If you’ve followed me for a while, you will know that I try out a lot of skincare: I have a few staple products that I rely on and return to when my rosacea is flaring up, but I am essentially a fickle person. I always wonder what else out there and am constantly searching for the next product to introduce to the skincare hall of fame. So I’m going to start doing a Skincare Shake Up post, roughly every month.
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.
I’ve been testing quite a lot of skincare recently. In August I tried the B. Skincare range, and before that I was testing out Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin Range. Every time I try a new skincare routine I have The Fear that it is going to make my rosacea flare up and leave me with raw, angry, bright red skin. However, I’ve been really lucky to try so many great ranges, and this Sukin skincare is another to add to the list.
Another month comes to an end and another favourites blog post compiled. I love writing these as I really enjoy looking back over the month and thinking about what I’ve used and why. It’s a nice little snapshot of my month. This one is mostly beauty with the usual Kindle recommendations as well. So let’s go!
If you follow me on Instagram (if you don’t, you can rectify that HERE), you will have seen me post a no-make-up selfie after a facial last week. For people with sensitive skin or rosacea, the idea of having a facial can be a scary one. You have to think about the products they will use (a lot of ingredients can cause flare ups), how much force they will use, how warm the room will be. There are a lot of factors! I also don’t usually like having facials as you aren’t supposed to apply make up for at least 8 hours afterwards. So having a full time job means that the only time I can have a facial is at the weekend and I personally don’t feel comfortable wandering around at the weekend with no make up on. HT by Sakurami London has converted me… read on for the details.
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!)
At the start of July I was sent the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin Range. I was pretty excited as I didn’t even know that Burt’s Bees did a range for atypical skin. Burt’s Bees have a great ethos: a history of natural, ethical and high quality products. According to the website, the sensitive skin range has Cotton Extract, which helps “skin replenish its outer layer, shielding it from potential irritants”.
Because of my rosacea, I’m very wary of new products. I always start them on a Friday evening so that I can hide in the house for 2 days if I have a flare up or a reaction. When applying a new product I’m like a coiled spring, waiting for the burning or stinging to start.
So I was very happy to find that this range was not only gentle but was also a pleasure to use.
Do you want to hear my thoughts on the new La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Corrective Fluid Foundation? I filmed a first impressions video (complete with bloopers)…