I’ve been asked time and time again about controlling angry skin, be it due to bouts of eczema or spot flare ups. The answer is, unfortunately, not simple and doesn’t come in a bottle (though the subtraction or addition of a certain product may well make an enormous difference).
This video outlines some dietary changes that have impacted my skin and some of the products that helped it through a particularly difficult period recently where I had both eczema and spots to contend with. Below is a list of the products mentioned and links to their online stockists.
Key to calming skin down is understanding your particular aggressors, so before you buy any products do have a look through those you already own to see which ones are working and pay attention to the active ingredients and the base product in which they are suspended – more often than not skin doesn’t respond well to occlusive agents such as mineral oil, though each skin will have its own sensitivities triggered by different things. The trick to healthy skin is to find what makes your skin behave and tailoring your regime accordingly.
When watching, do please bear in mind that I have mentioned many products that impressed me so that I could to give you the largest scope to choose from. A large part of my doing this involves testing and testing and testing – you won’t need more than a handful even if you were starting at the beginning; if you were to use them all your skin would be overwhelmed and probably end up in a worse state.
Diet and Supplement //
– Pukka Cleanse Tea, £2.29 here.
– Teapigs Chamomile Flowers Tea, £4.15 here.
– Advanced Nutrition Proramme Skin Vit A, £19.50 here.
– Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Accumax, £62.95 here.
– Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Vitality 1, £18.90 here.
– Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Omegas, £22 here.
– Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage BB Cream SPF 25, £39.95 here.
– Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, £23.85 here. TIP: Make sure you’re keeping your palette clean and bacteria free by using a brush to apply this concealer
– Murad Blemish Treatment Concealer, £17.10 here.
– Jane Iredale Disappear Concealer with Green Tea Extract, £24 here. TIP: Don’t apply this directly from the nozzle onto spotty skin, instead squeeze from the tube onto the back of your hand and work from there
– Bioderma Sensibio H20,
– Sisley Gentle Eye & Lip Make Up Remover, £39.15 here.
– Jane Iredale Botanical Eye Make Up Remover, £19.95 here.
– Oskia Perfect Cleanser, £32.50 here.
– Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, £14.75 here.
– S5 Neutralise Cleanser, £28 here.
– Darphin Camomile Aromatic Care, £42 here.
– Karmameju Soothe Face Serum, £43.99 here.
– La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo, £15.50 here. TIP: I didn’t quite finish what I was saying (I blame the cat) – this is a good moisturiser for spot-prone skin, but it wasn’t quite moisturising enough for me so I tended to use it after the gym when I just needed a light moisture boost.
– Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser in Dry/Sensitive, £19.25 here. TIP: Use a scope or teaspoon to take product out of this pot to keep the contents free of bacteria your fingers may be harbouring.
– Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum, £53 here.
Eczema Treatments //
– Selexir Peace Balm, £20 here.
– Dermatique Recuperating Cream, £29 here.
Spot Treatments //
– Nubo Equalaser Blemish Control, £79 here.
– Merumaya Concentrated Spot Treatment, £14.50 here.
– Salcura Antiac Daily Face Wipes, £6.99 here.
– Salcura Antiac Activ Liquid Spray, £14.99 here.
– Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask, £36 here.
– Dr. Alkaitis Organic Universal Mask, £47.75 here.
– Comvita UMF 15+ Manuka Honey, £31.99 here.
– Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner, £25 here.