*GIFTED In all these years, I’ve learned one very important thing. It all begins with great skin and for that, you need to nourish your body with the right kinds of food and drink and of course have the right kind of skincare routine for your skin. Sugar, exercise, diets, stress and literally everything else also has a say on how your skin looks so trying to find beauty products that cater to all of the above is literally impossible but I believe with a simple basic routine with added extras (different serums, oils, spot treatments, etc) on the days your skin is playing up, is one step closer to getting the skin you want. Before this approach, I’d stock up on various products in the hope that if I pile them all on my skin, it will somehow make my acne, pigmentation and scars disappear – which we all know won’t happen. The Mary Kay clear proof range changed the way I look at skincare in the way that in order to get the best results, you need to follow it through. Using the same routine for a few days won’t give you your best skin but using it for at least eight weeks might.
After posting a picture of what my acne looked at at the time, I was contacted by Mary Kay to try out their clear proof range which clear instructions that I shouldn’t use any other products whilst using their range – this way you get clear results. So, using the same products day and night consisted of the Clarifying Cleanser (£15.50), Pore-Purifying Serum (£18.50), Spot Solution (£13.50), Oil-Free Moisturiser (£17), Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask (£18.50) and then I was later sent the Oil-Free Hydrating Gel (£29) to cater for my super dry complexion. My first thoughts were that I’d get bored of using the same products, that I’d have to use an exfoliator as there wasn’t one in the range and that I was really excited to start this new skincare journey.
In 1963, Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay, launched her business and opened her first store in the hope to empower women on entrepreneurship with her beauty products – through building a community of ambassadors and consultants as well as providing innovative skincare and cosmetics – and is celebrating 25 years in the UK this year. Starting my new regime, back in September, I introduced the range slowly, first with the cleanser and serum followed by the mask, spot treatment and moisturises.
The clarifying cleanser, a clear, lightweight gel converts to a soft foam designed to rid of excess oil. The salicylic acid-rich gel massages onto a damp face that easily rinses off, leaving no residue and instantly soothes my acne-prone combination skin. It’s refreshing, soothing and leaves the skin feeling clean, non-irritated and somehow balanced so it’s neither dry or oily but is quite highly priced – as is the rest of the range. Apologies for the lack of image – I threw out the empty bottle before realising I needed it for pictures!
The deep cleansing charcoal mask was definitely something I was excited for. The thick grey textured mask acts as a magnet to unclog pores, absorb excess oil and reduce shine leaving you with a smooth and matte complexion. It just so seems that being overly excited I obviously through the skincare rule book out of the window because instead of introducing the mask s-l-o-w-l-y, I completely misused the product by whacking it onto my skin and leaving it there for 20 minutes! Although 20 minutes for a facemask seems minimal, this particular blend contained salicylic acid and citric acid, ingredients that should be introduced slowly otherwise your skin can react. In my experience, my face swelled up, my skin became dry and tight and I got what was called purging – a cluster of breakouts in the same area that’s usually caused by certain acids, vitamin C, spot treatments and even laser. Previously mentioned in my Instagram post (@lauraaleanne) purging isn’t necessarily a bad thing. These ingredients or treatments are designed to increase cell turnover, which means it tries to get rid of dead skin cells to avoid clogged pores but speeding up the process can trigger more breakouts. One way to stop this process is to introduce products or ingredients slowly and to always wear SPF. Here’s my recent guide on how to introduce skincare products.
After experiencing the facemask, I did stop using it purely because I was too scared but once it is definitely something I’d be willing to try again. Check back on Thursday for part two where I talk about the pore-purifying serum, spot treatment and the oil-free moisturiser.
Have you tried any Mary Kay products from their ranges?