Spots and dark circles are the two beauty banes of my life. Thank goodness for makeup is all I can say! When it comes to spots I am constantly reviewing what skincare I use, because I want products that will treat them effectively without upsetting the rest of my skin. Over the years I've tried and tested so much spot fighting skincare and have four products in my current stash that I can really depend on in my
Toner - La Roche-Posay Serozinc
I've been using this for about 3 months now and although I don't think this is amazing, it's pretty darn good. I spritz it onto a cotton pad and apply all over my face after cleansing. It only contains three ingredients; healing Zinc Oxide, astringent Sodium Chloride and soothing thermal spring water. I love how it doesn't dry out my skin, yet is great at zapping bacteria - if you get any sting from applying this to an open spot or blemish (which I often do), this means it's killing the bacteria inside and therefore the spot.
Serum - La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo[+]
This is hands down the best all over, indirect spot treatment I've tried. It can be applied as a moisturiser, but I prefer to use it underneath as a serum, as alone it's not quite hydrating enough for me. The [+] version has the added benefit of reducing scarring as well as fighting spots. I find this works more noticeably when not used every day, but overall it works brilliantly and I'm currently on my second tube.
Face Mask - Elemental Herbology Facial Detox Mask
For spot prone and oily skin, a clay based mask is a must to deep cleanse the skin, soothe breakouts and remove excess oil. Although it's not the cheapest at £28.00, the Facial Detox Mask by Elemental Herbology is an absolutely fantastic mask stuffed full of wonder ingredients as well as Kaolin (clay); for example, Manuka Honey, Calendula, Eucalyptus and Aloe. As a result it re-balances my oily skin without upsetting the combination areas and significantly reduces inflammation and redness. It works well as a direct spot treatment overnight for those angry, lumpy spots too.
Spot Treatment - Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Blemish Stick*
When it comes to a spot treatment for smaller blemishes and whiteheads, I reach for one of nature's antiseptics; Tea Tree Oil. This rollerball also contains other anti-spot ingredients like Witch Hazel, so it isn't pure Tea Tree Oil, but when I apply it direct, it really helps with inflammation. If I've had a moment of weakness and picked a spot (yep it does happen even though I'd always advise not to), it's brilliant to use straight after as it fights the bacteria and helps it to heal.
Although these aren't direct blemish busters, I'd also recommend checking out the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser and any kind of facial oil like the Antipodes Divine Face Oil. Both of these products are very soothing and calming on spots and are great at re-balancing oily skin.
What are your go-to blemish busting skincare products?
Beauty Bird xx