Those of you who regularly read my blog or follow me on Twitter (get following here) will know that recently I’ve had a skincare overhaul. For months I was really unhappy with my skin. It was full of horrible, nasty spots that were really painful to touch and I would have to cover them with thick, heavy make-up. One day even my mother was alarmed when picking me up after being away at university to see my bad my skin had gotten.
As the summer was creeping closer I was feeling more and more down about how my skin looked and had no idea what to do. I didn’t want to be walking around in the hot weather with a face full of makeup and so I took the plunge and went to Debenhams for a full skincare consultation. Since then I’ve seen an incredible change in my skin and with little changes to my diet and lifestyle here and there my skin has cleared up so I can leave the house with just some concealer and a little powder – something I would never have done a few months ago!
I know lots of you suffer with these problems and let me tell you, there is a way to combat them! By using these five easy steps I have seen a huge difference and I thought I would share them all with you. If they help just one person I will be so happy.
1. Sort out your skincare routine
Before getting a solid skincare routine I would use a Simple Cleanser to remove my makeup, and that was that. I thought I was a responsible beauty blogger removing my makeup each night, but let me tell you – I wasn’t! Using a cleanser removes the top layer of makeup but my skin was still clogged with dirt and looking back now it’s actually quite gross. The next morning I would get up and put on my usual makeup products when in reality my face wasn’t properly clean.
In hindsight this was obviously causing me to break out. My skin is oily anyway so for my skin to be blocked by a layer of makeup causing excess oil to not be removed from the skin then it was clearly just crying out for help! Now I use Clinique’s Anti-Blemish solutions range and it has changed the way I treat my skin forever. It has really worked wonders. I cleanse, tone and moisturise with both a moisturiser and a gel both morning and evening and my skin is fresh and squeaky clean. In fact, it’s like my skin craves it and it starts feeling all gross if I haven’t washed it as soon as I wake up.
I have been using the products for about two months and my skin is visibly clearer. I still have a few scars from spots on my cheeks but these are gradually fading and are easily covered with a little concealer. Having a skincare regime is so important. I can’t stress this enough!
2. Don’t fake tan your face.
Every girl loves a little bit of the bronze stuff to give a natural, warm glow – right? I love the fake tan myself and have been using lots of different ones over the past few months, but made the mistake of tanning my face also. Thinking about it, this was another layer of gunk added onto my face and clogging up my pores and since stopping I have noticed a huge change. Admittedly, it looks hilarious walking around with a tanned body and a white face, but that’s nothing a little bronzer can’t solve!
3. Change your foundation.
As much as I love you, Estee Lauder Double Wear, you really are the devil when it comes to breaking me out. I used to wear Double Wear daily. It’s got fabulous coverage, so I felt like I needed it to cover those pesky blemishes but as it’s so heavy it was probably making it a lot worse! Team that with the fact I wasn’t removing my makeup properly and we have a serious problem here. As soon as I bought the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions skincare products I switched up my foundation and reverted back to Bare Minerals. Using a mineral powder without the harsh chemicals has been amazing. My skin can actually breathe! It’s got surprisingly awesome coverage too so perfect for ladies like myself with blemished skin.
4. No make-up days are the best days.
Lately I have had absolutely no reason to wear makeup as I’ve been sat in the house all day doing uni work. Apart from adding a little mascara and brow gel along with some powder for the gym – nobody deserves to see me completely bare faced – I’ve been absolutely loving days where I’ve not had to apply makeup. For me, I enjoy wearing makeup and I love the process of applying and transforming myself into something slightly less scary than my natural look, but I’ve been embracing these days and, on the days where I have worn a full face of makeup for work or a night out, I’ve been itching to get home and wash it off! After a thorough wash in the morning and letting my skin breathe all day I go to bed refreshed and my skin is thanking me for it!
5. Avoid alcohol.
This may be just a problem that only affects me but I noticed that after a particularly heavy night out my face looked like a bomb site. As a university student, going out drinking is part of the package but it was not helping my skin whatsoever. After a heavy night out my skin would be terrible for days afterwards, and just as it was starting to clear again – bam! – another night out was on the cards. Such a vicious cycle! I haven’t been out drinking for five weeks now and the one night I did go out I only drank a cocktail. What a difference it has made. Whereas before I would be plagued with little spots all along my t-zone and cheek area I now feel fresh-faced and it’s made me turn over a new leaf and steer clear of the alcohol.
In just two short months since making these changes my skin is clear and I am so much happier and more confident. I was so conscious of my skin and would wear my hair down all the time to try and cover a lot of my face and would often talk to people subconsciously with my hands covering the particularly spotty areas. It really is amazing what these simple steps can do.
What are your tips for clearer skin?
Let me know if you try any of these and how they work for you!
Lots of love,