My Teen Skincare Life by Natalie Clue

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Natalie Clue is a talented and respected beauty marketer. As well as running a popular blog called beautypulse LONDON she is also the brains behind Keziah Connections which is an event aimed at Women of Colour who are currently working or aspire to work in the beauty industry. She took time out to share her teen skincare life journey with us. I have always been a girly girl; for as long as I can remember I have loved to get dressed up – hair, clothes and then eventually make-up as I entered my teenage years - have been an integral part of my life. I really believe this is an innate, inborn passion, as my mother was not particularly into beauty so I didn’t learn it by observation. I do remember as a child getting dressed up for church, (or Sunday School) my hair immaculately combed and adorned with a plethora of bobbles and ribbons (a very typical Caribbean look), a frilly dress with a lot of lace, ankle socks with more frills and patent buckle shoes, smelling sweet of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. I learned very early on the importance of looking one’s best.

As I matured, my skin broke out quite early into my teens thus I remember trying to tackle the issues with a cacophony of products including The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil range and Rice Bran Scrub and Avon’s Clearskin range – especially the Clearskin Blemish Clearing Peel Off Mask. Unfortunately I have skin that scars quite easily thus I developed hyperpigmentation and battled to even my skintone. Enraptured by lotions and potions, I began to devour the beauty pages of glossy magazines such as Vogue, Zest (I was quite sporty too) and Marie Claire and discovered brands such as Clinique, Estee Lauder and I would spend Saturday’s in town (yes town – I grew up on in Leicester!) and gaze longingly at the counters because saving my dinner money would only go so far - purchasing such premium products on a regular basis was still a pipe dream.

So, I was desperate to get a job so I could earn my own money. I was blessed to secure a role at my local Tesco as a Saturday ‘till girl’ shortly after my 16th birthday and my love affair with prestige beauty began. One day, upon reading the beauty pages of the glossies as usual, a product by cult brand Philosophy, called Never Let Them See You Shine was featured – a wonder product that would mattify the skin and keep shine at bay. My skin was particularly oily at this time so was intrigued. I loved the name and it seemed to be just what I needed and even though it cost over £20 I was sold. It was available from a store called Space NK.

I was still living at home at in Leicester so I had to send off for the catalogue (yes, this was pre-internet). The A5 booklet was a Pandora’s box of delights. I became a fan of niche brands – the REN Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel (formerly known as Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel) and the clarifying range became a firm favourite as did the Beauty Elixir by French brand, Caudalie. The Dr Sebagh range – especially the Foaming Cleanser and Deep Exfoliating Mask which worked wonders on my hyperpigmentation that had developed in my teen years. Many of these products became firm favourites and my love affair continues.

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