Sunday, 9 March 2014

Clear Skin - Quick Tips

Everyone has their own skincare routine and tips for getting rid of annoying blemishes. Today I will share some of mine:

Protect your skin from sun damage

It is never to early to think about protecting your skin for the future. Preventing the sun from damaging your delicate skin is much more effective than trying to hide the damage and wrinkles in twenty years time. There are lots of great daily moisturisers which contain SPF15 and above so there is no reason to not protect your skin!

I like to use Garnier Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One Blemish Balm Cream.

Price: £9.99 from Boots

This can be used as a primer, but it provides such good coverage I will sometimes just use it on its own to give my skin an even tone and gentle, luminous glow.

Remove makeup before bed

Never, ever, ever go to bed without removing your makeup. The makeup will irritate your skin all night, blocking pores and leading to nasty spots. If you can't face a proper wash after a night out, at least keep a pack of make up wipes on your bedside table.

Price: £1.49 for a pack of 25 from Superdrug

I usually use Simple Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes. I like this brand because they are gentle and suitable for sensitive skin, but also easily able to remove eyeliner and waterproof mascara. They are moisturising, so unlike some brands which can dry your skin out, these leave your skin feeling lovely and soft.

Zap spots with tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is one essential product that I always have in my house. As soon as I see a spot beginning to form I use a cotton bud to apply a drop of tea tree oil and usually the spot will have dried and faded within hours. Tea tree oil has natural antiseptic properties (it is part of the same family as the manuka tree), which can fight the bacteria which feed on the oils on your face and cause spots. If you have sensitive skin you may need to dilute tea tree oil with water before use. Also, never swallow tea tree oil, some people in the past have confused tea tree oil with tea oil and become ill, so keep it on your skin and away from your mouth.

Price: £2.99 for 10ml from Superdrug

Plan your own routine and follow it

Everyone has different skin with different needs, so experiment with different products until you find a selection which suits your skin.

A classic routine is:
  1. Cleanse - use face cleanser, warm water, make up wipes or cold cream (gentler for dry skin) at night to remove all traces of makeup. Always use warm water rather than hot or cold water, as these extremes can damage the delicate capillaries under your skin.
  2. Exfoliate - Use a face scrub and gently massage your skin in circular motions to remove dead skin and leave your face looking fresh and feeling soft as silk.
  3. Moisturise - Listen to your skin with this, if your skin feels dry then moisturise more often, if you have oily skin and feel your pores are being clogged then moisturise less often. If you like to use natural ingredients as part of your beauty regime, coconut oil or olive oil are good choices.

What is your best tip for perfect, glowing skin?

1 comment:

  1. I love using simple wipes just as a first step in removing makeup, dont get along with most wipes! But these are brilliant haha, i have done a post in clear skin if you mind checking it out, also really recommened the simple spot zapper, its AMAZING !!


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