By Lindsay: Although I will happily spend a whole lot of money on beauty products, I rather resent spending money on anything other than the most essential treatments (aren’t they all about relaxation rather than results?)However despite my misgivings, the Elemis SOS facial at their flagship Day Spa in Mayfair seriously confounded my expectations. Far from the empty ‘de-stress’ promises of other treatments, this delivered tangible results (as well as feeling completely heavenly) and the masks and facial massage really felt like they were benefiting my sensitive, acne-prone skin.
After the treatment there was no sign of redness or breakouts and my skin felt unnervingly soft and clear with a radiance and glow that certainly wasn’t there before. I even felt confident enough to spend the rest of my day sans make-up (something I never do) and my complexion remained clearer and more plumped up for the next ten days. The skin consultation, which was included with the facial, is a nice touch (the therapists at the spa are pro’s at diagnosing skin type) and the six mini Elemis products that I was given after prolonged the results.
S.O.S. Purifying Facial £90
www.elemis.com/0870 410 4210
2-3 Lancashire Court
It is a sad fact of life that spots don’t just appear on the face. The body can suffer too. Australian Bodycare contains tea tree oil, with antibacterial properties, to clear up blemishes on the body.
Lately, I’ve been using the Skin Wash, which smells to refreshingly zingy it always wakes me up in the morning. With it’s antiseptic properties, the skin wash not only dissolves dirt and clears blocked pores but destroys spot-causing bacteria.
I was initially worried that the wash would dry out my skin, but my body feels soft and it loks bright, fresh and clear. I can’t praise it enough.
Don’t forget that you can win an Australian Bodycare Travel Set from Beauty Counter Direct by commenting on any ‘Blemish busting Month’ post (just look for the tag) with your tip for zapping zits, or e-mailing email@example.com if you’re shy.
For the past month I have been testing Medibeam, a hand held gizmo which emits a red light frequency to kill bacteria and stimulate the natural repair mechanism of the skin, lessening acne in the process. The clinical tests for this gadget have had impressive results, with 20% of users reporting a complete recovery from acne after 6 weeks, and 50% reporting an almost complete recovery.
So did it work for me? Well yes and no. For me there is no doubt about whether or not this DIY phototherapy reduces acne, it certainly does. My only problem with the Medibeam is that each area takes 6 minutes of treatment twice a day. It might not sound like a lot, but that’s is only per area and I had three areas which needed to be treated. That’s over half an hour a day of holding the device to my face. It gets a little boring.
On a more positive note, the Medibeam can be used alongside other acne treatments without affecting their performance and, of course, it does what it claims to which is a big thumbs up from me.
The Medibeam would be well suited to those with severe acne, who really need help in clearing up their troubled complexion. Half an hour every day is nothing when you are at your wits end about how to get rid of acne, which can be a confidence deflating and embarrassing condition.
For mild acne though, I believe it is probably a little too much effort, especially if you run a busy lifestyle and find it hard to catch 5 minutes for yourself. If you do have that time though, then go for it, in a couple of months you’ll be glad you did.
There’s really nothing better than a good clay mask to suck up filth and grime from deep inside pores. Darphin Purifying Aromatic Clay Mask does just that. The thick and gloopy grey gunk draws our all the impurities sitting below the surface of the skin. Used weekly this miracle mask makes skin incredibly clear and decongested patches and oily T-zones are normalised.
This is another of my Blemish Busting Month star products. I’ll be using it every week, without fail, for a long time to come. I often find that immediately after using clay based masks my skin can look a bit dull, but this mask immediately brightens my whole face. It is like 8 hours sleep in a tube. You only need a thin layer of the gloop, and it dries in 10 to 15 minutes, meaning not only can you always find time to squeeze it into your beauty routine but a tube lasts a surprisingly long time.
For my combination, slightly drab complexion this is an absolute saviour. Never have I experienced a mask which decongests so intensively and restores that healthy, post exercise glow to my skin.
By Laura: Not the most glamorous or desirable product in your beauty arsenal but a crucial one none-the-less, spot cream is something most of us need to reach for now and again. Performance is all when it comes to blemish busting and if a product doesn’t deliver, it’s off my face and out of my make-up bag. For Blemish Busting Month I’ve been trialing Dermalogica’s Special Clearing Booster.As with all Dermalogica products, no-frills practicality is what’s on offer: the opaque cream has a mildly medicinal smell and slightly grainy texture. Applied on angry spots, the five per cent Benzoyl Peroxide concentrate immediately begins to dry blemishes out. Precision is important so make sure you only dab this potent stuff onto the actual spot – not the surrounding area – or prepare for a dry patch.
Although I’d say that Special Clearing Booster is effective in terms of spot-size reduction, I was hoping for a more immediate lessoning of overall redness, which unfortunately this didn’t deliver.
With the end of Blemish Busting Month rolling around, you may be wondering if my skin is now clear and pimple free. Well, yes it is… almost. I have one troublesome spot developing on my chin, but the rest of my face is a no-spot zone. I attribute such a dramatic turnaround to a few products in particular, one of which is Bliss Steep Clean.
I’ve already waxed lyrical about the cleanser from the Steep Clean range, but this mask really is the cat’s pyjamas. Used once a week, the nozzle emits two lines of products – one in green and one in blue. Mixed together in the palm of the hands the mask activates.
Simply massage the mask into skin for a good few minutes and then leave it on for 15 minutes to work its magic. Wash the mask away and skin is instantly soft, smooth and thoroughly cleansed. You might find that a few hours later you develop a few spots but Steep Clean has pulled these out from the skin rather than put them there in the first place. They should disappear within a day, and after a few weeks of using the mask this side-affect should cease to occur as the skin becomes less and less decongested.
I have never had any attacks of dryness or flaky skin with this mask which, considering it cleans so deeply, it fantastically unusual. I highly recommend this to anyone who suffers from clogged skin. It is also great for softening the marks left over from spots as the mask exfoliates as well as cleanses.
Blemish Busting Month is coming to an end and we’ve saved the best till last. This week we’re going to have our star buys from the products we’ve been testing over the past few weeks. We’ve also got a goody up for grabs.
We’ve teamed up with Beauty Counter Direct to bring you, dear reader, a travel set from Australian Body Care worth £19.95. The range is based on Tea Tree Oil, which is great for destroying zits as it has powerful antibacterial properties.
The travel set includes a reviving skin wash, shampoo and conditioner, tea tree oil, body and hand lotion and a couple of deodorant samples – the perfect accompaniment for a summer break. We’ve got some reviews of these products coming up, but for a chance to win the set you need to tell us your favourite blemish busting treatment. It doesn’t matter what it is, from drinking more water to a fool proof face mask, we want to know. Simply comment below, or on any blemish busting post, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win.