Its been a couple of weeks since I was last here - so Im sorry, but here is my update from the past couple of weeks
So if you've been following since the start you'll know obviously my skin is loads better, so Ive kind of gone a bit experimental over the past couple of weeks to see if Lumie has made a semi permenant change- so Ive just used Lumie about 3 times a week for 15 minutes- and I have to say last week my skin stayed very clear- couple of tiny things but not even worth mentioning really- and then this week I have had a couple more- one real big one !! To be fair even the real big one isnt like they were before. And its funny, they dont last as long and they arent generally so angry. Ive also beeen majorley stressed, tired and generally hormonal too this week, so actually I think the small outbreak this week may have something to do with that.
All in all I think Lumie has made a massive improvement over and above the usual creams, pills, potions and lotions I have tried before. Whilst its not made my skin perfect like Gisele or Heidi Klum's its exceeded my expectations-mainly becasue its so unintrusive and gentle- creams and things used to over dry my skin and make it sorer- lumie not only seems to prevent more forming it also seems to speed the healing process.
Im certainly goning to stick to topping up with Lumie whenever I have an outbreak- and if it looks like my skin is returning to its old bad habits I will be going back to the full regime pronto!
Its actually the end of my trial period but ill let you guys know of any changes or major results that I think you will want to hear about over the next few months anyway! Its time to see if this is working for anyone else out there.
Let me know how you guys are getting on too- Ive only heard positives so far- but anyone not seeing the results they want?
Im still only wearing tinted moisturiser by the way! Its so lovely to not be caked in makeup and have the confidence to do it!
Good luck to everyone else out there battling with their skin, I really hope Lumie works for you guys too.
very sorry Ive been AWOL for a little while, as you know I went on holiday- but ended up staying for 2 weeks in stead of one, and finding out that I had no signal in the villa I was stying in so I was unable to update while there!
I took Lumie with me on holiday- it is extrememly portable so easy to pack. An amazing thing happended this holiday- I was comfortable enough to go barefaced on the beach/ by the pool, and only wore tinted moisturiser for the evenings!!!! That may not sound amazing to some, but I have not gone barefaced- in front of anyone- for years!!!! I used Lumie religiously for the first week, terrified the suncream would bring me out in spots, but thankfully my skin just looked better and better- Im sure the sun and getting a light tan helped too, but its faded some lingering red marks. The second week I was a bit more haphazard with using Lumie, but amazingly, my skin stayed clearer than it ever has- couple of tiny tiny whiteheads- the kind that dont leave big angry red patches and fade overnight, but seriously nothing nothing like before.
Ive now been back a few days (snowed under with work!) and I was terrified that they would come back a bit as I'm not getting 10 hours sleep or some lovely sun on my face anymore, but actually, its still looking pretty darn good- and Im still not wearing proper make up!!!! Woooooo! Im using a light tinted moisturiser, which I much prefer but havent been able to get away with for so long, so Im a very happy bunny right now!
Now Im back I have been using Lumie but again a bit more haphazardly as Im kinda interested to see if its made a difference that lasts even when you are not religiously using it- so far it seems to- although I will still keep topping up a few times a week I reckon- or go back to full on every night if it does look like the dreaded spots are coming back!
The most amazing thing I think is the change in the spots I get- firstly I hardly get any, but if I do they are not massive angry red pimples but tiny tiny little things that honestly are gone next day with no marks- heaven.
So Im on top of the world right now- so nice giving my face a breather from heavy cosmetics, and im so much less self conscious.
Hope you all are having as much sucess as me, Im nealy at the end of m 12 week trial...
Thats all til next week, take care!
I have a couple of posts going about my lumie trial, and some of you have replied/ commented - its really good to hear what others are thinking of Lumie too. One other blogger made really good point that the Lumie would be amazing if you could charge it up and use it not plugged in to the wall, so you can move around/ take it away without the leads. I also, as you already know, really think the lamp could be bigger so that you could treat a bigger area- although that said it cant be too big or it wouldnt be very portable. Really impressed by other bloggers reports that they dont really get any new spots after using the Lumie for a while- I am still getting the odd one, small though- but I am wondering if thats down to the fact ive started a new contraceptive pill and my body is just re-adjusting. Regardless of getting the odd spot, Lumie really has made a difference to my skin.
Going on holiday next week, so really happy my skin wont look so gross when I hit the beach!
Any other comments any one has would be really interesting to hear!!
Weekly update- I'm afraid to say Ive been a bit hectic this week and so my time spent using lumie has been affected a bit- Ive only missed one day completely but Ive had a couple of short sessions this week. It doesnt seem to have affected things too much now Im this far into using lumie, although I have had a small/mild breakout- but nothing nothing like I used to get. My skin is still steadily improving, and whilts I still get small 'spots' I dont have lumpy clusters that are painful.
Im actually pretty impressed with lumie, it does what it says and no side effects- although it would be really really useful if the lamp was bigger so you could treat a bigger area- cos im always so hectic I do struggle to spend as much time as Id like on it.
However I have even mentioned it to a friend as she was complaining of terrible acne, and she has gone and purchased a Lumie! Ill let you know how she gets on too!
thats all for now,
Halfway through the 12 week trial period now- as you know Im now using Lumie on other areas on face now too, although they werent as bad as my chin was at the start, and they are steadily improving. The most significant change using lumie is reduced redness and inflammation.
I am 'topping up' the chin area that I started treating as a preventative measure, and although i get the odd outbreak its nothing like before. I guess now instead of the clusters of spots I had, I have more odd outbreaks. Yay! Maybe after 12 weeks Ill bee freeeeeee?! Heres hoping!
Im still loving the lovely warm feeling on your skin when you treat too, its really relaxing! I do find the longer you use it the better the results are- but its not always convenient to use it for 30mins a day unfortunately, Im usually pretty hectic!!
