My Skin Care Story & Botanics Review

My Skin Care Story & Botanics Review

Hello everybody,

As a Botanics Brand Ambassador I get sent some great skin care products and this month I can honestly say I’m more excited about them than I have ever been before!

Before I hop into what products I have received this month, I thought I’d share ‘my skin care story’ with you.

My Skin Care Story

In my early teens my skin got really bad and it was a major insecurity of mine, although I know this isn’t particularly uncommon- it’s one of the sucky parts of being a teenager. But I had lots of spots under the skin and they were beginning to scar.

So after a year or so of trying out different high street products, my Mum and I took a trip down to the Doctors and we were given a cream named Quinoderm. Quinoderm literally stripped my face, it made my (naturally oily combination) skin very dry, itchy and sore. It also did not make my blemishes any easier to conceal… if anything they were even more pronounced on my face. Although, after the initial erosion of my skin, it did clear away my under-the-skin spots. But only for a few months.

My skin quickly became ‘immune’ to Quinoderm… or I assume it did! It just stopped working, and at this point the high street skin care was barely touching my acne. So I was essentially in a worse position than I was before I started using Quinoderm.

My Aunt recommended using something less invasive and more of a long-term solution… but more pricey: Clinique. I can honestly say that Clinique was a huge game changer for me. By 16 I was using Cliniques’ Teenage Skincare Kit that consisted of a foam, a cleanser and a moisturiser. It worked really well on my skin. But it was also far more expensive than I could afford. So it became one of those gifts I got at Christmas or my birthday, or even at airports!

Age 18-20 and a student, I used mostly high street brands and that was great, my skin had calmed down and I was able to get away with using products such as Garnier face scrubs and all things Simple.

But recently my skin has flared up again… and its honestly really knocked my confidence. I’m 21 and I feel like I had my fair share of spots in my teenage years, but now I’m going through it all again. This time I can pin point why I have had this sudden flare up and it is simply from changing from a combination contraceptive pill, to a progesterone only pill… and my face did not like it! Or my back… or my chest... and to make it worse, these spots were scarring again.

So the pill, combined with Final Exams (aka. stress!) made for rather angry looking skin. Which leads me onto Botanics. 

Botanics has acted, for me, in a very similar way that Clinique did a few years ago. It cleared up my face, without drying it out. It’s a long term skin care routine… with a much lower investment!

Plus there are so many different varieties that no matter what skin type you are, Botanics will have one perfect for you. It’s all natural and all from the Botanical Gardens at Kew Palace- which is well worth a visit, if you get the chance!

Botanics UK Products I Received This Month:

All Bright Soothing Eye Makeup Remover- £5.49

This product is really gentle and hydrating for the skin. You have to give it a good shake before putting it on a cotton pad and it practically melts the makeup off of your skin. The Hibiscus in the soothing formula also brightens the area around the eye, which is just another bonus!

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Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream- £11.99

This nourishing eye cream helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles for a more illuminated under-eye appearance. I use it every night before bed and I have noticed how much more moisturised that area of my face feels. I use concealer under my eyes as part of my everyday makeup and I’m always conscious of drying out my skin, so it feel so good to target this area every night.

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Radiant Youth Protecting Day Cream SPF 15- £9.99

The next two products are face creams… and both of them smell DIVINE. I can’t get over how good it smells. This day cream focusses on  radiance-boosting and is infused with a cocktail of anti-oxidants. It also helps to keep skin looking younger with added UV protection. I put this on about 5 minutes before I do my makeup, so that it soaks in and gives me a moisturised, but not sticky, base to apply my makeup to.

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Radiant Youth Replenishing Night Cream- £9.99

The night cream is similar in consistency to the day cream, and smells equally fantastic! I love having this as a step in my night skin care routine, my face just feels so fresh before bed. It also acts as an anti-aging cream and I am a firm believer that you are never too young to start using these! This cream is infused with a cocktail of antioxidants from the leaves of the Ginkgo plant.

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If you fancy trying these products out, they are available on Botanics UK own website, or through Boots!

