Six Skincare Suggestions

I’m not entirely sure what my obsession is with alliteration when it comes to blog posts and titles, but let’s go with it. I’ve come up with a few of my simple suggestions, that I personally intergrate into my routine to keep my skin looking and feeling as sweet and settled as a middle-aged middle-class white man in middle America. I’ve gone out of my way NOT to call them ‘tips’ because ‘tips’ suggest the author is writing from a position of superior knowledge. I’m just a gal on the internet – a useless gal some might even say – I wouldn’t allow myself to give tips because seriously who do I think I am? The mother Theresa of the skincare world? I’m not Caroline Hirons for gods sake.

I get spots, I can get lazy with skincare, I haven’t mastered the perfect complexion, I don’t even know what a serum is yet, but for the most part I’ve really enjoyed taking care of my skin and establishing a set-up where I feel glowing and great both with and without makeup- surely that’s all it’s about?

*Just a little disclaimer before anyone gets ants in their pants crying that “you’re not a dermatologist, how dare you give advice!” To them I say, again, these are just suggestions, most of them based around common sense and common knowledge of science as well as my experience. Isn’t that the beauty of blogging? Everyone’s experience is personal, unique, varied… but still completely valid and worth reading about.

In recent months my skin has changed drastically for the better. These are just some of the things I do to keep that glowey, olivey Greek skin in the family.

1. Remove That Make-up

No matter how tired you are at the end of your day, I think this is one of the most crucial things to do. Based on my limited knowledge I know that leaving dirt on the skin’s surface for prolonged periods of time is just not healthy. It will clog pores, it will dry the skin, it won’t end well in any way. Find a cleanser/ micellar water that does the trick for you – half the battle can be finding one that works for your skin- and once you have, you’ll be well on your way. A clean face is the basis of all healthy skincare routines.

Glossier introduced me to good skin, I use their Milky Jelly Cleanser twice daily after removing makeup and the Solution chemical exfoliator on a cleansed face before bed.

2.Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise or however you do it…

Heck, add as many steps to your routine as your skin needs or wants. The general order I follow is cleanse the skin, spritz the toner to close the open pores and then moisturise, these are the basics. We live in a revolutionary time for beauty; there seems to be a product for everything, every part of our faces and bodies. While it’s great to experiment and try new products and routines, your skin may not need all that. My grandma survived with a bar of Dove soap and she looked a complete clear-skinned queen. Find what’s right for you, not what the magazine is telling you to buy.

Adapt your skincare routine to suit your skin’s needs. Only use what your skin needs.

3.Use Protection

You get one set of skin, unless you’re part reptilian, so find a sunscreen you like and use it. We know the damage UV rays can do when exposed to our bare skin, and apart from the aesthetic aspect of looking like an old leather shoe, it’s paramount to protect your skin for health reasons too. I’m still on the hunt for a moisturiser that incorporates SPF, because it’s not just when basking in the sun on holiday that the skin needs protecting, it really is everyday. I’ve tried some moisturisers with SPF, but am yet to find one that suits my skin – recommendations always welcome! Another easy, cheap way to protect the delicate skin around your eyes, is to throw on a pair of sunglasses. You can find so many that have UV protection incorporated into the lens.

I tried out Organii last summer as my first cruelty-free sunscreen and aside from smelling lovely, being certified organic, I did not burn once in the Italian Summer sun. I found them on The Cruelty Free Beauty Box site along with so many other great products too.

4.Shop Consciously

I’m becoming ever-more aware of the products I put on my skin. It’s true that the skin is an organ, it’s porous meaning that it absorbs almost everything you put on it – 64% to be precise – so choose your products wisely. A lot of big-brand products found on most peoples’ shelves are packed with chemicals, not only not skin-kind but not planet or animal-kind either. When there are so many natural, organic, well-researched, vegan, cruelty-free, ETHICAL brands out there, why the hell are you still using Garnier? Claiming it’s cheap and convenient isn’t an excuse that’s going to fly anymore, your skin deserves better. So does Mother Earth and so do the animals.

Sukin, Lush, The Body Shop, InstaNatural, Pixi, The Ordinary, Neal’s Yard, Bare Minerals… are just some of many, many many cruelty-free skincare brands.

5.Change Your Pillowcase

A few weeks back I discovered the appalling fact that most British people shower just once a week. I can’t remember where I heard this fact, but if this is you, wise up. If you insist on washing scarcely then you best be changing that pillowcase on the fly. It’s gross and unhygienic because your body will unknowingly become a breeding ground for bacteria. By what I understand acne and breakouts can not only be hormonal and genetic but also predominantly caused by bacteria on the skin’s surface. This is why it’s important to keep your skin and pillowcase clean. I don’t know what people’s sheet-changing routines are like but I try to change mine every week. The pillowcase has direct contact with the skin for a large portion of the night, it’s logical to keep your face’s resting place clean right? Especially if you’re someone who’s lazy with removing your makeup at night.

6.Sleep More & Eat Consciously

With the minimal research I’ve done for this post, it’s also true that causes of acne are also related to stress and diet. When I’m in a good routine with my sleep, I truly see a difference in my skin. When I don’t sleep I look and feel like a sick victorian child, not an ounce of glow. Similarly to when I eat sugary, crappy foods, it’s visible in my complexion, maybe that’s why I’ve broken out in spots this week? Those Time Out wafer bars teamed with my current emotional state are a recipe for disaster and evidently terrible skin too. Seeing how your skin reacts to certain foods, drinks and sleep routines is often a really good indicator of whether something agrees with you or not. Listen to your skin.

I hope this post has come across as helpful and informative in some way. Most of these points truly are common-sense-based but sometimes we can become so obsessed with putting fancy oils and serums over our skin that we completely overlook the basics. Today I finished the Time Out wafters and saw my therapist for the emotional side of things, so I can go back to having good skin next week, hopefully. *Insert crying laughing face emoji here because I’m joking but also completely serious.

Happy skincare babes xx