As a nation we are obsessed with obtaining perfect skin; but who can blame us when there are somany perfect faces out there on social media and so many brands bringing out new launches to help us achieve it.
I have been on one long skincare journey and so this post may be a little lengthy…. I want to share my story and the things I have learnt along the way and hopefully help others who feel like screaming in front of the mirror!
Since I was about 16/17 I have had problem skin, always two or three (sometimes more) spots here and there! One would go and another would appear, I don’t want to compare it to acne, because it wasn’t like I had spots all over my face, it was mostly my forhead and sometimes my chin, but at the end of the day spots are spots and they knock your confidence whatever and ultimately, made me hate myself.
When I started University three years ago, I’d had enough and so my love affair with skin care and Caroline Hirons began. I began to extensively research skincare and the right types of products for my skin. Since I had spots I assumed my skin was combination, but during my research I found Caroline Hirons, a skincare specialist blog, who actually said my skin was most likely dry. All the products I had been using were far too drying and were stripping the natural oils from my face causing my skin to produce more oil and more spots. Thats when I realised the products from brands such as Ren, Murad, Le Roche-Posay, The Body Shop, L’Oreal and Avene that were designed to reduce spots were actually making them worse!
On further research, I also found that what you put in your body can effect the outside of your body. I thought this was SO interesting and found that certain ingredients could perhaps be triggering off my problem skin such as gluten or dairy. So after more googling, I found a lot of people who had seen a difference in their skin just from cutting out milk or limiting their gluten intake.
That’s when I decided that I was going to do the same! There was no way I could completely cut it out because my boyfriend is the chef in our household and wasn’t having any of it, but we went to Tescos and bought a cupboard full of gluten-free (GF) items. At the same time I stopped drinking milk and made a conscious decision to not eat as much chocolate!
To cut a long story short, my new diet and more gentle skincare seemed to be working, however not before long the spots returned, again it was always three or four at a time (maybe more; looking back I wish I took photos but I wouldn’t leave the house without make up, let alone take a photo without any on). I stuck at my new diet and my new skin care for a few months and though there was an improvement, I was still unhappy. Thats when I turned to 100% natural skincare….
I had heard really amazing things about Tropics Skincare and it felt very familiar; Thats because Susan Ma, the founder and president of Tropic skincare appeared on the BBC show The Apprentice in 2011. Susan was fired at the last hurdle when she said she said how wanted to turn over a profit of £1 million, Lord Sugar thought this was too optimistic and naive at the time. Yet a couple of months later Lord Sugar decided to invest in the skincare company. Susan obviously wasn’t that naive as they made £2 million in their first year.
Tropic Skincare is formulated with 100% natural ingredients, it is cruelty free, vegan friendly and ultimately, amazing!! Its no wonder its the fastest growing beauty brand in the UK, not just because its free from harmful toxins but because of how effective it is.
People who I have spoken to about Tropic Skincare can’t seem to get enough of it and become true advocates for the brand! I decided that if I was going to try it, I was going to try it properly and so ordered the ABC Skincare Collection + face smooth, which included their Smoothing Cleanser, Vitamin Toner, Skin Revive Moisturiser and the Face Smooth exfoliator. It was a full routine and it was exactly what I was looking for, especially at £52.
Tropics award winning smoothing cleanser (winning the best free from product at the ‘Free From Skincare Awards’ in 2014,) is really really creamy, even creamier than Liz Earle’s hot cloth cleanser which is why my skin loves it!! I really can’t believe I was depriving my skin of hydration for so long, but now I know it craves it, I will always use this cleanser. It easily removes makeup with 2 or 3 pumps, but I do use a separate oil cleanser to remove my eye makeup just because I always have done, but you don’t need to!
It has a mixture of eucalyptus, golden jojoba and avocado oils, and comes with a 100% organic and sustainable bamboo cloth. It has never once aggravated or made my skin worse, nor has it left my skin feeling tight or dry straight after. Tropics website is right to say that this cleanser is uplifting as it is incredibly refreshing and smells amazing, it has a lemony scent to it which instantly soothes and calms me!
The face smooth brightening polish has to be one of my favourite exfoliators I’ve ever used, not least because it is completely natural and includes skin loving ingredients such as unique bamboo silica beads, acai berry extract, and sweet almond oil. All of these are rich antioxidants which help to protect the skin from free radicals and signs of ageing.
Ive been using this every other day which has kept my skin free of dry patches which I used to often get when using harsh products. Again, this has the most amazing refreshing smell, and my skin looks brighter and luxuriously smooth after every use. I also really like it because it feels like a proper scrub in that it is gritty yet its not too harsh as it doesn’t irritate my skin. In fact it seems to help reduce any spots.
The Vitamin Toner pore refining mist is the most fun part of this routine! Theres something about a spritz which is so playful and in the summer a facial mist is essential to keep you cool and refreshed throughout the day.
It is infused with vitamins and amino acids which balance the PH and claims to reduce the pore size. I don’t feel as though I have been using it long enough to say whether it has reduced my pore size but it contains 0% alcohol, unlike a lot of other toners which means it is gentle and leaves the skin feeling supple and soft. A number of people have complained about the packaging and how the pump breaks half way through but I haven’t experienced this and am now on to my second bottle. For those wondering about the smell, its a similar smell to the cleanser, floral and very summery.
Last but not least, I’ve been finishing off with the Skin Revive nourishing cream concentrate. I’ve been using this both morning and night, though there is a dedicated night version but not only did I want to use all natural products, I wanted to streamline my skincare and so have kept to using this twice a day.
On first use it is a very rich cream, however I didn’t think it was as moisturising as other creams I had used before. Nevertheless I persisted with it and I genuinely feel as though my skin has adapted and is now more than enough for it. It’s made naturally with hyaluronic acid and 20 different skin loving fruit, flower and seed extracts, such as kakadu plum and raspberry seed oil and leaves a glowing complexion and my skin feeling nourished. Sometimes I accidentally put too much on but yet it never leaves me feeling greasy as it sinks in well and acts as a great base for makeup.
The key thing is that the nourishing cream hydrates my skin but without inducing any redness or aggravating the skin. If you have combination or dry skin, I think this could be a winner for you! It may be too much if you are really oily but then you still need something hydrating. The only bug bear that many others may have with this product is that it doesn’t contain any SPF but then again, I do use a foundation which does have SPF in, so there are other ways of getting your SPF in your routine.
Ultimately if you are having trouble with your skin and feel like you are coming to the end of your tether, I would definitely recommend trying out this range! Its affordable, smells amazing, but most importantly, it is effective!
Have you tried the all natural skincare range Tropic or any natural skincare to try and conquer your skincare problems? If so, how did you get on? I’d love to hear all of your skincare stories, good or bad! Leave them in the comments below!
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