Hello there my pampered beauty buffs,
Today I wanted to talk about some common mis-conceptions when it comes to skin care, my current routine and how to adapt it for your skin type! Hopefully you’ll find this useful, let me know and I’ll do some more posts like this one!
Here we go…
Skin care myth number 1: Scrubbing your face with soap will keep your skin healthy and acne free.
Using soap to scrub your face is not only very drying on the skin but also removes some of the protective oils and barriers on the top layers of your skin leading to more acne/spot prone skin. This will only cause more problems than just the spots which you were trying to solve, leaving you with dehydrated and often peeling skin. I WOULD RECOMMEND using a light exfoliator a few times a week followed by a moisturiser and make sure you cleanse to remove all your makeup.
Skin care myth number 2: Expensive skin care products work best.
This is simply not true. Skin care is so individual it really depends what you find to suit you. Take face masks for example, I tried so many but the one that works for my skin best happened to cost under £5 from the drugstore. Some expensive products feel nicer, it’s true, but the fact is that a lot of them contain many of the same ingredients as drugstore products. MY OPINION is that it really doesn’t matter, try lots of products out and use whichever one works the best, don’t fret about brand names as long as you have the correct products to look after your skin.
Skin care myth number 3: Blackheads relate to cleanliness and can be scrubbed away.
Blackheads are formed when hormones cause too much oil to be produced, dead skin cells get in the way,the path for the oil to get out gets clogged. As this clog nears the surface of the skin, the mixture of oil and dead skin turns, you guessed it, black. But you can’t scrub away a blackhead, at lest not entirely. This will only remover the problem on the surface. WHAT YOU NEED IS a good blackhead clearing cleanser which will solve the problem by making is way right into the pores and unclogging all the passages!
Skin care myth number 4: Moisturiser applied at night must be labeled “night cream”
What you often hear cosmetics salespeople say is that the skin needs different ingredients at night than during the day. They usually state that skin does more repair work at night, so to help this, more nourishing, vitamin packed products work better at night. BUT HERE’S WHAT I HAVE TO SAY If that’s the case there isn’t a shred of research or a list anywhere of what those ingredients should be. It is nicer to use these more nourishing products at night because they have more time to absorb into the skin without makeup or dirt getting in the way, but to be honest it really doesn’t make that much of a difference, as long as your day time products have SPF to get you through the day, just use the products that work the best for your skin!
Well I hope you enjoyed your little lesson there but it’s time to get to the nitty gritty, split the good products from the bad!!
SKIN CARE PRODUCTS I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT:
Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2 in 1 Wash and Mask:
This is amazing, the clay formula means it’s really nourishing and leaves your skin super soft. As a mask, this helps clear you skin and for a fast fix definitely reduced redness. As a wash if used a few times a week consistently does reduce breakouts. I try to use the mask once a week to top up my regular routine and put in any moisture lost, especially good after a night out!
* If you have very dry skin, avoid the mask, but the wash is still amazing, for dry skin I would recommend: Lovea BIO Purifying Face Mask with Yellow Clay – Dry Skin.
Body Shop Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser:
Lovely for all skin types and especially lovely on problem skin. This product can come as a bit of a miracle when you have a breakout at a very inconvenient time! Used just before bed after taking your makeup off (I wouldn’t use this cleanser to remove your makeup.. too foamy) It reduces redness and puffiness while targeting spots from the root. I’d use this three or four times a week, built up regular use definitely up’s the effectiveness of this product.
Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner:
Simple is so perfect for problem skin and works amazingly on both dry and oily skin. I’d use this on the same days as the cleanser so my skin can have a couple of days off from lots of pampering as well!! Sometimes you need more days in the week to fit in all of the products!!! Just gently buffed into clean skin with a cotton wool pad, this toner really does what is says it will, soothes any angry skin, and evens skin tone.
I worship this product!! It is the ultimate spot cream and reduces redness, like an eraser! I try not to rub this in too much, I put it on just before bed over the areas that really need help and just leave it to sink in and do ts business while I’m asleep!
*The only unfortunate thing about this product is it can be slightly oily, as you can see on the packaging, it specialises in treating drying skin problems. For more oily skin I would recommend using: Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser Combination/oily.
*Also be warned that on some oily skin this product may cause a reaction! (lil disclaimer there)
Garnier Pure – Stylo SOS Pen
This pen is my favourite quick fix spot corrector. You squeeze it out of the tube and apply the gel directly over the spot or blemish and leave it to form a sort of shield over the spot, then over night there is a definitely noticeable difference. Also it is very nice and easy to use under makeup, as long as you give it a little time to dry before you start smattering foundation on!
Well, there you have it my lovelies, some skin care myths solved and my favourite products and how to alter this routine for you skin whether it be dry, oily, problematic or all of the above!
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All my love