Firstly, my diet has drastically improved to cut out foods containing nickel; I didn't realise how much food nickel is actually in - chocolate, cocoa, oats wholemeal, fish, eggs, garlic, rice and some beans, to name a few! My lunches now consist of homemade 'salad bars' (small but filling portions salad, potato salad made with creme fraiche and pasta and pesto), with juice and either a yoghurt or a fruit biscuit - I rarely eat crisps now and I haven't had ANY chocolate in three whole weeks! Plus I am getting better at going to the gym early in the morning too which is a big bonus for me!
As for the parfum allergy, I have started swapping my usual products for fragrance-free varieties, starting with body moisturiser and deodorant, and now my skincare. A few days ago, an advertisement on telly for Clinique caught my eye; I didn't realise their products were fragrance-free?! So I went along to my old stomping ground of House of Fraser to find out more.
After a consultation with a very helpful representative, I found out that my skin type is class 1, very dry to dry (which is what I pretty much guessed). I needed to replace my cleanser, toner and moisturiser anyway so I was shown Clinique's three-step skincare system.
Firstly, you use the liquid facial soap.
Even though this is a soap, it is more like a cream (as you can see!). After washing your face in warm water, you use a little bit of the soap and gently rub it onto the skin before rinsing it off with more warm water. I find that it has a really nice cooling effect which soothes my dry skin.
Next is the clarifying lotion.
I was advised to use cotton wool balls, not the pads (which I luckily what I use anyway), and to not cover any area of my face twice - ideally, sweeping across the forehead in a downwards motion, before moving onto the cheeks and nose, and then finally the chin area. From this, you get a real tingly feeling.
Step three is the dramatically different moisturising lotion.
I just love the colour of this! And just like any moisturiser, you gently massage it into your skin - the only annoying thing I find is that it is rather difficult to get out of the bottle! But I don't find it hard to look past this...
The aim of this particular Type 1 routine is to repair the skin so it can retain moisture more effectively, and to restore balance. The products within the set consist of 50ml, 100ml and 30ml respectively and are supposed to last for roughly four weeks.
I was also given a little sample of Clinique's moisture surge intense to try as an addition to the skin care routine.
Again, this is really creamy and soothing, leaving a cool sensation.
This may not be the best image, but hopefully you can see the difference in textures of the skin - I applied the routine to my left hand and, to me, my skin felt so smooth and soft.
I only started this routine on Saturday but I have a very good feeling about these products. In a couple of weeks time, I will report back to see whether the quality of my skin has improved.