13 June 2017

Skincare Solutions, that work.


Let's talk Trouble Shooters. We all have those beauty products that we lean on in times of need or we go looking for one when we have an allergic reaction, a breakout or a dry patch for instance. I recently realised that I have used the same emergency  'line up' for some time now and the reason why this has not changed is because they all work. So I thought it was about time I let you all into my skincare secret weapons that get me out of trouble because I believe they all belong in a 'Skincare Hall of Fame', because seriously, they are all that good. 

I love to trouble shoot and help out where I can in any beauty emergency so these few products I am about to tell you about are great to have in stock for the whole family and shall ultimately help you out when you need it most. I could not live without these and you shall always find these in my stocks. 

Skincare helpers
First up .... 

CLOUD 9, Clarity Skin Clearing Spot Gel
.... Breakouts? Acne? No problem, this is a miracle worker! 

CLOUD 9 Clarity Skin Clearing Spot Gel 50ml, £32 (buy here!
To say I could not live without this product in my stocks in an understatement. Ever since discovering this award-winning spot treatment, I haven't needed anything else and has been my secret weapon for a good few months now. The lightweight clear gel helps reduce inflammation and redness to any breakout or acne prone skin. The difference between this and other spot treatments is that it is mild yet effective and does not cause your skin to peel as we know this usually is this case when using a spot cream. It promotes skin cell renewal with Allantoin, whilst moisturising the area at the same time with Chamomile extract, Vitamin D5, Vitamin E and Niacinamide to reduce the redness. Hypollargenic, and free from parabens, formaldehyde, sulphites, phthalates, artificial dye, SLS, SLES or DEAS. 

I love that this is invisible so you can apply is straight under or over make-up and dries within a minute. There is a spot god after all. I had the greatest pleasure in chatting with the Founder of Cloud9 Skincare, Armen, who got me into his brand and told me how he created this product to help cure his own acne issues and my god, did he do well. I personably get the usual hormonal breakouts and this just saves my skin every time and makes what could have been a bad skin day, another good skin day. The thing I love the most is the fact it does not strip the skin and make the area all dry and flaky as it always stands out more when you then apply makeup but this does not do that at all. I cannot recommend this product enough because it works. I have never come across a product that works as well as this one in the whole of my career. It genuinely is that good and recommend that everyone has this in their stocks, guys and gals! 

Ameliorate Body Lotion
... Chicken Skin? aka those red bumps on arms and legs that just wont go? This is your cure.

AMELIORATE Body Lotion, 200ml £22.50 (buy here!
I have spoken about this a few times on my blog now as I was introduced to this through Mintd Box here. This has a huge cult following because again, it works. Very few products work to tackle the common condition that is Keratosis Pilarus, well, very few work should I say. This Body Lotion uses Lactic Acid  and Alpha Hydroxy Acid therapy to exfoliate with a unique skin hydration complex designed for those with very dry, dehydrated, bumpy, rough skin, Keratosis Pilaris and ingrown hairs ... this shall work to give you softer, smoother, bump free skin. 

I love it's baby lotion scent and the fact it is so light weight, lovely to apply and makes my skin feel super soft. The more I use it, the better my skin gets as I do suffer with those annoying red bumps on my upper arms and legs and even after a few uses I noticed a dramatically different improvement to which I really was shocked at how good this really is. It may seem a tad pricey for an everyday body lotion but you shall definitely be hooked once you see the great work that it does. The perfect summer body product! 

ELEMIS S.O.S. Emergency Cream
... Breakouts? Hormonal? Allergic Reactions? Sensitivity? This is your ambulance! 

ELEMIS S.O.S. Emergency Cream, 50ml, £52.50 (buy here!)
Ever since I tried this, I vowed never to be without it and I am not. ELEMIS describe this as 'an ambulance in a bottle' and they could not be more right. This intensive daily moisturiser helps to restore skins hydration level, repair whilst de-sensitising blemish prone, dry, sensitive skin ..... literally within minutes. Yep, that fast! Containing skin saving  ingredients such as Lavender Absolute, Willow, Centella Asiatica and Myrrh. 

