Did La Roche Posay clear my acne?

I tested La Roche Posay for one week and this is how it went…

Hey everyone, I’m back 🙋🏼‍♀️

I’m sat here absolutely freezing my ta-ta’s off because it’s like -1 degree Celsius in the UK right now. But anyways, over the last week, I’ve been testing a new skincare brand to see if it could help to clear my acne. Throughout my teens, I’ve been pretty lucky with my skin and only used to have the odd breakout or “typical teen” spots. However, I’m now 22 and I’m the spottiest I’ve probably ever been LOL.

I find it absolutely hilarious that I used to literally cake on my makeup as a teen and only remove it with a face wipe *shudders*, but now that I’m 22 and I’ve invested a lot of money in skincare, my skin is worse. Since lockdown I’ve barely worn makeup, so it’s a confusing time that my skin would do me dirty like this.

So, let’s get to the point of this blog… I recently ordered products from La Roche Posay after watching SydAndEll’s video on YouTube about Syd’s skincare journey. In the video, she talks about her skincare issues and how she actually went to a dermatologist who put her on Roaccutane.

In case you’ve never heard of Roaccutane before, it’s a very effective treatment for severe acne. Although it is very good at reducing and getting rid of acne, the side effects (especially for me) put me off. This is because the drug is known to increase anxiety and depression. For someone like me who takes Antidepressants, that’s a big no no.

However, in the video Syd mentioned that the dermatologist recommends using products from La Roche Posay. This is a skincare brand that I’d say is definitely not the cheapest, but is way less expensive than many other skincare brands on the market. So, I decided to put it to the test and ordered direct from their website as they had a 25% discount. These products are also available at Boots (UK) and LookFantastic, so definitely shop around for the best deals.

The products I bought were, the Effaclar Clarifying Lotion (£12.50), the Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel (£12.50) and the Hydraphase Intense Eyes because I barely sleep and my undereyes are soooo dark (£16). They also give away three free decent sized samples which I really appreciated.

So, what have I been doing? I found the skincare to be quite intense and as someone who has oily skin but on a lesser scale, I decided to use each product once a day in the evening. I started by washing my face with the foaming face wash and I didn’t really need to use a lot so I reckon the bottle will last me for at least a month.

Next, I’d pour some of the lotion onto a cotton pad, before applying all over my face (apart from under the eyes). Once the lotion had dried, I’d apply my moisturiser. I didn’t want to buy a moisturiser from La Roche Posay as I have a fair few moisturisers that I received for Christmas that I’d rather use up first. After this, I’d apply the eye cream under my eyes.

The only problems that I experienced when using these products were dryness under my nostrils and redness above my top lip, which meant that I just avoided applying the lotion there. Overall, I can definitely see a positive difference in my skin. The size of my spots have reduced and are beginning to fade away. My skin also feels clean and less inflamed. I think the eye cream has worked slightly, but of course to fade away completely, I’d actually have to sleep LOL.

Yes that is a Stranger Things poster LOL

So, do I think La Roche Posay has worked? I actually think it has! I’ve seen a lot of progress in my skin after just a week and expect to see a lot more progress over a longer time period. The brand is pretty inclusive too, offering products for all skin types. I will definitely continue to use the products I’ve bought and will check in to share my progress.

Have you used La Roche Posay before? How did you get on? Let me know in the comments ❤️

Feeling Crap About Yourself? Don’t!

Disclaimer: I am in no way trying to bash anyone mentioned in this blog. All of these women are beautiful and these are images that I have found on the internet that show how these women still have societal “flaws.”

Hello everyone! Today I’m back with an important topic that I think a LOT of us can relate to, and this is the topic of low self-esteem and not feeling “good enough.” Be warned, it’s a long one! You may want to grab a coffee, tea or G&T (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere).

Since the pandemic began a year ago, we’ve been spending more time at home than ever before. Our social lives are non-existent and we’re no longer doing the activities that make us feel good, such as going to the gym (I can’t relate) or going out to brunch with the girls (I can relate). 

Due to this, our self-esteem is probably the lowest it’s ever been as we’ve said goodbye to makeup and hello to pyjamas all day every day, because what is the point? For some of us, the eyelashes and acrylics that used to make us feel good are gone, leaving us feeling totally vulnerable.

