A Beauty Essential: How to: Create Your Own Skincare Routine - Top 20Tips


1. ALWAYS REMOVE MAKEUP at night, this is so important, to make sure your skin is clean and that any other products you use at night can sink into the skin and work it's magic. 

2. To remove flakey skin, best thing to do is to exfoliate as this will slough away those flakes and leave soft and smooth skin. To hide flakey skin, use your makeup brush or fingers, and use sweeping motions in the direction of the flakes, this will lay the flakes down flat against your face helping them to be less noticeable. Or you can use a stippling motion with your brush or sponge to pat the product onto your skin rather than swiping or rubbing, just don't use a buffing motion. 

3. If you have an oily t-zone or other parts of your face that get slightly shiny through the day, you can apply a powder, or use blotting papers to rid you of that shine, leaving the drier areas with no powder

4. Using matte foundations would be something that can help your skin if its oily, as it will help control oil and also keep you shine free and not looking like a grease ball. But you have to be careful with any dry areas when using this as they tend to cling to it - just apply more moisturiser in the dry area, or even use a different foundation that is suitable for that concern.

5. Rather than using a clay mask all over your skin, with the risk of it drying some areas on your face, apply it just on the troublesome areas, like breakouts or congested skin etc. a bit like a spot treatment.

6. Leave on your balm cleanser for five minutes as a mask to add some nourishment into the skin whilst soothing and smoothing too.

7. The best thing for your dark under eye circles? Sleep. Easier said than done I know but it is so important and it will also help your skin too. Sleep does some magical things so do whatever you can to get on average 7 hours a night.

8. ALWAYS WEAR SPF. No matter what time of year it is, be it raining or snowing, SPF is so important at obviously protecting your skin from sun damage but also in helping any current sun damage and preventing it from getting worse. I wear SPF every single day and being someone with freckles, I have noticed that even now, in the spring and summer, my freckles aren't becoming more prominent like what they have done in the past. 

9. I know this sounds really boring and cliche, but it actually works. Drinking water every day was something I never used to do, I always drank squash and thought as it has water in I thought it would be okay. But once I threw that out and drank water like it was going out of fashion, I noticed a change in my skin, how plump and supple it was as well as being less tight and uncomfortable after washing my face. I highly recommend this, and not just because 

10. Use a facial spritz throughout those hot summer days to cool your skin down, refresh your makeup and is also just brilliant to add some moisture to your skin when needed.

11. If you've been reading my blog for a while, I've always said that Tea Tree Oil is a brilliant and affordable spot treatment. I use it as a toner in a spray bottle, but you can also use it on a cotton bud and apply directly to the blemish. I have found that using this toner twice a day, everyday really helps eliminate bacteria and dirt that causes breakouts. 

12. Be super careful with your skin. Treat it gently and carefully. Don't tug or rub your skin as it can damage it and even cause fine links and wrinkles. No one wants premature ageing so prevent it wherever you can.

13. Stress can cause havoc on your skin and the rest of your body. Whenever you are in a stressful situation, try and keep calm and talk about it rationally. No one can avoid stress, but find ways to deal with it and even prevent it as much as you can. Or even spend some time at night doing some things to relieve the stress, whether it be on your body like doing light exercises, having a nice long bath or a simple pamper routine a few nights a week. I will maybe do a post on some of my top tips for stress relief and dealing with stress. 

14. Take care with the things you put in your body. Drinking lots of alcohol and drinks high in sugar and calories can have some adverse effects on your skin. Also try and maintain a healthy diet including all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your body needs. I'm not exactly the healthiest eater as I'm so fussy and don't like a huge amount of foods but I have certainly included some more healthy things into my diet and have seen some really unexpected improvements.  

15. Possibly the best thing I did for my skin is stopping smoking. Although this seems obvious, my skin improved within weeks and obviously there are so many other health benefits from stopping smoking but I am so pleased that I have stuck to it.

16. Don't forget your lips. Would you believe if I said there was a lip scrub? Well there is. Any dry, flakey skin that you may have on your lips can be gone in seconds with this.

17. If you have puffy or irritated eyes, apply a cold compress onto them - this can be in the form of a nice cube, a metal eye rollerball cream/treatment, putting your eye cram in the fridge, or simply just using a cotton pad soaked in cold water. It de-puffs, and reduces any swelling from irritation or simply just wakes you up.

18. This is one that is quite important and I never really understood why until recently. Rather than rubbing and tugging at your face, pat and blot dry. Tugging can cause fine lines and wrinkles and all in all if you're trying to take care of your skin yet not taking care in how you handle it then you can end up with even more concerns than before.

19. Another boring one but it's often missed a lot, but washing your hands before you touch your face is vital, especially if you're trying to fight blemishes. What is one of the causes for breakouts? Bacteria. So washing your hands before you touch your face is certainly a good place to start. Keep a hand sanitizer with you too incase you're out and about and need to touch up your makeup or whatever, as they're antibacterial.

20. Finally, is vitamins. I'm not one to harp on about taking supplements as I am not the best at remembering to take them. But taking something like a multi vitamin will make sure you are getting the nutrients you need to help your skin, Omega-3, anti-oxidants and fatty acids will be a kick start to keeping your skin healthy and in tip top condition. 

I hope you have enjoyed these tips and have liked the how to: create your own skincare routine week. Let me know of you have any requests for post or any questions and I'll try my best to answer them. 
Next week is another theme week where I'll be posting every single day. So make sure you come back and check out the theme next week.
Thanks for reading.

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** Disclaimer: I am in no where a skincare expert or claim to know everything about skincare. This is just what I have learnt and picked up along the way and I have done a lot of trial and error so I can give you my thoughts on what does and doesn't work for me. Please always read the instructions on the product and make sure you are taking the necessary precautions (like wearing SPF) to prevent any damage or irritation. Plus, the products in the photos are not what you have to buy, they're just some of my favourites and I recommend them.

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