Thats all this week!
Sorry for slight delay in posting, Ive been guilty of enjoying the lovely sunshine and avoiding being shut in with my computer!
So week 5 and Lumie is becoming pretty much routine for me to just use for 15mins just before I fall asleep. IT's pretty much sorted getting many new spots, I still get the odd one but they are not red and huge or angry, just little and go quickly. Its not had any negative effects on my skin either like drying/ reactions etc like you can get from creams.
I still try and give my skin an extra boost of therapy when I have time and use it up close for 30mins, and I find it does help and makes a difference the next day. I have also started using on my nose and cheeks now my chin is clearing up nicely.
So still progressing nicely!
Have a good week
Week 4 update...and all positive so far!
So its recommended to use it for 12 weeks at least to see results but after 4 weeksof use I can definitely see improvement- my face is so much less red and inflammed, and Im getting way less new spots. I still have a few lingering, dont get me wrong, but im confident that they are gettinbg less and less.
I am finding you really do need to use it daily as missing a day or two does seem to slow things up, but im still using it right next to my skin for 15mins a day. I have used it for 30mins right up close when I can for an intense burst of treatment- I do it just before I go to sleep- and the next day it really seems to have reduced redness.
So all good to report so far - as I am always rushing around, staying at various places for work, my boyfriends etc, I do find it sometimes hard to fit it in- mainly as I feel a bit self conscious doing it in front of others, but im trying extra hard not to miss my treatments- its worth it for the results!!
See you next week!
Sorry for slight update delay, but im happy to let you know that having had an uninterupted week of using Lumie, my skin is much much less red, and looking quite a bit smoother.
I have actually fallen asleep with it on my face a couple of times this week (I tend to use it just before I go to sleep, therefore in bed. As I mentioed before, there is a stand, but I prefer to have it actually touching my face so I can use it for as short a time as possible). Its lovely and warm so its quite easy to fall asleep!
Still getting the odd new spot, but not nearly so many, and they are so not angry/ red looking as before I started the treatment.
Loving the results so far, def. worth the 15 minutes a day.
I really think that at the end of the 12 weeks I will see a vast differnece as it has certainly helped so far- fingers crossed for even better results to come!
Have a good week!
As promised, my weekly installment of my progress with lumieclear as treatment for my acne.
Well Im sad to say I dont have too much to report this week.
Im still focusing on the chin/ lower cheek area as the treatment area, and I do think that on the whole I'm getting less new spots- although I had a horror emerge this week, really big and angry! I was a bit gutted as I was hoping that the 'monsters' might be a thing of the past with this treatment. However, I probably should confess I did miss 2 days this week....!!! I know, I know, I feel bad, not least because I think this treatment actually works, and me missing two days probably dosent help!! I wasnt at home though, and although the lamp is easily transportable I was staying with friends and didnt really think I would have the time/ place to use it- Im sure I could have, I just wasnt comfortable using it around others yet!!
The redness is less for definite though, which is cool. Its a non-messy, non drying, non-painful treatment too which is good, the only drawback Im finding is holding it to my face for at least 15mins a day (there is a stand, but shorter treatment time if you hold it right next to your skin), so I try to read/watch tv when im doing it!! I suppose I could use the stand on a table and just put my face right up to it, but I havent found the right height/ chair/ tv setup yet!!! So Im just holding it up to my face.
That all I have to report this week, but I promise to be more dilligent this week and Im hoping for sparkling results to update next time!
Have a good week,
I am about to start a new weekly blog to let you all know about my experience with a new acne product, Lumie Clear, a light therapy treatment and potential alternative to creams and prescriptions for treating mild-moderate acne (www.lumie.com).
I have just started trialing it and Im going to keep you updated as to how it goes, so that you can hopefully get some unbiased info as to whether it works -at RRP Â£149 its not cheap, but if it works, I think its 100% worth paying for lovely clear skin.
About me: Not to bore you, but so you know a bit about me; I am an avid fashion/ makeup junkie, and love trying new products. I do however have pretty bad skin. I am 25 and still do not go a day without some form of spots/ clusters on my face (I thought Id grow out of it- no such luck so far!). If I could change anything about myself it would be my skin- Id be totally happy to go makeup-less if only I had clear skin, but unfortunately I would never dare bare without makeup as my skin is currently. (Even my boyfriend of 4 years has never seen me sans cover up! Good effort huh?)
I've tried every lotion and potion going, so Im now desperate to find a solution to get to the point where I can go skin-naked...and thats where Lumie comes in! A different form of acne treatment, the hand held light therapy device kills bacteria and reduces inflamation.
Ive been offered the chance to trial it for 12 weeks (after which you should see 'significant improvement!) and Im going to blog about how I get on- let you guys know whether this works for me.
Week 1 Results:
Ive been using the Lumie light therapy for a week now for 15 minutes every evening. You have to use it for a minimum of 15 minutes a day (longer if you hold it further away from treatment area), and as my main problem is spot clusters round my chin, Ive been concentrating it here.
One thing I would say is that if you hold the device up close to treatment area to minimise the amount of time you need to treat it, the treatment area is relatively small, so you can only really target small areas at a time unless you increase treatment time and hold it further away.
Its completely painless (slightly warm which feels nice!), but you do have to wear bright yellow goggles which look kind of funny if you think the light might shine directly in your eyes.
Results so far? Well Im pretty sure Im not getting many (any?) new spots since ive started using it. The redness seems to be less too. I think its too early to judge so far (think you start to get noticeable results at 4 weeks), but Im really hopeful this might be a solution for my never ending battle with spots!
Hope this helps you guys out there suffering like me! I'll keep you posted!