best of 2012: skincare

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Full Reviews: Origins Out of Trouble Mask, Origns Make A Difference Cream, Ren Glycolatic PeelAlpha H Liquid Gold, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo
Origins Clear Improvement Mask: I love this mask for those days where my skin looks really congested and it's about to breakout. It works wonders at drawing out all the impurities from under the skin and briging it all to the surface. Packed full of White Clay and Charcoal this mask feels really medicinal and you can feel it working as it hardens. It by no means is a "one night wonder", your spots don't disappear the next day, but I can definitely see the difference after using this.

Origins Make A Difference Cream: While my skin isn't dry it can get really dehydrated. Oily skin suffers can often get dehydrated skin because most moisturisers for oily skin dry the skin out. But then I find creams designed for dry skin form a layer on my skin leaving it feeling over saturated and greasy. This cream sinks beautifully into my skin leaving my face feeling plumped, even and correctly balanced. It has a lovely cooling feeling on the face too which is perfect when my skin is feeling angry and inflamed.

REN Glycolatic Peel: I tried a few REN masks this year but this radiance boosting one has to be my favourite. My skin can look fairly sallow which is down to the fact I have a pale olive skin tone naturally so I'm always looking for products to give me radiance. This has worked wonders on reducing my scarring while leaving my skin smooth and clear. The fruity acids are a nice gentle exfoliator for the skin.

Alpha H Liquid Peel: Believe the hype. Alpha H liquid gold was a cult beauty product that really got big in the blogging world recently and I was skeptical of all the hype. Chemical exfoliators were a new concept to me, the idea of putting something on my face like that terrified me. However once I'd used it once I knew it was one for me! It helped clear up a large ammount of my hyper pigmentation and my scarring. I also feel it speeds up the healing time of my breakouts while also helping make my skin look radiant, glowing and tight. It's hard to explain how it makes my skin look after I've used it without trying it out for yourself.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo: A recent addition to my skincare routine but I have to say it's one of the best skincare products I've ever tried. I suffer a lot from hormonal and dairy based breakouts (I just cant resist that damn cheese!) and this has been my go-to product to clear it up. I use this twice daily all over my face before makeup. As well as aiding the healing time of breakouts, the overall texture of my skin has vastly improved and it's really reduced my pore size too which is an added bonus. I've even gone as far to buy a backup of this already as I adore it so much. It's hardly the most luxe skincare item I own but it does the job for sure!

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