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Skincare basics you should know

Taking care of your skin is important. I started paying more attention to my skin in my 20s, and I wish I started earlier. When it comes to having a great skincare routine, the earlier you start, the better. There is only so much makeup can hide. If the foundation isn’t right, the paint would look off! So ensure your skin is in top shape before spending money on makeup to plaster on it. Here are some skincare basics you should know.

 

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Know your skin

The first step in having a good skincare routine is to know your skin. Is it oily, dry, normal or combination? Oily skin is greasy and shiny. Many of us had our own share of oily skin in our teenage years. Dry skin is dull and flaky with rough patches, especially across the cheeks. Combination skin is a perfectly even toned skin, with maybe an oily T-zone. Knowing your skin type will help care for your skin properly, and with the right skincare products.

 

Use gentle skincare products

Once you know your skin type, you need to get the most gentle skincare products for it. Avoid anything too harsh for your skin, Essential oil-based products are generally good. The simpler the product, the better. Don’t experiment to much when shopping for skincare products. Stick to products you have tried and tested and only use new products you have researched properly. Always read the instructions at the back to ensure there are no harsh ingredients.

 

Don’t pick your face

I know how tempting it is to squeeze spots and blackheads. I also know how horrible it looks when the squeezing goes wrong. Squeezing spreads the bacteria, damages the skin and can scar. My advice is to leave the blackheads and spots alone when they spring up. Alternatively, you can have they removed professionally if they bother you that much. The skincare pros steam the face to loosen the blackheads and extract without any scars or infection. You can also have your acne treated professionally as well.

 

Cleanse, tone and mositurise

These steps are the holy grail of skincare. You really should not skip any of them. Your skin will thank you for it. Cleansing is the first and most important step. You need to always remove your makeup before going to bed. Toner is the second most important step. It is designed to tighten the skin all up again after cleansing. Moisturising is the third and final step. A light moisturiser is great for nights and a heavier moisturiser for the day. A good night cream can also perform wonders on your skin.

 

Healthy lifestyle

Having a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and good sleep would do your skin wonders. Drinking the recommended amount of water everyday helps your skin too! So if all else fails, ensure you have a healthy lifestyle to keep your skin glowing.

 

Do you have any tried and tested skincare product you can swear by? Please share them in the comments section.

 

 

 

 

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Hair growth before, during and after pregnancy

Our hair is our crown and we should pay more attention to it. When I say hair, I mean our natural hair. Hair extensions, wigs and all the rest are good but our primary concern should be with our natural hair that grows out of our head. I have neglected my natural hair for so long and I am still paying for all the damage I caused it. The good part of the experience was having the knowledge to care for my hair going forward and share my insight with my daughter and anyone who cares to listen.

Our hair grows at a rate f about 1cm every month. It is less for some of us and more for others. It all depends on the type of hair, genes and how we nurture our hair.

 

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Our hair lasts for between 1 to 6 years. Then it sheds and a new hair replaces it. On a good day, we lose around 100 hairs. The older we get, the less our hair grows, which is the younger you are, the easier it is to grow your hair. It is faster to our hair between the ages of 15 and 25 because this is when out hair is at the thickest. The irony of this fact is this is the stage most young girls are developing and finding themselves. So they end up experimenting with all sorts of hairstyles, which may damage their hair in the end. The hair usually thins out between the ages of 30 and 50 years.

 

Hormones and Hair Growth

Our hormones affect our hair in various ways. During the teenage years, our hormones make the hair greasier and curlier. While in menopause, our hair becomes drier. When we are pregnant, our hair becomes really thick and hair loss decreases massively thanks to the high levels of oestrogen and progesterone. I still remember how thick and long my hair was while pregnant with the twins. My hair was so healthy and shiny, it was unbelievable. However, once I had the kiddies, my hair started shedding at an alarming rate. All the hair that would have been lost over 9 months fell out within weeks after delivery.

 

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I went natural after childbirth and I have been growing my hair since then. My hair has really improved since I went natural. I have been nurturing it and paying more attention in ensuring it stays healthy. My efforts have paid off and my hair is thanking me for it.

How do you nurture your hair? Any hair growth tips?

 

Giveaway – Win NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Set

Hey beauties! Fashion and Style Police will be celebrating 7 years of blogging this month and I can’t believe how far I have come. It feels like I started this blog yesterday, that’s how quickly time flies.  I will be celebrating with a giveaway every week. Each giveaway will run for 1 month, so there will be 4 lovely prizes to win this month of October. To start of the month of celebration, I am giving away a NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Set 3 x 8ml. Each lip cream comes in a smooth velvet colour and the textures are so amazing. The shades are beautiful too – Copenhagen20, Budapest25 and Moscow31. If you are a makeup fan and you like the NYX brand, this giveaway is for you. I am a huge fan of the NYX makeup brand because the products are always great quality.

 

 

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Giveaway Rules

The rules of the giveaway are super easy as always –

  1. Subscribe to my Youtube channel and follow me on Twitter.
  2. Leave me a comment here on this blog post telling me what you think of this NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Set. Please remember to include your Twitter name in the comments, so I know how to find you.
  3. You will need to retweet the post to enter the competition as well.

 

This NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Set giveaway will run for a month like I said, it ends 3 November at 11pm. I will be contacting the winner on Twitter within 24 hours of the giveaway ending. You have to be over 18 years and a UK resident to take part in this giveaway. The winner will be randomisers selected and will have 48 hours after I make contact to claim the prize. If I don’t hear back from the selected winner, another winner will be chosen.

You can follow my page on Facebook to keep up with all the giveaways going live this month. The giveaway category is also a good place to keep up with my many giveaways. Good luck everyone!

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