Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment | Product Review

When my 'problem skin' was at its worst, spot reduction treatments did nothing to help; having what feels like more imperfections than actual clear skin means that applying treatments to specific areas is just time-consuming and, more often than not, expensive.
Now, though, with my skin being in what might be its best condition ever (more on that in an upcoming post...!), treatments aimed at reducing nasty imperfections as they appear are vital, and I found myself on the hunt for something that could quickly and painlessly reduce nasty hormonal problems as quickly as possible.

After reading through what felt like a thousand reviews for spot reduction treatments with no real luck, I stumbled across a rave review of Malin + Goetz's acne treatment, and was instantly intrigued by the unusual application process; unlike most treatments, you don't shake the bottle before use, but instead use a cotton bud to bypass the clear alcohol solution at the top of the bottle, and apply the white, sulfur-based mixture that's settled at the bottom of the bottle to the offending imperfection. It leaves a fairly hideous white residue on the areas it's applied to, overnight, which then has to be rinsed off in the morning, so it's not always ideal if you're sharing a bathroom, but it doesn't leave your skin feeling dry or stinging after treatment, either.
Overall, I have to say I am hugely impressed with this offering from Malin + Goetz; although the price does initially seem a little steep, for such a small product, it's lasted me well over 8 months (although I only really use it for 'emergencies'), and it's a complete miracle-worker for getting those angry, red, or painful problem areas to reduce in size overnight - and without the dry, flaky, skin most spot treatments leave behind. Plus, if the solution ever dries out, just pouring a small amount of alcohol into the bottle soon refreshes it!

Would I recommend it? Definitely; for anyone who has uncommon, or hormonal spots, or has a habit of getting one or two huge imperfections once in a while. Not, however, if you suffer from more general 'bad skin' - although I do have a post coming up for those of you that applies to, in the next couple of weeks.
Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment retails for £16.50, and is available from Space NK stores, or on their website, here.
What's your favourite fast-acting treatment for pesky imperfections?
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Botanics 'Ultra Calm' Skin Calming NIght Cream | Product Review

There's been quite a lot of buzz around the Botanics range on the Blogosphere lately, and for good reason - with ranges that span bath, hair and men's products, and a skincare ranges for brightening, mattifying and soothing skin, amongst other things, there's something for everyone and every kind of skin problem. I'm a huge fan of their products, having fallen in love with their 'All Bright' brightening night cream earlier this year (review here), so when I was on the hunt for something to soothe away my post-winter dry, sensitive skin a few weeks ago, the 'Ultra Calm' range seemed the best choice.
The first thing I noticed about 'Ultra Calm' was the texture; I'm used to rich, thick night creams, but on first application, it came across as more of a serum, or lotion, which did mean it wasn't as heavy on the skin - no greasy residue, the morning after - but also meant it wasn't quite as rich as I'd have liked. Whilst my skin was well-nourished, by morning, it wasn't quite as soft and dewy as I'd been hoping, leaving me with the impression that it would have been better used as a day cream, in which case this would be a rave review. Instead, I'm slightly underwhelmed with the moisture offered by 'Ultra Calm' - although, having switched it to my day time beauty routine for a few weeks, I have noticed my skin tone being much more even. 

Would I recommend it? Yes, for anyone with sensitive, dry, or uneven skin, as a day time moisturiser, but not really as a night cream. 
Botanics 'Ultra Calm' Skin Calming Night Cream retails for £6.99 from Boots stores, or online, here.
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