The skincare industry can be overwhelming, with literally hundreds of innovative products being released every week and the discovery of another “must-have” ingredient, it can be difficult to know what products you actually need and what’s just a trend.
Here are some of our favourite tips and tricks that’ll help your skin glow, heal and stay healthy.
Get To Know Your Skin Type
The most common skin types are oily, acne-prone, dry, sensitive, and mature skin; you can be more than one type and it can change over time or through the seasons, so always listen to your skin. If you don’t know your skin type and use products not suitable, you could compromise your skin’s natural balance and trigger irritation, inflammation, breakouts, and even premature aging.
Introduce Double Cleansing into your Routine
Cleansing once isn’t enough! By cleansing twice, you’ll make sure all the dirt, bacteria, oil and pollution that’s built up on your skin during the day has been properly removed, leaving you with a thoroughly clean base for you to layer your night-time skincare routine onto.
Invest In a Silk Pillowcase
Some of silk’s hypoallergenic properties include a natural resistance to dust mites, fungus and mould. Silk can be beneficial for your skin and hair.
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can help your skin stay healthy and smooth and can help reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles.
On That Note, Make Sure You’re Switching Your Pillowcase
We hate to add laundry to your to-do list, but keeping your pillows clean is a top beauty secret! Pillowcases can hang on to dirt, oil, and bacteria from our faces, hair, and environment, and can become a breeding ground for acne. Try to swap your pillow cases at least once a week, this will help avoid breakouts.
Give Your Face a Steam Massage in the Shower
Let your shower run on hot for a few minutes to build up steam in your bathroom. When you get into the shower massage your face in circular motions, the steam will open your pores so all the dirt inside can come out. Also, massages increase circulation and creates a dewy complexion.
Rinse Your Face With Icy Water
This is a working trend for models and celebrities! When you wake up, or before applying your makeup, splash some ice cold water onto your face. The icy cold water is meant to constrict the capillaries in the face to reduce swelling and puffiness, with the desired result of looking awake and refreshed.
Go Make-up Free
For some of us this is really difficult and for others this is already the norm. If you’re comfortable, then try going makeup free, even for a few days at a time. This will allow your skin to breath and will give your blemishes time to heal.
Clean Your Makeup Brushes
This is a chore we all forget about sometimes! We know you’ve been putting it off, but regularly cleaning your makeup brushes can make a huge difference in your skin. Brushes hold onto bacteria, debris and oil which can cause acne and blemishes.
This is your reminder, go and clean your brushes!
Identify your Stress Busters
We know “stressing less” is way easier said than done, but it’s something to consider. It’s important to set aside some time during the day for self-care, even if it’s just for a few minutes
Stress and lack of sleep induce the hormone, cortisol, which triggers our skin to produce more sebum or oil.
Hydrate, Inside and Out
Skin experts love to emphasise the importance of hydration. Hydrate the outside by moisturising twice a day and the inside by drinking enough water – around eight glasses of water a day.
It’s never too early to start taking care of your skin! The more you take care of your skin now, the better it is going to look when you’re older. How do you look after yours? Let us know in the comments!
A mum with a passion for beauty and style. I have 3 children and live in Sheffield. As mum’s we often take care of everyone except ourselves. No matter what your budget or time limitations are, I believe you can always look stylish, take care of yourself and your home. Always on the hunt for my next beauty product and that perfect dress!