Skincare ♥

Are you feeding your face well?

Yes, you read right.

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The quality of what you put onto your skin is going to determine what your skin gives you back.

It’s simple science.

Imagine if you were to take pure chlorine and pat it all over your face. Your skin would (at the very least) dry out, become red, blotchy, itchy and EURGH. When you put certain cheap skincare or makeup products on your face it can be as bad as smearing on something acidic like that.

When I started highschool, I used to have bad acne due to the constant playing around I did with makeup. The only makeup or skincare I could afford at that age was decided by my pocket money allowance, ie. £5 maximum for one product. Although this isn’t the worst price for a product, I was buying two or three products for £5 and then trying them out and using them everyday in an effort to appear older and more glamorous like the senior girls. As a result, my skin got very “angry” and little red spots would protrude everywhere that only eventually a herbal remedy would cure.

So if you want beautiful skin put thought into choosing your skincare routine and makeup collection. In alot of cases the more expensive product is the answer because you pay for results.

So, to start at the very very very basic point of everything you need to know about beauty: devising your skincare routine. Here are well-known points you need to remember:

1) Water. Yes I know you don’t need told again.

2) Healthy Diet. Blah blah blah no I’m not being paid.

3) ..Cleanse Tone Moisturise

Cleansing is common-sense. Whether you use a wipe (which has the benefit of exfoliating your skin), or a cream/gel formula with a cotton pad, you need to take off everything that you had on that day or the oil that you accumulated throughout your sleep.

There’s a lot of debate about whether you truly NEED a toner for your skin. Some claim it’s  an unnecessary waste of money that is basically applying water on your face from a fancy bottle. I’ll let you decide, but my opinion is that you should use a toner as it can remove further tiny traces of makeup or oil that your first cleanser didnt sweep off, and more importantly it removes traces of the CLEANSER you used if your choice was cream-based. I find my skin is more ready to soak up the mosituriser than if I were to skip this step.

Moisturising skin is a must. Even if you don’t feel much difference without one because your skin is not dry, what you may not realise is that moisturising creates an extra layer or barrier between your skin and the external forces (in other words, the wind rain sun or MAKEUP). It also makes the surface of your skin smoother so that your makeup is used better by your skin and not simply soaked up due to the lack of moisture. So moisturiser makes your makeup last longer. There is an extra important step you can use to make your makeup last even longer and look much more professional which I’ll cover another day.

4. Exfoliate

If you don’t use exfoliating cleansing wipes on your skin (which can be too harsh depending on your skin type) you may want to use a scrub from time-to-time just to remove the visible and invisible dry skin cells that are on the surface of your skin and prevent your makeup and other products from lying smoothly on your face.

Your Skin Type

If you have sensitive skin.

People are mistaken when they think that just because their skin isn’t dry it isn’t sensitive. You can have oily sensitive skin like me. But don’t worry you can find so many products suited to sensitive skin of many types. You just need to take extra care. Stay away from brands like Clean n Clear and other teenage brands because they’ll just strip your skin.

Dry – Your face feels tight or dried out everywhere after washing/cleansing your face, and can sometimes flake.

Oily – You can see shine and moisture from your T-Zone (Forehead, Nose and Chin), cheeks and all over your face.

Combination – You’ll see oil in some places and have dryness in others.

I have to say that the best range of skincare products I have ever came across is Clinique. So many people recommend it and if you’ve not tried it and your current skincare isn’t working then try it. The full size bottles are expensive but if you want to try all 3 steps out they create starter or travel kits for around half the price. The best place to go is a department store like Debenhams.

Clinique’s 3 step system can be adjusted to your skin type. So everyone has the 3 products of either a soap bar or liquid cleanser (depending on preference), a toner and a moisturiser but the type of toner and the form of moisturiser (lotion or gel) is dependant on which number of skin type you are: 1,2,3,4.

The thing that really made me buy into Clinique and put my trust in the belief that it would work for me is the woman who gave me the consultation. She used felt the skin on my face and told me WHAT it was that told her I had greasy skin, rather than just agree with what I claimed my skin was like to make a quick sale. Then she used the products carefully on my hand, showing me exactly how to apply them, how much, how it felt etc and then told me to compare my hands. The hand she had put the products on definitely looked a lot brighter and fresher, and felt very smooth. She put moisturiser alone on the other hand and you could see the hand wasn’t as receptive to the mosituriser due to the fact no exfoliator or cleanser (eg step1 and step2) had been used prior. So this was proof to me that it worked and that’s why I spent my money on the products and I do recommend you go along to clinique and see what they can do for you as you will get results.

Next time I will talk about make-up for your skin type and show you my favourite foundation for my oily skin.

So I think I may have rattled on a little but hopefully you’ve learned something and if not there’s always next time.

If you try Clinique let me know how it works out for you 🙂

Until next time,

Stephanie xx

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