03 August 2012

New Skincare Routine: Skinceuticals Blemish + Age Range and Retin-A gel

About a year ago I went away on holiday with perfectly normal skin, and came back with a chin full of blocked pores and bumps under the skin. No amount of specialised expensive skincare or fancy facials cured it completely, so recently I bit the bullet and made an appointment with the Skin Deep service at The Hospital Group.

You can read about my experience on Beaut.ie but in a nutshell, Skin Deep is the medical skincare division at The Hospital Group, supervised by Dr Clare Cushen and administered by a qualified nursing team. There’s no consultation fee and you don’t need a referral letter from your doctor to access the service – you just pay for any prescriptions, products or treatments arising from your consultation.

I was advised to use a salicylic cleanser and prescribed a course of Retin-A gel at the lowest strength. Salycilic acid unclogs pores and Retin-A treats spots - but I am hopeful for more. It can also improve skin texture, diminish fine lines and lessen pigmentation on the face. I'm concerned about each of these three things.

In a stroke of luck, at the same time I was offered the chance to try out the SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age range which features a salicylic cleansing gel (€34), toner (€31.50) and serum (€88). The products sound like they were made exactly for me – adults with blemish prone skin that is showing the first signs of age.

I’ve been using both in combination for the past couple of weeks. There has been a definite reduction in breakouts and clogged pores, and I think the overall texture and tone of my skin has improved. However, I’ve also had some flaky dry patches on my forehead, nose and chin, which I was warned about before I started my current routine.

I use the Retin-A gel three times a week at night time, after my Skinceuticals products and instead of a night cream or moisturiser. When I don’t use it, I sleep with a hydrating mask - I like Origins Drink Up or L'Occitane's Angelica, and I've just discovered the Body Shop's Vitamin E mask.

In the mornings I use the Skinceuticals products and follow with a suncream with SPF 30 –that’s really important when you’re following a routine like this. You’re speeding up the skin’s natural exfoliation process, and the new skin that’s revealed is very vulnerable to the sun.
The Skinceuticals toner stings a little and there is a slight burning sensation with the serum. But if this regime clears my skin and lessens the signs of aging, as I’m hopeful it will, then that’s a tiny price to pay.

Watch this space…


Karen said...

Can't wait to hear how you get on as the weeks continue missus :) You're going to look like a girdle of 18 again ;P

fluff and fripperies said...

Cheers lady but I'd settle for not getting any more spots! xo

The Dainty Dolls House said...

I hope it works fantastic for you!! Sounds interesting. My skin is prone to scarring, drives me crazy. Have a wonderful weekend :) xx

Adele said...

Keeping my fingers crossed this routine works for you Emma.
Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo
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Ballet Pumps And Roses said...

Exciting - Love trying new things with outcomes - good luck :)




Emma @ The Makeup Room said...

Looking forward to seeing how this skincare routine turns out for you. Finding the perfect skincare is a never ending battle huh?

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Alex said...

I'd love to try skinceuticals... especially the SPF... I read great things about it!! :)

Anonymous said...

I hope that this works for you. Keep us updated!

Sam said...

Sometimes it's really good to take a professionals advice on skincare...hope these products work well, look forward to hearing more. Happy Weekend!

Laura said...

Can't wait to see how this works out for you! Fingers crossed!

Nicola McLaughlin said...

Oooh I must try this myself... my skin wet weird after holidays also


Nicola McLaughlin said...

Oooh I must try this myself... my skin wet weird after holidays also


MissGreenEyes said...

I really hope this works for you, looking forward to hearing how you get on with it x

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Johanna said...

Skinceuticals has a serum that I absolutely adore and while not cheap...their products work so well!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Oh, i hope this works and is a winner for you. I've had on and off problems with my skin and it surely can be frustrating. Good luck my friend!

Leslie said...

We retail this line in our Dermatology office. It's a wonderful line with lots of clinical data supporting its therapeutic effects. Love!


Audrey said...

I"ve always been curious to try a Retin A routine, and have never gotten around to it, so it's interesting to hear about your experience. I hope it continues to help you clear your skin up. (I just need the anti-aging effects, ha!)

xo Mary Jo

Coco said...

I'd like to know how you get on, because I have your same "concerns" about my skin. Keep me up to date! Lots of love

Anonymous said...

I've been trying the SkinCeuticals Age + Blemish range too, I'm really liking it so far. Can't wait to see how you get on with your new regime! x

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Cheryl Foster said...

Hi yes Skinceuticals is a very effective skincare brand. We have customers who have been using this brand for some time. Lovely blog by the way really interesting articles