Skin breakouts really are the worst. They love to crop up at the most inconvenient times be it just before an interview or hours before the first date with Mr Dreamboat from Bumble. Whilst my skin does play ball now that I’m in my early thirties (ouch – it hurts every time I say it!) it hasn’t always been an easy road. Like many teenagers, my skin went through a tumultuous time back then and I would LOVE to pick them! These days I suffer from the occasional whopper now and again but generally speaking my skin has been so much clearer in the last few years. Why? Well, a few tips I’ve received through work, from friends and a lot of trial and error.
So, if you’re after clearer, brighter skin, here are a few tips and tricks that may work for you…
Have you been cleaning everyday items?
It may sound obvious but cleaning everyday items such as make-up brushes and your phone is a good place to start. Think where they’ve been? Eww. These daily items are a haven for bacteria and should be cleaned on a regular basis so that you’re not constantly introducing yucky bacteria onto your skin. Wiping down your phone is easy, just use an anti-bac wipe. When it comes to brushes, I like to use one of my shampoos, lathering and rinsing until the liquid runs clear.
Are you using pore Clogging Products?
Have you heard of Non-Comedogenic? Well, it’s an important one to remember. Essentially it means that products that are Non-Comedogenic have been specifically formulated so that they do not clog pores. If a product is Non-Comedogenic it’s likely to be labelled on the bottle. You should also steer clear of pore-clogging ingredients such as Mineral Oil an ingredient which is used in moisturising lotions. Look out for Silicone too as they are likely to do the same.
What about your Hair Products?
For a time my skin was angry down the back of my neck, behind my ears and along my hairline. I couldn’t figure out why because all my skincare and make-up had remained the same. It wasn’t until I spoke to a colleague about the sh*tstorm on my face that she asked whether I’d changed up my shampoo and conditioner. In fact, I had and it never occurred to me that these would have a negative impact on my skin. Be aware of Sulfates, a common cleansing agent used in these products and Silicones which make your hair silky smooth are the types of ingredients that love to clog pores.
If you’re having this issue, make sure you wash everything out properly or switch to a free-from formulation.
Are you pimple picking?
I know, I know it’s so tempting but you MUST RESIST. Squeezing existing pimples will only leave red marks, spread bacteria and potentially scar your complexion. It’s always best to see a dermatologist who will help clear these properly.
Are you washing your face after the gym?
I can’t say that I go often, but when I do I make sure I wash my face immediately before and after my session. Not doing so can mean that the sweat produced during your work out will mix in with the make-up and SPF you’ve worn that day, not to mention the oil. It’s the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Too much sugar?
I have a serious sweet tooth, I love the stuff, but it wreaks havoc on my skin when eaten in excess. Scarily it seems to be in everything so I make sure that I limit my daily intake. By cutting out fizzy drinks, my Pret pain au chocolate and hot chocolate I’ve immediately seen an improvement in my skin from less spots to fewer Eczema flare-ups. Sugar really is the devil!
So, there you have it, six tips which I’ve learnt over the years which have helped my complexion no end. Breaking out and you can’t figure out why? Try the above and let me know how you get on.