My Skincare Secret Weapons

I love my skin. That’s something that I never imagined I would say least of all this side of 25, but I really do. I’m comfortable bare faced, dare I say I even feel a little bit pretty with the right light and angles, I want to ensure I feel like this for as long as possible. My skincare routine used to consist of anything that would dry my oily skin to within an inch of it’s life, now I struggle to rid it of its oh-so-matte finish.

As mentioned previously, two years ago I underwent the most intense treatment for acne. And whilst many websites claim your oil production returns, I’m still waiting for mine to show it’s face and I’m slowly accepting that maybe it’s just not coming back. This has meant I’ve had to completely change my approach to skincare otherwise premature ageing would be sure to take it’s place. 5



Keeping your skin hydrated from within is an absolutely fundamental part of good skin. Aiming to drink between two and three ltrs per day will leave you with noticeably more hydrated skin. If I am too busy to drink my usual amount by the end of the day my throat is raw and my skin is uncomfortably tight.

-My top tips for getting the fluids;

-Keep a big bottle by your bed to drink throughout the night and ensure it’s finished by morning, even if that means you have to drink the majority when you wake. These are valuable fluids to kick start your day.

-Take a full ice cold 1ltr bottle to the gym with you, whether you’re an early AM or a late evening gym goer. This is a really great time to stay hydrated.

-Keep a 2ltr bottle of water on your desk, you will be amazed by how much you get through it when it’s staring you in your face.

Supplement your skin

This is where you really take your skincare to the next level. I first heard about Imedeen whilst browsing Boots a few weeks ago and my interest was instant. Obviously as a blogger I took to the World Wide Web to find out more and doing so left me eager and excited for my three month course to arrive, so much so that I even made sure Ali had his own. The tablets claim to boost radiance in those up to 30, combat fine lines in those 40 and up and keep the devastating effects of the menopause at bay in those 50+ and judging by the reviews I’m excited to see improved skin quality, moisture balance and smoother more radiant skin whilst also protecting myself against ageing. The tablets include the unique Marine Complex which is similar to the collagen elements found naturally within your skin as well as Vitamin C and Zinc.

I am are currently taking the Derma One tablets twice daily which was established as the best option for my skin following my scan which showed the areas where my skin required extra care. Ali is also taking the same tablets and we are currently going into our second week and I plan on sharing my results with you in a few months time. It feels good to be doing something more for our skin.



My eclectic mix of high street and high-end style is something you wont find when it comes to really taking care of my skin’s surface. Here you will find my top three products straight from my bathroom cabinet.


Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

This oil is my little night time miracle, packed with antioxidant and moisturising ingredients as well as trans-retinol tester which I find to be a much milder yet effective way to reap the full benefits of retinol without causing any flaking or soreness. It’s blue colour comes from the Blue Tansy ingredient which boasts antibacterial, antihistamine & anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s amazing stuff!


Creme de la Mer Moisturising Cream

When I first used this cream I wasn’t impressed, the texture initially felt like I was spreading the contents of one of those awful blue Nivea body cream tins onto my face which is not what you expect from a cream costing £100. However it’s when you walk away and allow it to sink in that you notice how silky smooth and radiant it leaves your skin.  It’s ultra rich so I try not to use it too often, try being the key word. But I love how it soothes my skin when my oil production really is playing hard to get.


Paula’s Choice Youth Extending 50spf

Factor 50 – if you aren’t wearing it then you really should be. Foundation SPF’s really don’t count and it’s important to protect your skin accordingly especially when using lots of different skincare products. This product is light and inoffensive like a lot of high factor products which is great if you don’t enjoy the greasy feeling which some SPF’s leave behind. I apply this directly under my make up and enjoy the protection all day.


Do you have any skincare secret weapons of your own?


All Imagery shot on the Olympus PEN E-PL7 & 45mm lens.

This post was sponsored by Imedeen however all opinions & reviews are very much my own.



  1. Tess Alexandra 28th October 2015 / 7:35 am

    Hi Lydia,

    I’d be really interested in hearing your thoughts on Imedeen – the world of beauty supplements is overwhelming and while I’d like to make an investment in high quality supplements, I want to make sure I make the right choice.

    You have such beautiful skin. So many girls (myself included) have struggled with poor confidence because of our skin, and many continue to do so. It brings me joy that you have reached a point of “skin peace”.

    Tess Alexandra

    • lydia 29th October 2015 / 10:29 am

      Hey Tess,
      I am so excited to experience everything that I read about before I started! My skin looks pretty good now but considering what it was, I appreciate it so so much. x

  2. Rae 28th October 2015 / 7:41 am

    My skin gets so dry this time of year – will definitely give the Sunday Riley Luna sleeping night oil a try, thanks for tips!

    • lydia 30th October 2015 / 1:00 am

      I hope you love them! 🙂

  3. Bulan iskandar 28th October 2015 / 8:15 am

    This is a really nice info. My face gets oily easily sometimes I want to just get rid of the oil but then I realise that it’s there for a reason so I just get use to it. But Lydia this info is so nice and my twin sister kinda needed it! I also think that you’re such a perfection! You’re so beautiful!


