How I Maintain My Skin with care

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People often compliment me on how clear my skin is & ask how I maintain it, the truth is I don’t really do anything special, just the normal moisturise, cleanse & so forth! (I wasn’t an avid moisturiser until more recently.) Yet, its so easy to forget how important it is to look after your skin. Please don’t let me fool you into thinking I’m an expert because I’m not! Everything included in this post I have learnt over time & here I am sharing it with you in the hopes that it can help someone!

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Your skin care routine should most definitely be a part of your daily ‘getting ready’ ritual, it doesn’t take long & in my opinion is just as important as showering everyday!

The same way you love chocolate, you should love your skin! (If you don’t like chocolate… WHAT!?) 

My skin wasn’t always this good, as a teen I battled with spots & bumps under the skin, my forehead was the most troubled area. I’d often have break outs but I put that down to hormones more than anything, not at all anticipating I was ignoring my skins cry for help! As I grew older I realised the importance of maintaining a good healthy skin & gradually those bumps disappeared. I’m not at all saying I don’t break out every now and then because I do & thats so normal (especially when its that time of the month, thanks mother nature!). Spots however aren’t the only sign that your skin might be in trouble, things like dryness, scarring & excess oils are all signs that your skin needs a little TLC.

There are many reasons your skin is the way it is & most of them we probably wouldn’t even associate with skin health; take smoking for example – Smoking robs the skin of oxygen and the nutrients it needs by slowing blood flow! But we wouldn’t even consider that knowing the other, more lethal effects of smoking!

Tanning – Tanning happens due to harmful UV rays (by natural sun & the use of sun beds), UV radiation can lead to premature ageing, meaning more wrinkles (probably sooner than you expected!). Its actually advised that we should wear an spf every day (thats right, even in wind & rain!). Luckily nowadays most moisturisers & foundations contain some sort of spf but you should always check the packaging first. Your skin will thank you later!

(SPF – Sun protecting factor)

Pollution – Pollution can even have a part to play in the way your skin looks! It has been said that pollution can be linked to eczema, acne & premature ageing! (Perhaps its in our best interests to be a little greener!)

Stress – As we all know stress can do crazy things to our bodies, its often the cause of a huge range of health problems. What you may not know is that your skin can be effected as a result of too much stress, causing it to change texture as well as causing acne! (Who’d of thought!)

Bad skin has also been closely linked to what you eat (like they say, you are what you eat), but sugar & dairy are the real culprits! Over time as our bodies age our ability to properly digest lactose (dairy) decreases. This is because we gradually lose the enzymes created to do this! This can lead to inflammation, redness, spots & dark circles. Excessive amounts of sugar can lead to glycation. This is the process in which extra glucose molecules cling to collagen, resulting in your skin distorting & stiffening, this encourages lines & wrinkles (on places like your forehead) and sagging of the eyes! (I need to live by the meaning ‘everything in moderation’ after this!)

Here are some top tips I’ve put together that can really improve the look of your skin & help you to maintain a healthy routine! 

Top tip #1 – Use a moisturiser every day! The more moisture in your skin the less wrinkles, dry patches & irritation! (Moisturiser doesn’t have to be expensive, but you may need to try a few different ones first to see what works best for you!)

Top tip #2 – Exercise regularly! I know you’re probably wondering why on earth that has anything to do with your skin, right? Well the more you exercise the better your blood flow. By increasing your blood flow with exercise you are helping to flush toxins out of your system! Exercise is also highly linked to decreasing stress levels meaning healthier skin!

Top tip #3 – Drink enough water! Some people deny that water plays any part in healthier looking skin. From a first hand perspective I’d have to say its a key ingredient & I’ll vouch for its great qualities! Drinking water is said to hydrate your skin leaving it smoother & brighter as well as clearing acne! Once I started to drink plenty of water I noticed my dark circles gradually become lighter, my skin was brighter & a nice healthy glow appeared (give it a trial run & see if it works for you).

Top tip #4ALWAYS remove your makeup before you go to bed! Over a night your skin takes that time to replenish & repair, if you keep your make-up on however you are stopping this process from happening which can result in dry patches and spots!

