Ironically, as I sit down to write about smooth and fresh skin I happen to be looking particularly awful. This week I arrived back in Germany from a long weekend in London feeling completely drained and run down. This is no doubt a combination of too much work, too much fun and not enough rest. Hopefully with a couple of good night’s sleep I should be back to my usual self. So, let me share my latest skincare discovery which is the US skincare brand Paul’s Choice. I was initially introduced to this brand by the make-up artist Lisa Eldridge and when I found out that it’s now available in Germany I wanted to get some samples and see for myself. I’ve been using three products from the range which are, Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion, PC4 MEN Daytime Protect Broad Spectrum SPF 30 & PC4 MEN Nighttime Repair. The BHA Lotion smoothes, brightens and unclogs pores. In the morning, after cleansing I apply it to my entire face (avoiding the eyelid and bottom lash line) before moisturising and then applying the SPF 30. At night I use the BHA Lotion again after cleansing, I leave out the SPF and moisturise with the nighttime repair.

My skin absolutely loves these products and I’m a little taken aback at how great they are – these are definitely up there with the best products I have ever used. I love to exfoliate my skin and using an acid is how I like to do it. Don’t be frightened at the sound of acid, they are gentle enough to use on skin and remove dead skin cells in a uniformed way without scratching at the skin like old school, grainy exfoliators. It’s super important to use an SPF 25 or above if you want to protect your skin from premature ageing, this should be mandatory if you are using any peeling products. Otherwise the damage caused by UV exposure negates the benefits from using a peel. The Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion is surprisingly hydrating and leaves my looking looking super bright and fresh. The nighttime repairs, hydrates and soothes my skin overnight.

These three products are a winning combination as the SPF is a must have in combination with the BHA and the nighttime repair can really do it’s job when the dead skin is removed allowing it to fully absorb.

For fear of rambling for an eternity I have skimmed over the details of using acid peels and the overall details of these products – they are honestly great. Please leave a comment or tweet me if you have any questions or would like more information. You can also visit the Paula’s Choice website.

I’m super excited as I was just invited to London and I have been craving a trip to my hometown for months. I’m already searching for the latest hot spots as I will be sure to take loads of photo’s to share with you. Below are some new items I’m loving this week.

An eye mask is essential during the summer months to prevent waking up at 6 am. The deodorant from Brooklyn Soap Company is brilliant, it smells good and get’s the job done using only natural ingredients. My dog loves the Aesop animal body wash, lemon, tea tree and spearmint leave his coat shiny and fresh. Art Theory is a little book that I picked up at Kunst Museum Stuttgart I keep it in my travel bag with a pen to note down the artists I would like to study in more detail. My green leather wallet get’s better with age which is good as it’s really old. The Denman barbers comb is made from anti-static carbon and works like a dream. Lastly the camera on my new i phone is so good which has inspired me to take lot’s more photo’s for Instagram.

Enjoy the rest of your week!