I have struggled over the years with my skin and at 15 years old I started to suffer with acne and acne scarring – read my post about that here.
So I’ve always made a conscious effort to look after my skin properly, and from working in the beauty industry, I’ve learnt a few good tips about caring for your skin!
I hope that they are helpful! 🙂
- Stick to a Routine
Having a good routine is essential in looking after skin properly and a healthy skincare routine = a healthy you 🙂
There are THOUSANDS of products out there, but the four most important in a good routine are:
An Effective Cleanser: I have two types of cleansers in my routine – a cleansing lotion and a cleansing balm. The cleansing lotion is simply to remove my eye make up – I use this one, which is super cheap and SO effective! I then use The Body Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Butter (read my full review of it here) which completely melts off all traces of my face make-up!
The most important thing is finding a cleanser that suits your skin type, and removes dirt & grime very effectively!
A Good Face Wash: I use a foaming face wash in my morning and night time routines, as I love how refreshing and thorough they feel on my skin. It is also reassuring to use after a cleanser, as any small traces of dirt will still be removed! Two of my favourite face washes are: The Body Shop’s Seaweed Face Wash and Garnier’s Active Intensive Gel Wash.
A Balancing Toner: People will often forget/not bother with toners, but they are still a very important part of a good routine. Toners help to improve the texture & appearance of skin, as well as maintaining its natural pH balance. My absolute FAVOURITE toner is Liz Earle’s Instant Boost Skin Tonic.
A Suitable Moisturiser: I used to believe that because I have oily skin, I didn’t need to moisturise, but this is completely wrong! Moisturising is essential, as it keeps the skin healthy & hydrated and reduces the chances of your skin producing even more oil. Read my review on 3 High-Street Day Creams here.
Other products that I include in my skincare routine: Eye Cream, Exfoliator, Lip Balm & Serum.
2. Know Your Skin Type
Knowing your skin type is vital in finding the right products to suit you, as all skincare products are tailored to different needs!
My personal skin type is oily/combination skin – I have a very oily T-Zone that I have to minimise and I am prone to breakouts due to the excess oil.
So whether you have Dry Skin, Dull Skin, Sensitive Skin… Make sure to tailor your routine accordingly! 🙂
3. NEVER Shower with Make-Up On
This is a big no-no! (Even though I am guilty of this time to time, but it’s still so wrong haha!)
The hot water of showers & baths acts as a steamer to our skin, and subsequently opens the pores up *another useful tip, plucking your eyebrows hurts the least when you’ve just had a shower* 😉
But if you’re still wearing make-up, especially heavy face make-up, showering in it means you are unfortunately making your pores susceptible to break outs! 😦
4. Exfoliate At Least Twice a Week
Getting into a good habit of exfoliating regularly will do wonders for your skin! I try to exfoliate at least two-three times a week, sometimes more, depending on how my skin looks/feels.
(I’ll be doing a post soon on Face Scrubs and review a few that I’ve tried, so stay tuned for that!)
Regularly using a face scrub helps to remove any built up dead skin cells, therefore leaving skin looking fresher and feeling smoother. The small microdermabrasion beads in exfoliators also help to remove blackheads and blocked pores – very important for good skin!
The best exfoliator I’ve ever used, is definitely The Aloe Scrub by Forever.
5. Look After Yourself
It’s amazing how much of a difference having a good diet and drinking plenty of water can have on our skin! I always notice such an improvement in my skin when I’m looking after myself as well!
I hope you may have found this post helpful! Do you have any good tips on looking after your skin? I’d love to know!
Thank you for reading!
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