I’d been looking for a solution for one of my many (skin related) problems for a while, and a few weeks back I came across what promised to be a miracle solution. This being me, I couldn’t help but pick up a few other things at the same time too!
I barely wear makeup, which probably makes me (and everyone else) a little more aware of my imperfections. One of the things that I’m sensitive about, aside from my general complexion which is that of a perpetual teenager, is the little white spots I have on my lower eyelids. Extensive Googling seems to indicate that they are referred to as milia (possibly). No amount of cleansing or scrubbing will remove them, and it frustrates me no end as they’re just there under my skin.
On my foray across the web, desperately looking for a solution. I kept reading that retinol would be the ingredient to alleviate my problem. Having read good things about Indeed Labs Retinol Reface I thought that would be a good place to start. I put off buying i for a while as it is on the expensive side (£19.99), but after a while I took the plunge and I’m glad I did!
I’ve been using this as part of my nighttime regime, and I must say I’m rather pleased with it. It doesn’t really do much for the dark circles but it seems to be working on the milia, they’re definitely less noticeable and I think fewer in number. The only downside is it can be a little drying on my skin, so I skip every third day or so and make sure I keep my face well moisturised. I’m only using it on my lower eyelids, but I’m still making sure a little goes a long way as I don’t want to waste it.
This was all I had gone into Boots for, so the next two things were definitely impulse purchases, but who doesn’t go into Boots and come out with more than they needed?!
The second item I picked up also comes from the Indeed Labs range, and was their Nanoblur. Nanoblur is designed to even out the surface of the skin, but states quite clearly that it’s not a primer, which gave me hope it might have a longer term effect too. I use this each morning after my moisturiser, and often as the last step in my routine. It produces a matte effect and does, I think, make my skin a little paler in appearance than it already is. It’s very good at evening out the surface of my skin and minimising the appearance of pores which is ultimately what I bought it for. A little does go quite a way, and I’m able to do the areas I need with only a small blob.
This was a pretty pricey impulse buy, costing the same as the Retinol Resurface. I’m not sure it promises or delivers the long term effects that I was hoping for, and perhaps is something more for the day to day to smooth out imperfections. I would consider buying it again, but if I find something that delivers lasting results then I’ll be opting for that instead.
The last thing I picked up was this Sanctuary Spa Purifying Charcoal Bubble Sheet Mask. I was on the way to the till (promise!) when I spotted it, and, as it piqued my curiosity I thought I would give it a go. It was £5, so I only bought the one, wanting to test it first.
The mask comes in two halves, a top and bottom, which I must admit I found a little difficult to get perfectly placed. There is a lot of liquid in the packet when you open it, so be super careful that you don’t get it on your bedding or carpet, like me. Having been a little suspicious of how well it would work, I left the mask on for the maximum time of 15 minutes.
During that time the mask became covered in thousands of little bubbles which popped and crackled away, better than a bowl of cereal. I did look rather the funny picture when I caught myself in the mirror! There was a point where the noise started to drive me a little mad, so I was glad when it came time to wash it off. Afterwards my face felt squeaky clean and soft, I can’t really say how effective it was at clearing out my pores as I didn’t notice much of a difference. It was definitely something new and novel to try, but I don’t think I’d buy it too often with the £5 price tag.
At the time when I bought these Indeed Labs were having a 30% off promotion in Boots, which brought the two items I chose down to £13.32 each. Add those to the £5 I spent on the mask and it comes to a rather expensive £31.64, which is pretty bad considering a) I only wanted one item and b) I wasn’t really meant to be spending that much money. I am pleased with what I got, particularly the Nanoblur, but I need to be a bit better with my money.
Also as you might be able to see I’m still loving my fittonia from Moonko!