Back during the thick of my skin woes, roughly between the ages of 18-22, I spent HOURS, and I mean hours trawling through endless beauty blogs, YouTube videos and online articles looking for miracle remedies that were going to cure my of my skin issues.
Well as you’ve probably guessed I never found those so called beauty secrets that I had been tirelessly searching for.
In fact I actually believe it is not just one single factor or one single product, like the ones that have 5* on Feel Unique and therefore trick me into thinking that I have to buy them. It is most definitely a combination of things from diet to cleanliness. Some of these tips may seem obvious, although sometimes we can’t see what’s right in front of us, and some I needed pointing out to me.
Wash your face
Properly. Warm water, facecloth and cleanser. Makeup wipes do not suffice.
I wash my face morning and night every single day without fail. It wakes me up first thing in the morning and after I’ve had my makeup on for 12 hours there is no better feeling than taking it all off and letting my skin breathe.
Furthermore I do not want to stain my pristine white pillow cases with orange foundation marks.
Clean facecloths and towels
Having washed my face I always dry it with a towel different from the one I dry my hands on.
(You can tell how many times I’ve bought Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm; you get a free facecloth everytime you buy a new pot…)
If, sorry to be TMI, you have weepy open spots then it’s even more important that you regularly change your facecloth (at least every two days) to ensure you aren’t just wiping the spot germs across your face hence making it easier for them to spread.
Change your pillowcase regularly
This one is logical enough. You lay the sides of your face on it every night so it needs to be clean.
Do NOT touch your face
If you are going to attack your face at least do it with freshly washed hands and or a tissue. Never do it with the same hands you’ve just used to pet your dog or having just nipped to the supermarket.
Drink lots of water
Cliché I know, but cliché for a reason. This really works for me. I can always tell when I’ve been away for the weekend and not had my trusty bottle of water with me. To be honest it’s very rare that I don’t take a bottle of water with me everywhere I go, but I’m not perfect and it does happen.
Eat an abundance of skin-friendly foods
When I’ve been eating a diet that largely consists of beige foods, think bread, white pasta and minimal fruit and veg, my skin starts to look dull and grey. And it makes sense because after all you literally are what you eat.
Foods I find help my skin tremendously are lemons, kale, spinach and nuts. Of course everyone’s skin is different but I can always tell when I’ve eaten plenty of these foods as my skin is infinitely clearer and glowy-er.
Get plenty of sleep
Not just for your skin but for your body as a whole.
Hard to do with the lure of scrolling through Instagram whilst snuggly in bed but a lack of sleep means that our bodies produce more of the stress hormone cortisol. High levels of cortisol lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body.
It’s not called ‘beauty sleep’ for nothing.
Try not to stress
This, of course, is made even harder by the fact that you start stressing about that fact that you have spots and that you shouldn’t be stressing because you’ll only make them worse. Still with me?
So what you have spots? They’re not a reflection on your character or personality and unless your friends happen to be part of that elite group of people ‘who never get spots’, then everybody has been there.
These tips aside, I’m always on the look out for new tricks if you have any that you swear by?