It’s been a long time coming but its only now that I truly feel confident in my bare skin and for the past 2 years, have been able to eliminate foundation from my everyday makeup routine.
I have oily combination skin and have had constant battles with spots, pimples and black heads. It was a long time coming, but I have found that the extensive skin care routine which I started religiously about 4 years ago is starting to pay off and I am seeing a real difference to my skin. It also took me a while to figure out what skin care products really work for my skin and what doesn’t cause breakouts. I off course still do get breakouts from time to time, but its not as much as it
I wanted to share with you all some tips and wisdom in relation to my skin care and how to take care of your skin.
Don’t wear Makeup if you don’t need to!
It was a few months before my wedding back in 2016, I took the big step in not wearing foundation on a daily basis to start prepping my skin for the big day. I eliminated it from my work makeup routine and I barely wore any makeup on the weekend either unless I somewhere special to go. This allowed my skin to breath, I had less product blocking the pores and it minimised the amount of black heads I got. In the long run I have felt that it has made a massive difference to the clarity of my skin and my skin doesn’t get too oily throughout the day making me feel comfortable so after the wedding I decided to keep at it and 2 years on, its just normal.
Remember to always remove your makeup!
Cleansing at the end of the day is really important. Even if you are not wearing makeup. You will still have dirt, oils and dead skin cell built up on your skin from throughout the day. If you are wearing makeup don’t just use a makeup up remover wipe to cleanse. If you were to test it with micellar water you will see that your skin will still have makeup on it. Over time your skin will get clogged with makeup, sunscreen and dirt if you are not removing it properly, leading to breakouts and blackheads.
Take your makeup off earlier
Remove your makeup and do you skin care routine as soon as possible. If you don’t really need to be wearing makeup up until its bed time, start your routine earlier, so your skin has more breathing time and that your products have longer to work on the skin.
Use water to wash your face
This might sound stupid but I have been told by some people that they don’t actually wash their face after they cleanse with wipes/micellar water. This is really important, to me it’s like wiping down dirty clothes but not actually adding them to the washing machine for a good clean.
Exfoliating is very important. This will help buff the skin to remove dry flaky skin to leave you with brighter, soft and smooth skin, but it also help all the other products you will apply , to sink into the skin to its full potential without having any additional barriers.
Once you’ve washed your face, use a face towel ( not the hand towel already being used in the bathroom) to dry your skin by patting the towel on to your face without rubbing. I change my face towel every 2 days to ensure I use a clean towel to dry my clean face so there are no nasties lingering or building up on the damp towel.
Right Skin Care for your Skin
Skincare products don’t all have Immediate effects so firstly give them time to work, especially if using products like Retinol, eye creams, anti-ageing , anti-pigmentation etc. Know your skin and use the right products that are aimed at your skin type and then for your concerns. This way you are using the right thing suited to you and are more likely to see a difference.
Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise!
Don’t forgot to moisturise whether you have dry, normal or oily skin. Sometimes It can be easy to forgot especially if you have just used some amazing serums or oils . Moisturisers are essential to maintain the balance of moister in the skin and the lack of can cause dryness and you can skin can be more prone to wrinkles. The moisturiser itself acts like a barrier for the skin and also protects the skin.
Don’t touch your face
Your hands will pick up germs and bacteria throughout the day so don’t touch your face , especially blemishes with unwashed hand/ fingers. When you come to applying your creams and also makeup make sure your hands are clean to avoid transferring unwanted dirt to your face.
Don’t forgot your Sunblock and Eye cream
You won’t notice the difference with these two products immediately, but I promise they are beneficial for your skin in the long term.
There are different types of eye cream and some target puffiness and hydration which you will see and feel , however they and other hydrating cream work in the long run work towards reducing wrinkles. Start wearing eye cream at a younger age so you start targeting the concerns sooner rather than later.
I swear by using sunscreen every day , especially on the face whether its sunny or not. Use an SPF 30 + ( I use a 50 as they are now more available on the market) that protects UVA and YVB rays. There are lots of formulas on the market that are not too heavy and thick for the face and can be incorporated with your day skin routine. However be careful not to use sunscreen for the body on the face as they tend to be thicker and creamier. Sunscreen will help prevent skin cancer, damage and ageing of the skin by protecting you from the harmful ultraviolet rays.
Dirty Makeup Brushes?
Makeup brushes kept unwashed for a period of time, can have bacteria building up in them, so washing them is very important, especially if you are using them often. Cleaning them doesn’t take much effort if you keep up a regular routine, so I’d say once a week is good. I use a basic brush cleanser or even baby shampoo to lather up the bristles and rub them against a special mit or use my Style pro to wash them. The Style Pro also help them dry quicker, so you can use them again straight away.
I also found that keeping my brushes out on my dresser in a jar , leaves a build-up of dust which is gross to use on my skin so I have started to keep them all in a drawer or a box to keep them dust and dirt free.
Alcohol on the skin
There are good and bad alcohols used in skincare, so be aware of what your skincare products contain. Bad alcohols can give quick drying effects, feel lightweight and degrease the skin, but this can also leave your skin feeling tight, flaky and irritating. Some of the degreasing “clean & Matte” feeling products can be appealing to those with oily skin, but in the long run, its more drying and stripping of oils and then will cause the skin to produce even more oil to counteract. So if you see alcohols such as SD Alcohol, denatured alcohol and isopropyl alcohol listed in the top 6 ingredients they will without question be aggravating for the skin.
However there are fatty alcohols that are non-irritating and beneficial for the skin such as cetyl, stearyl and cetearyl alcohol which are good for dry skin.
Other small things which you may not really think about with is related to hygiene and cleanliness that look after your skin and keep from breakouts is things like ensure your phones, glasses are kept clean. Give them a clean with antibacterial every now and then as bacteria can build up and when touching your face constantly can cause breakouts.
Also ensuring that you change your bedding once a week. Your pillows will accumulate with dead skin, sweat, bacteria and even saliva! I don’t think you want all that rubbing against your skin after you have taken such good care of it!
Throw away oldies
Being a makeup enthusiast you probably have lots of makeup and some of which you don’t use that often. All makeup products have expiry dates from the time you start using them, so if you have had something for a few years, its probably time to get rid of it! Makeup can harbour bacteria that can cause irritation and bumps to the skin, infection to the eyes and swelling to the lips.
I do believe in treating yourself to a facial or skin treatment with a professional. This way not only are you having someone else take care of you and use the right products for your skin, it is educational. The therapist should be trained to identify your skin type and what treatments/ products you require and will tell you and advice you on what products you should be using.
Ensure you add a face mask to you beauty routine at least 1-2 times a week. Masks are designed to help hydrate skin, remove excess oils / impurities and improve the appearance of the skin and pores. You will result in skin that glows, has been deeply cleansed and will help your other skin care products work more efficiently.
Feed yourself well
My last tip which is probably one of the most important is too look after your body and skin from within. Keep the skin hydrated with plenty of water ( 6-8 glasses) and eat well for glowing skin.
I hope you found these really useful. If you have any additional tips that you swear by, please do share!