Bee xoxo

Spots, Zits, Blips and Pimples: Home Remedies and Top Tips

Spots, Zits, Blips and Pimples: Home Remedies and Top Tips

Have you ever woken up with a throbbing sensation on your face,  wandered into the bathroom and discovered that Mount Vesuvius grew on your face over night? This is the plague of teenage years (and often years after- sorry girls!)

First things first- spots are normal! It’s natural to compare yourself to others, but make sure it’s to an attainable image. By this, I mean a lot of people, particularly celebrities, are airbrushed. Even then, there are apps that can help ‘normal’ people to airbrush themselves too.

I pulled together some celebrities that have suffered with their skin:

Miley Cyrus: someone who had to live her teenage years in the spotlight claimed that “I used to have really bad breakouts. My mom took me in to see a doctor and we sorted that out. But it made me really insecure.”

Lorde: she took to Twitter in 2014 to post an unedited picture of herself, that she contrasted with one that had been altered. She encouraged fans to embrace their imperfections. She even uploaded a picture of herself to show fans the acne cream she puts on before bed. Normal teen: The 17-year-old posted a photo of herself covered in skin cream, with the caption, 'In bed in Paris with my acne cream on', last month

Victoria Beckham: has apparently struggles with skin for years. Apparently she was even nicknamed ‘spotty spice’ by some haters. She found a dermatologist and used his products to clear up her skin.

The point is: everyone struggles with blemishes, especially in your teenage years. It’s all about finding something that works best for your skin and sticking to it!

Here are some Home Remedies for you to try out!

1) HONEY.honey.jpg

  • Thought one of the best home remedies by far. It’s an antibacterial, and it cleans and moisturises your skin. With this, it has a mild bleaching affect and prevents scarring.
  • Method: put a drop of honey on the spot, leave it for an hour and wash it off!

2) TOOTHPASTE. toothpaste

  • Any white toothpaste has anti-inflammatory qualities in it.
  • It can even be used as a scrub, when mixed with salt, to remove black heads and clean your face.
  • Oh and this is all Gigi Hadid uses soooo….
  • Methods: My all time go-to if I’m caught out. If I haven’t got my full blown skin care regime with me, then toothpaste it is! You apply it and leave it to dry. I often leave it over night, the minty fresh smell doesn’t bother me, and I find it generally works better.

3) ICE. (ICE BABY)

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  • An anti-inflammatory, it fights inflammation and prevents swelling and pus when used on time. This is a great method to use if you have an event or photos in a few hours time- it makes it that bit less obvious and a lot easier to cover up!
  • Method: hold/rub it on and around the spot.

4) BAKING SODA. baking-soa.jpg

  • If you fancy raiding your Mum’s baking cupboard, Baking Soda is surprisingly another anti-inflammatory. I use this (or toothpaste) over night.
  • Method: simply mix it with water and quickly apply it to the spot, and the area surrounding it. It sets quickly though, so watch out for that! To wash it off later, use luke warm water and it will fall off in flake.

5) STEAM.

  • This cleanses the pours and tightens the skin. It also feels great!
  • Method: once you’ve taken your makeup off, but before cleansing, steam your face. This can simply be that you’ve run hot water in the sink and you lean over it for a few minutes. It will mean that the cleansing etc following this will be super effective.

6) LEMON JUICE. lemon.jpg

  • The acids in lemons keeps the skin dry and clean. Another perk is that it’s full of vitamin C helps to tighten your skin and acts as an anti-aging agent.
  • Method: mix lemon juice and honey to keep your skin hydrated and the pimple dry. It also draws out the pus (woo!)

7) CUCUMBER. cucumber.jpg

  • Method: grating cucumber and putting it over the spot acts as an inflammatory.

8) GARLIC. garlic.jpg

  • Needs must! If you eat lots of garlic it can prevent pimples in the first place. But, as another anti-bacterial, it can also be placed directly on the spot.
  • Method: place it on the spot, for a few hours, or over night. To get rid of the garlic-y whiff you can simply rub some toothpaste over it.

Just remember people don’t remember when you had a spot- because people don’t do that! Even with Mount Vesuvius you are b-e-a-utiful!

Embrace those flaws! 

Bee xoxo