WORDS BY SOPHIE MILNER - BLOGGER AT FASHIONSLAVE.CO.UK
Fashion and lifestyle bloggers seem to have a reputation that precedes them. It’s one of being glossy, polished with perfect skin and flawless complexions. Now I can categorically state that this isn’t always the case. Sure, some of us do have flawless skin that have come from regimented skincare routines that we swear by, but I’ve never been one of these girls to fit in that category.
The truth is, I’ve always been lazy when it comes to skincare. Ageing is something that’ll *surely* never happen, protection from pollutants has to be virtually impossible and pointless in such a smoggy town such as London, and SPF is what you wear only when you jet off to some long haul destination with perennial sunshine. It didn’t matter what I put on my face in terms of make-up - popular brands made from harmful chemicals - so long as the exterior looked great. But proof that all good things most certainly come to an end at some point, as I stopped taking the birth control pill I was put on 8 years ago to control teenage acne, the bad breakouts, congestion, and dry skin came back with a vengeance.
Whilst I was taking the pill, my skin was invincible. I’d go to sleep with my make-up on, only ever use face wipes (the horror!) to remove make-up and cleanse, rarely moisturise, pick my skin, etc etc. I’ve written openly about my skincare sins in the past, but cut to one year later, and my skin has become as bad as ever thanks to a mash up of problematic skin, hormones, and sheer laziness. I needed a solution.
There was one problem: I hadn’t got a clue about where to start. The beauty industry is incredibly oversaturated with so many ‘miracle’ products claiming to cleanse, clean, purify you to your upmost level of personal perfection. But in order to reform my ways, I’m working with the iiaa (International Institute for Anti-Ageing) in the #100DayReset challenge to work towards getting naturally flawless skin by using a tailored programme of their three brands, Advanced Nutrition Programme, Environ, and jane iredale - a long with weekly facial treatments.
Day 1 started at Skin3 having my initial skin analysis, where my face was scanned with ultra-hi-tech equipment to assess the condition of the skin below the surface. After, I was treated with the Environ Active Vitamin Facial, where Vitamins A, C and antioxidants are driven deep into the lower layers of the skin using state of the art technology. I left with skin looking glossier, more hydrated, and fresher than ever before. As part of continuing with the #100DayReset, I’ll be having weekly Cool Peel treatments too.
Working with the Feed, Fortify, Finish™ philosophy, I was kitted out with a tailored product plan to help me in the challenge. I was set up with Advanced Nutrition Programme’s Skin Accumax supplements, which were formulated for problematic skin such as mine. The next step was Environ products:
And finally, jane iredale Glow Time BB cream Pure Pressed Base Mineral Powder
These products are expected to change throughout as my skin adapts, developing new and different needs and this starts my journey to getting flawless skin. Follow my journey through the #100DayReset over on my blog www.fashionslave.co.uk and my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/fashionslavecouk.