I’m not going to sugar it, there are some things that are just unfair in life with adult acne being up there. After all, isn’t your skin supposed to settle down after puberty?
Well…. yes and no.
Hormones aside, did you know that diet, sleep deprivation and other lifestyle choices all contribute towards breakouts. Not to mention stress - which let’s be honest only increases as we get older. That’s why we put together our Acne Essentials Kit to help regulate oil flow and nourish your face with skin-loving ingredients.
Let’s break down exactly what’s in the kit:
Step 1: Cleanse
Sweet Orange Balancing Cleanser
If there’s one thing everyone should be doing in their routine, it’s cleansing because excess sebum is how acne forms. Formulated for even the most sensitive of skin types, our cleanser contains lactic acid to refine skin texture, papaya fruit enzyme to repair the skin whilst anti-inflammatory properties from desert lime fruit extract help support collagen synthesis in the skin. Don’t worry though, this one won’t leave you feeling stripped or tight, glycerin is high on the INCI list to leave your skin feeling plump and juicy.
Step 2: Exfoliate
AHA Face Exfoliate
Who would’ve thought that stress would break us out and age us at the same time – it’s just rude, right? That’s why we suggest adding an exfoliant into your PM routine after cleansing. To ensure we’re sloughing off dead skin cells, we love reaching for the Face Exfoliant. Packed with AHA’s from desert lime, sugar cane and bilberry it’s going to stimulate our cell turnover leaving your skin smooth and glowy.
Step 3: Tone
Now that we’re cleansed and exfoliated, we’re ready to tone and take care of inflammation. Our Probiotic Toner helps to strengthen the skin barrier which ultimately reduces the frequency of breakouts. We’ve used lilly pilly extract, a plant derived ingredient rich in Vitamin C to help with PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) that is often associated with acne. Plus, did we mention that consistent use of topical probiotics helps to negate the effects of sun exposure? We’ll take clear skin and less wrinkles any day.
Step 4: Treat
Treat your skin to a large drink of water with our Skin Balancing Fluid because dry skin isn’t happy skin. We’ve added Hyaluronic Acid to load your face up with an intense burst of hydration without adding congestion. Plus, there’s Vitamin C in there to help break down existing pigmentation.
Step 5: Target
4% Bakuchiol Natural Retinol Alternative
Chances are, you’ve heard all about Retinol – but have you heard about Bakuchiol? It’s a plant derived skincare ingredient that helps tackle the signs of aging and is proven to be a natural retinol alternative. We love our 4% Bakuchiol Natural Retinol Alternative Serum as the final step for an acne PM routine for a few reasons:
1. It’s gentle on the skin, making it perfect for acne-prone skin.
2. It’s calming on the skin, meaning instead of causing purging (like retinol so famously can) it’s going to soothe your skin by delivering antioxidants to the dermis.
3. It helps to increase cellular turnover which means it’s going to slow down the appearance of fine lines whilst restoring firmness and elasticity back into the skin.
So, the next time those unwanted visitors pop their head out looking for a good time, tell them to mind their own business and use our bundle to send them on their merry way.
Alisha Bhojwani is a Sydney-based digital strategist and content specialist. When she's not reminding her friends to wear SPF, you can find her drenching her face in Vitamin C and consuming copious amounts of peanut butter. You can find her on Instagram at @lishyglows.