These golden rules will ensure that your skin is in it's best condition
It is important, no matter what stage of life you are at, to look after your skin to the best of your ability. It doesn't have to be a complex thing. In fact, there are many simple ways to keep your skin healthy without going to the ends of the earth.
Cleansing is the most important way of keeping your skin healthy and clear. If you do not clean your skin properly every morning and night, then you run the risk of acne and excess oil building up. You don't need to use an expensive, fancy cleanser. A simple daily face wash is perfect. The Simple Kind To Skin Cleanser is a good, affordable cleanser that can be used every day. Micellar water is currently my favourite method of cleansing. It's incredibly quick and easy! Micellar water is a gentle cleansing, water-like product, which removes makeup and does not need to be rinsed or wiped off. There are so many different brands of Micellar Water now, but I use either the Garnier or the Botanics water.
A lot of us don't realize what type of skin we have and therefore, use the wrong kinds of products on our face. Oil is one of the main causes of acne and if your face is already quite oily, what you really need is an water-based, oil-free moisturiser. These hydrate your skin without adding to the excess sebum coming from your pores. I know it seems like it's a little mad to moisturise your face if you already have this skin type, but it's important to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. A good moisturiser will not block your pores or create acne. If you are worried about this adding extra shine to your skin, look into buying a mattifying moisturiser. These help to smooth the appearance of your skin and dry up any excess oil sitting on top of the skin.
I recommend Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-Free Moisturiser and Garnier Pure Active Matte Control.
If you suffer from very dry skin, then look into deep-hydration moisturisers, especially if you find you have rough patches on your skin or itching. Some good products include Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm, E45 Moisturising Lotion, and Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion. Moisturisers are not the only thing you can do though, look into buying a rejuvenating night cream or a hydrating mask. You can buy many different kinds of night creams in Boots, so look out for what is best for your skin type. For a hydrating mask, I've recently been using the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet by The Body Shop and I'm loving it! It smells beautiful and feels so cooling, leaving my skin in much better condition than before.
I have been to hell and back with acne since I was about 16, and if it wasn't for some holy grail products, I would still be battling it out. The best thing you can do for those painful red spots that appear mainly in the T-Zone of our face is to not touch them with unclean hands, also to use a product that will help to shrink the size of the spot by drying it out.
I know it's tempting to squeeze spots but if you really want them to go away quickly, then you need to avoid touching or irritating them. In fact, by squeezing spots you are actually making them worse by breaking the skin and leaving them open to dirt and bacteria, which could cause infection.
To reduce spot size and redness, the Clearasil Rapid Action Pads are brilliant - but be careful, because these contain strong ingredients and can sting or burn broken skin. Clean & Clear Advantage Spot Treatment Gel is another good product to reduce redness and swelling of spots, but I would not recommend for use on very sensitive skin.
It's very important to rid your skin of dead skin cells by exfoliating 2 to 3 times a week. This is especially important for those with older skin as the process of skin regeneration slows over time, meaning our skins dead cells will start to build up instead of shedding as it has before. There are many ways to exfoliate, including using gentle exfoliating scrubs that contain small micro-beads, and also daily washes which include ingredients such as salicylic and glycolic acid.
The Neutrogena Visibly Clear range is brilliant as they have both washes and scrubs suited to different types of skin. Also, the Nip+Fab Glycolic Exfoliating Pads are an effective and simple way to exfoliate. I find that using exfoliating acids is more effective than using scrubs, and also gives more even results, but it is different for everyone.
Most people will wait until a certain age (usually mid-thirties) before they start looking into using anti-aging products. This is perfectly okay, but I feel you are never too young to begin to delaying skin aging. Some good products to use as a young person to delay aging are the No7 Early Defence products, especially the eye cream. Eye creams are truly such an important part of anti-aging care. For older skin, the Olay Total Effects moisturisers are more appropriate, along with the Olay Anti-Wrinkle day & night creams.
All of the products listed* can be found in Boots pharmacy and are very affordable.
*(Except The Body Shop Hydrating Sorbet which can be bought in The Body Shop or online on Amazon Ireland).
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