Tuesday, 13 May 2014

6 Tips to Clearer Skin


For anyone that suffers from blemish prone skin, I feel your pain. My skin was terrible in high school and it's only now looking back I realise all the silly mistakes I made. I tried to cover up blemishes but what I was using was just making things worse. I'm now in my twenties and I've learnt a few things. These tips are a little obvious - but it's what really helped me improve my skin. I started abiding by these rules back when I was around 17-18 and now I'm 22 looking back and wondering what all the fuss was about. Of course I still don't have perfect skin, I have to work hard to stick to a routine, but usually the reason I have break outs is because I've not been following my own skin-rules...

My Top Tips for Better Skin

001. Stop Using Makeup
My skin became a million times clearer and healthier once I realised the products I was using on it (foundation and concealers, also some blushers) were making it worse. But lets not be silly, you don't have to cut out makeup all together - I stopped using cheap or crappy foundations and looked around for more natural alternatives. My skin is sensitive to lots of ingredients so I need mineral foundations or talc and oil free liquid formulas.

002. Don't Over Cleanse
You don't need to deep clean your skin day and night. Sometime's over washing your face will make it worse. If I've been wearing a lot of makeup that day I will be sure to cleanse properly, if I haven't had any makeup on, a light quick cleanse with a baby wipe will be fine.

003. Use Products That Suit Your Skin Type
Find a cleanser, toner and moisturiser that works for you. I can't use any with fragrance or lovely fruit extracts. They look pretty on the bottle but I know they will do nothing for me. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is my holy grail. I also wouldn't religiously follow the 3-step skin care system. You need to find a routine that works for you. For example, I don't use toners at all because they make my skin red and tight. 

004. Drink Water
As boring as it is - it works. I set myself a challenge a while ago (when my skin was particularly bad) to drink 4 glasses of water a day for a week. In 3 days I noticed a big change. After the week was up my skin was almost blemish free. It makes such a huge difference to up your water intake even by 20%

005. Stop Touching Your Face
During the day your hands will come in to contact with so many germs, oils etc and then you rub your face/eyes/nose and your just rubbing pore blocking dirt everywhere! Especially if you are already wearing makeup. It took a while for me to train myself not to lean on my hand when sitting at a desk or touch my face throughout the day without cleaning my hands first, but now it's easy. I actually have developed a weird thing about other people touching my face too (their hands might be dirty!)

006. Have a Junk Food Detox
Go for a week without eating any greasy crappy foods. There's no way I'll be cutting Nandos or pizza out of my diet but I only have these foods every so often because I know they play havoc with my skin. If it's been a particularly bad week, just eat lots of fresh fruit and veg to get back on track.



If you have any tips on how to clear up your skin issues, let me know! I'm always up for trying new things and I get lazy with my routine so change can encourage me to work hard again.


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9 comments

  1. Definitely agree with you on these! I really need to drink more water and eat better, but my skin is good most of the times apart from the odd hormonal breakout.

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor

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  2. Such great advice. I tend to forget about the basic things that can help your skin like drinking lots of water.

    MELISSA LOVES THIS

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  3. Thanks for these tips! I definitely need to drink more water!

    ellenunderwater.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. i don't know how true it is, but i've heard that milk is a massive irritant to your skin! a lot of the time dairy causes me to flare up, so maybe try and cut down, or cut it out! :)

    charlotte x
    www.thestylearchive.co.uk

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  5. I definitely need to pay attention to this, over the last few months I've been eating so much crappy food and it's really taking toll on my skin. This is super useful! xxx

    sarahstmaur.wordpress.com

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  6. Thanks for these tips..definitely need to increase my water intake. I keep hearing and reading about how drinking a lot of water does wonders, but I never get to do it myself.
    I feel that washing your face well, pat drying and applying a good night cream to it before going to bed is definitely a great way to take care of your face. I have seen positive changes since I started applying night cream regularly.

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  7. I don't usually wear foundation but I bought one for my prom. I tried it out the other day and even after wearing it once for one night I noticed it really didn't help my skin!
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

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  8. I have just shared my skin saviours over on my blog just now. Love all your quotes but I am bad for touching my skin during the day.
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!
    xxx

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  9. No doubt a wonderful post with true meaning, usually we ignore these habits which are actually bad for our skin and you’ve explained it all very well. Thanks for the post.

    Terrie | dermology skin care products

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