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The Recipe for the Best Skin of My Life

Saturday, 27 December 2014
I know that title sets the bar pretty high but I am seriously not kidding! I currently have the smoothest, most moisturised, glowiest skin of my life and I owe it to the new products I have been using for the last month that have completely changed my skin! While you are reading this remember I am in no way affiliated with any of these brands, I paid for all of this with my own hard earned dollars and I would gladly fork out three times as much for them!

For a bit of background I had the typical hormonal acne as a teenager that lasted right up until I was about 18 and started using the contraceptive pill. After that my acne totally cleared up and I was relatively pimple free. I would get the occasional dry spot or chin breakout of tiny bumps and some dullness but it was relatively okay. Earlier this year though I had a huge allergic reaction to a face cream that shall remained unnamed (it is super popular and but my skin was just like NOOOOPE!) and my skin became quite difficult. Every product I tried from then on seemed okay but would either dry me out or cause small red bumps across my brows (weird right?) and chin.

After my boyfriend starting using and loving Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturiser for his super oily skin I figured I would give the brand a go and it was the best decision I have made! I bought the Enzyme Cleansing Gel ($16), Glycolic Acid Toner ($24) and Flower & Tonic Mask ($24) and over the last month my skin has not only cleared up every little allergy, skin skitz-out bump but my skin is noticeably less dull and way softer and smoother. I have been using these Mario Badescu products with my Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel ($24.99) which I discovered a couple of months ago and have been loving though I am very keen to try out some moisturisers from Mario Badescu.

The Enzyme Cleansing Gel is a non-foaming, refreshing cleanser that leaves my skin feeling really clean but doesn't dry it out so I don't get that dreaded tight, soapy feeling every time I cleanse. I seems to be a simple, no frills, effective cleanser that does exactly what I want it to and does it well! I'm fairly sure I have the Glycolic Acid Toner for my softer, brighter skin because Glycolic Acid encourages cell turnover because it loosens and sheds the upper layer of dead skin cells. It is the same stuff as many dermatologists chemical peels but at a much lower concentration so it is safe and easy to use but is still really effective when used daily. Seriously my skin feels better all the time than it used to feel after my weekly facial scrub. It's like a gentle, non-abrasive exfoliating scrub for daily use. I have fairly normal skin with some dry and sensitive spots but really sensitive skinned girls (and guys!) might need to be a bit more careful with this one. I follow the cleanser and toner up twice a day with my Neutrogena Hydro Boost which, if you have been reading my blog and Instagram for a while, you have already heard me singing praises for. I will be trying the Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Acid moisturiser after this but I know I can always come back to this one.

Finally, I use the Flower & Tonic Mask once a week for a detox and a bit of a pamper and also to tighten my pores though honestly, my daily routine has been keeping my skin very well detoxed that I more use this one for the weekend pamper factor, more than anything else. In saying that though, it is very effective and my skin feels noticeably smoother and my pores are smaller after I use it. I also love that this one doesn't burn and sting my skin like many masks do. Even my boyfriend lets me put this one on him because he notices a big differences afterwards!

So there is my new, amazing skincare routine! I will probably update it for you guys and a couple of months once I have tried some Mario Badescu moisturisers but I cannot see this routine changing too much in the near future. I am completely and utterly happy with my skincare products and surprised that I managed to find such amazing products for a similar, or only slightly higher, price point as most basic drugstore skincare products. Seriously, if you are in need of a new skin routine get thee to Mecca and check out this brand. There are a whopping 43 products in the range so even if these ones aren't for your skin type, there are tons of other products to suit you!

Stay Rosy.

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