and works up to 20 times more effectively than regular skin brighteners. The results are immediate, be prepared to marvel over a noticeable luminosity and newfound radiance. Together these have dealt with the remaining traces of my peekaboo acne breakouts. Using them in succession, expect skin to brighten up and even out from day one - pigmentation, scarring, and redness replaced with a clear complexion that positively glows. The epitome of beauty enlightenment.
Together this pair are quite simply the gold standard for pore-ridden, wan looking skin. The Origins Original Skin Retexturising Mask is a recent, but already adored addition to my skincare stash; the soft scent is reminiscent of a light rose perfume and the glow it leaves is like no other. I don't think I have ever been so impressed with a product after one use, exposed pores quite literally vanish. Sensitive-skinned readers, take note; it doesn't crisp to an uncomfortable crust like most clay masks - instead it dries comfortably after 10 minutes to a velvety, clean finish that doesn't feel tight in the slightest. Consider it a quick-fix treatment to looking like you're not on your deathbed [I can see this being a particularly worthy treatment during the winter, when my skin looks duller and greyer than the Manchester skyline]. Maintain your newly evident fresh-faced radiance with liberal application of the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. A cult product by any skincare junkie's standards, the standout ingredients here are witch hazel and olive oil; natural brighteners that hydrate and firm your skin, whilst algae extract revitalises and bisabolol softens. The result is a luminous and healthy glow, with quite the softest smoothest texture you'll ever know.
Doubling up on spot treatments might seem gratuitous, but sometimes, it takes two. When I'm suffering from one of those particularly nasty supersize under-the-skin spots, this pair are my failsafe in ensuring that the situation is dealt with as swiftly and efficiently as possible. The Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion is specifically designed to deal with deep, cystic acne, and is incredibly efficient at quelling potential blemishes before they've had time to properly show their face. The formula is unusually thin for a spot-on treatment; a watery texture that absorbs quickly, making it that rarity, a blemish treatment which can be applied beneath makeup. Its texture renders it ideal for layering, so for double the impact, once absorbed I dab on a little of Eve Lom's Dynaspot. This takes more of a traditional form - a thick white cream [best worn at night, for obvious reasons]. Without a doubt one of the most powerful blemish treatments I have ever used, the formula contains potent doses of salicylic acid, tea tree oil, zinc, yarrow, and chamomile, which work to reduce inflammation without causing scarring.
As regular readers are no doubt aware, Aēsop is my go-to for luxe skincare, and their Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque never leaves my on-hand stash. It's my salvation when I wake up with a face resembling a map of the constellations, and is what I use daily at that time of the month, when breakouts are both inevitable and at their very worst. Blemishes will be both reduced and prevented [I often employ it as an overnight spot-on treatment] and excess oil absorbed. Its efficacy is undisputed, but unfortunately comes at a price; the combination of clay and alcohol [albeit the good kind] are astringent and may leave sensitive skin feeling a little tight. For this reason I find it best followed with a product that serves to replenish and restore moisture - most specifically RMK's Skintuner Smoother Moist. A thick essence-like toner, I apply it with either a cotton pad or my fingertips and find that my skin feels instantly soothed, softened, and nourished. Citrus peel and bilberry extract star in the ingredients lineup, whilst apricot, rose, and hibiscus all have supporting roles. This proverbial cocktail of hydrating ingredients gives skin a reboot, strengthening its barrier function, restoring elasticity, and countering the astringent effects of a particularly effective detox mask.
Micellar solutions have long championed a virtuous and efficient approach to makeup removal backstage, and in recent years have established themselves as a high-street favourite, adored for their gentle proficiency. The formulas contains micelles, tiny molecules that latch onto and withdraw oil and dirt. I particularly adore this one, which bears the delicate, dessert-like trademark scent of La Roche-Posay's Physiological line, and is designed specifically for use on dry and sensitive skin [I'm a big believer in treating any skin type like sensitive skin]. Two cotton pads soaked in this fluid will remove the bulk of your makeup [including stubborn mascara], no scrubbing required. But don't stop there; if there's one thing to take away from the recent so-called 'skincare revolution', it's that double-cleansing is now the norm. For the past six months, I've ritually followed up my micellar water cleanse with a dollop of the Eve Lom Cleanser. The texture is wonderfully indulgent - thick, smooth, emollient, and peppered with finely ground exfoliating particles, it turns from balm to oil to cream and is the perfect consistency for a lengthy and luxurious face massage. Less glam is the scent, a pungent aroma of cloves and eucalyptus which has been known to put off users but fast grows upon those committed enough to see past an unusual aroma [don't judge a book by its cover, don't judge a cleanser by its scent]. One of the only truly effective cleansers to not only remove dirt, grime, and makeup, but also leave [and perhaps enhance] skin's moisture - there's almost no need to follow it up with the statutory toner and moisturiser. Rinse off with a warm soaked flannel and voila - you've successful deeply cleansed your skin with just two products and it won't feel tight in the slightest.
