My blog has been overflowing lately with advice and personal stories that I’m starting to feel like an Agony Aunt. So, today I thought I’d do something a little different. My skin is super important to me (duh) and I try everything to keep it clear and looking fresh, but I have seriously problem skin. I have an excessive oily chin and upper lip area as well as a dry t-zone and normal cheeks. I suffer from hormonal acne and suffer from redness and slight hyper-pigmentation on the chin area. So for me, finding a skin routine that actually worked was hard, bare in mind I’m 22 now and I’ve just about figured out what works for my skin.
I’ve been obsessed with skin and make up for as long as I could remember, but I couldn’t do the latter right without a good base, so finding a routine that helped my skin so I could look flawless in my make up was my plan. I’ve learnt that to get great skin we need to have a great routine, we have to take care of out bodies so our bodies take care of us. I drink around 3/4 litres of water a day, which is one of the most important steps for clearer brighter skin to start with! But when it comes to the products, well, here’s what I use.
Step #1: Cleanser.
I always start with washing my face with cleanser. I’m currently using the Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser from The Body Shop (£6) and I use one pump of these and massage it into my skin. Tea tree oil contains strong antibacterial and anti-fungal compounds that are known to reduce inflammation that can lead to swelling of the skin, so it works great for acne prone skin and it’s soft enough for my sensitive skin.
Step #2: Toner.
Once again I use the Tea Tree Mattifying Toner from The Body Shop (£6) on a cotton pad and use it all over my face. It tingles on your skin and I find that it feels cool and refreshing on the skin. It keeps my spots semi at bay, but it does help reduce the hormonal acne when I get break outs.
Step #3: Moisturiser.
Now, I’m terrible at remembering to moisturise my face because I get really warm really quickly. I sweat a lot on my upper lip and chin (hiya excess oils) and I find many moisturisers make me even oiler. I tend to stick with primers instead because as my t-zone isn’t too dry, a good primer does the job, however I do sometimes use Nivea Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream (£2.87). However, 99% of the time I use a mixture of Porefessional face primer by Benefit (£26) on my cheeks and Cover FX Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment (£29) on the rest of my face.
Step #1. Remove make up.
I’ve recently started using the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water (£7.99 for 700ml) on a cotton pad to remove my make up because make up wipes were making my skin dull and dry. It burns a small bit on the eyes if you apply a little too much, but it removes stubborn matte liquid lipsticks in almost one swipe.
Step #2. Exfoliator.
For exfoliator I use a brand called Tea Tree (£2.99), I had this of my mum for a birthday present and the only place I’ve been able to find this again is eBay. Before I started using this I noticed acne build up a lot more frequently around my chin area, especially when I wasn’t experiencing hormonal acne, I do this step around every other day, because my skin builds up dead cells super quickly. Exfoliators remove the dead skin cells and excess build up, leaving your skin a lot cleaner. If you sensitive skin, find an exfoliator with smaller particles to make the experience less harsh on the skin and try leaving it for around twice a week.
Step #3. Toner.
In the evenings I tone with Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Cleanser (£4.59). It makes my skin super squeaky clean and even helps at reducing the signs of blackheads. I use a small amount on a cotton pad and apply to my t-zone and chin, focusing mainly on my nose and forehead.
Step #4. Serum.
In the night time I don’t moisturise like I should, however I use The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution (£13). I use 2-3 drops and dab it onto my chin and t-zone. As with all the other tea tree products I use, they help fight against acne and that’s exactly what I need.
My top skincare tips:
- Always use a moisturiser or a primer with sunscreen in it.
- Always cleanse your face twice to make sure you remove all the make up.
- Twice a month have a pamper session with masks and give your skin a holiday.
- Drink lots of water.
- CLEAN YOUR MAKE UP BRUSHES.