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How to Keep Your Skin in Top Condition

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Everyone wants perfect skin but with our busy lives, our daily skincare routines are often a case of a quick wash with soapy water and slapping on some moisturiser. However, different skin types require different levels of care. Here are the five golden rules of any skincare routine:

Choose gentle skincare products

Although this goes without saying, you should always choose gentle skincare products. While many of us may reach for a standard bar of soap, it can irritate the skin and cause our problem areas to become, well, more problematic. For example, harsh chemicals can dry out skin or even irritate it to the point where it overcompensates and starts producing even more oil.

Look for fewer ingredients

Cleansers, face washes and moisturisers with a long list of ingredients can mean bad news for your skin, as there’s more chemicals that could cause irritation. Generally, the fewer ingredients in a product, the more natural it is. Take the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant wash, for example. Available from Pure Beauty, it contains natural rice extract, enzymes and acids, as well as liquorice, aspergillus and grapefruit extracts. It’s perfect for smoothing and soothing your skin.

Always remove your makeup before bed

We all know we should do it, but how often do we snuggle down in bed to realise we haven’t taken our makeup off? Sleeping with your makeup on can cause problems with your skin, clogging pores and causing those pesky breakouts. No matter how much you want to stay in bed, if you want a flawless complexion, you should always wash away your makeup with a gentle cleanser. Apply a hydrating moisturiser before going to sleep too.

Stay hydrated

Of course, some of how our skin looks is controlled by what we eat and drink. Dehydrated skin can make your complexion look dry and flaky, so make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Try to keep your coffee consumption to a minimum too, as this can dehydrate you further and make your skin look lacklustre.
Think you can handle the dehydration? Don’t forget that it can make fine lines and wrinkles more prominent!

Pat your skin dry

So you’ve washed your face and completed the first step of your skincare routine. You reach for the towel and rub your face dry — STOP! By doing so, the friction of the rough material is actually damaging your skin. Instead, use a soft, dry cloth and gently pat your skin dry.

 

How do you keep your skin in top condition? Do you have any tried and tested skincare tip to share?

 

*This is a collaborative post.

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Age-proof Your Make-up (Women In Their Thirties)

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Most women usually start showing signs of ageing in their thirties. Now is the time to pay more attention to your face and skin care rountine. If you have been neglecting you face, now is the time to stop. Age-proofing your makeup in your thirties is slightly more difficult then when you were in your twenties.

Here are some changes you could make to help counter the effects of ageing, sun damage and hormonal changes after childbirth:

1. Use night and eye creams. They will minimise fine lines around the eyes.

2. Cleanse and tone twice daily.

3.  Use a skin primer to even out your skin tone.

4. Use appropriate colours for your colouring type.

5. Use a blush to contour the face.

6.  Exfoliate your face at least once a week.

Next week, I will be leaving tips for women in their forties. Watch this space.

Skincare Routines Part 2

This is the part 2 of the skincare routines beauty post. If you missed the part 1, here is a link to it – http://fashionandstylepolice.com/2013/10/25/skincare-routines-part-1/

There are some other products you may find useful for your skin. The products are:

1. Exfoliators:

Exfoliators are also known as Facial Scrubs. These products are designed to remove dead skin cells, dirt, oil and impurities. You can use them as often as you like depending on your skin type, age and how much time you have to get dressed in the morning.

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I currently use the Clean and Clear Morning Burst facial scrub. I have been using this product for over seven years now. I use it once a week but I remember having to use it every day when I had a funny skin problem some years. It worked like magic and left my skin feeling soft and clear after using it for some weeks. It is a wonderful exfoliator and you can get it almost everywhere for just £3.99. It can be used morning or evening.

2. Face Masks:

Facial masks also remove dead skin cells and take away impurities from the skin. I have never used a face mask before so I cannot recommend any product but the Simple Kind To Skin Deep Cleansing Face Mask has fantastic reviews so you might want to give it a go. It costs £3.99 and you can get it in Boots, Superdrug, Amazon on other stores.

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Here are two skin tips for you to take away –

1. Never change your entire skincare routine all at once. Always introduce products one at a time to establish the best for your skin and to avoid having a skin reaction.

2. Remember to always treat your neck and ears as well as your face. I am so guilty of this as I never remember my ears.

That is all for now folks. Look out for the next beauty post next week. I will be talking about common skin issues. Have a lovely evening.

Stella

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