Sunday, 20 March 2016

How To Get Clear Skin

 

Hi everyone! I've only talked about skincare once or twice before on my blog and so I thought I'd do another post on it today, seeing as it went down pretty well last time.

When I was a little younger, I was never that interested in skincare. I'd just splash my face with water and that was literally all I'd do for the longest time. I made some goals at the beginning of the year and one of them for me was to get back into skincare, as I was beginning to get a lot more spots and that just led to me feeling really self-conscious.

It may sound really cliché, but honestly, it really does help to look after your skin. Nobody else is going to do it for you, so if you don't do it, you won't feel nearly as good as you will compared to if you do! Trust me, ever since I developed a proper routine, I have felt 1 million times better than I did previously. I understand that it can be quite expensive when you use a certain amount of products religiously, but if you are genuinely using them on a daily basis, then surely you will agree that it's worth the money, right?

As I said, I've already done a blog post before prior to this one, which was about my 'Skincare Saviours', but today I'm going to be sharing with you the products that I've found are currently working to help me with achieving clear skin and I'm also going to be sharing a couple of tips at the end, which have helped me along the way too. Enjoy!
 

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water // £1.99 - The first thing that I'm going to be talking about depends on whether you wear makeup or not. If you don't, then you can just skip to read the next bit! If you do, then it's important to remember that you always remove every last scrap of makeup. It honestly is such an essential, because if you don't, your skin will definitely be left to suffer without a doubt. I don't wear makeup everyday myself, because I prefer to wear it for a special occasion or on a school day if I don't feel myself for whatever reason and then it allows me to perk my face up, so I can give it a little more colour and definition. When I've got home, I always get a cotton wool pad and I just squeeze some of this cleansing water onto it, then I just remove my makeup from all over my face - all over my eyes, lips, everywhere. I have actually done a separate review on this product, so you can go and check that out if you want to find out a little more detail to decide whether you want to buy it for yourself or not. It's ever so gentle on the skin, easy to use and it doesn't involve any fuss either! You can find it from any supermarket or beauty supply store, such as Boots or Superdrug. It also comes in a 400ml bottle for £4.99, but it's on offer at the moment in Boots for £3.33!

 

No7 Beautiful Skin Foaming Cleanser // £9.50 - Since receiving this cleanser at Christmas, I have quite literally been absolutely obsessed with it. I usually squirt a few pumps into the palm of my hand and then I apply it all over my face. After I've done that, I wet the head of my No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush (you can buy new heads separate from the brush for £8, but the brush itself is £24.95 and it comes with a head initially), and then I just move it in circular motions around my face, focusing on my cheeks, forehead and chin, as those are typically the areas where I get the most breakouts. As the name suggests, this cleanser foams up incredibly easily and it has a really refreshing scent as well, which is always a bonus! I do have normal/combination skin and this product is recommended for normal/oily skin, so I think it's perfect for my skin type. Having said that, No7 do cater towards all skin types and that's what I love about this brand, as there is literally something for everyone, even though they can be quite expensive sometimes.


Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser // £7.50 - If I don't use the No7 Facial Cleanser, then I will use this one from Lush. I know you may think that it's ridiculously overpriced for what it is, because quite honestly, that's what I thought when I first bought it too. I've only tried it a couple of times, but that's because initially, I had mixed feelings about it. 2 of the main ingredients are actually beeswax and honey, which are clearly quite oily, thick and creamy, so when I first applied it to my face, I honestly wasn't too sure what I thought. It has a very solid texture when on the skin, but I usually just rub it in as well as I can. Your hands and fingers will feel very greasy and it can be quite unpleasant, but it doesn't really bother me all that much, as I know it's somewhat beneficial. I think it can be useful to have both a cleanser that you use on a daily basis and also one that's a little richer, which you can use more sparingly, because it's nice to switch things up sometimes and our skin deserves a treat every once in a while, don't you think? This is definitely 'a rich, soft oily cleansing cream', as it suggests on the packaging, but it's also relaxing and soothing, so I think that you should give it a go and see what you think about it.


 Lush BB Seaweed Fresh Face Mask // £6.75 - This product from Lush is literally my favourite face mask. I've tried the Mask of Magnaminty before, which comes in a slightly bigger tub, which I also love, but this seaweed one is just insane. It smells super refreshing, it calms and soothes any imperfections that you may have on your skin, it leaves it feeling rejuvenated, revitalised and as smooth as a baby. Although, yet again, it's quite expensive considering the size of it, a little really does go a long way. If any of you are fans of YouTube, then you may know that Tanya Burr has actually spoken highly about this product before, hence why I was so tempted to delve in and get it! I'd suggest that you try using a face mask either once a week or once every few weeks, depending on how often you get stressed out or feel the need to have a pamper evening!



Eau Roma Toner Water // £8.50 - I've had this toner now for a little over 11 months and it's lasted me ever since I purchased it way back then. I went through a stage where I wouldn't really gravitate towards it, but now I actually use it quite a lot, even though I've already repurchased the 'Breath Of Fresh Air' toning water. Once I've gotten out the bath or shower, I'll get a cotton wool pad and squirt a few pumps of this spray onto it, then I'll just gently massage it all over my face, particularly my t zone, as that's where teenagers can find that their skin is the most oily and prone to breakouts. I've mentioned this product to some of my friends a couple of times before, but they don't really know what a toner is used for. For those of you who may not know, I usually use this once I've cleansed my face as a way to remove any excess dirt, oil or makeup and just to refresh and lightly condition my skin before I moisturise it. It's not an essential, but I do think it's necessary to my skincare routine in particular, as it's always nice to revitalise your skin!
 
 
 
Lush Grease Lightning Spot Treatment // £6.50 - Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that most teenagers get the occasional spot, if not, a few every couple of days. I used to be quite spotty actually, but I never knew what to do about it and so I'd either try to hide them or just wait until they went away naturally, which sometimes took a while! If you do suffer with spots, then you could try using a spot treatment like this one from Lush. It has tea tree and witch hazel in it, which can be an effective way of trying to zap those pesky blemishes elsewhere. All you have to do is either dab this on when you feel a spot appearing or if you already have some and then within a few days, it should be gone!


Dermatologica Skin Smoothing Cream // £47.70 - Similarly to the Garnier cleansing water, I have actually spoken about this product numerous times on my blog before. This is probably the only moisturiser that my skin has actually got on with since I switched from my Garnier Moisture Matte one. I suppose you could say that's a cheaper alternative for if you have only skin, but yet again, they also have a variety of different kinds depending on your skin type and they are a fraction of this price, so you can go and check out Garnier if you're looking for something more affordable! Anyway, I really do love this moisturiser. It isn't too thick, it just sinks into the skin really easily, it gets rid of any flakiness or dry patches and it smells really refreshing too. A little goes a long way as well, but I do think if you're going to invest, then you should definitely invest in Dermatologica skincare, particularly this moisturiser, as it's a specialist skincare product and they really do know what they are talking about.

Thank you so much for reading today's post. I'm sorry it's quite long yet again, but we all know I do like to ramble to make sure I'm giving you enough of an insight into each product. Let me know if you have tried or are going to try out anything that I've mentioned!

Lots of love,

Jade x
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