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Emergency Breakout Routine!

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By “breakout routine” I am not referring to any kind of dancing. Whatsoever. I’m really quite an odd dancer – I’m not sure whether I can even call what I do when I dance dancing. It’s more a series of weird jerks and body rolls with an embarrassed, self-conscious grin stuck to my face. Whenever Mr AMR needs a good laugh, he gets me to do a dance. I could probably join the circus freak-show with my dancing!

Where am I going with this? Oh yes – breakout routine. This is my skincare routine for when I feel a spot beginning to form its evil little pustulating body beneath my skin. I treat spots a bit like I’d treat rats down the drainpipe – tackle them early, before they can spread, and pour as many killer-ingredients on them as I can possibly muster! Joke.

The video is pretty self-explanatory – it takes you through my whole skincare routine for when I need to get rid of rats, fast. SPOTS, I meant! Ha, I’ll leave that in, just so you can see how painful my editing process usually is. God. I don’t know where my head is at today!

So yes, the video will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about my regime for treating spots and blemishes, but I’m also going to link to some of my new categories that I’ve been creating. The first is “cleansers” in which you can see all of the cleansers that I’ve reviewed. The second is “blemishes“, and that contains posts about anything spot-related. I’m trying to form categories for all product reviews so that when I launch a new menu system you can find everything really easily.

Links to all the products are below the video pane – makeup was the same as in the June Faves video, I think.

Alpha-H Clear Skin Cleanser: http://tidd.ly/a7ebdcd2

Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask: http://tinyurl.com/c7f6cgq

Murad AHA Cleanser: http://tidd.ly/4ffc1e69

Dr Nick Lowe Spot Gel: http://tidd.ly/b9a31109

Dr Perricone Super Activating Lotion: http://tidd.ly/e7c91a0b

Manuka Doctor Serum: http://tidd.ly/150b4ab1

Alpha-H Clear Skin Gel: http://tidd.ly/d2eb43b4

Vichy Normaderm Anti-Age: http://tidd.ly/4f2e4702

MD Formulations Anti-Oxidant Gel: http://tidd.ly/a208cdda

Dr Hauschka Normalising Oil: http://tidd.ly/a848c9df

Cover FX Clear Prep Primer: http://tidd.ly/a7dad87f

Murad SPF15 Mattifier: http://tidd.ly/852bfa1

Omorovicza Concealer Pencil: http://tidd.ly/d031fc42

Shiseido Concealer Pencil: http://tidd.ly/6effd75d

Foundation: discontinued unless you can find in Boots stores! Sorry, didn’t know.

Estee Lauder Matte Primer: http://tidd.ly/af13b6a5

Good Things Miracle Mattifier: http://tidd.ly/8ee6346

Alpha-H Liquid Gold: http://tidd.ly/7288363

Tisserand All-Over Wash: http://tidd.ly/3f8cf902

Dior Bikini Nail Polish: http://tidd.ly/39bed46b

Link to Deep Cleansing Mask Video: http://youtu.be/Glwc1qS6VcU

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  1. This post is a God send, thanks Ruth. It is actually quite hard to find products that deal with adult breakouts but aren’t too harsh. The anti-blemish anti-ageing combo of liquid gold has really helped my skin. The Vichy Norma Derm washes are also good and refreshing. Something I found randomly that goes in this category under budget buys (c.£9) is the Boots Botanics ‘shine away matifying day cream’. V simple, no strong smells, just sinks in and keeps skin mat. Has SPF 15 too and ‘clarifying willowbark’ apparently. Good for hot weather and that time of the month. Mxox

  2. Hi,

    just wondering if you have any recommendations for a post workout skin care routine? Especially in regards to avoiding breakouts. I have never really got my head around whether skin needs a thorough cleanse after a workout to remove sweat and whatever it brings up to the surface or if the act of sweating sort of cleanses the skin so all you need is a mild cleanse in order not to aggrevate the skin further. If I am at all making myself clear…

    And FYI, I am not one of those ladies who leave the gym with the same makeup as I wore coming in. I see tips for touching up make up post workout and I think “what??!!”. How is it possible to have makeup last through a spinning class and even if there was some left, surely you would want to wash your face?

    Love amodelrecommends, and your writing style, and am working my way through the archives. It’s proving costly though :-D

    • Haha! Yes, people who just powder over their sweaty makeup?! I would do a thorough cleanse after a workout, using a rinse-off cleanser. If there’s no time then at least a cleansing water or lotion followed by a water rinse. The cool water splash at the end will be nice and refreshing too! I would be tempted to do a “morning” routine after the gym – so cleanse, and then get dressed etc etc, then hopefully skin will be cooled down and ready for some lovely light moisturiser! xx

  3. Have you ever tried any Jan Marini products? Her Bioglycolic line literally cleared my skin – I suddenly developed acne all over my cheeks at 27/28 and fast forward till now (a year later) and I am totally blemish free, consistently. I couldn’t recommned her stuff highly enough.. although they are on the pricier side! :)

  4. Great post (as usual). I’d like to ask a question regarding Alpha-H’s Liquid Gold. I can’t seem to make it work. Would you mind explaining what cleanser and toner you use before putting liquid gold?

    Have a great day.

  5. Very useful video – the Mr Bear interruption was funny :)
    I’m 22 years old with normal/combination skin (that tends to get a bit dry around the nose) and was wondering if you think it’s too early for me to incorporate Alpha-H Liquid Gold into my skincare routine? I was thinking of getting it and using it once or twice per week.

  6. Great video, Ruth, always interesting to see which skincare bits and bobs you use to keep your skin in tip-top condition. You’ll be pleased yo know (I think) that I’ve finally decided to purchase the Alpha-H Liquid Gold after your rave rewievs. I’m hoping it will help with some slight acne scarring and, quite frankly, I’m just curious to know what all the fuss is about, ha! :)

  7. Whenever I need a good laugh, I come to your blog. I love your writing!

  8. Love in a mist

    Really liked this video, love how you are sooo normal and down to earth about spots lol!
    Good arsenal of products there, already love the Dr nick Lowe gel, must get the manuka doctor serum :-)
    Just wondering did you ever receive my message about Lidermi Skincare via the contact page? Thanks xx

  9. Love in a mist

    a couple of weeks ago, it might have got rejected maybe as I noticed yesterday my email address my iPhone remembers in the comments form had one letter wrong, obviously it’s been like that for months lol!
    anyway shall I send it again via the contact page, or I could send it via this comment section and you could just not publish it if you liked, I’m easy either way :-) xx

    • If it’s easiest just reply to this comment and I’ll see it when I go through over the weekend! Thanks so much – the correct email, should you want to get to me directly, is contact, and then “at” and then “a model recommends” dot com. xx

  10. Hi Ruth,
    I use Paula’s Choice 2% BHA on regular basis. And tempted to try AHA products. Would you recommend Paula’s choice 10% AHA or Liquid Gold? Is it okay to use cleanser with AHA, and use another AHA product after? Thanx!

    • Oh, just wrote a long reply to this and it has disappeared! Yes, OK to do that as AHAs in cleanser will hardly be on skin for any time at all. Obviously proceed with caution at first! And don’t use Clarisonic before or anything too “scrubby”. x

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