When I get older, I want to have skin like my nan. She is in her sixties, and she has the healthiest looking, peachy complexion. Her secret is Nivea, she could literally be their walking advert. Unfortunately, I am not that lucky just yet and it has taken me a while to find my skincare routine so I thought I would share it with you guys.
The first thing is first, don’t stress over it, instead, listen to what your skin is telling you. Your skin just like your self, it has mood swings and you need to learn how to deal with them and why they happen.
- Determine your skin type – There is seriously no point in wasting money on products which are going to be useless or may harm your skin even more. Our skin is the biggest living organism and a lot of us forget that. Pop into your local dermatologist or buy a test kit. A lot of skin care stores also now do a skin type test for you when advising on products. Bodyshop is a really good one for this and it only takes 2 minutes. The one thing I would suggest is going in with a makeup/product free face to get the best results. This leads me to my next point…
- Let it breathe – how good does it feel to take your clothes off at the end of the day? Well, imagine how good your skin will feel when you take off that whole layer of makeup. And please, I beg you, do not fall asleep in it. I know it’s difficult especially after a long day but makeup is makeup. It’s not supposed to be on 24/7 😛 Even if you don’t wear makeup – run a makeup wipe across your face after getting or the tube or blow your nose! – I am not going to comment any further 🙂
- Drink plenty of water – Water clears all impurities. Feel like a glass of coke or fanta? Swap it around for some water. I personally struggle with this. In the beginning, it was rather difficult but I make sure that I wake up and water is the first thing I see. I also got around this by caring a smaller bottle of water with me everywhere and refilling it and always having water in the boot of my car. – You never know when you’ll need it!
So now saying all of this, my routines took me absolute ages to actually find. My skin is pretty sensitive and often a combination of everything. It fluctuates throughout the month and I’ve now figured out what it needs. SO here goes my everyday routine:
- I wash my face with the Bodyshop vitamin E facewash. Its a small tube but it actually last for ages. I have had my one for about 2 months now and I use it every day twice a day. I find that its really good for all types of skin and doesn’t dry it out but rather keeps it hydrated and feeling fresh and soft! I won’t lie and say that it removes all makeup because it doesn’t. I don’t tend to wear much makeup so it doesn’t bother me.
- I use a natural pore cleansing exfoliator made from seaweed for combination skin from Body Shop. If not then I do like the St Ives Apricot scrub which is gentle and smells sooooo good! I’ve literally used it for years. I don’t like to scrub my face so I only do it when I feel like my skin needs it or when I have worn heavy make up just to make sure that all of it has come off. Apparently scrubbing your face every day isn’t very healthy for it as it stops your skin from producing natural oils and can throw the natural PH off balance – but again I am not an expert and you know what your skin needs!
- Toner is essential. Funny enough, it’s not something that I’ve used all the time and only started in the last year or so. I’ve noticed a big difference with home my skin feels and doesn’t break out as much. It’s also from the seaweed combination skin range at Body Shop and is really easy to use.
- Sudocrem & Nivea – keep your skin moisture! This is most probably the most difficult thing! I constantly forget to do it and then wonder why my skin is looking rough. I only use sudocrem on areas that I’ve developed or am developing a spot in. I try not to use my fingers and instead apply it directly with an earbud. Nivea is of course inspired by my nan but I can’t use the original because it’s just too think and clogs my pours up so I use the light moisturising version!
- Chose a face masked based on how your skin is feeling that week. Mixing them up can always do a little more justice. For example, if your chin has broken out, use an oil balancing mask on that area of your face but maybe a moisturising mask on your cheeks. At the moment I love the Garnier SkinActive range that is out. Its a simple sheet mask so no messy business!
The main thing to remember is to look after the skin. You might as well invest in good skin care products rather than cover up the issue with expensive makeup. Once your skin feels good and you’ve tackled the underlying issue, everything else is so much simpler and you will feel much better.