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My Accutane Journey | Week 4: Disappointing blood test results and skin progress

Week four of Accutane went pretty much the same way as week three – all in all, not too much to report. However, week four called for me to visit my dermatologist once again to have my monthly Accutane check-up. Off I went to the hospital on the Monday to have my bloods taken, and back I returned on the Wednesday to have my check up, receive my blood test results and also take a mandatory pregnancy test before I could get my new monthly prescription.

My Accutane Journey | Week 4: Disappointing blood test results and skin progress | Rachael Divers

I sat with the nurse in an office and she discussed my side effects with me thus far. She asked if I’d had any nose bleeds or headaches and I filled her in on the side effects I’d had (mainly just dry lips and dry skin with several painful breakouts). The nurse discussed my blood test results with me which weren’t too favourable and decided a course of action with me which leads me to today!

Below, you can watch my round up of month 1 on Accutane, hear all about the products that have been my go-to’s and also hear all about my blood test results and what’s happening with my treatment from this point onwards.

I’ve decided that I’m going to update my blog and YouTube channel monthly with my Accutane updates – for one, I don’t want my lovely readers to get bored with four Accutane posts each month, and for two, I only post three times a week and I have so much more different types of content that I’d love to cover within those posts.  I hope that you enjoy my video – don’t forget to give the video a thumbs up if you enjoy it, and also subscribe if you’re new so you don’t miss any videos in the future!

Shop the video
Garnier Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Polaar Artic Cotton Pure Ice Gentle Scrub
Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic
Mizon Pore Tightening Lotion 
SkinChemists 24H Aqua Repair Facial Serum 
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluis SPF 50+
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Lotion SPF 50+
Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray
Blistex Relief Cream
Carmex Lip Balm
Dr Paw Paw Original Balm

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How to tone down your fake tan in less than 30 minutes

Fake tan is a wonderful thing, it allows us to look beautifully bronzed without damaging our skin with the harmful UV rays of the sun. But sometimes, our tan might come out a little darker than we expected and leave us in a bit of a panic.

Fear not though, because I have a few helpful tips that will help to fade your tan to a lighter shade without the stress!

1. Take an oily bath
Oils help to soften the skin, and in turn help us to be able to slough away the top layer which helps to tone down the tan. My favourite way to do this is to either pour some bath oil (or olive oil!) into a warm bath before soaking for 15 minutes, or applying coconut oil liberally to my body and leaving it to soak in for 15 minutes before jumping in the tub and soaking for a further ten minutes. After I’ve been suitably soaked, I take a loofah or an exfoliating sponge and simply gently exfoliate my skin. Don’t forget to moisturise once you get out if you try this method to keep your skin supple, soft and nourished. Also, be very careful when using bath oils as they do tend to make the bath very slippery.

My favourite tan right now – Skinny Tan! How to tone down your fake tan in less than 30 minutes | Rachael Divers

2. Use baking soda
Baking soda is an excellent exfoliator that won’t leave your skin sore (patch test first!), is cheap to buy and is non-abrasive. Run a warm bath and add half a cup full of baking soda to the water. Hop in and soak for 15-20 minutes before gently exfoliating the skin with a loofah or exfoliating sponge.

3. Reach for the lemons!
Lemon juice has long been used as a kind-to-skin bleaching agent to remove dark pigmentation and brighten. Make your own lemon exfoliator with a cup of sugar and 3/4 cup of lemon juice before applying it to the skin in the bath or shower. Repeat the process but make sure to be gentle with your skin. Moisturise afterwards for soft, glowing skin.

There you have it, three tips to toning down your fake tan in less than 30 minutes! Now you can walk out the door feeling like a confident golden goddess just in time for those summery BBQ’s.

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Hairstyling at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

Did you know that you can now add hairstyling to your makeup appointment with Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry? For years now I have provided hairstyling for our Luxury Makeover Portrait shoots at Divers Photography – our family-run Portrait Photography business. After popular demand, I have decided to add hairstyling to my makeover services menu so that I can give you lovely ladies the full works when it comes to glamming up!

Take a look at the album below for the different types of styles available to add on to your makeover appointment.

Hair FAQ’s

Do you wash my hair on the day?
I provide dry hairstyling only so you will need to arrive with clean, dry hair. It’s best if you could wash your hair the day before rather than on the morning as it’s much easier to work with.

How much does hairstyling cost?
Hairstyling is £15 and is an add-on to makeup appointments.

Can I book in for just hair?
At this moment in time, hair is an add-on to makeover appointments so it cannot be booked as a separate.

Do you offer Bridal hair services?
No – I offer party/special occasion hair only.

What hair brands do you use?
I use a range of hair brands from System Professional, Lee Stafford and GHD to Schwarzkopf, L’Oreal and much more.

Are you qualified in hairdressing?
I have taken private one-to-one training in hair curling and updos.

Are you mobile for hair?
No, I am studio based in South Yorkshire.

For any enquiries or to make a booking, please use the Contact form (found on the menu tab) or send a message to my Facebook Business page here. 

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