Day 0 - 30 of my #100dayreset challenge
day 0 - 30 update
Day 30 of my #100dayreset challenge is finally here, it’s gone so quick! If you’re not up-to-date then check out my previous posts: ‘Environ Active Vitamin Facial at Harvey Nichols’ and ‘iiaa #100DayReset Programme’.
As a brief overview, in late July I received a state of the art skin consultation and Environ Active Vitamin Facial at Harvey Nichols and began the #100dayreset challenge. The challenge is where I use Environ skincare, Advanced Nutrition programme supplements and Jane Iredale makeup for 100 days. The products contain skin loving ingredients and have been created to help reduce problem skin.
So, I’m 26 and have been experiencing acne on and off throughout my teens and adulthood. I can deal with the odd blemish here and there but what really affects my confidence is my sore hormonal acne I get on my chin and jawline. I’ve had days where it’s just been so sore and tender to the touch that I just haven’t wanted to leave the house or aggravate it more with makeup. My skin is usually at its worst during my period and when I’m most stressed. So, I was really happy when the iiaa got in touch with me to start the 100-day reset challenge – as I’m willing to try anything and everything to improve the condition of my skin and boost my confidence.
Environ Skin EssentiA AVST Moisturiser 1
For the past 30 days, I have been using the Environ Skin EssentiA AVST Moisturiser 1 twice a day – morning and night. It contains vitamins A, C and E as well as antioxidants and botanical extracts to help improve problemed skin and keep it soft and hydrated. The moisturiser is lightweight and glides onto the skin lovely, I apply a Malteser sized blob all over the face and neck and then a little more on my problem areas such as chin and jawline. It does have a slight greasy feel which I don’t mind at night but before applying makeup I do use blotting paper just to remove any excess.
The Environ Skin EssentiA AVST Moisturiser 1 is the first step in the Environ skincare range and goes up to stage 5, where the skin will soak up higher levels of vitamin A and C. Alongside the moisturiser I have been doing a double cleanse and tone twice a day with my usual products and then finishing with the Environ Moisturiser.
Advanced Nutrition Programme Supplements
To give my skin a vitamin A boost from inside and out, I’ve been taking five Advanced Nutrition Programme supplements everyday alongside the vitamin A moisturiser. The five supplements consist of Vitamin A + D, Antioxidants, a combination of botanicals including bilberry, turmeric, green tea and grape seed extracts, Omegas 3 + 6 fatty acids, Biotin + Astaxanthin, QOQ10 + and Pine bark extract. Around lunch time with a large glass of water I swallow them one by one and then eat. Considering their size there not too bad to swallow and I’ve so far not experienced any side effects.
I’ve noticed that my nails have been growing at a ridiculous rate since taking these and they feel a lot stronger too. I’ve been using the moisturiser and taking the supplements religiously – I’m usually not very good at sticking to a routine but as I’m so desperate to see the results I’ve so far not messed it up.
Overall, I’m really pleased with my skins progress so far, its certainly improving and going in the right direction so I can’t wait to see what it’s like on Day 100. During the past 30 days, the acne around my jawline has reduced and my bumpy congested forehead has improved, it’s now a lot smoother. I’ve still got a long way to go but after just 30 days of using these two products they have already made a visible difference to my skin. At the end of the challenge I will be sharing before and after photos so stay tuned.
day 30 Environ Facial
On day 30 I went to Environ at Harvey Nichols in the Mailbox Birmingham for my second facial with the lovely Siobhan who looked after me the last time. The second phase of the Environ treatment is the purifying facial which purifies the skin, micro exfoliates, hydrates the complexion all while refining the surface of the skin. The facial is perfect for those who have acne scarring and problematic skin like myself.
To begin the facial Siobhan started by cleansing my skin with a pre-cleanse oil to remove any traces of dirt, oil and makeup from my face and particularly my jawline where I experience breakouts the most. Once my face was squeaky clean Siobhan exfoliated my skin with a clay mask and carried out a second cleanse with a cleansing gel. She then applied Iac pam serum all over my face, the serum helps to smooth the skin, exfoliate to refine the skins texture and improve the appearance of problematic skin. A gauze was then placed on top of the serum and clipped up to a sono and electricle current to penetrate the serum deep into the underlaying layers of the skin. This is the step you can see in the photo, while the electrical currents were working their magic to the deepest layers of my skin I could feel a strange tingly feeling all over my face and down my right arm. Although it felt really strange, it was in no way painful, I actually enjoyed it and would have been happy to have kept it on for longer because I could feel the currents getting to work.
While the mask was on, Siobhan gave me a lovely shoulder massage, she could tell my muscles were all knotted so she worked her magic and made them feel a lot better! To complete the facial the therapist applied an Environ vita peptide eye gel, vitamin A moisturiser and an SPF 15.
The morning after my skin looked great. It looked brighter, smoother and the spots I had on my jawline were reduced in size. I was surprised to see the difference in my skin after just one gauze purifying treatment and it’s something I want to have done again. My skin looked loads better for the first few days after the facial but then sadly my period came and my hormonal acne has started to takeover my jawline again. However, since using the combination of vitamin A supplements, moisturiser and electrical facials my hormonal acne has certainly improved because its reduced how many I get and how sore they can be so its certainly making a postive change to my skin.
I'll be sharing phase two of my #100dayreset challenge soon, so stay tuned, I'll be using new products from the iiaa brands!
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Disclaimer: All products and facial treatments have been complimentary from the iiaa, for the purpose of the #100dayreset challenge. All photos and words are my own. Facial photo taken by Siobhan.