Many girls out there are lucky enough to have great skin, and unfortunately, I am not one of them. I’ve struggled with my skin since I was in my early teens. When I turned 13, I was plagued with acne that stayed with me until just about last year. I have combination skin. In my early to mid teens, I had pimples everywhere. My acne was often concentrated on my forehead, little bumps on my nose, just under my eyes, on my chin. In videos that I posted back in 2012, people still make comments on my skin saying that it’s terrible and how I have too much acne. Whenever it was exam/project time, whenever it was “that time of the month”, whenever I felt anxious, bam! Face full o’ acne.
But Sacchan, that’s gross! Why are you tell us this?
Well, ~for the first time in forever~, I have (relatively) clear skin. It makes me really happy, as my poor skin caused a lot of body image and confidence issues!! I know many people who follow me are in their teens and are dealing with some skin issues at the moment, so I wanted to offer my routine. I think it really helped clear up my face! If you’re looking for new products or routines to try out, hopefully this will be of help.
Drink more water!
I drink 2 of these 750ml bottles a day. I think a big factor in my skin problems was that my skin wasnt hydrated enough. I used to drink lots of juice and sugary drinks, but hardly any water. I find that if you carry a bottle around with you, you’ll find yourself reaching for it without even realizing!
Remove all of your makeup!
Take off yo face before you hit the bed! I used to go to sleep without taking my makeup off because I couldn’t be bothered. Makeup will get on your pillow, which will then transfer bacteria back onto your face when you go to sleep again.
I use Johnson Makeup Be Gone wipes (I prefer these to the Simple wipes because the cloth is thicker/more absorbent.) I then follow with L’Oreal Micellar Cleansing Water, which is an absolute miracle. It removes all makeup without drying the skin out! After I wash my face, I spray some of Lush’s Tea Tree toner onto a cotton pad and gently wipe my face to remove any leftover traces of makeup,
Wash face twice a day
Common sense, but in high school I would sometimes used to use the same wash cloth for more than a week. (Gross, I know, but I was kind of late jumping on the whole makeup/cleansing bandwagon that most girls started in early middle school.)
In the mornings, I like to use Soap & Glory’s Peaches and Clean cleanser because the smell really wakes me up. I use Clean and Clear Exfoliating Daily Wash in the evenings. It has a light smell, and tiny microscrubbing beads.
Tone and moisturize!
After washing your face, it is important to return the moisture to the skin. I looooove Garnier products, my skin really soaks them up. I have 4 that I am using at the moment!
Right now, I mostly use Garnier’s Moisture Match hydrating gel! I’m absolutely in love with this product, I’ve gotten through three bottles already! It’s a light gel that is moisturising and nonsticky, and quickly absorbs into the skin. The illuminating light lotion is great for days when I don’t wear makeup. I often use the mattifying one before I put makeup on when I’ll be out for the day.
I just recently bought this Garnier Essentials Hydrating Day Care lotion because it was on sale at Sainsbury’s for £2, hehehe!! It’s a lotion with a gel consistency, dries quickly and makes the skin feel super soft. I’m starting to use it in my night time routine.
Facial mask once a week!
I’ve recently started using facial masks on a weekly basis. They really help to soften the skin, and they smell great. I hate waiting around so I usually put one on in the evenings when I’m watching Netflix, haha. Right now, I’m in love with Lush’s BB Seaweed mask. It smells lovely and feels great on the skin. It was a totally random find though, I was walking through Lush one day and spotted it! My mind immediately thought seaweed + paste + face = probably a good idea, and I was right.
Hopefully this helps out! All of these products work for me and I highly recommend them. Other than the Lush items, you can find all of these products in drugstores like Boots!~
What are some of your skin saviours? Let me know in the comments! 🙂