    • lydia 30th October 2015 / 1:01 am

      Yes exactly! the oil is there for a reason but unfortunately it can cause other problems too! thank you so much for your lovely words though 🙂 xx

  4. Adele 28th October 2015 / 8:43 am

    I was interested to read about Imedeen Lydia & will be curious to see what you really make of them after prolonged use. I looked into this area a fair bit & opted for UltraColl Marine Collagen tablets, which for me contained were better as they contained 1000mg of 4 types of pure marine collagen. After a couple of months use I can really notice a difference.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

    • lydia 30th October 2015 / 1:01 am

      Hey Adele, Yeah I’m so excited to see the results 🙂 xxx

  5. MAJEAN 28th October 2015 / 8:50 am

    Really informative post. I need to do some research into the Sunday Riley night oil. Plus getting an spf which seems to be such a challenge to find in moisturisers. My tip is to use a cream with hyaluronic acid during this time of year.

    • lydia 30th October 2015 / 1:02 am

      Yesss! I’ve got those aswell I find the retinol oils work more noticeably but tonight I’ll give the Hyaluronic a go again hehe!! x

  6. Kb 28th October 2015 / 9:21 am

    Your skin looks amazing! Think I may have to try the ‘water-by-the-bed’ trick, I’m definitely not drinking enough.

    • lydia 30th October 2015 / 1:03 am

      Yes and try the water everywhere trick, if youve got the bottle you will drink it hehe! x

    • lydia 30th October 2015 / 1:03 am

      I really enjoy it!!! x

  7. Kathryn McCabe 28th October 2015 / 3:26 pm

    Fab post – I use Inner Me Pro Hair and Pro Beauty supplements, they work really well and you can really see a difference.

    Also, can’t recommend Sukin moisturiser and Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Serum enough, they have changed my life! xx

    • lydia 30th October 2015 / 1:04 am

      Ok so I definitely need to try these then 😛 x

  8. Liv Waelde 28th October 2015 / 6:23 pm

    Ah perfect, I’ve just started roaccutane so I’m figuring I’ll need all the post skincare help I can get!

    • lydia 30th October 2015 / 1:04 am

      Hey Liv, yes definitely but maybe stay away from Retinol and acids until 6 months after you finish :)x

      • Sarah E 7th July 2016 / 9:29 pm

        Hi Lydia,

        I finished Roaccutane 5 weeks ago now, really happy with my skin except a few scars which will hopefully fade in time. You mention avoiding acids and retinol for 6 months. Did you do any form of exfoliation before the 6 month mark? I’m feeling unsure of how to alter my skin care products after a long time on Cetaphil cleanser and moisturisers. I still have some pre-roaccutane cleansers but worried because they contain oils – Oskia Renaissance Gel, Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip, Tata Harper rejunvenating cleanser (scrub), Liz Earle cleanser and moisturiser. Any tips from your experience much appreciated.

        Many thanks,

  9. Rebekah 30th October 2015 / 12:20 am

    Lydia this is amazing! Please keep these kinds of blog posts coming! Would love to see perhaps a vlog post of your whole night time routine as its not only your skin on your face that I relish but your skin on your body as well! How do you keep that looking so even, tight and supple?

    • lydia 30th October 2015 / 12:58 am

      I have lots of this stuff planned and I’m excited to do them 🙂 thank you so much for the feedback xx

  10. Tessera 19th November 2015 / 5:35 pm

    An FYI to help your further writing endeavors: “it’s” means “it is.” When you use it, make sure that “it is” makes sense in context. The possessive form is “its,” with no apostrophe.

    • lydia 19th November 2015 / 11:05 pm

      Thanks Tessera,
      Always appreciative of constructive feedback 🙂 I’ve always maintained that I’m not the most gifted writer but I try my best 🙂 x

  11. Miki 24th November 2015 / 6:57 am

    I’ve never taken anything for my skin and i get hormonal breakouts. Now with a huge 6 week road trip with my husband, it’s wreaking havoc on my sleep and my skin, so I am very intrigued and am going to be looking into these immediately. 🙂 Can’t wait to get all the feedback on what you’re taking. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  12. Girl 3rd December 2015 / 3:46 pm

    Hi Lydia, really love your blog! However, I am a little confused. In your Q&A video, you mentioned you do not like to use any supplements or vitamins but now here you are promoting Imedeen. Is this a paid review or are you being genuine? I am started to doubt now which makes me very upset 🙁

    • lydia 3rd December 2015 / 4:26 pm

      Good question although you needn’t doubt anything 🙂 Imedeen isn’t a skin hair and nails supplement its a skin supplement which promotes collagen production and nourishes your skin. The reason I don’t take skin hair and nail supplements is because I don’t need or want any help in the hair or nail department but absolutely will embrace the use of a supplement that focuses on preventing ageing. This definitely is a paid for review (and I have been and will be taking these supplements to see the end result) as I outlined at the bottom 🙂

  13. Emma 4th December 2015 / 1:31 pm

    I am really struggling with my skin at the moment, and was just wondering – what ‘intense treatment for acne’ did you have? Your skin is amazing and I am truly envious!
    Thanks 🙂

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