Super Mario!

Hi everyone, and Happy Halloween! Unfortunately I am not a big fan of Halloween; I actually used to dress up in a tutu, fairy wings and little ‘clip clop’ heels as I didn’t want to be scary – I will try and find a picture of that to post! Instead I am writing this blog in Christmas pyjamas having already done some Christmas shopping (yes I know it is a little early but I just cannot contain my excitement).

I mentioned in my introductory post for skincare how I have always struggled with bad skin. I first started getting spots in year 7, so aged 12, and they have carried on through to adulthood with me. I think a very big misconception around acne is that it is just a ‘teen phase’ and we will just grow out of it. This isn’t always the case, and it can be frustrating as an adult wondering why the spots haven’t dissipated along with your fast metabolism?? HOW is that fair?!

One thing I do know is, whether you are in your teens/twenties/thirties etc. breakouts can majorly knock your confidence. I remember sometimes being too nervous to take my make-up off in front of my boyfriend because I was so embarrassed by my skin. One day I actually REFUSED to go to school (sorry Mum) because I was terrified of people laughing at me. This is why I think in this blog it is essential I do not try convey a false image of myself. This past year my confidence has grown, and I am now comfortable to *sometimes* go out without any make-up covering my spots, even when my skin has MAJORLY flared up, and that is because I have realised that the only person who cares about my skin…is me.

My skin this week has been pretty good by my standards, but I still have had some spots and redness as you can see below…

Excuse the starry pj’s…although they are really fluffy and cozy! This is actually my skin on a better week as well.

A point I would like to make is that the above photo is how I see myself vs. what I actually show people a lot of the time…

As you can see, there is not a spot in sight in this picture due to some good concealer and lighting (yes… the starry pyjamas are back)

That is a message you should ALWAYS consider when comparing yourself to people on the internet. I used to obsessively try to find pictures of other girls with bad skin, just so I didn’t feel as isolated and embarrassed – but it didn’t happen! I always post the best pictures I can online, and I am sure most people do. It is something I definitely want to work on, and I am going to make sure I post more photos on here of me when I am having a bad skin day as I am sure seeing something like that would have helped the younger version of me scouring the internet for something to relate to. So remember, just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Ok I accidentally went off on a tangent there in my quest to be all inspiring – sorry about that! FINALLY I can introduce you to the product I absolutely swear by when my skin is acting up. And here we have it…

Apologies for the ugly bottle, as you can see I use this to DEATH!

This is the Mario Badescu drying lotion, and I discovered it almost two years ago. I had tried pretty much everything in regard to my skin and I was at a point where it was a LOT worse than the picture I have included above. I’m pretty sure I was just obsessively googling spot solutions when I stumbled across reviews for this product; virtually all of them were 5*.

Unlike most other products I will be including in this blog, this is a little bit pricey. This bottle is £16, although it lasts for 5/6 months as a little goes a long way! It’s super easy to find online, although I usually purchase off Beauty Bay here! This website also lists klarna as a payment method, so if your skin is reeeeally bad and payday is far away, fear not (although always shop responsibly when using this payment method).

As implied in the name, the lotion does dry out the troubled areas but in doing so it clears them up almost straight away – remember to have a good moisturizer to apply the following day. I apply the lotion itself by using a cotton wool bud and dab it onto the areas affected.

I have no real excuse for the towel on my head, other than the fact I am trying to be as honest as possible on this post and this a look I adopt quite often…

I then leave the treatment on overnight, and within a few days of doing this my skin starts to clear! So the first picture I posted was taken earlier this week, and the photo I am about to post below was taken this morning – there is a pretty impressive difference.

It’s not perfect, but it is a result I am very happy with!

This drying lotion genuinely has saved my skin, and I would definitely recommend it. Mario Badescu is a cruelty-free brand and a lot of their products are vegan too which is pretty cool (check them out here).

I just want to thank you for taking the time to read this post; whilst I am well aware that there are people out there with much worse skin than mine, I had to dig pretty deep to muster up the courage to post pictures of my skin without make-up. Hopefully this will be the first of many skin updates, and I have plenty more great products to blog about soon – stay tuned! xxx

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