Sunday 7 June 2015

Skincare Routine

One of the most valuable lessons I learnt about skincare growing up was to always moisturise. My mum drummed this lesson into me from a young age. She's 61 but looks 10 years younger, and always has done, so I definitely took notice of her advice.

I had terrible acne when I was younger, I saw a dermatologist and probably tried every cream and antibiotic on the market until I was prescribed the pill. The difference in my skin was extraordinary, albeit a few scars left over from the early days (where I thought picking my spots would get rid of them). I still get the occasional spot, especially around my jawline, which is a symptom of adult acne. However, I've stepped up my skincare routine recently, and I've noticed a huge difference in the appearance of my skin.

When I was younger, and didn't wear much make-up, I would wash my face with just water. One splash of water and I thought I was good to go. Either that or I would use harsh soap on my face. I have combination skin so my t-zone gets incredibly oily whilst I have some dry patches on my forehead. The soap definitely didn't help, neither did the strictly H20 method. I didn't even think exfoliating was a thing, with the exception of my mum's St Ives Apricot Scrub - way too harsh for my skin.

I went from this to leaving my make-up on all day. I would get in from school/university/work and just leave my make-up on for the entire day until I went to bed. The chemicals in the make-up would soak into my pores and cause blemishes and breakouts. Pair that with the amount of alcohol I was drinking at university and I was completely covered in spots. From my arms, back, chest and face - they were everywhere. So it's safe to say I know my stuff when it comes to acne and the dreaded breakout.

But back to my skincare routine. As I started to follow my blogs, and blog myself, I realised that I had to do more than use my Simple wipes and moisturise. I had to really rid my face of the impurities to stop my spots coming back. And this is where I began cleansing, toning and moisturising twice a day, plus exfoliating twice a week. I even take my make-up off as soon as I get in using a micellar water. Look how far I've come!

  1. I apply The Body Shop Vitamin E Cleanser all over my face using my freshly washed hands 
  2. I wipe away cleanser using a cotton pad
  3. Using a new cotton pad, I apply The Body Shop Vitamin E Toner all around my face
  4. If I'm exfoliating, I'll apply No7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Face Exfoliator to my forehead and the apples of my cheeks. I'll massage into my face for about a minute
  5. Rinse face of all the exfoliator and dead skin
  6. Apply The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream after face is dried using a muslin cloth or towel
The Body Shop Vitamin E Cleanser and Toner

  1. As soon as I get in from work I take my make-up off using Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton pad
  2. I use Simple Eye Make-Up Remover on my eyes to get rid of my eyeshadow
  3. I'll then apply Sudocrem to any areas with blemishes or spots to cool the surrounding area and to stop me touching my face too much - the easiest way to spread bacteria
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

  1. Repeat steps with cleanser, toner and moisturiser from the morning
  2. I'll use the eye make-up remover, ensuring all mascara is taken off (waterproof mascara is so hard to remove!)
  3. Guarantee 8 hours sleep for healthy skin, and water next to my bed at all times
The Body Shop Vitamin Moisture Cream

So far, with this routine, my skin has been healthy and I'm getting less spots. Fingers crossed it will continue! 

Tell me about your skincare routine in the comments!

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