My last 'Seven Tips' post [Seven Tips for Beginner Bloggers] went down so well (it's by far my most 'liked' post on Bloglovin') that I thought I should do another! Today it's seven tips I've learnt and rely on to improve my skin. Note 'improve'! : After many years I've finally realised that with my genes, I will never have 'good' skin. Naturally large pores and combination acne prone skin will never be perfect, no matter how much money or time you invest. These tips help me to keep my skin in the best possible state it can be in and will hopefully help yours too.
1. SANITIZE! This makes me sound like a Germaphobe, but rogue bacteria is often a reason you can't shift those breakouts. Deep-clean your makeup brushes regularly with Johnsons Baby Shampoo, and get a cleaner with alcohol for spot (quick) cleaning (I like the Dior Brush Cleanser). Don't forget to clean your phone every now and then (since this touches your face) and try to get out of the habit of touching your face throughout the day with your hands.
2. BE KIND TO YOUR SKIN. Try to treat your skin as if it's already perfect. This might sound strange, but if you keep this in mind it will prevent you from angrily scrubbing when cleansing, which just makes things worse. Your skin will thank you if your use products with calming ingredients, rather than harsh stripping chemicals. Even if you think your acne-ridden oily skin needs salysilic acid and similar ingredients, trust me, it doesn't (I made this mistake!). Try using soft cleansing balms and hot cloth cleansers instead.
3. INVEST TIME, NOT JUST MONEY. Take time to learn what your own skin-type is, what it reacts well to, and read up about which ingredients to look for in skincare products - you might find the same ingredients in a drugstore product that costs half the price of a high-end product.
4. MINIMISE MAKEUP. I can't tell you how much I hate it when people used to tell me to stop wearing makeup and let me skin breathe - if my skin is looking bad, the last thing I want to do is to leave my face bare for everyone to see it! However, avoiding putting on your makeup whenever possible really does help your skin, even if this means just taking your makeup off and giving your skin a good cleanse as soon as you get in from work.
5. MASKS ARE YOUR FRIEND. Face Masks should be your go-to product for any skin concern and contrary to popular belief, you can use different ones almost every day of the week. My current favourite is Una Brennan's Superfacialist Tea Flower Clay Mask, which contains quality ingredients for a bargain price.
6. ADJUST YOUR LIFESTYLE. It's an obvious one, but some key changes to your lifestyle can make huge differences to your skin (not to mention your overall health. Eat less oily, fatty and sugary foods, take daily vitamin pills and get the recommended amount of sleep.
7. CALL IN THE PROFESSIONALS. This last tip is for when you've exhausted all the others on the list. If your breakouts aren't budging, it might be worth seeing your GP for advice on treatments that you can't buy over the counter.
Feel free to share your clear skin tips in the comments!