Top tip #5 – Get into a routine!! Whatever your skincare routine, always make time for it! I put a moisturiser on just before my make-up and I cleanse when i’m in the shower. Face scrubs and masks I don’t use on a regular basis, this is because my skin results in dry patches from extracting all the good oils. Find whats best for you and stick with it!

Top tip #6 – Wash your makeup brushes regularly! Just as you change & clean your bedding frequently do the same for your brushes! Cleaning your brushes rids them of excess makeup, dead skin & bacteria, its important!

Top tip #7 – You can cover spots with makeup! It won’t make the spots any worse as long as you are upholding a good skincare regime! Apply your foundation as normal, then apply concealer leaving the spot/s till last, wait for the concealer to dry a little before softening the coverage & dust off with a little powder to set! Simple!

Top tip #8SLEEP! Get a good 7-9 hours a night!! A lack of sleep can cause wrinkles as well as eye bags, and of course it interrupts the important renewal process I spoke about earlier! (This one isn’t so easy for me what with two small children who often wake before the crack of dawn!)

If you’re on a budget its really easy to find good affordable skin products, you can find reviews online as well as finding out what products are suitable for your skin type. Alternatively you can make your own scrubs, masks & blackhead removers at home using all natural products! (Check out Pinterest, you’ll find plenty of DIY posts that you can give a whack!) 

Xox

57 Comments

  1. Skinporium May 9, 2016 / 8:11 am

    This is all really good advice! I came late to the party on cleaning your makeup brushes regularly, it never really occurred to me how really fully of bacteria they must get! I’d add to this that cleansing in the morning when you get up can really help if you’re struggling with breakouts, and changing your pillowcase regularly too 🙂 Anna | http://www.skinporium.co.uk

    • cheskaaanels May 9, 2016 / 8:36 am

      Oh I was a late one with that too!! Yes those are great points!! Especially the pillowcase one!!

  2. Laura May 9, 2016 / 8:20 am

    Such a good and imfirmatice post – I am the worst for not drinking enough water, I always forget 🙈
    Laura X
    fbl-savvy.blogspot.co.uk

    • cheskaaanels May 9, 2016 / 8:38 am

      Haha it is a really hard thing to remember as sometimes you need to drink water even when you aren’t particularly thirsty! If you set reminders on your phone every hour that will help! 🙂

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  4. Rachel May 9, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Some fabulous tips especially drinking water, I ensure I drink at least 1.5litres a day x

    • cheskaaanels May 9, 2016 / 9:58 am

      Thats really great!! Its Definitely a must do, water does such good things to our bodies!

  5. Jess May 10, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Brilliant advice! I think people underestimate how much goes into maintaining a good complexion and everyone has their own needs, which makes it so easy to find what’s right. Sleep, exercise and water are pretty much the one holy trinity of skin care and you’ve clearly nailed them :)!

    • cheskaaanels May 10, 2016 / 1:43 pm

      Thank you!!! I defo notice a difference if I don’t do these things so they are important!

  6. LaaLaa (@LaaLaaMonroe) September 8, 2016 / 10:02 am

    Good tips, my skin isn’t too bad but when my period comes around that’s when it wants to act crazy but then I also put it down to diet when I’m binging on something sweet x

  7. Claire September 8, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Some great tips! For me it’s all about hydration and SPF, absolutely vital!

  8. jojo140883 September 8, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Great advice. I have a skin care regime that I stick to every night, takes me about 25 minutes but it’s worth it as my skin is pretty good. Cleanse, tone and moisturise is key x

  9. Amy-May Hunt September 8, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Great advice, whether or not I’ll pick up the habits is another story. I am the laziest person you will ever meet, I just about manage to get up and grab a bottle of water when I’m thirsty. I might start cleansing more, just to get rid of the build up of dirt, I normally just wash with soap and water #honestyisthebestpolicy Mascara and lipstick are my friends, everything else just scares me!

  10. nicol September 8, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    i am actually going to comment on how nice your skin is! ever since drinking a lot of water and green tea, my skin is a lot better now

    • cheskaaanels September 8, 2016 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you!!! I’ve hd a major break out right now though haha! Yes I always notice my skin looks way better when I’m drinking a lot of water!

  11. Beth @ Twinderelmo September 8, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    I’ve always suffered with really bad skin & still do despite doing most of these. I’ve accepted that my scars will never go but still hard!

