21/09/2013

Beauty tips: Spots


Spots can be somewhat troublesome, some can look awful and some make us feel really self-conscious. Small steps can be taken such as using concealer to cover them but I believe that prevention is better than a cure. Steps can be taken to prevent spots occurring, leaving skin looking clean and fresh and in turn will make you feel much better and happier in your skin.
Steam - Hot steam is great for opening up the pores and giving skin a deep clean. My favourite is mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with hot water and covering your head with a towel to keep the steam in. Time yourself 20 mins then pat dry. Or you could pop on a face mask afterwards. Think about trying different oils and collecting them in little pots.
Exfoliate - Find the right for exfoliator for your skin. If you have sensitive skin, use an exfoliator that's less harsh. It's all about trial and error. Using an exfoliator scrubs away all the dirt and grim that gets collected in pores and on the skin. As dead skin cells are scrubbed away; it reveals new and fresh skin. Be careful not to scrub to hard, gentle circular motions will work just as well.
Makeup Brushes - Dirty makeup brushes can contribute to spots. When using brushes, they collect dead skin cells, although we cannot see this, they are so small and become trapped in the bristles. (Think of applying blusher for instance.) So the next time you use the brush, there will be trapped dead skin cells from when you last used it. Giving your brushes a regular clean will remove these and will prolong the life if your brushes too!
Face Mask - Using a face mask weekly can help your skin too. As I have oily/combination skin; I find mud masks work really well for me. Apply evenly and leave to soak for 10-15 mins to get the best effects. I like to leave mine on while I'm in the bath, then I rinse off before I get out.
Foods - Certain foods can help give the skin a healthy boost. Try and maintain a healthy diet, plenty of fruit, vegetables, oily fish are all great for the skin. If you have lots of chocolate, sweets and fizzy drinks, try and cut these down to a minimum. Takeaways are also notorious for being unhealthy too. Reflect on your diet and see what small changes you can make. It might be simply drinking more water.
Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise - Try and find the best products and routine that suits your skin. If your skin is sensitive, you might what to look at products that are specifically tailored to sensitive skin types. Get into a routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising morning and evening.
No makeup days - Exactly what it says. Try to have days where you wear no makeup. If you have a day off work or college, give your skin a treat and allow it to breath.  Fitting in days like this means you aren't clogging the pores with makeup and long term, will benefit your skin for a younger and healthier looking face.

I hope some of these tips have helped. If you have any of your own, please leave a comment! Now that you have read this post, do you think you'll make any changes?


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