I've been guilty of not treating my skin the way it deserves to be treated lately. I've been eating too much chocolate, not cleansing properly and not drinking enough water by far!
In my previous life I was an fashion and editorial make-up artist and ten years of work in the industry let me in on a few little secrets to help improve your skin.
As my face has decided to have a massive hormonal melt down, I'll be sharing with you how to help banish pesky spots and get on your way clearer skin.
1. Face mapping. Did you know that breakouts in different parts of the face relate to different things going on in the body? I know I'm having a hormonal outbreak as it's my chin thats affected. Stress shows up on your jawline, poor diet on your forehead etc. Having a clearer idea of where the problem may have started, might just make it easier to treat.
2. Clean your make-up brushes. Sounds obvious, but I'm pretty sure we all forget to do this. I use my face cleanser, but a small amount of shampoo is good too. Leave them flat to dry over night, so water doesn't drip down from the bristles into any glue in the metal bit. There is a word for the metal bit, but right now it escapes me!
3. Stop touching your face. Think of everything you touch in between washing your hands and then you transfer that all to your skin.
4. Double cleanse. I always think of it as the first cleanse removes your make-up, the second one actually cleans your skin. I use Liz Earle Cleanse and polish first as it takes off all make-up, including mascara, followed by Murad Time release blemish cleanser. It is non foaming, anti aging and doesn't dry your skin out. Plus the bottle is massive and last ages!
5. Drink more water, eat more veg. Nuff said.
6. If you're using a concealer stick, put it on your (clean) hand first and use the product from there. If you have blemishes and then swish your stick or wand all over it, you're then transfering that bacteria back into your product.
7. Change your pillow case every few nights. Change your face cloth every 2 nights.
8. Deep cleanse. Now this bad boy is quite amazing. Estherderm's Osmoclean Gentle deep pore cleanser. It's like a deep clean exfoliator but without grains. With massage, it cork screws down into your pores and draws out impurities. I've actually run out of this but will be buying more ASAP as it's a little wonder product!
9. Sleep and relax. If you're having a bad skin day, remember, it probably won't be the same skin in a week or two's time.
If you're having a particularly hard time with your skin, speak to your GP for further advice.
Hope you've picked up a few helpful tips here!