Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Caring For The Skin I'm In


Hello Everyone,

Spring has finally sprung and I don't know about you but I'm ready for it. The last year has been a hard one for me, I had a bad pregnancy which saw me throwing up every single day until birth, I then had a gorgeous newborn that comes with sleepless nights, constant breastfeeding and healing. Following on from this I've had pneumonia AGAIN and I'm currently dealing with teething and endless breastfeeds through the night again and it goes without saying that all of this has taken a huge toll on my skin.

I promise this isn't going to be a complaining post but I thought it best to explain where I've been and why I've been looking so damn rough!

Lately I've been trying my hardest to sort out my skincare regime and get myself feeling a bit better and a bit like my old self and I've got some exciting products to share with you.

The products I've been using lately are:

Sesderma Atopises Body Milk 40ml*

Sesderma Acglicolic Body Milk 200ml *

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Rose & Lavender

PMD Clean

I've been steadily testing these products for over a month (with the exception of the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which I've been using for years), as far as a trial period goes, a month is a good amount of time to notice if the product makes any difference to your skin in either a positive or a negative way.

So let's start with the Sesderma Atopises Body Milk.

What They Say:

The Sesderma ATOPISES Body Milk (£37.82, 400ml) is a daily moisturiser for use on atopic and extremely dry skin. When used regularly it helps contain a potential secondary infection, calms and relieves outbreaks and by its emollient action and its excellent skin compatibility, keeps skin protected and moisturised. It is particularly effective when used to supplement corticoids and immunomodulator treatments. Use daily as many times as required after bathing or showering.

What It's Actually Like :

I absolutely love the Sesderma Atopises Body Milk. My eldest child and myself both suffer with occasional outbreaks of eczema, mine is especially on my hands after all the hand washing that comes with a new baby. It can be particularly unpleasant with my hands cracking, itching and bleeding and so I've been religiously using this body milk on problem areas on myself and my daughter and I've noticed a huge improvement. The itchy bumps that were all over my hands are gone, my hands aren't peeling and cracking anymore (I know, I know... it sounds disgusting, but I'm being honest!) and my daughter's problem spots are gone too. 
The cream itself is a thick consistency that works easily into the skin. The product does contain perfume which I wasn't sure about as I was worried that this addition would further irritate my skin but it didn't thankfully.
The scent is rather like baby shampoo, non offensive and not too strong, just a pleasant 'clean' smell. I'll definitely be keeping this on hand for further outbreaks.

Next up we've got the Sesderma Acglicolic Classic Body Milk:

What They Say:

The Sesderma ACGLICOLIC Classic Body Milk (£34.80, 200ml) contains a combination of liposomed glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera that has been designed to renew, regenerate and hydrate the skin. Suitable for all skin types (including oily skin), massage the product gently in to clean skin until completely absorbed. The glycolic acid used in this skincare product is extracted from sugar cane, grapes and beets. It has a very low molecular weight so it penetrates deeply into the skin. It is used for its anti-aging properties, in keratinisation disorders, pigmentation, acne, actinic and seborrheic keratosis it thins the stratum corneum and increases collagen synthesis.

What It's Actually Like:

As above, the cream is a thick consistency that I have been massaging into my face and neck after cleansing, I prefer to use this before bed as it leaves my skin feeling nourished and plump. They had me at anti-ageing as after two kids and being on the wrong side of 30, ageing is a genuine concern of mine and I've stopped being asked for ID anymore when I try and buy a bottle of wine! 
Unlike the Atopises cream, the Acglicolic doesn't have a scent which I personally prefer for my face creams, I don't mind a bit of scent on my body but I try not to add too many layers of 'stuff' to my face.
Now as for if I look younger, I can't say I do but I definitely am looking a bit more awake and refreshed lately and I've been told a few times recently that I'm looking well which considering that people were openly telling me to my face that I look tired and frazzled, this is a definite improvement! 
I'll continue to use this product and hope that I keep seeing results.

Next I've got the Liz Earle. I'm not going to go into detail here as I've mentioned and reviewed the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish several times on my blog, suffice to say, it is still my favourite cleanser of all time. I love me some Liz Earle.

Finally let's talk about my new favourite tool IN THE WORLD - the PMD Clean:

What They Say:

PMD Clean is a smart facial cleansing device. With over 7,000 vibrations per minute, our SonicGlow technology not only ensures a deep cleanse, but provides a way to lift, firm, and tone problem areas for a more youthful appearance.

What It's Actually Like: 

I'm going there, I think this is very possibly my favourite tool of all time. I can't imagine not using this little gem in my daily routine anymore.
I wet my face and apply my cleanser as usual (hello Liz Earle) but then, instead of using a hot cloth, I've been wetting the PMD Clean and massaging my face.
I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about this tool, it makes my skin feel so clean after cleansing and that includes after I've been wearing makeup. I look forward to my evening cleanse these days because I know I get a nightly massage which I follow up with my Sesderma body milk. My skin feels amazing and, as I've mentioned above, I've been given a fair few compliments that I'm looking a lot better these days and man, this has been a tough year!
The silicone body and head makes for easy cleaning and keeping your PMD Clean free of bacteria which, as we all know, can cause spot outbreaks and irritation and I'm not here for that!
This was gifted to me but if my PMD ever breaks, you can bet I'm buying a new one because I am in love!

The PMD Clean is also anti ageing and has various settings for cleansing or anti ageing massage. The bristled side is for cleansing, whereas the back of the device is used to massage in your serums or just give you a firming and toning treatment. Setting 1 and 2 are designed to clean and 3 and 4 are there to use with skincare or a massage. 

Don't bother going to a spa, buy the PMD and do it yourself, at home, whilst watching Netflix, I bet you don't get to sit and watch crime documentaries in a spa!

Overall, I've been loving my new products and I know I'll get a lot more use out of them yet. Thanks for sticking with me during these absent times, new babies!! So much work!!

Speak soon everyone,

Rosy xx
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