Vulnerability is a scary feeling and in my opinion, is worsened by social media. Since being in lockdown, I’ve become a slave to my phone, constantly scrolling through Instagram, looking at images of people who are “perfect” and hating myself for not being like that.

Why don’t they have big pores like me?

Why do I have cellulite and they don’t?

The list is endless.

No matter how many DIY “glow ups” I’ve had or products I’ve bought, I’m always left feeling unsatisfied. It was only through relentless googling, that my eyes were opened to the world of “secret” transformations. I mean, you can tell who has had the obvious boob job or butt lift, but when it came to the unobvious – let’s just say my unchiseled jaw was on the ground.

I was amazed at the minor tweaks that even some of my girl crushes have had done and what they used to look like. Which made me realise… Instagram is deceptive and it’s time to stop letting it dominate my life and my insecurities. Now I’m not saying to delete the app forever but to just look at it through a different lens. Although these women are beautiful, they are still beautifully flawed like you and me.

This is why I have decided to search the web and see what these celebrities used to look like before surgery or without filters to remind you (and mostly me) that your flaws are NORMAL and not to hate yourself for them. So without further ado…

 

Skin Texture

Blackheads, big pores, acne, redness, the list goes on. Behind the airbrushing, celebrities share the same skin demons as us all.

Cellulite & Stretch Marks

Cellulite is the term for the formation of lumps and dimples in the skin, also referred to as “cottage cheese” or “orange peel.” It actually affects 80-90% of women, which means it’s more common than you think! I for one have cellulite now at an “average weight” and still had it when I was underweight.

I first started to experience stretch marks at around 12 years old. My “friends” at the time would laugh at me and call me fat when actually, it was the result of rapid growth aka puberty. Stretch marks can also appear through losing/gaining weight quickly and will commonly appear after pregnancy.

It’s estimated that around 50-90% of women have stretch marks of some type, even famous people, so it really is nothing to be ashamed of.

It’s a part of life!

“Glow Ups”

There’s no better feeling than taking care of yourself. Whether it’s emotionally or physically, we all glow up in different ways and it feels great. However, when it comes to famous people, their glow ups are a LOT different and will sometimes leave us feeling unsatisfied that our glow ups haven’t turned out the same way. But why?

So, there’s a woman on YouTube called Lorry Hill and I have been binge-watching her videos all about plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. She’s really fab because she’s a plastic surgery positive channel, who simply “lifts the veil” on these procedures by showing that the beauty we desire is attainable.

Now I’m not promoting surgery and whether you do want to alter your face is up to you, but it is interesting to see the subtle and often unnoticeable procedures behind a celebrity’s glow up.

Take Kylie Jenner, for example.

By just looking at her, I’d guess that she may have altered her nose and had lip fillers. But in Lorry’s video, she highlights the fact that, although Kylie has denied having plastic surgery, these are the procedures she believes Kylie has possibly had done:

  • Lateral brow lift with cheek raising
  • Blepharoplasty & lower blepharoplasty
  • Chin shaved upwards
  • Jawline liposuction, filler & botox
  • Buccal fat removal
  • Ears pinned back
  • A potential nose job
  • Cheek & Chin filler
  • Lip filler

Another popular celebrity that Lorry has created a video on, is Bella Hadid.

If I hadn’t have seen pictures of her when she was younger, I would’ve presumed she was just naturally blessed. However, again, Bella denies rumours about having any plastic surgery done. So these are the procedures that Lorry believes she could’ve had done:

  • Nose job
  • Upper blepharoplasty
  • Lateral brow lift
  • Buccal fat removal
  • Mid-face lift
  • Jaw reduction
  • Lip filler

It’s crazy to think that the women that we admire on social media could have the same flaws as us, or at least did have before they altered their appearance. With the millions of filters available and Facetune skills that are sometimes undetectable, especially when we’re not feeling our best, it’s so easy to get caught up believing in a “perfection” that just doesn’t exist.

If there’s one thing that you can take away from this blog and I really hope that you do, it’s that you change the way that you look at social media. Yes, Kylie Jenner’s latest Instagram picture looks like she was hand-carved by the Gods; but remember that she also has textured skin, cellulite and has probably surgically enhanced her appearance.

Just because you can’t see these flaws on your screen, doesn’t mean that they don’t exist and it doesn’t mean that you’re not just as beautiful because you have these flaws. We’re all beautifully flawed and even more vulnerable during these difficult times, so please don’t let this desire to be “perfect” take over.