Monday, 16 April 2018

How acne affects your mood....

Now I don't know about you but acne really affects my mood, my confidence and effectively my happiness. I see so many girls around me with low self esteem and low confidence because of their skin and plastering more and more makeup to cover it or using extremely harsh chemicals to try and combat it. I am one of those people. My skin has got so much better since 2015 but I am still so conscious about how my skin looks, and whether my skin is clear or not, and the amount of spots or scars I have. When I had lots of acne I would be so self conscious that people were looking at my spots instead of me and that had a huge impact on how I felt about myself, I felt ugly.

I am constantly learning about the skin and it's so hard to know what to use, when to use it and what products to use alongside each other. As I have said in previous posts, I knew nothing about the skin until starting to work at a skin clinic, I also learnt a lot more about my body, healthy eating and hormones etc. I thought I ate regularly healthy but I then learnt what foods would cause a breakout and what wouldn't. I spent a great deal of money to get the skin I desired, clear skin, and my mood and confidence grew and grew. Now I kind of feel like i'm back to square one, not entirely as it is a lot better, but it is so disheartening to see acne and scars back again!! Why won't they leave me alone?!

Contraceptive pills, depending on what you are taking can have a huge impact on moods, skin and weight and trying to find the right one isn't that easy. It's crazy how acne can cause whirlwinds of emotions, stress and unhappiness. But don't worry, we will get there! Think positively, and clear skin will finally happen!

 Photo number one is when I first had acne and started to have skin peels. The second photo is how much my skin cleared up after using the right products and treatments to combat acne! The third picture is my skin right now, a little stressed out and hormonal, nowhere near as bad as photo number one, but still not as good as it could be.

Do you suffer with acne? How does it make you feel?


Monday, 19 March 2018

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Review

I have used up so many pots of this cleansing balm from Emma Hardie because I think it is wonderful. I use this balm as a first cleanse to remove any makeup, it is a very gentle, calming balm that smells heavenly. 

The ingredients have quite a few antioxidants in there, to balance, rejuvenate and hydrate the skin and is very refreshing to use.  I feel that after every use of this cleanser, my skin feels hydrated and glowing (which everyone wants, right?) I love to use a luxury product because I feel that the ingredients list is normally a lot better, and especially because I have suffered with acne in the past I want to combat that as much as possible. 

Alongside the cleanser you receive a cleansing cloth which is great to take off makeup, one side is a muslin cloth to help remove any dirt or makeup, gently helps to exfoliate the skin too and the other side is a soft flannel. Sometimes I also like to use this balm as an overnight mask as the weather has been a lot colder which leaves the skin quite dry. Overall a lovely product to use and I highly recommend anyone to purchase it.


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Now's the time to talk about mental health!

For quite a few years now I have suffered with mental health issues, which I used to feel very ashamed about. I felt like no one really understood how I was feeling or knew how I was trying to cope with it. I didn't even understand it myself, I thought I was stupid for worrying about the tiniest thing,I didn't know what a panic attack was, and I didn't know how to even cope with it. I was dealing with so many issues inside of me and pushing away the closest people in my life made things a lot harder.

I think 'growing up' (well trying to) has really helped a lot of the negativity that used to be inside me, but also talking about it with others, who may or may not be going through the same feelings. Going to yoga, forcing myself out of bed even though there were days I would panic so much about leaving the house, I have built myself up stronger mentally and physically. It is still a constant challenge, but i'm slowing getting there. I have really been enjoying listening to Radio One recently about Greg James' three peak challenge for Sports Relief, encouraging more and more people to talk about mental health, helping people learn, understand and help others. I feel that it is so important for people to learn about it, whether you suffer with mental health or not because unfortunately 1 in 4 people suffer each year and 1 in 6 experience mental health or anxiety in a week.

Over the years I have been able to grow through some very difficult times with anxiety and still trying to overcome some. I felt that especially now was the right time to talk about mental health as so many people suffer in silence and now is the time to speak up!

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Avene Cleanance Review

Welcome to my blog! If you didn't know already I created a blog called 'Candy Camera' back in the day and was a little embarrassed at letting the world know I had it. This time I'm hoping I am a little more interesting and can actually write an alright post. (You'll have to let me know if i'm doing ok.)

If you know me, you will know I love skincare. Ever since suffering with acne, I have to look after my skin. You have to look at yourself and so do others, every single day. I used to lack so much confidence because of the amount of spots I had on my face, but after trying out lots of different products, treatments, knowing my skin and lots of advice, I think I'm getting there.

If you suffer with acne, problematic, spotty skin, this could be for you. I suffer with dry skin, but hormonal break outs. After a first cleanse with a makeup remover or gentle, creamy cleanser, I then use a tiny amount of the Avene Cleanance cleansing gel to remove any dirt or leftover makeup. Being soap free it is quite a gentle cleanser and doesn't dry out the skin and you can also use on the body! I think this would be a great cleanser to use especially if you have oily skin but also good if you have dry skin just don't use too much.

What's your skincare routine?

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