5 steps to prevent breakouts in Ramadan

Since the beginning of Ramadan, my skin has taken a turn for the worse – I’ve had a few major breakouts around my cheek and forehead area along with some nasty, painful bumps on my chin and along my jawline.

This onset of ‘bad skin’ is so frustrating because I always want to look my best for Eid, but that’s kind off impossible when you have a mother-sized pimple hanging about on your cheek or chin.

So, I’ve devised a plan to help restore my skin to it’s normal self before Eid and even though this plan should have been implemented on the first day of Ramadan, it’s better late than never!

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Clicks has finally got the solution for acne-prone, sensitive and allergic skin

If you’re one of those that suffer from hypersensitive , acne-prone or generally weird-and-hard-to-please skin, then perhaps Avène products are the solution to your problem.

I received a sweet little surprise press drop from the SA company behind Avène a few weeks ago and to be honest, I wasn’t too sure who Avène was or what they offer in terms of their product range.
After googling Avène, I learnt that they’re a French brand that caters for those with sensitive, hyper-sensitive, intolerant and allergic skin which is quite perfect for the SA market as there are very few brands that share Avène’s target market. After much deliberation, I decided that I will risk it all and give both their Thermal Water Spray and Tolerance Extreme Cream a go!
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The Thermal Water Spray
I’ve always loved the idea of a facial and body mist but never found one that suited my skin. A while ago, I used to use a Pure Rose Water mist but after a few weeks it really started to irritate my skin so I forced myself to stay far, far away from face/body mists.
Anyway, I was rather skeptical when I was about to try out this water spray from Avène, I was a tad worried that I’d have a reaction to it and also very much concerned that it’s just water packaged in a spray bottle because of obvious reasons, haha! But the results had me gobsmacked! IMG_4285
I’ve always had a MAJOR issue with heat pimples on my body – you know those breakouts of fine pimples you get when your body overheats – and surprisingly enough The Thermal Water Spray has counteracted all negative reactions my body experiences from the heat.
My arms, neck and chest area and back are no longer red and itchy and look so much more healthier and glowy like (and I’ve only been using the spray twice a day for like 2 weeks).
For the past few years, I’ve been trying anything and everything (including body scrubs, lotion, body oil and various treatments) to rid myself of this issue and nothing has worked as well as this spray. It is honestly a wonder product – I think I love it as much as I love my ever-faithful Lavender & Myrrh Facial Oil because that’s how effective it is. IMG_4286

I even use it as a toner for my skin after cleansing and as a setting spray for makeup too – it helps a ton in achieving that dewy finish. When I use it as a toner, I simply spray this very fine mist on to my skin, wait for about 2 minutes and apply my acne treatment serum (day) or facial oil (night) whilst the spray is still wet – I feel it enhances the effect of the spray, the serum and oil. IMG_4292

The Thermal Water Spray has also halted the very frequent breakouts that I used to endure on my jawline and around my forehead (which I assume were environmental/bacterial breakouts from pillowcases, burkas and scarves) and even helps with hydration in between Salaahs (prayers). It even reduces the itchy feeling from mosquito bites which I find so unbelievable – it literally takes just one spray and the itch is gone (you probably don’t believe me, but when you try it out for yourself then you shall know!)
Overall, it’s a great product that has so many uses – I will definitely be stocking up on these and I’m hoping that the travel sized versions are available too as I would love to have a handy handbag-sized one too. If you’re always breaking out, have generally itchy and sensitive skin or even allergic skin, I suggest giving this product a try, I know that you will be pleasantly surprised. It retails for R150 (150ml) and is exclusively available at Clicks from today!

 

The Tolerance Extreme Cream
Those of you who know me personally or who have emailed me regarding my skin care routine, you will know that I don’t believe in moisturizers – hence why I never, ever post on them. My trusty Dermalogica Oil Free Matte Block is all that I’ve ever needed to moisturize my skin whilst protecting it from the sun and I would never have voluntarily purchased a moisturizer to use. However, with that said, I’m really taken aback with the effectiveness of this moisturizer.IMG_4289

I’ve been using the moisturizer for about a week and half and apply it on top of my serum (day) and on top my facial oil (night) and I’ve already seen a huge improvement in the texture of my skin and it has even slightly reduced my pore size. The moisturizer does feel slightly oily at first but once it absorbs into your skin, it’s nothing but moisture and hydration.

