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Welcome beautiful people! I am Laura, a beauty lover and chocolate addict. I love to share my thoughts on the best (and of course the worst) of all things beauty related.

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My Skin Journey

Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while will know that I had a lot of battles with my skin and with blemishes. Over the last six months I have had a lot of improvement in my skin and I wanted to share my 'story' with you guys because a lot of people have been asking what I have done to improve it.
6 months ago I couldn't look in the mirror. I hated seeing what my skin looked like and I didn't want to see it. I would spend 45 minutes doing my make up, then spend the next 15 minutes crying because of how bad my skin looked. I was constantly embarrassed and frustrated with my face and it seemed that nothing I did would help. I had so many spots on my face, my skin looked constantly red and blotchy and to top it all off I also had the driest, flakiest skin. It was hell. I hated how my skin looked without make up, but trying to cover it was nearly impossible. Because I'd started to be so honest about my troubles, it seemed to open up this idea that it was ok for people who I didn't even know to comment on my photos telling me that my skin was looking bad on a particular day. It also seemed to also then open up discussion for people to tell me what I was doing was wrong and it was having a negative impact on my skin, based off what they had seen on my blog. That all made it harder. I hated being on my IG stories unless I had a full face of make up. I hated posting selfies and I was extremely self conscious not just in real life, but also in the online realm as well. It sucked and it only seemed to get worse. Six months ago I never would thought I could upload the photo that I shared at the start of this post. Me without a single drop of make up on, without a filter, without anything to cover up the couple of spots I still have. The other two images in this post, while I would say these are 'make up less' selfies, I had small amounts of concealer to try and hide the redness and how bad my skin really was.

Fast forward six months and here we are. While my skin is by no means perfect, I feel like I am finally over that embarrassment and self consciousness that I was struggling with for most of 2017. My skin, while it still has spots, is clearer then it has been in years. The redness has died down. My skin is glowy and more hydrated than it has in a long time. I will happily jump on my stories without make up on, and am happy to talk about what my skin looks like. My confidence is sky high and I've kind of stopped caring about the couple of spots on my face. I think the biggest change isn't in my skin, but my attitude towards myself. I have stopped caring about those little comments that people would make towards me on social media. I have stopped making those same negative comments towards myself and I my outlook on skincare has changed dramatically as well. It's gone from being a chore that seemed to do nothing but make the problem worse, to being something that I enjoy and has become an important part of my daily self care.

So, the question that is on the tip of your tongue - what magical skincare has got me to this point? Simple answer, no one product has got me to this point, and it wasn't just skincare that has helped either. But let me share some of my favourites...

On a particularly bad day I bit the bullet and grabbed a couple of products from Ultraceuticals to try out. I had heard so many good reviews on the brand that I just had to try my luck. The Ultra Clear Treatment Lotion did wonders for my skin in the initial 'I need to get rid of my spots' stage. Within a month my spots were either gone or on the way out. While I didn't have many new spots pop up, the ones that did cleared up much faster. It was a life saver. In conjunction with that, I was also using the Ultra Red Action Moisturiser was also a huge help in keeping my skin hydrated, but also helping to even out my skin tone. By the time I finished the little tube of moisturiser my redness had dramatically cleared up and my skin tone was starting to even out. I would 110% pick these two up again if my skin got particularly bad again. 

Sunday Riley has been another big help. I have been using the Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner since September 2017. I did notice that this toner really help to calm down my angry spots and help to dry them out ever so slightly. It worked well to help reduce redness and clear spots up without irritating or drying out my skin. 

Medik8's Blemish Control Pads* were another big win for me. They were a huge help in clearing up spots and working to smooth out my skin texture. They, again, weren't irritating or drying out my skin. 

The Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic*is another great toner that is gentle but works to exfoliate your skin, helping to reduce spots and help reduce and clear up blemishes.

Once I had cleared up my skin, the Juva Brightening Essence came in and helped to get my skin from being flat, dull and feeling like sandpaper to looking glowy, hydrated and so damn healthy. These two little vials completely changed my skincare game and my skin has looked incredible since, even after running out of them. 

As for masks, they are always a good quick fix to help dry out spots and reduce the redness and angriness of them. I have two go-to's for this. The first one is Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, which has been a long time favourite of mine to get a quick fix with my spots. The other mask is the L'Oreal Anti Blemish Mask which is a fantastic, cheaper alternative to the Origins. Again, it's a clay mask that works to draw out impurities from the skin, helping spots clear up faster. 

While some of you will read through this list and go 'but they are all high end/expensive products...'. Yes, they are, but in all honesty, they are slightly more expensive because they actually work. I have tried countless drugstore acne products that did nothing for me. These ones actually did work and I would buy them again in a heart beat if my skin wasn't looking great again. 

The other big thing that I think really helped was my diet. I have tried to eat more vegetables and fruit instead of sugary sweet treats and trying to drink more water on a daily basis. While I by no means have completely cut out sugar (lets be real, I couldn't), by adding in more fruit and veg into my diet, I have noticed that my skin has less angry outbursts and my spots are less angry then they used to be. While you can't really control hormones, by controlling what you put in to your body, your skin will be happier on the outside. 

I don't think I have found the secret to clear skin, but I am so happy at where I am at right now and couldn't be happier with the skincare choices I made leading up to this point. While I know that these products may not work for you, as your skin is different to mine, I have found that these products really worked for me and I wouldn't recommend them otherwise. 

Have you found products that have worked wonders on your skin recently? Let me know in the comments. I'd love to know what products you use to help keep your skin looking gorgeous! xx

*DISCLAIMER – Products with * have been sent for trial/review purposes. Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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