Skincare can be confusing and difficult to get your head around, especially with all the different products on the market and people telling you different things, but it doesn’t have to be.
I will be the first to admit that I didn’t really used to take care of my skin that much, but over the past year I’ve become much better at looking after my skin and as a result my skin is glowier with less blemishes.
1. Double cleanse
With all the lotions, potions, SPF and other things we put on our face each day it’s hardly surprising that a quick splash of soap and water won’t remove very much and you’ll be left with makeup on your cotton pad. So why not try double cleansing, which I wrote a post on here. It doesn’t take that long, especially with my foolproof method and it means your skin is clean, prepped and ready to absorb those lovely serums and moisturisers and repair and regenerate whilst you sleep!
2. Wash your makeup brushes often
We wash our faces every day, so why not our brushes. I know I hear you! it’s a massive chore to do but makeup brushes can harbour bacteria and cause spots and I find personally you don’t get as good a finish with a ‘used’ brush as you do with a clean one. Now I’m not saying you need to do every single brush in your collection- because that would be ridiculous- but my face brushes get one or two (at most) uses before they’re washed with antibacterial soap and water. If you don’t want to be doing this daily I recommend you invest in a few more face brushes then you can give them all a good ol’ clean at the weekend.
Moisturising is important, no matter your skin type. Even if you have oily skin, do not be afraid of moisturiser! It won’t make your skin more greasy, in fact you might find your skin less greasy as your skin isn’t overproducing oil because of the moisture it’s so desperately lacking in. There are also some really good lighter options out there for oilier skinned gals such as the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel, which is one of my favourites as it’s really light and fragrance free.
4. Eat your greens
Well actually you should eat a rainbow of colours. We’ve heard it all before fruit and vegetables are good for you and you might groan at the fact you don’t like vegetables or you don’t have time, but they are packed full of antioxidants which will destroy any free radicals and things like Vitamin C can build collagen too meaning you will keep that youthful plumpness.
If you really don’t care much for them then try sneaking them into other foods. Smoothies are a good one, like a banana and spinach smoothie. Or try in a bolognese, stew, or lasagne, or even just try shoving a load of other things you do like on a fork with it and endure it until you like it. I’m kidding of course…
5. A good skincare routine
This is probably the simplest and easiest one to do. Know your skin, if it’s oily or dry or sensitive or combination, pick your products accordingly. They don’t have to be expensive ones just don’t add too many products in at once.
I use a gel cleanser in the morning and then double cleanse at night with an oil and a cream cleanser. I use a toner twice a day, and light moisturiser. 2-3 times a week I use a chemical exfoliant and an oil 2-3 times a week. That’s only 7 products for my entire night and day routine. Of course I have other skincare bits and bobs I use on a semi-regular basis, but those 7 products are my core routine. It doesn’t take long and my skin is better behaved than it’s ever been.