Skin Brightening Solutions.

12 July 2016

My skin is a bit problematic - it's oily but dehydrated, as well as being sensitive and prone to reacting to just about everything. The thing is, I have enough treatments to combat most of that but sometimes, when you're plastering on cream on top of serum on top of oil your skin can be calmed and hydrated but somehow can end up just looking a bit dull and lacklustre. So today, I thought I'd talk you through what I use to try and keep my skin clear and bright.

First of all the Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque* is a basic charcoal face masque that will draw out all of the skin's impurities. If you're finding blocked pores are what lie at the root of your dullness this pulls everything out and just leaves the skin looking cleaner and brighter. It's also quite moisturising so it won't give you the feeling that everything, both good and bad, has been totally sucked from your skin - just nice, clear pores.

On a more day to day basis the Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence is one of the most unique skincare products I own. It's oil free but the best description of what this feels like is like an oil mixed with water - it's runny, but there is way more to it than just a water texture like bioderma; it doesn't just sink into the skin, you have to pat it in and a tiny, tiny bit goes a long way. I first started using this back in September after I had a sample of it and had to run to Kiehl's for the full size, and although I use it twice a day every day I am less than half way through the bottle. This is a hydrating essence but it leaves the skin radiant and bright, unlike some hydrating products I've used that are super intense but which almost overpower the skin and dull it down by wrapping it in a thick blanket of hydration (which isn't always a bad thing, mind you!) For those of you with super sensitive skins who might find the other products mentioned here a bit too much this one is for you.

The Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel was a cult product for a really long time and it seems to have disappeared off the blogosphere as new products have been released - but this is one I've used before and will go back to. It doesn't feel like it's doing very much when it's on - you get a bit of tingle but I don't personally get a burn like I've had with some other similar products - but you notice the difference afterwards. One of the first times I used this I followed it up with the Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate, which is fairly potent at the best of times - using that after this had sloughed away the top layer of my skin was a massive mistake. The burn. I can't even discuss it. I have never reached for a flannel to remove a product so quickly. So yes, this one definitely works - but follow it up with super gentle skincare!

This last product isn't necessarily about brightening the skin, but for God's sake if you're using a product like the Elemis Peel you need to be using sunscreen. Of course, you should be using sunscreen on a daily basis but I'll hold my hands up and say I know it's a step I sometimes skip - especially when the Scottish summer outside is as grey as it is. But whether the sun is visible and warm or not the rays are still there, and if you've removed the top layer of your skin you want to make sure that fresh, new skin is totally protected. The Soap & Glory Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50+ is an affordable option that goes on brilliantly under make up without making you feel too 'sunblock-y', if you know what I mean. It helps keep my slightly oily complexion a little bit matte-er and it's lightweight, sinks in fast and doesn't leave me with the dreaded 'cast'.

Brighter skin in, well, one bottle, one tube and one tub...

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