Wednesday, 4 February 2015

10 Things I've Learnt About Skincare.


Over the years, my skincare choices has vastly improved. I mean, so much so that when I started blogging 4 years ago now, most nights I probably didn't take off my make-up. I washed my skin with whatever cheap cleanser was in my bathroom, probably used a toner once a week and moisturiser, serums or oils were non-existant. I thought considering I had oily skin, adding things like that would just clog my pores and make it worse somehow. But how wrong I was, and here's some of the things I've learnt about skincare over the years.

01. Learn what works for you, and stick to it: This can be hard in the blogging world, we are a fickle bunch and easily get sucked in by new releases and raving reviews. But no matter what works for someone else, it may not always work for you, so whilst you may need to experiment, when you figure out what does work well for you, try to stick to it.

02. Slowly introduce new products: This one sorta fits in well with the first one, no-one really sticks to the same few products in a routine for their entire lifetime. If I do start using new products I introduce them one by one, that way if I do have a reaction or breakout, I'll know which product is causing it.

03. Water is not the saviour: Of course, making sure you get enough water each day is important for overall health, but depending on your skintype, you may need more. I have hormonal, oily skin, so I need water and a good diet to help flush out all the toxins, but if you have dry skin water won't do alone. When we drink water it's first passed through intestines and then into the bloodstream, so there's not enough going to the skin. If you do have dry skin you should also look at using good moisturisers, oils, and eating fatty acids and high water foods.

04. Keep things clean: I've noticed so much that if I've ignored forgotten about the dirty make-up brushes cluttering up my dressing table, it contributes a lot to break-outs. Bacteria, dirt and bits of old make-up all get caught in the bristles, so if you do suffer from blemishes, make sure you clean your brushes.

05. Don't be afraid of oils: This is a heavily debated argument, but personally oils work wonders on me. I would never have thought adding oil to already oily skin would ever be a good idea, but considering dehydrated skin produces more oil causing more breakouts and blemishes, it's a good idea to add an oil to your routine and look out for results. They don't work for everyone, but I end up with clearer skin, reduced redness, reduced scarring, and brighter skin!

06. Watch what you eat: Whilst it's commonly known it's a bit of a myth that a bar of chocolate can give you spots, as a whole a healthy diet can improve so many ailments your skin may have. In fact a good diet improves my energy, hair, and health as well as skin!

07. Don't smoke and expect good skin: Yep, a whole two and a half years ago now I was a smoker, and I smoked for about 7 years. I think it's an awful habit now, not only is it horrendous for you (goes without saying) but you're taking in toxins, constricting blood flow, and contributing to wrinkles. It won't take long for you to notice a difference in your skin if you quit.

08. Apply moisturiser upwards, and don't forget your neck: Taking of sagging skin, too much dragging your skin down when applying creams and moisturisers won't help in the long run. And unless you want to end up with a turkey neck, make sure you apply a bit south of your face too!

09. Stay away from blemishes: I know, I know, it's just so tempting to pick and squeeze at spots, but unless you want to splash out on some expensive AHA's to get rid of the scarring afterwards, it's best to leave them to heal on their own.

10. Get some zzzz's: Everyone's skin repairs itself overnight, hence why I like to pile on the oils and night creams to give it a little extra help. Make sure you get at least 6-7 hours a night, it's called beauty sleep for a reason!

What have you learnt about skincare over the years? Do you agree with my points?



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22 comments

  1. Lovely post - great tips!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

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  2. Issie09:49

    I love this post! It's made me think a lot about what I've learnt about skincare...and also made squirm to think how often I would sleep in my make up just to save time in the morning! Eurgh!

    Issie x
    myebaywardrobe.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Over this past year I've started to get particularly scared of a sagging neck and have been treating it with a lot more care and hydration/SPF. I think my collarbone area might have been getting too much sun! Nice tips, lots of sound advice here.

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  4. Great tips, I would just add moisturizer with SPF evey morning, especially if you're using AHA's. :) xx S&R

    http://silverandrosy.blogspot.com/

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  5. Great list! I definitely noticed the difference once I stuck to using the same skincare products every day.

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  6. Great tips! I've been trying to stick to many of these- particularly sticking with what works and introducing things slowly. As product junkies, it's so tempting to try everything and right away, but I know my skin does not like that!

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  7. Some really really great tips! Especially the one about finding what works for you and sticking to it. It's so easy to run out of one trusty product and decide to try something new which doesn't agree with your skin. It's kinda like the saying if somethings not broken, why fix it?


    Alex / alexrichwrites.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Exactly right! Whilst I do occasionally try out a few new cleansers, the majority of my skincare routine is stuff that really works for me so I'll always have some on hand.

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  9. Thanks, Jennifer :) It's definitely right about being product junkies, I love skincare so it's hard to turn it down occasionally but I know sometimes my skin does suffer for it.

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  10. It's definitely an area to easily forget about!

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  11. Yep it's awful! Even if you do it's spreading bacteria onto your pillow so even if you go to bed with a clean face the next day some will still be there. I think I need to start leaving a pack of face masks at my bedside table if I really get desperate!

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  12. Thanks Becca, glad you enjoyed it!

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  13. I really need to remember SPF, it's an area I always slack on but I definitely should be using more if, like you said, I'm regularly using AHA's.

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  14. Thanks, Kat! I honestly look back at smoking now wondering how I ever did it, I never thought I'd be one of those people I hated as a smoker who coughed whenever the faintest bit comes into contact with my face!

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  15. Thanks Lys, glad you enjoyed it!

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  16. Really great tips! I've learnt to keep things simple, my skin doesn't react well to lots of products xo

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  17. Fantastic post hun, I was exactly the same growing up I didn’t really remove makeup and would just rely on the water in the shower removing any traces of makeup from my face. I've just got to the point where I've found a routine that is working perfectly for my skin so hoping to keep it the same now :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  18. Thanks, Jennie! Yeah absolutely, my skin looks the best when there's only 3-4 products in my routine.

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  19. Thanks, Charlee :) Yeah I was absolutely the same, I shudder thinking about it now!

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  20. I definitely agree with sticking to products that work for your skin, and slowly introducing new ones in to your routine x

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  21. Cristina Golban18:17

    Great post I'd add sleep & exercise

    http://alittlelesscomplicated.net/

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  22. Cassie14:55

    Yes! Simple, natural oils are a huge part of my life in both skincare and haircare. Coconut oil works wonders on my skin and hair and is also great to use as a make-up remover. Lovely post, people often forget to take care of their skin!

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