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I have always had problem skin. It may not appear noticeable to others as I happen to be rather handy with foundation and concealer but when I take off my make up and see all those blemishes, my, does my heart sink! I don't have acne but I do have oily skin prone to quite a lot of blemishes and blackheads. I have tried all the spot creams under the sun in pursuit of blemish free, smooth skin yet to no avail. After my (ongoing) passionate love affair with Bare Escentuals Foundation my attention turned to their skincare products.
Why Bare Escentuals
All Bare Escentuals products are made from 100% pure crushed minerals which not only act as high quality make up but actually do good for your skin - refining lines, reducing redness, improving texture and healing. The tagline for the range is "make up so pure you can sleep in it" and its all down to those glorious minerals. Recently they have brought out a skincare range called RareMinerals. As I am still on a natural product crusade I wanted to put these natural ingredients to the test - is it possible to conquer my skin with nothing but minerals?!
The Blemish Kit comes in a white cardboard box and contains a white pot containing the powder treatment, a brush applicator and a little instruction leaflet pertaining to ingredients and correct application. Like all Bare Escentuals its packaging is basic. When you unscrew the lid of the pot you will find holes which the powder passes through. If your pot is in your bag during transit the mineral powder goes through the holes so you have to be careful when you open it otherwise you will be covered in minerals!
After you have cleansed toned and moisturised unscrew the lid on the pot and tap some of the mineral powder into the lid. With the applicator brush swirl the minerals in the lid and tap off any excess, proceed to apply it to any problem areas - blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads, problem areas, discolouration etc. The brush is rather large so its hard to be precise when applying the powder to the spot and quite a bit of the powder ends up around the blemish as well as on it! The active ingredient in the product is sulfur and there is no denying that there is a slightly unpleasant sulphuric, eggy smell but it is more than bearable and you soon don't notice it. I must admit I have never seen/used an powder but its super easy to use and definitely more manageable than gels or lotions. However, after you are finished applying it does look like you've lightly covered your spots in talc.
I have owned this product for a week, now normally I only write reviews after a period of time where I feel I have the measure of the product and can fully see its effects This product is the exception. The results are dare I say it pretty much immediate! I have never known a faster working product in my entire life - it is truly starting. After the first application at night I woke up the next day to find that my skin felt smooth, all redness had been mitigated and my spots were in serious submission. By the second day a really nasty, stubborn sport (which to be honest I thought was going to scar due to too much squeezing) barely visible. I could not believe it, I was and still am incredulous - it really regulates my skin,heals and doesn't rob me of oil. It also minimizes the look of my pores making my skin appear so even. I have applied it on my back and chest where before unmoveable spots would accrue but now even they bow down to the power of RareMinerals! It also prevents new spots from forming so it really does eliminate all need for other spot treatments.
Bare Escentuals is only offered by select salons in the UK yet in the age of Ebay it is relatively easy to come by. I have found an excellent Ebay shop (PM me for the name as I don't know if I can mention it on here) which sells Bare Escentuals products at reasonable prices. I purchased the kit for £21.95 which I think is a remarkable price considering all the good it does! In these hard financial times don't invest in plummeting stocks and shares, invest in RareMinerals for you and your skin.
This is my favourite product in the world - I cant say enough good things about it! I will definitely be buying this again - its my best kept beauty secret!
Quickly and effectively heals blemishes /