Another aspect of this moisturizer that I love, is that it has an automatic stopper around the opening which prevents air and dust from entering the tube and contaminating the cream. So as you squirt out the product, the little stopper pops outs releasing the product and then pops back in once you let go – something which all brands of facial products should think about investing in.IMG_4291

The moisturizer also works wonderfully when under a BB cream as it acts as a barrier between the BB cream and your face and therefore prevents any breakouts/reaction from occurring from the use of the BB cream – those of you with sensitive skin will really appreciate that.

Once again, another extraordinary product from Avène and one that I will definitely be purchasing once my tube is finished (which might be quite soon, considering how obsessed I am with it). For R299 (50ml) a pop, it is quite pricey but definitely worth the buy especially if you’re into using more expensive brands like Dermalogica and the likes as this one will definitely produce the results that you’re looking for. Just in case you missed it above, Avène is exclusive to Clicks and can be found in stores now – if you’ve tried out their products, pop me a mail or comment below and let me know what you think of their products 🙂

 

There are a few other products from the Avène product range that I’m really dying to try out – the Cleanance Matte, Expert, Hydra and Suncare; Triacneal and the D-pigment Light dark spot lightening. I think these might be hiding some magic just like the Thermal Water Spray and the Tolerance Extreme Cream!

 

Apart from producing some fab products, Avène also takes their corporate social responsibility seriously and has sent 3 South African children with severe Eczema for treatment at the Avène Dermatological Hydrotherapy Center in the South of France in August 2014 and 2 of the children, Nirvana and Alisha come from Durban (yay, Durban)! You probably don’t really care about that, but I do and I think that it says a lot about Avène as a brand and makes me more inclined to support them in regard to buying products and featuring them on my blog. If you’re interested in how the Eczema treatments turned out, you can visit the blog that was started by one of the kids’ mother here.

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TVG’s 7 Herb Purifying Clay Cleanser Review

Cleansing is the most important step in your skin care routine. You can pile on tons of facial oils, face treatments and moisturizers but it won’t make a difference unless you are using the correct cleanser for your skin.

Sometimes finding the right cleanser can be difficult. Many include tons of chemicals and skin irritants that will usually hamper the skin cleansing process instead of helping it. So it’s all about scrutinizing the ingredients list and making sure that you are getting what you paid for.

Recently, I was lucky enough to receive the 7 Herb Purifying Cleanser from The Victorian Garden for a review. I was excited to try it out to see if it made any difference to my skin.

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My usual cleanser is an oil cleanser, which I love. It doesn’t dry my skin out or cause breakouts, so I never really had an issue with it. But, after reading about the 7 Herb Purifying Clay Cleanser, I really wanted to try it out to see if it would change anything about my skin.

The 7 Herb Purifying Clay Cleanser is formulated with phenomenal ingredients such as marshmallow, bearberry, coltsfoot, yarrow, plantain, spearmint and lemon balm. All of the ingredients work together to create a product that soothes skin, reduces pigmentation, tones skin and improves texture whilst providing anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits. It’s just jam packed with goodness!!

To conduct the review, I decided to swop out my usual cleanser for TVG’s one. After the first wash, I noticed that my face was much softer and smoother. I’m guessing that the improved texture was due to the creaminess of the cleanser along with the tiny clay particles which helped to slough off dry skin and dead skin cells.

My face was also looking much brighter and cleaner too, as if the cleanser had deeply cleansed my skin from within. It wasn’t an intense glow, but my skin wasn’t dull either.

However, the next morning left me quite disappointed. I noticed that a few pimples and whiteheads had popped up on my cheek area and along my jawline and the cleanser is the only thing that could have caused it. My skin is really sensitive, so I should have seen it coming. But I thought that because the Facial Healing Oil works so well, that this would too.
TVG does warn that the cleanser may not be suitable for sensitive skin, but me being me, I obviously paid no attention to their cautionary warning and I applied it all over my face instead of in just one inconspicuous spot. My skin, with it’s sensitivity, is so not cool.

Honestly, I highly recommend this cleanser to those of you with normal and not-so-sensitive skin. You are bound to achieve some great results after using it and I’m sure if you pair it with an awesome facial oil, you’ll wake up to some pretty awesome skin!
You can find the cleanser here for just R79.00!