If you suffer from uncomfortable irritated or problem skin it can be easy get jealous of perfect looking celebrities on tv or in magazines. Dont take everything you see as face value though as everyone suffers from problem skin, even those celebrities you admire. It's easy to take care of your skin and help restore its radiance and it's not necessary to have a lot of money to do so. Here's 10 top tips to help your skin look healthy and glowing.
IF you eat a lot of fast food or drink a lot of alcohol it's easy to build up a lot of toxins in your body. These toxins can get into your bloodstream which will eventually effect your skin causing irritation and breakouts. To avoid this try to cut down on junk food and the amount of units you drink a week. You can also take this further and try to cut out sugar for an entire week and up your fruit and vegetable intake. Try cutting down completely (or as much as you can) on alcohol for a week and see how different you feel!
If you can't face eating lots of fruit but still want to get your 5 a day, juicing is a much easier alternative. You can put a number of different fruits into the juicer to make up your shake, and you'll get the goodness from all the fruits you put in.
Use makeup that makes you glow
This one is probably more of a cover up then a solution but it's certainly a quick fix. Find a foundation for radiant skin and a highlighter to give skin a glowy, dewy finish. The highlighter will add shimmer to your cheeks to finish the look. I use Bourjois City Radiance foundation (read the review here) which gives my skin a fabulous finish. Buy it here* for £10.
Have a good skincare routine
If you don't really care for your skin then you're letting all the dead skin cells just sit on the surface. Every time you apply makeup you'll be placing it on top of dead cells allowing the makeup properties to further clog your pores. Regularly incorporate exfoliating and cleansing into your morning/nightly routine. This will allow you to remove dead skin cells, allowing the lower layer to show and reveal its brand new radiance.
Try coconut oil
You've probably heard of coconut oil by now, it's in everything from hair products to face moisturisers. Coconut oil has antioxidant properties which helps to repair and heal problem skin leaving a radiant glow.
Everyone's diet needs a good dose of vitamins to give your body the best chance to fight infections and stay healthy. The most important vitamins to incorporate into your diet are Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Vitamin D. Vitamin B helps to regenerate skin cells and slow ageing, Vitamin C allows you to achieve a bright even complexion whilst Vitamin D prevents breakouts and sallow looking skin. For the best result try taking food supplements that contain all of the above and more.
Use products that give nutrients to your skin
There's a lot of moisturisers and other face products that have ingredients such as Green Tea and Grape Seed extract. These natural ingredients are full of beneficial antioxidants which will help to restore your skin's natural properties. They also aid in preventing damage by the sun, stress and pollution.
Ice, ice baby
By running ice all over your face you are chilling the millions of cells which results in the blood running to the surface. This can lead to firmer, plumper skin and a natural rosy glow. Whilst this is only a temporary method you may find it useful to try out before a night out when you want to look your best.
Clean your makeup brushes
Did you know if you don't wash your makeup brushes you're not alone. Shockingly over 72% of women don't wash their makeup brushes. The bristles are amazingly adept at capturing dirt and bacteria which can lead to skin irritation and breakouts. By not washing your brushes you are compacting the problem day after day. Wash your brushes once a week and over time you'll start to notice a difference to your skin. Check out my guide on how to wash your brushes to get started.
Clean your smartphone
Your smartphone is probably one of your most loved possessions and you probably can't live without it. Surprisingly (or maybe not so much) smartphones breed bacteria and are actually more germ infested then a public toilet (rank). Have you ever noticed after speaking to someone the glass on your phone is sweaty and covered in makeup? This is landing on your face and every time you speak to someone you're spreading bacteria around your cheeks and jawline. Wipe the screen down with a antibacterial wipe every day to clear the germs away and avoid skin irritation.
I hope this helps you start to clear up any skin irritations. Do come back and let me know if it has helped at all!