I’ve changed up a lot of things with my skincare routine to yield better results and I wanted to share them with you guys.
- WATER, WATER, WATER!!!!
When it comes to taking care of your skin and body water is vital. I recommend drinking a minimum of 2 litres daily to flush out impurities and keep your body cleansed inside and out. As the saying goes what goes in to your body reflects on how you look on the outside.
Another vital factor is your diet, a factor I find important is dairy intake. When I started university in September I made a conscious decision to cut out dairy, this includes milk, butter and cheese. The changes have been quite significant when it comes to how my skin has been and even has contributed to weight loss. Cow’s milk and dairy products are not meant for humans as these products contain growth hormones and inflammatory substances that clog your pores and cause acne. From cutting out dairy, now whenever I eat it I break out like mad. Cutting out dairy is honestly one of the best things you could do for your skin.
Exfoliation is a vital step to clear skin. As we get older the production of new skin cells and the shedding of old ones slows down; To stimulate and speed this process up exfoliation is important. Not exfoliating can lead to the build of these skin cells and then lead to your skin being rough, makes your skin produce excess oil which clogs up your pores which leads to acne and blemishes. Some exfoliators I can recommend are The Body Shop’s seaweed pore-cleansing exfoliator which I have spoken about in numerous blog posts and a new one I’m trying out is the Bioré baking soda pore cleanser which is supposed to remove dirt and impurities from your pores whilst also removing dead cells. It is important to exfoliate 2-3 times a week, especially when you’ve worn makeup.
- Face masks
Face masks are great for helping to maintain clear skin. For them to be effective facemasks should be done 2-3 times a week but not too often as this can sometimes cause the over stimulation of oil which again leads to clogged pores and defeats the whole purpose. The face masks I use are The Body Shop’s oil-balancing clay mask which draws out impurities, controls excess oil and clarifies the skin. The second face mask I use is Witch Hazel’s tea tree peel off face mask, this deep cleans and tightens you pores as well as helping to remove blackheads.
I am soooo passionate about cleansing, its actually one of my favourite parts of the day because of how it makes my skin feel. Cleansing is necessary EVERY DAY, TWICE A DAY! No exaggerations. It is important to cleanse in the morning after a night of sleeping because of the excess oils and bacteria that have built up on your face overnight. Also at the end of the day your skin has been through all sorts and needs to be cleansed. Cleansing purifies and soothes your skin and this is needed since the skin is the biggest organ of our body and protects us. I do a few types of cleansing; first I use wipes, then I use a foam cleanser, on some day’s deep cleansers and then in addition cleansing toners/waters. The products I use are The Body Shop’s skin clearing tea tree foaming cleanser, tea tree helps bring dirt imbedded I your skin out (same thing that black soap does). I also use The Body Shop’s deep cleanser around 2 times a week (Sundays and Wednesdays) when I want an extra thorough cleanse on me skin. I use any facial wipes because most of them are the same and its mostly a gimmick when companies tell you different facial wipes have different properties, so don’t fall for it. To tone I usually use The Body Shop’s seaweed oil-balancing toner and I’ve just started trying the popular micellar cleansing water and I’ll let you guys know how that works.
- Makeup removal
The way you remove makeup is very important, using wipes and going to bed is not enough. This leaves traces of makeup on your skin overnight which clogs your pores and makes it more likely for you to develop spots and acne. Here are the steps I take when removing makeup. Firstly, I usually use about 2-3 wipes to take off the initial layers, then I use an eye makeup remover to remove mascara, eyeshadow and excess lash glue. After this I use some cotton wool and cleansing water to take off more makeup the next step is to use a facial cleansing wash, then after this I exfoliate. When I have done all this I dry my face and cleanse again with toner or cleansing water. Now after this I sometimes do a face mask depending on how tired I am but this is not necessary (just me being extra). I then proceeds to put on my different serums and night creams which I will write about in a future post.
- Clean pillow cases and sheets
I’m sure my mum would be very surprised to hear this but I change my sheets and pillow case weekly. This is because when you sleep all sorts of bacteria build up on your skin and this is left on your pillows and sheets and if you continue to sleep on these for elongated periods over time it is only going to be putting dirt on your skin and causing more acne so this is a vital step.
Thank you so much for reading guys, I hope it helped; feel free to ask questions or share your steps to clear skin in the comments.
There are going to be a couple of changes with how the blog is run and I am going to update you guys, uni has just been long but I’m going to make sure I put out fresh, helpful blogposts as much as I can.
I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who nominated and voted for us in the UK Blog Awards for Fashion & Beauty. I am pleased to tell you guys that we made the shortlists and are finalists!!! This is an achievement greater than we could ever imagine and motivates us to work harder and take this blog to new heights. Thank you everyone for the support!!!
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Peace and love