Acne and skin breakouts can not only affect your appearance but they can have a damaging influence on your self-esteem as well. Bazaar’s beauty director Katy Young unveils the new device she turned to for help in recovering a flawless complexion.
One of the upsides of my job (testing lots and lots of fabulous products) can also lead to one of the downsides of the job, ‘beauty editor skin’.
Widely recognised by the inner circle, ‘beauty editor skin’ occurs when you’ve loaded on too many actives onto too tired a skin, confounded by a couple of facial treatments and a late night launch or two. What you get left with is a whole load of hormonal imbalances and blemishes to match.
It’s ironic that flare-ups are symptomatic of a job focused entirely on the pursuit of perfect skin. But it’s the very reason why each and every one of us has a little black book of crack team skin-solution experts (Dr Stefanie Williams, Eve Kalinik and Yvonne Martin are among personal favourite miracle workers).
My usual tact, as hard as it may prove when surrounded by beautifully packaged promises in a jar, is to go cold turkey on everything. That’s ‘everything’ – preferring just to wash my face and go until I can rule anything out of, and then back into, my regime.
But Neutrogena threw some light on the issue by way of their new Light Therapy Mask (found on just about every beauty editor’s Instagram feed in case you missed it).
Taking inspiration from the dermatologist’s clinic, Neutrogena has turned the professional in-clinic light therapy lamp and turned it into a nifty, battery-powered, at-home mask.
Neutrogena’s device radiates ten minutes of red light (to reduce inflammation) and blue light (to kill off acne-stimulating bacteria). I needed both, so switched the mask on and wore it at my desk – terrifying-looking maybe, but this was all in the name of beauty research you understand (it’s a tough gig, but somebody has to do it).
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Take the control over #acne back into your own hands with the power of light! #LightYourWay to clear skin. 💗
Just like the other 98 per cent of women who tested the fluoro mask in trials, I saw an improvement, and my beauty editor skin isn’t suffering from, erm, ‘beauty editor skin’ anymore. Unsurprising really, as it’s based on tried and tested science. So I’ve been wearing it as often as I can – not just because it’s a lot more convenient than going to the clinic for the same effect, but also because, as Sian, Bazaar‘s beauty editor, says “it’s cool looking like a skin conscious welder.”
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask, Boots, £59.99
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