Last Tuesday I appeared on Channel 4 on Katie Piper’s Face To Face, a programme dedicated to raising awareness of different facial conditions and talking about the empowering and supportive side of make up and beauty. I was so thrilled to take part and wanted to chat a little bit more about it.
I was diagnosed with rosacea 12 years ago and I’ve been talking about it on my blog for about four years. It’s still crazy to me that it’s not as well known as it should be – there are millions of people with this condition and, in my opinion, it should be as widely recognisable as acne or psoriasis. April is Rosacea Awareness Month and so I’ll be doing a few posts about different issues related to the condition but I thought I would start with a GIGANTIC post containing all the rosacea FAQs that I get every day from people all over the world. I’ve built up so much knowledge and advice in countless blog posts, so hopefully this post can become a central hub that I can direct people to. Please ask questions in the comments below, and I will keep adding to the post as we go along!
It feels so strange to talk about December ’16 as it feels like a million years ago! But here is my (belated) Skincare Shake Up December edition. You know how this goes, so let’s just get going before I waffle even more than usual!
So far in my ‘5 Best…’ series we’ve covered cleansers and moisturisers, so next up is one of the most exciting posts in the series: 5 best budget exfoliators. I can hear you laughing at the back, and yes I’m aware that exfoliators don’t *sound* that exciting but hear me out! If you don’t currently use one, or use it sporadically, then I can guarantee that when used regularly it can transform the skin. A good exfoliator makes you look healthier, less tired, helps with blemishes and, as a result, make up sits better on the skin. I have a lot to say about this topic so grab a cuppa and a biscuit!
If you’ve watched the hype about the GLAMGLOW face masks* from afar and always wondered what they were like then this review should be of interest. I was given the whole range of masks to try on my ridiculously picky and sensitive skin, so keep reading to hear my GLAMGLOW face mask review.
Vichy Dermablend Foundation
Whenever I mention to people that I like my foundation to be high coverage, there is one name that always pops up: Vichy Dermablend* foundation. I have been keen to try this product for a while – I am a big fan of Vichy skincare as it’s very gentle on my sensitive skin, so I had high hopes for their make up range. I was given this at an event a few months ago and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t try it out before now!
I have filmed a first impressions video so that you can see how well the foundation covers redness and so you can hear my initial thoughts on the texture, formula and application. There are also some bloopers at the end of the video if you fancy something to cheer you up!
Regular readers of my blog will know that I suffer with rosacea – a skin condition that affects the face and one can be incredibly damaging to self-esteem and confidence. You can read more about my rosacea HERE, including blogs about the psychological aspects of having a skin condition.
SEQuaderma skincare (the people who made THIS fantastic product for rosacea-prone skin) have teamed up with The British Skin Foundation to create a wonderful campaign that focuses on the judgements people make about other people’s appearance.
Take a SEQond Look The British Skin Foundation and SEQuaderma
The media campaign asks you to pledge to Take A SEQond Look – they want to remind and inspire people to ‘value difference and build a kinder world’. You can visit the campaign website (EDIT: no longer live, sorry) to read more about it, where you can also take a survey on the psychological effects of skin conditions and the impact they may have on you. These results hope to form the largest survey of its type and help to both raise awareness and understanding of a multitude of skin conditions.
There is also a wonderful and powerful campaign video that shows how utterly ridiculous it is to judge a book by its cover:
Do you pledge to #TakeASEQondLook? Please feel free to share this blog post – I’d love to get as many people taking part in the survey as we can. As someone who has felt judged on her appearance and feels self conscious every single day, this is really important to me so I would really appreciate you helping to spread the word. Thank you so much.
Do you have a skin condition or know someone that does? I’d love to hear from you and hear about your experiences. Feel free to leave me a comment below, or get in touch with me on twitter: @TalontedLex.
When I was diagnosed with Rosacea 10 years ago, (you can read about my diagnosis HERE), I was prescribed a rosacea treatment that made my skin even worse. So since then, I have avoided targeted treatments and relied on my own beauty knowledge and managed my symptoms as best I could with diet and lifestyle changes. When I was approached by SEQuaderma to try their SEQuaderma treatment for rosacea and facial redness, I was a bit apprehensive and did a lot of reading to educate myself before agreeing to try it. But I’m so glad I did. You can see the final results above but keep reading for the details.
(It’s a bit scary putting my no-make-up face on here but I can’t review a product for rosacea without showing my face… so please be kind!)