My Top 10 Skincare Tips for Getting Clear Skin. ♥

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

As many of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know, I have suffered with problematic skin and acne, on and off since being a teenager. Although nowadays, I've finally managed to get my skin to the point, where it is pretty much clear. Annoyingly, I still get the odd, pesky, hormonal break out here and there, but for the most part, I've been able to keep my acne under control myself. It's taken me years to find a solution for my acne, and break out issues, but I've finally found a skincare routine that works for me, and that I stick to consistently, as well as  a few tips and tricks that I've learned along the way to keep my skin clear and blemish free. Today I thought I'd share 10 of my favourite tips and tricks for getting clear skin!

♥ 1. Drink that water girl - I always aim for 2 litres a day. Get yourself a cute water bottle like this Kate Spade one I've been lusting over. I think drinking enough water speaks for itself really. There are so many health benefits to drinking more water, why wouldn't you want to be drinking it?

♥ 2. Only cleanse twice a day - I don't believe in double cleansing, or cleansing more than twice a day, call the beauty blogger police and skincare experts! But trust me, everybody's skin is SO different. It's impossible for us beauty bloggers, even the ones that seem to know SO much about skincare, to know what your skin looks like, so unless you're going to a dermatologist who recommends personal tips and advice, take skincare tips like double cleansing, anti-ageing, using serums/oils etc with caution. Especially if you're young, your skin doesn't need high end, expensive products, nor a double cleanse! But more so, if you suffer from acne. Simple, straightforward skincare is the way forward. One of the worst things I did for my skin in the early days when I was suffering from acne, was reading far too much information on how to cure my acne, one of these tips was to double cleanse twice, or three times daily. It not only aggravated my skin, but actually caused more break outs, because it was drying my skin out. My favourite cleanser is the Cetaphil Cleanser, as it's so calming on my skin, it does the job of cleansing perfectly, without causing further break outs, or irritation. Best of all, it's super affordable! I use it morning and night to keep my skin clear.

♥ Cetaphil Cleanser - £8.99 

♥ 3. Moisturise often - don't starve your skin of moisture. Not matter how oily you think it is, even oily skin types need moisture. Dry, thirsty skin can actually cause more acne/break outs. It's all about balance. Just remember after cleansing your skin, you need to apply a moisturiser, every time. I always aim to apply a moisturiser within 5 minutes of cleansing, to lock in moisture. My current favourite moisturiser, and one that I always go back to is: The Body Shop's Vitamin E Day Cream. (Read full review here)

           ♥ The Body Shop's Vitamin E Day Cream £14 & The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream £13

♥ 4. Don't buy overhyped skincare products - Adding to what I mentioned previously, when I suffered from acne as a teenager, I would research the best products to use to get clear skin, and banish my acne. Often expensive, unnecessary products would appear in articles online. Little did I know, these sorts of articles preyed on young people like me, and it was an advertising tool to sell more expensive products. Did those products banish my acne overnight as promised? No, of course not. So many products are hyped up these days, especially when it comes to skincare. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish anyone? Yep, this broke me out SO BADLY. Yet everywhere online, it's sold and reviewed as a miracle product. I see it all the time. I really do believe in not giving into the hype, especially when it comes to skincare. Yes, some products are pretty amazing, but it's all about trial and error when it comes to your skin. Everybody's skin is so unique and different, just because a £60 cleanser works for a top skincare blogger, it may not work for you.

♥  5. You are what you eat - Now believe me, I love chocolate, ice cream, Dominos Pizza, Mcdonalds and all the bad, junk food, just as much as the next girl, but it's important to consider the effect that eating so badly can have on your skin! I'm not saying quit your weekly takeaway, or don't have a little treat here and there but it's all about balance. Some skin loving foods I really enjoy are - fish, veg including carrots, broccoli leafy greens, and fruit including banana, blueberries, apples, and kiwi, etc. Basically most things that have some kind of life. Try to incorporate some of these lovely, tasty, good foods into your daily diet, and your skin will thank you for it. Pinterest is a great way of finding skin loving snacks and foods, so I would totally recommend that if you're stuck on what sorts of foods to eat.

♥  6. Stick to a really, simple skincare routine - there's no need for expensive treatments and products. Often if you have problematic skin, if you use a variety of different products, this will cause further breakouts. You need a good, consistent routine to beat spots. I'm talking from experience. I literally rotate a handful of products and stick with them. As a beauty blogger, I'm often sent lovely samples of skincare to try, but I'll only try it, if I feel it won't irritate my skin or cause breakouts. Mixing up your skincare is one of the worst things you can do, to trigger a break out. My favourite skincare products at the moment, for clear, acne free skin are: Anything from The Body Shop's Vitamin E Range (it's an amazing, affordable range, and it makes my skin look and feel amazing!), Cetaphil Cleanser, and L'oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask. Like I said I use this products religiously, and rarely try any others.

♥ 7. Take your vitamins - Not only is eating right important, to ensure you benefit from the clear skin loving nutrients, a good way to ensure you get every single vitamin you need is to take vitamin supplements. You can find many skin loving vitamin supplements in your local Wilkos and Boots, for really cheap prices too. Just make sure you check with your Doctor that the supplements are suitable for you.

♥ 8. Take your make up off, every. single. night - Duh? This is a really obvious one, but it still shocks me how many of my friends don't remove their make up before going to sleep? Are you ok Hun? It only takes 5 minutes to look after your skin, and remove your make up each night, so instead of spending that 5 minutes scrolling through Instagram, do something you'll thank yourself for in a 30 years time, and remove that make up, cleanse, and moisturise. If your face isn't properly cleansed, your skin will appear dull,  and you'll clog up your pores = more breakouts.

♥ 9. Get your beauty sleep - Overnight your skin works wonders all by itself, it renews, rebalances and restores! Sleep is basically food for your skin, there's a reason it's called beauty sleep guys! If you don't get enough sleep, it will show in your skin, not only will it look dull, tired, and dry, but it can also worsen skin conditions, including acne. Try to get at least 7-8 hours sleep a night, and your skin will thank you for it, it will be glowing, clear and youthful.

♥ 10. There are no quick fixes - or magic skincare products that will give you clear skin, and it certainly doesn't happen overnight. It's an all round effort, of taking every singe one of these tips, and trying your best to stick to them. Just remember everybody is unique, and their skin is different, what works for Zoella, might not work for you, take skincare advice with a pinch of salt, use it to help you find the right skincare routine for you, but don't feel that you have to follow it religiously.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and that you've found some of my tips helpful.
What are you top tips for getting clear skin?

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