It’s that time of year again, the winter coats are coming off, the holiday plans are being stuck to cork-boards everywhere and for gluttons like us, a winter’s worth of Prosecco, Chocolate and carbs wrapped in more carbs have reeked havoc with our skin- just in time for the Spring season of youth and vitality.
Below are five small but mighty tips for achieving skin you’re more confident with without breaking the bank or writing a huge itinerary of daily tasks.
- Hot Cloth & Water: Say Goodnight to your skin
Okay, so I give you, this isn’t the most glamorous tip ever but I think a lot of people (myself included!) will have overused a cleansing product in their lifetime, which can be just as bad for your skin as not using any at all. While using a cleanser in the morning should go without question, using cream products at night could be part of the reason for your bad skin and *that’s* when the hot water and cloth solution that your grandmother keeps going on about becomes a life saver. The hot water opens your pores and cleans without leaving behind any residue to sit in your skin overnight. A soft, clean cloth gently scrubs away daily dirt without taking away too much of the skins natural oil, keeping your skin clean and fresh.
Use a gentle makeup remover first if needed and a hydrating night cream afterwards for a quick and delicate finish.
- Oils are your friends, not your enemies!
Plant oils have so many unusual uses: you can put lavender oil in your bath to soothe irritated skin, Coconut oil can be used as shaving cream and as after-shave care, and I’ve even heard of people in colder countries using Baby oil on exposed skin to fight frostbite (though I wouldn’t recommend Johnsons & Johnsons, what with all the animal testing). In short, oil is magical and can replace many synthetic products in your makeup box which may have ingredients that aren’t working with your skin and more against it.
From Argan, Coconut, Avocado, Lavender, Rose, Tea Tree and even Flaxseed to name a few, there’s plenty of choice for you to find exactly what you need for your skin-type and problem. I use raw Coconut Oil as an eye makeup remover and pure Argan Oil as a post-shave moisturiser!
- Leave those spots alone!
I get it, we’ve all been there. You’ve been stuck at your job all day, you’ve just rubbed your eyes and noticed a spot on your nose that you can’t stop picking. Honestly, the amount of bacteria we pick up on our hands every day from doing such simple things like opening doors or posting envelopes would make even the most laid-back person shudder if they could see it. When you rub your eyes at the end of a long day, the bacteria from your hands could end up clogging your pores, causing blackheads, yellow heads or irritation. Keep hand sanitiser on your desk or in your bag and save a life! (Or least, your skin.)
- Fresh Linen: Treat yo’self
Who can deny the feel of a fresh pillow case, warm from the dryer and smelling like your favourite fabric softener? Your face can’t. Pillows often see a heavy deposit of dead cells that rub off your skin through the night so washing and replacing pillow cases regularly is a good investment for healthy skin, especially if you’re oily or acne-prone. High thread count sheets are also much gentler on those with sensitive skin conditions like Eczema, so investing in some nice cotton could not only get more sleep into your routine but also cut down on your acne and dry skin.
- It’s a cliche yes, but drink more water
It’s probably the most over-used, most quoted bit of advice any blog has ever said, ever but it really is worth repeating. By drinking 3-4 pints (1.5-2 litres) of water a day, you can ease your acne, purge your body of harmful toxins that cause acne and dry skin alike, increase your skins elasticity and improve your overall health. If you don’t like the taste of water either, you can check out Infused Water: How to make it interesting here for recipes that make drinking water tasty and even better for you!
Like I said, these aren’t dynamic, never before seen ideas. They are however tiny little game-changers that if applied to your daily regime, can make a huge difference.
Until next time!