We’ve all got different skin types, but there’s one thing we all have in common.
No one’s skin is perfect.
Everyone has a different skin battle to fight – breakouts, pigmentation, sensitivity… the list goes on. And on. And on.
No matter what skin type or plight you might have, I thought I’d share some of the simple tips and tricks that I use to help keep my skin healthy and happy.
1. Work with what you’ve got
If you’ve got sensitive, blemish-prone skin (or any skin type, really) one of the best things you can to do is to be aware of what you’re putting on your face.
I’m a big believer in keeping my skincare routine simple, as that seems to really suit my skin. Not to mention I’m incredibly lazy and the thought of using eleventy billion products morning and night just turns me right off!
Find products that suit your skin as it is right now and remember that your skin will change with the season and with time, so be in tune with that and adapt your skincare accordingly.
2. Treat yourself
From acids to peels, face masks to retinoids; there are loads of extra treatments you can use on your skin to give it a boost.
Here’s a little run down:
- Acids: there are a ton on the market and they can be used for acne, scars, age spots and pigmentation.
- Peels: these are amazing as a chemical exfoliant and can have similar effects to the acids.
- Face masks: Having a variety of masks can be a great way to treat your skin. Use specific masks for specific areas, fighting localised issues on your skin.
- Retinoids: A derivative of vitamin A, they’re incredible for acne and stimulate collagen and cell production for youthful looking skin.
- Oils: Naturally derived oils can work wonders on dry, dull skin.
If any of these sound like something you’d be keen on, I’d recommend doing your research (online, asking friends and talking to skincare professionals) to find the right products. There are a huge range of each so it’s important to find the ones that are perfect for you.
3. You are what you eat
Glowing skin starts from within! As simple or cliché as it might sound, what you put into your body really does end up showing on the outside.
Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables. Eat as many whole foods as you can and try to limit processed foods. BUT! Do enjoy yourself. Life’s too short to label foods as “good” and “bad” and to feel guilty about indulging. So long as you’re eating well most of the time, and you savour those treats when you have them, you’ll be enjoying the best of both worlds in moderation – and have great skin as a lovely side effect.
Drink lots of water throughout the day – we’re talking around 2 litres.
I carry a glass water bottle with me everywhere I go so I make sure I’m getting my H2O intake. Some people like to start their day with a glass of water with either lemon or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in it to kick-start their metabolism. Personally, I think starting your day by downing a glass of water (with whatever you choose to add to it) is a very good thing to do!
4. Kiss and makeup
Whilst makeup is great for helping enhance our features and even boosting our confidence (or distracting from tired eyes!), sometimes it could be doing more harm than good.
Check out the ingredients of your favourite makeup products and look out for any that could be damaging your complexion (again, it pays to do some research here into what you should and shouldn’t be putting on your face).
I also like to go makeup free as often as possible. I feel like I’m giving my skin a break and just letting it breathe and be. It also gives me 10 minutes to do something far more enjoyable like drink a hot cup of coffee that I haven’t forgotten about while applying my face!
5. Clean up your act
One thing we should all be doing? Learning how to clean our makeup brushes properly.
I mean, we use them every day, so we really should be washing them on a regular basis – just like we do our clothes, towels and sheets.
If makeup brushes aren’t cleaned regularly, they won’t work as effectively but they also can become a happy little breeding ground for bacteria. Eww! And no one wants to be brushing THAT onto our face every day!
Knowing your skin and what it needs is probably the most essential part of looking after it.
It may take a little trial and error to perfect your skincare routine (and it will change over time), but it’s an investment worth making, don’t you think?