    • cheskaaanels September 8, 2016 / 5:26 pm

      That is! Have you tried oils, sometimes rosehip is great for scarring and can be incredible on the skin if used regularly!

  12. Mellissa Williams September 8, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    I always use a moisturiser with Spf in as nothing ages like the sun

  13. Kitty Kaos (@kellykaos) September 8, 2016 / 5:31 pm

    great tips and reading this has given me a kick up the bum to get my skin care routine back on track x

    • cheskaaanels September 8, 2016 / 5:38 pm

      I’m pleased to hear that!! 🙂 I’ve had a major break out so will have to do some pampering tonight!

  14. Rhian Westbury September 8, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Great tips, I am pretty bad at doing a proper skincare routine but I always take my make up off, moisturise daily and try to use face masks as often as I can x

    • cheskaaanels September 8, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      You’re definitely on the right path, you’d be surprised with how many people don’t do any of those!

  15. Liz Mays September 8, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    These are some helpful tips. I really need to focus on exercise and getting enough water each day.

  16. Rachel September 9, 2016 / 11:11 am

    I still dont think people understand the importance of SPF and what it does for our skin x

  17. annalisanuttall September 9, 2016 / 11:21 am

    Some very helpful tip. since I was a child I only ever drank Water and I often think that contributed to my health skin glow.

    http://www.annanuttall.com

  18. Harriet from Toby & Roo September 9, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    Totally great tips – I really needed to read this as my skin has been awful of late! H x

  19. Laura Haley September 9, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    You’re so right about how good water is for your skin-mine is so clear since I started getting at least 2 litres a day!

    • cheskaaanels September 9, 2016 / 3:08 pm

      And it looks so much more radiant don’t you think?

  20. admintestingtime September 9, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    I have a regular skincare routine, but the products change depending on the weather and time of year. I tend to use balm cleansers more in winter, perfect for a bit of nourishment.

  21. Kira C September 9, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    I really needed this bit of motivation! I’m terrible at looking after my skin as I can never get myself into a routine and I’m forever stressed out!

    • cheskaaanels September 9, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Oh its so important! Glad to here this gave you a little kick 🙂

  22. hannahhowell912 September 10, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    So many great tips – I need to take on this advice X

  23. Our Little Organic Life September 10, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    I love this article. I’m all for looking after your skin using natural methods. Another great tip is taking an MSM supplement. Topical collagen creams don’t actually allow our body to absorb the collagen, but anything which helps us produce our own collagen (like MSM) is really important for keeping skin looking young and taut. (When collagen breaks down, skin gets saggy.) And re dairy, if you can get non-homogenised dairy – or even better raw (unpasteurised) dairy – it is so much better for your health and skin. When milk is homogenised it turns it into something which our bodies can’t deal with at all and it causes arterial damage. Also the synthetic vitamin D added to homogenised milk is also toxic to our liver. So no wonder our skin suffers. Some extra stuff to think about and research yourself. And thanks for sharing these wonderful, natural tips with everyone! x

    • cheskaaanels September 10, 2016 / 6:05 pm

      Great comment here thank you for all that helpful knowledge! I knew that dairy was bad for us in many ways but now I know more thank you!! Very helpful!

  24. Claire'scomfycorner September 10, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    I’m an insomniac so lack of sleep affects my skin. You really have beautiful skin.

  25. MELANIE EDJOURIAN September 10, 2016 / 7:19 pm

    Loads of great tips in this post, I need to reread this. I am trying to sleep more and drink more water.

  26. dearmummyblog September 10, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    Great tips, my mummy had awful skin when she was a teenager. Awful. Then 10 years later is just cleared up, almost overnight. Strange. She doesn’t have much of a routine, but tries to sleep lots (hard with a toodler) xx

  27. WhatLauraLoves September 12, 2016 / 1:26 am

    Thanks for sharing such informative tips! I like to apply SPF daily and always remove my makeup before bed xxx

  28. TheLondonMum September 12, 2016 / 9:02 am

    I know I don’t drink enough water and I really need to change that!

    • cheskaaanels September 13, 2016 / 11:38 pm

      Yes I notice my skin changes if they are due a good clean!

  29. Life as Mum September 13, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    Totally agree with your tips here and fab advice to give people.

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