The elusive search for complexion perfection...

Monday, 17 June 2013

Well hello there,

When I was a teenager I had pretty bad acne, in the grand scheme of things it wasn't that bad; but I hated it. I was on medication and medicated creams for about 2 years, but I felt that they were actually doing more harm than good, my skin was really dried out from the cream and was super tender a lot of the time. My Granny is a doctor and after hearing my complaints (I was living in Australia at this time away from my regular GP) recommended I stop using the treatment.

Since stopping my medication I still get the occasional breakout and sore spots, but I've found that following a strict skincare routine is the best way to keep my skin relatively clear. My skin is very sensitive, I think possibly in part due to the strong medication I used to take for my skin, I don't for sure, but ever since I took the medicine a lot of creams and skincare hurt my skin.

I am a loyal user of Liz Earle products, they are gentle enough for my sensitive skin but keep spots at bay, I don't go out of my way to try new skincare as I've got something that works really well for me. But when I was emailed about trying out new Scottish skincare brand Ali Mac I knew I had to give it a go!

Ali Mac Skincare is a new organic and natural skincare brand which is ethically produced, organic, is free from synthetic and unethical ingredients and very importantly Ali Mac Skincare is cruelty free, I was sent the Camellia Cleansing Melt and Chamomile Anti-oxidant Face Serum to review and I've been really impressed with them so far.
Camellia Cleansing Melt £18.95*

I've been using the cleansing melt in place of my usual Liz Earle C&P for two weeks now, and have been pleasantly surprised by the results, most importantly for me the cleansing melt is gentle and doesn't irritate my skin, it also has a really pleasant kind of herbal scent. And though for some people the texture might be a little odd at first, I don't mind it. I usually start with a slightly damp face and rub it all over, similar to how I use C&P, then use a warm face cloth or muslin to wipe it off, before rinsing it all off with clean water.

I haven't experienced any breakouts since using it, so it's definitely been added to my limited list of cleansers I can happily use. I'll definitely be alternating between this and C&P, it's a nice change especially if my skin is feeling a little dry as I find it's quite a nourishing cleanser.

I was really excited to recieve the serum as my only past experience with serum is through the Lush serum bar, the Ali Mac serum is a little on the pricier side, but considering how big a bottle you get and how little product you need to use, I can imagine one bottle will last for a long time!
Chamomile Serum £34.95*

I've been using the serum after I've washed my face before bed to let it properly seep in to my skin, I've noticed my skin feeling noticeably less dry from this, which is definitely a positive. I love the dinky dropper on the bottle too, I love the scent of the serum as it lightly scented by the pure essential oils, the serum is rich in jojoba, rosehip and avocado. If you're not used to a serum it can feel a little greasy on the skin, but I only use it at night for this reason.

I'm really enjoying using the two Ali Mac products I was sent out and I'm really glad I've not discovered a new Scottish skincare brand, my Mum is really passionate about using products which aren't tested on animals and has been looking out for a new moisturiser so I think I might treat her to one from Ali Mac.

Have you heard of Ali Mac Skincare before? What are your essential criteria when trying out or looking for new skincare?

If you'd like to find out more about Ali Mac Skincare click here.

Till next time lovelies,

*These products were sent to me by Ali Mac Skincare for review*

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