16/01/2015

Skincare Routine 2015 | Clear Skin 101

Ah 2015, the year of clear skin (I hope!). After a long hard slog of bad skin at the end of 2014, I think I've finally found a skincare routine that's starting to work for me. I won't lie and say my skin is 100% clear because it's not, and throwing hormones, stress, and the forever strange British climate into the mix, I think I'll always end up with the odd blemish here and there. But I digress, here's what's been working for me!
(Also, I'm by no means perfect - I try to do this every morning and night but sometimes I will just fall asleep with a full face of makeup on haha).


To remove the majority of my makeup before I wash my face, I'll use a splash of the Taaj Himilayan Micellar Water on a cotton pad or two. Although, my much loved bottle is now completely empty -cry!- I've noticed so much of a difference using this to remove my makeup rather than going straight in with an exfoliator/cleanser.
I'll then take another couple of cotton pads, shake up my bottle of Garnier 2-in-1 Eye Makeup Remover, and proceed to make myself look like a panda haha! I believe this stuff is quite new, but it's great as it doesn't leave any oily residue on your face and conditions your lashes while it's at it.
Next, into the bathroom where I use my St Ives Apricot Scrub to exfoliate, followed by my holy grail cleanser, LUSH Angels On Bare Skin. If I feel like my skin's in need of a bit of extra love, I'll apply my LUSH Mask of Magnaminty and leave on for around 20 minutes.
After all that's done and dusted, I'll spray some LUSH Tea Tree Water onto a cotton pad (yes, another one - can you tell I get through cotton pads like there's no tomorrow?) and apply it to my t-zone and any other problem areas. 
Then all that's left is to chuck on some of my Visiby Clear Pink Grapefruit Moisturiser - which I have been super impressed with lately, and Benefit's It's Potent Eye Cream to hydrate my eyes and (try to) prevent my god-awful dark circles.

Top tips for clear skin that I should probably follow more often:

Don't get lazy! - Get home at 3am with a full face of makeup on and can't be bothered to take it off? Tough. Get into that bathroom girl. Even if it's a quick sweep over with some micellar water just to get rid of the majority, then it's a matter of sorting the rest out in the morning. You MUST remove your war paint (although we're all allowed to forget every once in a while, right?!). 

Never underestimate the power of natural ingredients - I've tried so many horrible skincare products in which the ingredients are all synthetic, and 9 times out of 10 they'll either completely strip my skin bare of anything or break me out even more. Most of my skincare nowadays involves products from LUSH or similar (the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, for example) and it's by no coincidence that my skin has never been clearer. 

Give brushes a bath! - Especially the ones you use around blemished areas. I have my certain brushes that I'll only use around areas where I have spots, and it's so so important to deep clean them regularly - sometimes even twice as often as the rest of my brushes. These are the brushes most prone to holding all the nasty bacteria and most likely to spread those spots, so always keep a brush cleaner on hand.

Stick to your guns - Try not to change up your skincare too much, especially if it's working! All too many times I've decided I want to switch things up, the products haven't agreed with my skin and I'm right back to square one. Don't get me wrong, I'm all up for trying new things, but if I've found a decent group of products that all work in harmony with my skin, I'd rather keep it that way! 

If you have any holy grail skincare wonders, please feel free to leave a comment and enlighten me! 

Big love,
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