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In a last ditch attempt to get toned and preened for the festive season, I embarked on a detox this week. Drastically removing sources of saturated fat and added sugar from my diet has made heaps of difference. The most noticeable difference is to my skin. As with any detox, the main objective is to remove impurities from the body. Unfortunately, in my case, the toxins have made their way through my skin, causing break outs. In a bid to reverse this damage, I trialled out a couple of products by a company called DHC.
I have found that as I get older my skin hasn’t really got any better. Fear not: I have been lucky enough to try many brands to aid me in clearer, pixel-perfect skin, so I was very excited to try these two products out. One of my main insecurities is my skin, so anything that can help is always greatly welcomed.
DHC Pore Face Wash
This range’s main aim is to correct clogged pores and help to minimise their appearance. This is achieved by carefully selected ingredients of the highest calibre – including baking soda to gently break down dirt and provide a less harsh way of exfoliating.
As a sufferer of combination skin, the last thing I would do is slather a very abrasive exfoliator onto my skin, so this product was a welcome break from such products. A very small amount is needed and once worked into the palm, it’s easily distributed across the face and neck area.
For optimum results, firstly ensure you have clean hands and wet your face with lukewarm water. It’s important the water isn’t too hot, as this can cause the blood to rush to the skin’s surface rapidly and cause blotchiness.
Gently work the product in light circular motions over the skin, taking extra care to avoid the delicate eye area. I found a good cleanse of around 3-4 minutes lifted my skin, making it feel much fresher.
The product should then be washed off with lukewarm water. Gently pat the face dry. Again this last step is important when it comes to skin care, as dragging motions can cause the skin to lose elasticity over time and weaken fragile areas of skin. A light patting motion will do more good than harm to your skin.
I really liked this product and the very light scent that was present. Overall, I would give this a respectable 8 out of 10 for its results so far – and this looks set to rise with time.
DHC Pore Cleansing Oil
After using the face wash, I felt as though my skin needed one last cleanse to really eradicate any leftover products. The next step I took was to use this product, also from the Pore Collection.
The first thing I noticed was the sharp citrus scent and rich oily texture. I have as a rule never used an oil product on my face before, for fear it will clog my skin and be very difficult to wash off, without leaving behind remnants. The product, however, didn’t do this in the slightest – in fact, the result was quite the opposite.
DHC Pore Cleansing Oil can be used before moisturising to break down any makeup or products used on the face throughout the day. As with the face wash, a little goes a long way and the product is extremely malleable – allowing you to work with ease over the face and neck areas.
DHC Pore Cleansing Oil should be applied to dry skin with dry hands and mustn’t be used with a water, as this will dilute the formula and lessen its chances of working. It should then be rinsed off using lukewarm water. Pat the face to dry.
I have been fortunate enough to notice a difference to my skin in a matter of days. The size of my pores has reduced and also I’ve noticed an improvement in inflamed and red spots.
DHC are, in my eyes, innovators of good quality skincare and join the ranks of my other favourite brand, Dermalogica. It’s evident that a lot of work has been laboured into the formulation and effectiveness of the DHC range. I also found that by using both products in conjunction, I was able to apply just a light moisturiser, as my skin felt hydrated and not taut like some cleaners can, where they tend to strip the skin.
Further information can be found by visiting the official site DHCcare.com.