Banish those Blemishes with these Skincare Essentials

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When it comes to taking care of my skin, I’m really cautious about what I put onto it. My skin is pale, sensitive and extremely prone to blemishes, so I find that I can’t keep chopping and changing my skincare routine – not if I want my skin to stay in good condition. This has its upsides in that I continually use products that I know really work and do as they say on the tin, but the downside is that this means I usually can’t try many new products that come on the market for fear that my skin will flair up.

On the subject of the products that actually work like magic, for today’s post I’m going to talk briefly about three products that have never let me down, and that I always go back to time and time again: Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm by Clinque, Cleanse and Polish: Hot Cloth Cleanser by Liz Earle and HydraQuench Cream Gel by Clarins.

Don’t forget to Double Cleanse!

I can’t stress how important proper cleansing is, especially if you have problem skin as I have. In fact, something I’ve discovered in the last few months has made my skin improve by miles, and that is called: Double Cleansing.  In simple terms, it just means cleansing your face twice. The first step removes the makeup, and the next step actually cleans the skin. Before, I used to only cleanse once and this is probably why my skin never really cleared up.

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So, in order to remove all traces of makeup and leave my skin feeling squeaky clean, this is where the Clinique Cleansing Balm comes in. In short, this stuff is the business. It doesn’t look like much (it’s goopy, contains no scent and not much of anything else), but it removes every trace of makeup from your face and leaves the skin feeling silky smooth. This  lightweight balm, turns slightly oily when applied (but it’s not greasy), and I dare you to find a better first step cleanser. No mess, no fuss,no harmful ingredients, it just does what it should. It costs around €25 for a tub, but one tub will last ages so its well worth it.

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Next up is the Cleanse and Polish: Hot Cloth Cleanser by Liz Earle. I’ve spoken about the Liz Earle skincare range at length all ready (check that post out here), but I have to give the cleanser a mention again, because out of the entire range, this product remains my favourite. It smells and feels gorgeous on the skin (this is due to the eucalyptus and cocoa butter) and exfoliates all the bad stuff from your skin in one swoop.  Used twice a day, this is the only product I feel that really stops the break outs and clears up redness and those pesky dry patches. If you suffer from breakout skin as I do, this is sure to become your new best friend. I foolishly stopped using it for a few weeks when my bottle ran out a while back, and I regretted it for months after; my skin looked so bad, I didn’t want to step outside. Don’t be as foolish as I was, if you use it, keep doing so!

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A good moisturiser is the hardest thing for me to find. I suffer from combination skin, so if the cream is too oily I break out, and if it’s not moisterising enough I get terrible dry patches around my t-zone. It’s a hellish cycle to be stuck in. Thankfully, my Clarins HydraQuench Cream Gel, put an end to these problems. I think Clarins products are great in general (check out my review of a cult classic of theirs here). They contain plenty of natural ingredients designed to work with the skin, rather than strip it. This cream gel ticks all the boxes, firstly because it’s a gel, which instantly absorbs and disappears into the skin when applied (unlike some of my previous creams which are greasy and form a visible residue atop of the skin), this creamy gel also promotes an immediate ‘cooling’ effect on application (very good if you suffer from redness). It’s designed to tighten pores and moisturises the skin without going into overload, i.e ensures the moisture stays where its needed and doesn’t clog the pores with excess oil – this is it’s greatest factor for me: it doesn’t clog pores and happily, does not give me breakouts. I use it day and night (I’ve been assured that its more than decent substitute for an actual night cream, given my age), and I’ve bought three tubs so far and it’s still as good as ever.

What’s also important to help keep those blemishes away is a good toner, and though I’ve yet to review it on the site, the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner is the business (but be careful, though it’s gentle, it does contain alcohol and no SPF, so you’ll need to put an SPF cream on separately). Using these four products in succession for the past few months has kept my skin blemish free, which I’m thrilled about, so if your skin is flaring up, these might help.

Has anyone else got any tried and tested products that help blemish-prone skin? Have you found any of these work for you, or would you be tempted to try them? Do tell in the comments!


  1. I’ve found Lancome comforting cleansing milk works great for my sensitive skin as well as Ren’s hydra calm cream. I’ve tried so many different products but think I’m finally ready to settle down with a steady routine. In saying that though, I would love to test out the Liz Earle!

    • The Liz Earle is actually amazing. I think you can buy a really small tube of it on their site, if you were eager to test it out. I’m not too gone on Lancôme (though their eye makeup remover is incredible stuff), but I’d also love to try the Ren Cream. It’s so hard keeping to a skincare routine with so much choice on the market!!

  2. I’ve had the Clinique Take The Day Off on my wishlist for months now, but haven’t got round to actually buying it.
    Laura x

    • I was hesitant when I came to buying it initially (I was so afraid it would be too greasy), but now I’d never go back to anything else! It may not look like much, but really does the job. 🙂

  3. I love that hot cloth cleanser!

    • I’ve never found a cleanser to match it! And what’s brilliant is that you can buy it in Dublin now as opposed to having to pay for delivery etc when you order it online. 🙂

  4. Oooo that Clinique cleansing balm looks interesting! I’ve heard so much about cleansing balms x

  5. I ahve some of the same issues as yoy, although my skin is on the drier side. I’m currently loving The Body Shops Chamomile cleansing balm, which to my surprise gets the job done – although I do like to go over my skin twice with it 😉
    Glad to see someone else is a fan of the double-cleanse, and to see you’re not stripping your skin of moisture in the process. By the way, have you tried Arden’s Visible Difference for combination skin? It’s very mild, while working towards balancing the skin.

    • I heart double cleansing! It’s actually been a lifesaver for my skin these past few months, so I don’t no why I didn’t try it sooner. Ooh no, I’ll have to try the Arden Visible Difference, thanks so much for the recommendation! Anything that balances my ski out can only be a good thing.

  6. I’m actually in love with Take the Day Off Balm – Though I use a cleansing oil to remove make up, then the balm for my double cleanse! The Clarins toner, followed by LRP Effaklar Duo (but that’s only been added in the last week so I don’t know what to expect yet!)