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!
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 #4 – ALWAYS 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 #8 – SLEEP! 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!)