After suffering from acne for two years from 2013-2015 I have a hell of a lot of experience with skincare products and what works and what doesn’t. I was forever being advised to try different scrubs/creams/masks and after years of trialling what was probably hundreds of products, I have finally found my favourite products.
The one big breakthrough I had that really helped me to clear up my acne was that I realised that less is definitely more. I know when you’re covered in blemishes and you’re desperate to change that, you want to do something about it – so you scrub at your face and plaster it in numerous different chemical-packed substances but actually, you’d be so much better off leaving it all alone.
My go-to skincare routine currently involves a bar of Dove soap, Aloe Vera gel, St Ives Apricot Scrub and Freeman face masks. Yes, that’s right. No special zit-zapping soap or creams. Just these guys and some water.
When I finally cut out the zit-zapping cleansers and creams and switched to a standard, good old Dove bar of soap and Aloe Vera gel (twice a day, morning and night) my skin rapidly improved. Now I won’t lie, I was also on antibiotics to help clear up my acne, but the antibiotics take a couple of months to kick in and my face started clearing up way too early for it to have been the antibiotics – I believe it was down to the lack of harsh chemical-filled products.
The dove soap is super natural, as is the aloe vera gel. Equally, the St Ives scrub that I use very sparingly once a week is super gentle on your skin and super natural. The facemarks that I use once every other week are also full of natural goodness – using ingredients like sugar, seaweed and yet again, aloe vera, they’re really gentle on your skin but still do their job in keeping it clean and baby smooth.
The key to keeping clear, happy and gorgeous skin, I believe from my experience, is being gentle and keeping a consistent routine with the same natural products. It probably sounds crazy to some of you, probably like it’s going to create more spots than it will get rid of. I’m not saying it will work for everyone, but for me, being gentle and therefore keeping irritation to an absolute minimum made a world of difference.
You can buy aloe vera gel from most chemists/pharmacies and I get my Freeman facemarks and Dove soap bars from Tesco. The St Ives Apricot face scrub is available on Amazon, here. The apricot scrub is a little on the pricier side, but it’s 100& worth it, the other products though, are really reasonably priced and work wonders.
If you decide to give any of these products a go, let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions for other natural, gentle skincare products then please feel free to let me know in the comments as I’m always on the look out for new little gems!
Thank you for reading, if you haven’t already, check out my last post, ‘gooey vegan brownie goodness’ and stick around for a huge clothes haul coming on Tuesday!