What are your failsafe skincare duos?
Given that my battle with hormonal acne is finally over *touch wood*, I've set aside my blemish battling artillery in favour of products that seek to address the aftermath of breakouts, most specifically blemish marks. There seems to be a general misconception that marks and scars are one and the same, when in fact they are quite different; and blemish marks are relatively unprovided for in the world of skincare. There are few products named or designed specifically to cater to fading those flat pink marks left behind by a particularly nasty breakout, so it's been up to sufferers to be savvy and do their research in order to find out which ingredients and products will do the trick. Similarly, online beauty advice tends to lean heavily towards either clearing up blemishes or clearing scars, so said research is often a more long-winded process than anticipated.
I suffered an incredibly severe bout of hormonal acne in December [mainly upon my cheeks, jaw, and temples], which took a good few months to get under control, and I've since spent the past three and a half months working on fading its remnants. Last week I shared reviews of the five products I credit most with solving my blemish marks, but in today's post I wanted to share something a little more extensive and detailed. This piece has been a long time coming and has involved extensive research, testing, and note-taking; I can only hope that its contents will be of benefit to those of you who need it.
When cleansing with the goal of fading blemish marks, it's best to pay heed to a well-balanced approach to both hydration and exfoliation; both are key to the process, but are rarely addressed in a single product. Consistency is also key, so don't be tempted to switch up your cleanser too often; it normally takes a good few weeks of regular use for its benefits to kick in and for results to really show.
Direction : Take the time to massage your cleanser into your skin for a good three minutes to reap all of its benefits. It's not to everyone's taste/approval, but I also love to use my Clarisonic a few times a week [with non-exfoliating cleansers], and find that my marks faded much faster when I'm consistently doing so.
BIODERMA White Objective H20 Micelle Solution* - Bioderma's excellent newly launched White Objective range places a pigmentation-fading spin on everyone's favourite micellar water for optimal 2-in-1 efficacy.
EVE LOM Cleanser* - I've sung my praises regarding this cleanser here, and will no doubt do so on many more an occasion. It's multipurpose [cleansing, toning, exfoliating, moisturising], but by no means lacks efficacy. I credit it both with clearing my hormonal acne and aiding the blemish mark fading process. N.B. This cleanser changed my mind on mineral oil as an ingredient; whilst I certainly don't worship at its proverbial altar, but it's well used here, and by no means aggravates my sensitive complexion.
LA ROCHE-POSAY Physiological Cleansing Gel - My daily morning cleanser [recently discontinued but there are some precious last bottles on eBay!], this has helped me to both keep blemishes at bay and fade marks. It's super moisturising, and perfect for dry/dehydrated/sensitive skin. Detailed review here.
MURAD AHA/BHA Cleanser* - Combining physical and chemical exfoliation, I use this scrub 2-3 times a week, before applying a face mask [exfoliation allows for deeper absorption and improved efficacy of consequently applied products]. It's the best of both worlds.
DEAD SEA SPA MAGIK Black Mud Soap - Those with an ear to the ground of the skincare world will know that Dead Sea mud has long been heralded as effective in reducing and preventing pigmentation and scarring. This soap is delightfully gentle and creamy.
If you're only going to buy one product, let it be an exfoliating/acid toner. Literally the best thing you can use when fading marks with both speed and prowess are upon your agenda. Potent and concentrated, they succeed in their endeavour by gently buffing away the top layers of your skin [where marks are most profound], with each layer removed the scar will appear less visible until it eventually disappears. Look for toners that contain high counts of AHAs and BHAs [chemical exfoliants such as glycolic, lactic, salicylic, and benzoic acids]. You will generally have to part with around £20 to ensure an effective toner, but if you do invest, rest assured that a single bottle/tub is all you'll require; acid toners are so effective that you probably won't need to repurchase.
Direction : Soak a cotton pad or use a single wipe. Sweep in upwards motions over your face post-cleanse and pre-treatment every night [or less often if your skin is overly sensitive]. Always use an SPF during the day when you're using chemical exfoliants, the process makes skin more susceptible to the effects of UV light, which worsens pigmentation.
RADICAL Exfoliating Pads* - Amazingly effective, you'll notice a difference after just a few days use. These are incredibly potent but not at all harsh or drying - ideal for sensitive skin.
CLARINS Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner* - The original favourite. This is more like a thick lotion than a traditional watery toner, which makes it a great option for those with dry skin. Again, you'll see improvement before the week is out.
PIXI Glow Tonic - Despite being one of the most popular products in the blogging world, I found this to be least effective of the three. Don't get me wrong, it's great and it does the job better than cheaper versions will, but you won't notice a difference quite so fast.