This has a very rich balm feel that smells of fresh Lavender which instantly helps to relax and calm you and your skin. It's divine. I was very apprehensive when I was told to use this when my skin went into a hormonal mess as I thought how can this rich balm help with spots? But to my amazement, it worked an absolute treat. Again, when I had a serious bad skin reaction and was burnt by a clay mask, this was my saviour and since then, I always recommend this one to anyone who has skin issues and would not be without this myself.  I save this for when my skin is a tad reactive or sensitive as opposed to a daily moisturiser. When you see the magic this product works, you shall wonder how you ever coped without it. I know that ELEMIS rave about this being a great one for cabin crew and for long haul flights as it repairs the skin rapidly. You can use it as a daily moisturiser, as a mask or just dabbed onto blemishes before bed. There really are no rules as it is your help when you need it. This is by far on my list of all time favourite products ever. 

Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream
Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream
... Eczema? Psoriasis? Burns? Bites? The only rescue cream you need!

YU-BE Moisturising Skin Cream, 33g, £13.50 (buy here!)
A fast absorbing cream that hydrates all types of dry skin anywhere. Invented by a Japanese Pharmacist in 1957 it has been Japan's best seller for over 50 years. It has a mix of concentrated plant based Glycerin and Vitamins B2 & E that are super effective on even the most driest of skins including eczema, psoriasis, calluses, face, lips, hands, feet, literally the whole body. It is so gentle yet so effective it can even be used on babies. 

A little does go a long way as Yu-Be is one of those multi-use balms but one like no other. It has a unique feel and smells of Camphor but Yu-Be has been one of my secret saviours for about 9 years now and I have gone though many a tube in that time. No lie, both me and my husband have one in our skincare basket all the time and then in back stock too as I could not, not own this. It's one of those items like toothpaste or shower gel, it is just a staple that you would never not buy. I was introduced to this back in my Space NK days and I have lost count how many people I have recommended this to now. The best use I have come to love Yu-Be for is Hair tool burns. We have all been there and touched that hot plate on a GHD and the stinging feeling is pure hell but a little of this takes that burn away almost immediately I kid you not! I would own it for this reason alone now. If you haven't tried this yet, please do and thank me later. 

LUSH Lemon Flutter
LUSH Lemon Flutter
... Cracked dry heels? Dry Cuticles? This butter cures all!

LUSH Lemony Flutter, 50g, £6.95 (buy here!)
Ok, TMI but I suffer terribly with dry cracked heels and I have tried many a product but nothing that has had a lasting effect. By chance, I picked up this Lemon Cuticle Balm when I was in store to see if it would work on feet and since then I have been a new LUSH fan for life. This rich butter softens hard bits basically such as knees, elbows, heels, nails and cuticles. It contains Fresh Organic Lemon, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Avocado oil, Mango Butter, Coconut Oil, Lavender to name a few!

It smells incredible, like fresh lemon curd and good enough to eat. It is very rich in texture, which is what you want, but feels so soothing on dry skin. After a few uses of this on my heels, the pain that comes with the dryness disappeared and the skin actually looked repaired. I can't tell you the relief I felt! Since then I have used nothing else and just use it a couple times a week to keep my heels happy. So if you have the same issue, go grab this. 

Skincare Helpers
I think that has all areas of the body covered that are skin related! I cannot rate all of these products highly enough and you shall find them all in my bathroom at all times I assure you. I hope that this is of some help as maybe one of these products could be your cure that becomes a long life beauty love. I love to help should you ever have any beauty emergency and will hopefully continue to discover more hidden gems as I test out new brands/products. 


Spot any you love or want to try? 
Any recommendations of your own, let me know!














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