Something I think we all want, desire and dream of is having great skin. For me working in the makeup industry, I feel huge pressure to have my skin looking great, and just lately I had a bad patch where my skin just had constant breakouts due to various reasons so this is the reason for writing this blog. As well as that in the makeup industry when applying makeup, makeup will only do half the battle of achieving the flawless look we are all obsessed with having. Personally, I find that when my skin is in top condition I am less inclined to wear as much makeup, basically because I feel I don’t need to “cover up” as much.
I have put together some of my top tips for getting/keeping your skin in top condition.The main thing is to be consistent with your skin care routine.
Please Note: I am not a skin therapist and these opinions below are purely my own views on how I try to look after my own skin. If you have specific skin concerns see a professional dermatologist or your doctor.
Cleansing is an extremely important part of your skincare routine. Cleansing is particularly important in the evenings before you go to bed. Did You Know: Not removing your makeup at night time ages your skin by 7days! Use a cleanser that is suited to your skin type to make sure you get the full benefits. By cleansing your skin in the morning before moisturising & applying makeup, you are guaranteed longer lasting flawless makeup. Try to stay away from facial wipes, baby wipes where possible.
Moisturising your skin has multiple benefits, moisturisers form a barrier against external elements which may harm & age the skin, moisturisers put moisture into the skin preventing dryness and dehydration which is the most common cause of aging. It is so important to have a moisturiser that is suited to your skin type, so make sure you know what skin type you are. Most moisturisers contain SPF in them which protects the skin against UV Rays. You should be moisturising twice a day in the morning and at night. Depending on your skintype and age you may need a daytime and a nighttime moisturiser.
Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells that collect on the outer surface of the skin. Dead skin cells are buffed off with an abrasive substance. Exfoliation keeps the skin soft and speeds up the skins natural renewal process reducing signs of aging, keeps pores from clogging and leads to visibly brighter smoother skin.
How many times a week you exfoliate is based on your skin type. Those with dry skin would only need to exfoliate once a week, combination skin 2-3 times a week and oily skin 5 times a week will see great improvements. By exfoliating the skin before moisturising it will allow the moisturiser to penetrate deeper into the skin.
4. Drink Water
Guidelines tell us that we should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day or at least 2 litres. By drinking water, it not only improves our overall health, your skin will sincerely thank you for it too. Drinking the recommended amount of water will keep your skin hydrated (dehydration is one of the common causes of the skin aging – Dehydration lines form into fine lines and fine lines form into wrinkles)
Drinking water is also extremely good for reducing under eye discolouration (dark circles), puffy under eyes. By drinking the recommended amount of water every day, you are flushing the toxins out of your body. Add Lemon & Lime to your water to fight anti-oxidants and toxins.
5. Treat Yourself
Every couple of months treat yourself to a facial from your local beauty therapist or dermatologist. Your skin changes throughout the seasons and throughout the years, so products that may have worked for you over the last 10 years may not be what your skin needs now. It is a fact that your skin becomes immune to cosmetic products so changing it up every now and again is required. Your therapist should be able to map out your skin and tell you what you need to know!