Skincare is the most important thing you can do for your beauty regime. It is the base of your makeup look and it is what makes your natural beauty shine through. If you want to maintain a youthful and healthy look throughout your lifetime, skin should be your first port of call.
Cleanser is a substance you need to use twice a day, once in the morning and once at night before bed. When you are choosing a skincare product such as a cleanser you need to ensure that it is the right one for your skin type. If you have oily skin, a salicylic acid cleanser is ideal. If you have dry skin you will need a hydrating cleanser such as an oil based cleanser. Take the time to find the right one for you. And if in doubt ask.
It is more important than you may think to drink enough water during the daytime. Water will hydrate and plump up your cells and it will also help to clear out any toxins which are lurking inside. You can also drink liquids such as chlorophyll which helps to drain tissue fluid from the skin and reduce any puffiness and inflammation you may have. You can find chlorophyll in most health stores and you need to take just one shot a day.
- Eat right
The key to healthy and happy skin is to eat the right foods which will keep the skin plump and looking younger for longer. Make sure you eat plenty of foods which contain omega 3 because this keeps the skin moisturised and plump. Think about drinking a cup of coffee in the morning too which can help Keep the skin young. You can even drink fresh orange juice or take a vitamin C capsule which will increase the body’s production of collagen. As we know, collagen makes the skin elastic and young.
No matter what skin type you have, if you want to keep a youthful complexion you need to moisturise a few times a day. Make sure you choose a moisturiser which is right for your skin type and use it as a base before makeup in the morning, and place it on the skin before bed for an overnight treatment. Think about investing in hydrating face masks and have one at least once a week to give your skin deep hydration.
- Don’t touch your face
The absolute worst thing you can do for your face is to keep touching it throughout the day. If you always find yourself rubbing and touching your skin during the day you are spreading bacteria which will penetrate the skin and cause you to develop acne. Avoid this as much as you can and train yourself to keep your hands away.
- Don’t use too many products
Although we are told that we need a good cleanser. Toner, serum, moisturiser, eye cream and exfoliator etc… this can actually be doing harm to our doing because we are overwhelming it with tonnes of different chemicals every single day. To avoid this you can stick to 3-4 products, and try to find products which can double up with another use. This will save you time, money and your skin too.
- Wear sunscreen
If there is any tip you take away from this list right now,it will be that you should wear sunscreen every single day of the year. We often think that we can only damage our skin in the summer with the sun, but the sun shines all year long, and even when it is raining the light stills comes through. To stay youthful and prevent wrinkles or skin cancer, protect your face with sunscreen before applying your makeup over the top.
- Stay hydrated
The number one cause of wrinkles and dry skin is lack of moisture. We already know that we need to use hydrating products every day, but we also need to drink enough liquid. Drink 2-3 litres of waters every day for your skin and find ways to lock the moisture into your skin throughout the day. You can even use a rose water spray for your face to hydrate it during the day without damaging your makeup.
- Avoid heat
It isn’t just the sun which will dry out and damage our skin, any type of heat can do the same. When you are cooking make sure to keep your face as far back from the oven as you can. Don’t sit in front of a fireplace for too long in the winter, and avoid the direct heat of campfires. You can still stay warm, just try to keep your skin away from it to protect it.
Exfoliation is the act of scrubbing the skin with a cleanser that contains small beads. These beads will dig into the pores and get rid of dirt and debris, and also remove any dead skin cells. If you want to avoid your skin clogging up and forming spots, you need to exfoliate for a couple of minutes twice a week. This will make a huge difference to your skin and you will likely find that it is much more fresh and tight afterwards.
- Clean your makeup brushes
It is shocking how little we clean our makeup brushes during the year. You could go a month or two without cleaning a brush which you use on your face every single day. When you think about how much bacteria spreads from your face to the brush everyday it is not surprising that we need to keep them clean. You should wash your brushes every two weeks ideally. And you can do it without forking out for an expensive makeup brush wash. Buy some baby shampoo from the store and use this to wash the brushes in warm water. Take your time and make sure you have rinsed them thoroughly before letting them dry. Voila, fresh brushes for a fresh face!