A few years ago, clear skin was something that I used to dream about. The idea of having a blemish free complexion was a fairy tale, and it didn’t seem to matter how hard I tried, but my skin was a mess.
However, through my expensive skincare journey I managed to learn a few secrets that have allowed me to enjoy clear and blemish free skin.
1. Water, water, water…
I have only realised recently just how naive I can be with the amount of water that I usually drink on a daily basis. In my mind, I usually drink about two litres of water a day, however, in reality I am barely drinking a litre. It has only been since I have started drinking out of proper water bottles that I have realised just how dehydrated I am, which means that my skin is also dehydrated!
I used to have the most awful under eye wrinkles, bags and dark circles. It didn’t seem to matter how many treatments, creams or concealers that I used, those issues never got much better. However, when I upped my water intake I looked about five years younger in my under-eye area!
Here are some benefits of water:
· Water cleanses the body by removing toxins from it
· Water maintains the skins moisture and delivers nutrients to the skin
· Keeping hydrated causes the skin cells to pump, and can prevent the development of wrinkles.
2. Moisturiser is amazing
I used to be afraid to use too much moisturiser in case it made me breakout. The truth is that as long as you are keeping your skin clean, and you are using the right moisturiser for your skin type, you shouldn’t break out.
I use a heavier moisturiser at night and a lighter gel moisturiser during the day, and as well as applying the moisturiser on my skin, I also apply it to my neck.
Keeping hydrated moisturised your body from the inside out, and moisturiser helps from the outside inwards.
3. Salicylic Acid can be dangerous when not used correctly.
A few years back I didn’t understand the concept of people having different skin types, and I assumed that I should be applying spot fighting treatments all over my face to prevent spots. However, what I didn’t consider was my skin type, and the fact that I didn’t have spots all over my face!
I have combination skin, and the places that I have breakouts are my chin and the sides of my nose. Salicylic acid is used to fight acne by killing bacteria and encouraging exfoliation.
This is where my issue arose.
Salicylic acid can be very irritating to people’s skin, especially when used too frequently or in too high a concentration. My skin is generally very sensitive, and so the salicylic acid, whilst killing some spots, caused my skin to break down and become dry. This then caused my skin to fight back and produce excess oil to battel the dryness, which ultimately resulted in more spots.
My point is that it is vital that you know what your skin type is, and then use products that will work for you. My skin was too sensitive to use that product, but someone with serious acne and oily skin may think it’s a lifesaver!
Previously my routine was to apply makeup, baby wipe it off, and then apply more makeup. One of the many issues with that routine is that I was continually applying makeup onto layers of dead skin, which resulted in cakey and patchy looking makeup.
I use my Clarisonic every day when I am frequently wearing makeup, or every other day when I am not. This removes the dead skin, revealing the supple and soft skin underneath, resulting in a glowing complexion.
Exfoliation also helps to keep your skin clear and prevents breakouts!