The one-stop wonders of the skincare world, there is undoubtedly a mask for any and every skincare concern. When it comes to fading blemish marks, I find that the best are those that not only instantaneously soothe inflammation and promote brightness, but that also work on a long-term basis - helping to really make a difference when used regularly. Anything that aims to brighten the skin, fade pigmentation, calm inflammation, and that offers chemical exfoliation will work wonders.
Direction : Apply a generous layer to a freshly cleansed and exfoliated face. Leave for around 20-30 minutes [or as directed by the packaging] before removing with a warm soaked flannel.
EVE LOM Rescue Mask* - I used this on an almost daily basis when my acne was at its worst and its effects were amazing. Skin looks clearer and brighter with removal, and feels deeply cleansed without any tightness. I use it weekly still and it continues to make a massive difference in promoting a brighter and more even skintone.
RADICAL Instant Revitalising Mask* - An active mask that applies like a thick serum, before foaming and evaporating from the skin with a pleasant bubbling sensation. Redness is immediately vastly reduced and skin brightens with prolonged use.
BANISH Pumpkin Enzyme Mask* - A recent but already adored addition to my routine, this all-natural mask is a blend of nature's very best healers; a cocktail of pumpkin, bilberry, orange, lemon, rosemary, packed with AHAs, zinc, and vitamins A and C. Expect skin to look clearer and brighter with one use.
BANISH Rose Mask* - With 10% glycolic acid, this is a mask for those who mean business. Providing deep chemical exfoliation, which helps to unclog pores as well as fade pigmentation, it leaves skin feeling as good as new.
TL;DR Essentially, patience, daily sun protection, and chemical exfoliation is the key to fading blemish marks.
In terms of makeup, I'd massively recommend a green tinted primer [both No7 and KIKO have brilliant offerings] to cancel out redness, as well as a good concealer; MAC's Studio Finish is the only one I've used that can make blemish marks completely disappear [and it has the added benefit of SPF35].
Also, if you have acne scars as well, I would suggest looking into the Banish Kit - a micro-needling roller that helps to stimulate collagen production in order to encourage speedy and efficient skin repair.
Serums & Oils
A good serum will prove one of the most effective and fast-working product in your lineup. Blemish marks are essentially post-inflammatory pigmentation, so any concentrated treatment that aims to address hyper-pigmentation is appropriate. Look for those which aim to address discolouration and improve brightness, and in terms of ingredients, seek products loaded with Vitamin C and retinols, which help to defend skin against further damage whilst speeding up their reparative process.
Direction : Apply 2-3 drops every night post-toning and allow to absorb fully before applying moisturiser.
BIODERMA White Objective Lightening Serum* - An incredibly powerful and potent blend of highly active ingredients [inc. Vitamin C and glycolic acid] specifically formulated to address pigmentation and promote an even skintone. This stuff means business.
VERSO Super Facial Serum* - Rich in a notably virtuous blend of retinols and Vitamin A [it's 8 times more effective than standard retinol], this creamy gel-like formula helps to repair and regenerate skin cells. A proactive addition to any skincare routine.
CODAGE Spring Break Serum* - It's expensive, but it works miracles [I genuinely saw a difference in my skin after a single use]. If I had to choose one product to take to that ever elusive desert island, it would be this. For a more extensive review, see here.
CLARINS Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate* - Whatever your skincare concern, see this mini bottle as the answer to your SOS call. It's particularly effective when it comes to fading blemish marks as it's rich in Vitamin A, and noticeably reduces redness and inflammation as well as dealing with active blemishes.
By day : Wearing sunscreen is vital to good skincare anyway, but if you want to speed up the process of fading your blemish marks, it's important to use SPF consistently in order to prevent marks from darkening further as a result of UV exposure.
By night : As with a serum, look for products containing Vitamin A and retinols. Hydration is key to healthy skin so never be tempted to skip moisturiser; whilst moisturiser may not seem as targeted a product as a serum or mask, healthy hydrated skin will heal faster. Look also for creams that target lightening and brightening skin; many Asian skincare products do so, and it's a trend that is beginning to translate into brands worldwide.
Direction : Apply liberally for optimal results and pat rather than rub into the skin for better absorption [you will notice a massive difference!].
BIODERMA White Objective Lightening Fluid SPF25* - A lovely lightweight lotion that feels instantly cooling and comforting and offers broad-spectrum UV protection alongside a potent dose of Vitamin C. A day cream catered specifically to fading pigmentation is rare, but this one more than performs.
EVE LOM Brightening Cream* - Without a doubt the best moisturiser I have ever used, this is no bog standard night cream; you'll see a difference after first use in both your blemish marks and skin in general [which will look infinitely fresher and glowier]. Its consistency is delightfully light and gel-like. More info here.
RADICAL Restorative Moisture Creme* - By no means as good as the above, but on a very similar level in terms of its effects [you just have to wait a bit longer to see them]; this thick cream aims to increase moisture levels and address dark spots, and does both, well.
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What are your recommended products for fading blemish marks?