Today I thought it might be nice to do skincare post, just on how to care for your skin generally – back to basics!
- Make-up removal
The big game changer for my skin was when I stopped using makeup remover wipes and started removing my makeup “properly”. People used to take the piss out of me at first! Some of my closest friends thought it was ridiculous that I spent the time taking my makeup off with a cleanser rather than using wipes, but I knew that in the long run it was for the best and so I persisted, and the biggest difference I have ever seen in my skin was from when I was using makeup remover wipes, to when I eliminated them all together. I started by using a Simple cleansing lotion on cotton pads, or Garnier micellar water, and once that became second nature and not at all like a chore (i.e. I would do it even when coming home drunk from a night out, the true test), I switched to using a “proper” cleanser (over the sink with water), and then very shortly after I began double cleansing and I have stuck to that ever since! If your somebody who is struggling with your skin I really think it doesn’t matter what products you’re buying or how much you’re spending, if you’re still using makeup wipes theres only so much the rest can do. Of course I still get break outs, but not nearly as often as I once did, and when I do they are usually tiny little pimples rather than a soul destroying spot. In terms of how soft my skin is, how firm is feels and how ‘glowy’ it is, it’s never been better!
P.S Doesn’t it make sense that we should be actually washing our faces? I mean… yeah.
I always get asked about which moisturiser I think is best, but because I don’t suffer with particularly oily or dry skin I have never had much of an issues with any moisturiser I have used. What I WILL say, is that my skin has always had the best reaction to the moisturisers that have one job – to moisturise. The anti-aging ones tend to make me break out (no matter the price… here’s looking at the £267 one sat on my shelf as we speak), as do ones which claim to have other miraculous benefits. I’ve come to have the opinion that moisturiser should be simple, leave the fancy ingredients to the other products! I’ve mentioned it before but i’ll say it again, the one moisturiser I swear by is the Organically You avocado & rosehip balm. A little goes a long way so don’t overdo it, but the natural ingredients seem to work a charm. It is chemical free, 100% natural, vegan, cruelty free, £8.99 (!), and made by an incredible independent business woman – girl power.
We all hate a breakout, and no matter how great you are with your skincare sometimes there’s no way to avoid it, whether thats because of a change in climate, hormones or a million other factors that can bring on a breakout. I think its important to know what type of spot you’re dealing with, if you start using a new cleanser or exfoiliator it’s normal to have a little breakout while the product does it’s job and brings all the crap out, but there is a difference between a normal spot and a skin reaction spot. I don’t think I need to explain what a normal spot is, we’ve all had them! But a skin reaction spot is something that could be mistaken if you don’t know what they look like, and if you come out with a skin reaction spot then I would recommend for you to stop using the product you have introduced. Skin reaction spots usually some in clusters, or a few within the same area, they are tiny teeny pimples that are not particularly red, and can be popped (however if you can help popping a spot, do, but I know its easier said than done!) super easily by simply running your nail over them with very little pressure, and they are filled with nothing but a tiny bit of liquid, very similar to the contents of a blister (gross but it has to be explained!).
In my experience, reaction spots can only be cleared by discontinued use of the responsible product, but if you don’t know which it is (or maybe its just a build up of product over time that your skin doesn’t like anymore), then the best thing to do it cut your products back to basics, only using items you know your skin is okay with. When this happened to me recently I went back to only using a cleanser and moisturiser for about a month, and then added back products one at a time over few weeks.
Bigger or ‘normal’ spots can be dealt with by drying them out, a product I swear by for this is the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, used with a cotton bud and topically applied. The reason that perfume used to “work” when we were young and stupid is simply because the alcohol in the perfume would dry the spot out – but please, put the perfume down. If you don’t have anything to dry it out, just try not to squeeze it and let it go away by itself, making sure you’re being gentle in that area and don’t over stimulate it (in other words don’t go hell-to-leather with the exfoliator in one area in a bid to clean it out).
I don’t really know what to call the header here, but what I’m getting at is things which are touching your face. We can all be guilty of leaving the bedding a few more days or one more week than we should without changing it, but a build up of bacteria on your pillow case can effect your skin, after all, you’re touching it night after night! Think of all the things which might be regularly coming into contact with your face, scarfs, bedding, dressing gown (my fave), makeup brushes (the worst culprit), these things all need washing regularly as to not contaminate your own face and undo all your hard work with the cleasing! Would you brush your teeth without rinsing the toothbrush afterwards and then use it again the next day without rinsing it first? No, so why are you using the same dirty brushes on your face which haven’t been cleaned in months and months? Catch my drift? Same, same but different!
I think its needless to say that lifestyle can also take a toll on your skin, I’m sure we’ve all had an alcohol and take-away fueled weekend before and started the next week feeling and looking like a toad. Don’t punish yourself, just pick up where you left off and try to at least take your makeup off before bed even if your head is half way down the toilet and you smell like a mix of sambuca and chicken nuggets, deal? Also, drink more water! It helps…
Love, Chelsea xxx
Please note: I am by no means a skin care specialist and have no professional training, however this is what I have found to be true for me, and has worked for *me*.