Acne? Blemishes? Oiliness? Same. Though I do prefer to treat my skin with more nourishing and hydrating products, sometimes the battle requires more potent defences. This is a round-up of three treatment products that I frequently use to tame those horrendous beasts that frequent my face. As always, follow all of these up with a generous layer of moisturizer.
Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Nights Pads Extreme
$12 – Available at Shoppers and Ulta
A recent discovery and a new staple in my skincare routine, these are the more loaded version of their standard Glycolic Fix treatment pads. These have 5% glycolic acid to exfoliate the surface of the skin, salicylic acid to penetrate pores, lactic acid to break down dead skin cells, and hyaluronic acid to improve skin hydration. Once a week I wipe one across my face (and neck) and the effects are seen in a few days when things just looking a little brighter and pores stay uninflamed. If you are looking for something closer to a peel but more effective than an everyday toner, I recommend these.
Fresh Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar
$46 – Available at Sephora
This incredibly simple yet versatile bar is pure Umbrian Clay, or Fuller’s Earth from a town in Italy A high concentration of minerals gives it calming and purifying properties. This is a product for all skin types especially those with sensitive skin who cannot typically handle masks or spot treatments.
It can be used in three ways. As a deep cleanser, wet your fingers and run against the bar to create a paste then apply to cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. Lightly massage the paste over your face—it has a very mild exfoliating sensation but results come from its calming and absorbent properties—then rinse. As a mask do the same and leave for five minutes; leave on overnight as a spot treatment.
I find the results of the Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Treatment Bar to be immediate and obvious. When used as a mask my skin feels hydrated and smooth, redness is severely diminished and active blemishes are subsided. As a deep cleanser I notice fewer blackheads along my nose and less severe blemishes. Not to mention the incredible value; $46 for two year’s of the product is unheard of.
GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment
$76 – Available at Sephora
This was an impulse buy, and one that I am on the fence with. Formulated for congested skin, the Supermud Clearing Treatment has a six-acid blend, charcoal, clay and eucalyptus to de-clog, minimize pores and reduce pigmentation. It promises so much and delivers…as a spot treatment. This is far too expensive to use as a full-face mask, and even then I didn’t notice a massive difference than if I had used the Umbrian Clay. As a spot treatment, however, this is a wonderful product, albeit pricey.