For a really long time I struggled with my skin, even following my Roaccutane treatment which you can read about here. My skin was either really oily in places or really dry which could be pretty frustrating at times. Until recently I didn’t think there was any point in investing in high-end skin care, how could one brand (Liz Earle) make enough difference to my skin to warrant the expense? But after feeling so self-conscious with my skin and not wanting to leave the house without makeup, which is unlike me I decided it was time to invest.Deciding to take the plunge and splash out on skin care was big thing for me, especially as you could say I’m very tight with my money… I’m not the type of person to make large purchases or go on extreme spending sprees because I can’t afford it and I don’t want to waste my money on things I won’t use or like. So there was no exception when it came to shopping for the Liz Earle products that I wanted, I managed to get a really good deal on the Liz Earle site directly which only just beat Boots with their offer… I say offer but I still spent £50.
The selection of products included; Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (200ml) Instant Boost Skin Tonic (200ml) and Skin Repair Moisturiser in dry/sensitive (50ml) Gentle Face Exfoliator (70ml) Four Cleansing cloths, Superskin Concentrate for night, a travel sized Cleanse and Polish and Eyebright Soothing Lotion.
I’m going to start off by talking about each item individually before I show you my 8 day photo diary of how my skin improved over the course of 7 days and one month later. I’m going to talk about Cleanse and polish, Gentle Face Exfoliator, Instant Boost Skin Tonic, Superskin Concentrate for night and Skin repair moisturiser in dry/sensitive within this post.
Cleanse and Polish (200ml) Hot Cloth Cleanser
OMG if I say this is the ‘holy grail’ of all cleansers then I’m totally serious, I didn’t realise how much difference a cleanser could make. I’d heard so many glowing reviews over cleanse and polish that I just had to see what the fuss was about. I was warned that once I started using it that if I stopped I’d notice a difference and trust me I did, if there is an odd day I don’t use it silly spots just seem to appear from nowhere. Now I’m not saying cleanse and polish stops me from getting spots completely but I’m seeing that it certainly seems to prevent them more than anything I’ve tried in the past. I now religiously take my ‘Liz Earle’ pack with me whenever I stay out, Andy now laughs at me and says I’m obsessed and to be honest he’s probably right… I think one of the best things about this product is using it with the cloth as it really feels like you get a thorough clean, without the foam that seems to dry my skin out. I’m hooked.
Gentle Face Exfoliator (70ml)
Over time it feels like I’ve tried every type of exfoliator possible, some are too grainy, some don’t seem to be grainy enough, some leave my skin dry and itchy and some are so slimy that I want to instantly bin them. That’s why when I tried this one by Liz Earle I didn’t know what to expect, I was hoping to be left with cleaner skin that wasn’t dry, itchy or just not right at all and from the first use I was pleasantly surprised. The ultra fine Jojoba beads left my skin feeling silky smooth and buffed whilst the cocoa butter left my skin feeling very nourished. I really like the product and tend to use it every four days or so to rid my skin goodbye from any dead cells.
Instant Boost Skin Tonic (200ml)
I’m so glad the bottle for this isn’t see through because I dread to think just how much I have splashed over my face already…. I’m the type of gal that saturates the cotton pad so that it’s almost dripping (but not quite) before wiping it all over her face. Thinking about it I probably use wayyyy too much and should probably start rationing my use or I will be out pretty soon. It’s safe to say that I’m addicted to using the tonic and I’m shocked because until recently I never used the stuff. Who knew that some watery looking liquid could do so much to help my needy skin? After using it my pores feel happier and my skin feels smoother, yet another win for Liz Earle.
Skin Repair Moisturiser in dry/sensitive (50ml)
With ingredients including Avocado I was going to be obsessed from the get-go. Obsessed would be the word you can use to describe my relationship with this moisturiser, honestly it is so nice that I have to stop myself from overusing it. It would be so easy to just go through pot after pot of this glorious moisturiser but sadly my bank balance says ‘no saff you need to be rational’ and so knowing my account status I reluctantly use just the right amount. This moisturiser seems to be the perfect balance between giving your skin enough moisture to have a little glow but not too much that you feel oily and dirty and you only need a tiny bit to really hydrate.
Superskin Concentrate for Night
I pop this on my skin every night without fail, I’m not too sure what it does but it makes me feel better knowing it’s mixed in with my moisturiser. It’s meant to help rebalance the skin and is made from pure plant oils whilst being suitable for all skin types. Mine came in rollerball form and it took me a little while to realise that is applies wayyy easier if you rub it on your hands to warm it up before smoothing over the face and neck…
My 8 day skin diary (one week + now)
The reason I’ve done a 7 day skin diary plus one extra day is because I wanted to show you how much difference the Liz Earle skin care has made in a short space of time and over time as a whole. The last photo set was taken almost a month after the original photo. By looking at the images you should hopefully be able to see just how quickly my skin improved and how the marks faded on my cheeks. I apologise for the awful photos, the unflattering light and terrible faces in the photos to follow (so much for natural beauty eh?) and typically my skin decided to break out during the ‘now photos’ but it wouldn’t be now without the odd hormonal breakout…
Overall I am really pleased that I invested in this skin care range after being slightly worried that splashing out on high-end skin care wouldn’t be worth it. I’ve only recently started to be concerned with looking after my skin as I’m not getting any younger after all and it’s easier to prevent aging now than to try and combat it once it has started taking effect on my face. Before I started using Liz Earle products I was finding that once a spot appeared it seemed to mark my face and scar my skin ever so easily, I had several marks and scars on my skin that were making me feel really self conscious and wanting to cover my skin up every day. After using this selection of products for nearly a month I have seen big changes in my skin, which I hope you can see from the short skin diary earlier in this post. I’m going to stick with this skin care regime for the foreseeable future (unless it stops helping my skin) in hope that the great results continue. I am now happy to be bare-faced and my makeup when I do wear it glides on my skin with so much ease. Using other skin care products almost scares me to an extent which sounds silly but once you’ve found the ‘good stuff’ who wants to risk anything else?
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Love Saff x