Pretty much as soon as I turned 14 I began to struggle with acne, and it’s been on-and-off this way up until now….
In true Christmas spirit, I have found myself creating a wish list made up of beauteous home, lifestyle and beauty items, which I have been coveting for eons. Fingers crossed my boyfriend is reading (though I doubt he is; I may resort to flagrantly sending him a link to this post).
Here are the things I am lusting after:
1. Kubus Copper Bowl by Mogens Lassen, 2. Diptyque Eucalyptus scented candle, 3. Celine (jks, I won’t bother linking this), 4. Kikki K pencil case, 5. Peonies, 6. Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm, 7. Kikki K 365 Journal, 8. Jo Malone Wood Sage + Sea Salt cologne, 9. Eames DSW chair (sigh)
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Clockwise from bottom left: Dermalogica Skin Renewal Booster | Antipodes Vanilla Pod Day Cream | Kosmea Rosehip Oil | Antipodes Avocado Pear Night Cream | La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo | Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream
Morning: I cleanse with Paula’s Choice Balancing Cleanser, tone with Witch Hazel, apply Antipodes eye cream, apply Effaclar Duo, moisturise with Antipodes Day Cream.
Night: I double cleanse first using CV then Paula’s Choice Balancing Cleanser, tone with Witch Hazel, apply Dermalogica Skin Booster, apply Antipodes eye cream, moisturise with Antipodes Night Cream. Two-three times a week, I massage Kosmea Rosehip Oil into my skin after toning and leave it at that.
I have re-written this blog post a few times for fear that it may come across as shallow, vain or condescending. I just know that when I was struggling with bad acne and people around me with good skin would tell me I shouldn’t worry about it so much, it would have been nice to read about someone else’s experiences and the products they used to help improve their skin. So I hope this post provides just this.
For a long time now I have been intensely envious of people with perfect skin. The flawless, milky skin that naturally glows from within and has probably never ever seen a cystic pimple in its life. Yes I realise envying people’s complexion is pointless and superficial, but I think having painful acne on-and-off for years upon years does that to you. Looking back, it seemed just as my scars were beginning to heal and my skin began to look like skin again — not an inflamed, scarlet battleground — the spiteful acne returned once again.
I say this will absolute superstitious fear that I will henceforth jinx myself, but for a year and a half now my skin has been clear. (Just one moment while I touch every wood surface in my house). I don’t think it’s a coincidence that around this time I changed to a plant-based diet and removed wheat & dairy products — extreme, perhaps, but I was desperate. And while changing my diet has undoubtably been instrumental in clearing up my skin, I also believe that the skin products I now use contribute enormously in keeping my skin clear and healthy. Gone are the days of violently scrubbing my face with abrasive physical exfoliators in an effort to ‘wipe away’ pimples. I’ve since learned to ‘read’ my skin and nourish it, not hate and mistreat it.
I am a firm believer that every person’s skin is unique and therefore one product that works for one person may not work for another. But I thought it might be helpful for anyone who has struggled/is struggling with acne to see what products someone else in the same boat uses to keep their skin clear.
I rarely come across jewellery that I’m truly taken with. Often, jewellery pieces are too colourful, too showy, too loud for me. Predictably, I’m fond of jewellery that has the same qualities as the fashion and design that I appreciate: minimal, modest, functional, delicate. However, all of the jewellery I’ve found with these features have a price tag well above my student allowance, so you can imagine how amazed and happy I was when I found Rue Gembon’s soft, minimal and beautiful jewellery. The lovely ladies at Rue Gembon online emporium were kind enough to let me pick out some pieces that I was drawn to, and a few days later, a stunning package arrived on my door step. Here’s what I picked:
I’m smitten with these pieces and they have been on constant rotation around my neck and wrist. I know you too will be smitten with Rue Gembon’s accessory emporium, and I’m lucky enough (and so thrilled) to be able to present you with a unique 25% off code, courtesy of the lovely owners, Joyce and Niki. Simply enter ‘SILVERSPIES’ at the checkout, after you have chosen from the beautiful array of jewellery.