My Beauty Challenge – THE CONCLUSION!


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Ok so it’s been a few weeks since I set my challenge. I promised to cut back on sugar/sugary foods, stop using facial scrubs/cleansers/anything that would irritate my skin, drink a lot more water, and increase the amount of fruit and veg I eat.

I could tell you that the whole thing was a breeze, and that two days in I was blemish free and will never need to touch a spot treatment cream again. I could tell you that sticking to the rules was easy, and I am now 98% water and spinach. But then I’d be lying.

Not using a facial scrub/cleanser went against everything I’ve learnt about my skin over the last five years, so within a few days I was back to my Clearsil facial scrub and Body Shop Seaweed cleanser. I didn’t then break out, so I don’t think that facial cleansers were the problem, although I have limited the facial scrubs I use, because that can definitely irritate skin.

I’ve never done anything like this before, so sticking to the food diet was really tricky. I admit, I didn’t enjoy eating a carrot instead of the occasional chocy biscuit, but I did feel healthier so thats a win 🙂

However – I have found what I can only describe as the miracle diet. In the space of two days, the majority of spots had cleared, and my whole body felt healthier. It’s… The Detox diet! Let me explain:

I don’t bother with diets because I’m not particularly fat and I.. well I’m lazy when it comes to health. But recently I’ve had a problem with my stomach which meant that I was producing too much hydrochloric stomach acid and it was irritating my stomach lining – VERY painful. So when I came across the detox diet, it sounded perfect. It means only eating foods high in antitoxins for a short two day period. Antitoxins are what help the ‘flush out’ the impurities in your body, which helps the kidney. Many people claimed it helped with similar stomach problems so I decided to give it a go.

It was very strict – a diet of antitoxins? Thats basically fruit, veg and  A LOT of herbal tea. there are health sites which can explain this 986520x better than me, and have easy meal plans you can follow, but you get the gist.

By the end of the two day period (Its very important it is for a short amount of time – This diet doesn’t include carbohydrates or protein so that your stomach doesn’t digest anything heavy. So its not balanced for a full time diet!) my skin had cleared up dramatically! I was drinking lots of the Herbal Tea ‘Pukka’ in ‘Cleanse’. This was said to have an effect on cleaning skin and tasted like fennel and marshmallow. I really think this had an effect on my skin so I’m definitely purchasing it again.

Overall I think the challenge has been a success! I’ve found a healthy short term diet that can clear my skin, whilst being healthier too. 😀

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DIY Facial Cleanser – Spot the Difference


‘Spot the Difference’

Tired of buying facial cleansers? Or maybe you feel like making one of your own? This combination of honey, oliver oil and lemon is a fantastic cleanser and will zap any spots as well. This reciepe was thanks to Beauty Masks and Scrubs, which you can buy from thebookpeople.co.uk for only £3, here!

-150g white sugar

-1.5 tablespoons lemon juice

-1 tablespoon olive oil

-1 tablespoon manuka (or regular) honey

Mix all the ingredients together and put into a container. (I use empty jam jars.) To use, massage into wet skin and wash off with warm water. This mixture can be stored for several weeks in a fridge.

Time for a question.. Did you like this DIY face mask? Drop a comment below =)

Facial Cleansers


What are facial cleansers?

Think of facial cleansers as a bar of soap or body wash. They cleanse your skin, and get rid of any dirt. Because they are weaker and alot more suited to people’s facial skin, it is recommended you wash your face everyday with a good facial cleanser. (Never soap because it can be very harsh on your skin.)

There are lots hundreds of facial cleansers out there, all claiming to do different things. It can be frustrating not knowing whats best for you skin type, and also which is best value for money. I’ve tested a fair few facial cleansers, and come up with a facial cleansing guide.

Oily Skin – Your skin looks greasy and may often produce spots.

Recommended facial cleanser: Boot’s Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Foaming face wash, £.3.59

This face wash creates a light foam, so does not require any first hand physical contact. It contains Tea tree oil and witch hazel which are fantastic natural ingredients commonly known as great anti-inflammatories and are antibacterial.

My verdict: This is great for getting rid of greasy skin and I also noticed the improvement it had on spots. But be warned, it can leave the skin slightly dry, so add a light moisturizer to keep balanced moisture levels in your skin.

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Problematic Skin – Whilst your skin isn’t greasy, you often get spots/zits or blackheads.

Recommended facial cleanser: Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action daily face scrub, £5.39

This face wash is thick, dotted with blue exfoliating granules. Its quite fragrant and leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean.

My verdict: I love this cleanser. Just gently rub the granules around your face and rinse off with warm water, and your skin will feel smooth and clean. After 3-4 weeks of constant use, 80% of spots were cleared, and skin looked healthy. A great cleanser, but will only fully work if you use it constantly.

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Sensitive Skin – Your skin gets irritated by any harsh chemicals, and may become red and itchy.

Recommended facial cleanser: Simple Kind to skin purifying cleansing lotion, £3.25

This face wash is isn’t fragrance or coloured, and is a smooth cream. This cleaner is soothing, and gently cleans the skin so you won’t feel irritated or itchy.

My verdict: A very nice cleanser. Its light, smooth and doesn’t cause any irritation. After using the face wash, my skin felt fresh and plump, and it didn’t feel as though my skin had been stripped of its natural oils. A must have for anyone with sensitive skin.