1. Less is more.
I was always taught by my amazing beautician that most people go wrong in caring for their skin with the amount of products they use and over indulge in.
Depending on your skin type; you need to find a good product that works well for you and stick with it. What works well for your neighbour might not necessarily work well for you. (Regardless of how many people rant about the product and its price tag)
Simple is truely best.
I like to keep a combination of products on hand for all my skin care needs.
For removing makeup I tend to go with makeup wipes as they are just no fuss and gentle on the skin.
Micellar water is also a great option and I always have some on hand in my bathroom cupboard.
For moisturizing I absolutely love my Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre- 24 Hour Miracle Creme and for hydrating my skin I use the Masque Creme Hydratant
2. Natural is always best
Try using as many products with natural ingredients as you can. Chemicals can be harsh on the skin and can aggravate exisiting problems you may have.
For problem and acne prone skin it is always best to seek advice from your dermatologist/beautician and/or doctor. They will know what works best for your skin type and your problem.
I personally love using products with ingredients the everyday person would know. Plant extracts, oils etc.
3. Home Remedies work!
Years ago when my skin was quite problematic and got congested really easily, my Mum introduced me to tomatoes. (Yes Tomatoes!)
Tomatoes are bursting with Vitamins A & C and are a great DIY alternative to use at home, whether it be for emergencies or a bit of indulgence.
I found cutting up the tomato and smearing the juice on my face (seeds and all), worked as a great masque and really helped to minimise and prevent my pimples from re-appearing. Tomatoes enable your skin to take in more oxygen, which helps to reduce wrinkles, sun spots and the signs of ageing. Next time your stuck at home with pimples on the rise, give the tomato masque a go!
Note: Do not leave on your skin for too long. A light tingling or stinging feeling can be expected. Do not apply to any open wounds or really aggravated skin.
Water is literally your best friend. For all health purposes and for clearer, brighter, fresher looking skin. I know for a fact that drinking loads of water a day can drastically improve your skin (even overnight!)
If you have the day off and really want to hydrate your skin and show it some love, please please please drink lots and lots of water! Your skin will absolutely love you for it.
Im talking about over 2 Litres of water in a day, to really flush out your toxins.
Drinking the recommended 8 glasses a day can be tough when you're on the go and don't want to be running to the bathroom every 5 seconds, but trust me its worth doing. I find drinking from a bottle easier and that way I can also track how many Litres I have had.
5. Treat yourself!
Your skin will only get better if you give it the care and love it deserves. Eating healthy plays a big part in how your skin looks.
When you eat healthier your skin gets healthier.
With that being said sometimes even the healthiest eater will experience problematic skin (and this is perfectly normal!)
This is where a visit to your trusty beautician comes into play. I think its is vital to visit a beautician that really knows the anatomy of the skin and understands yours.
When my skin was problematic I would visit my beautician on a monthly basis for about a year. Now since my skin has come such a long way, I only go a few times a year.
When I get a treatment done I get steaming, extraction, cleansing, a masque and an enzyme treatment applied (which eats away all the dead skin on top)
Giving your skin a PROPER and in depth cleanse is sometimes all you really need and is important when seasons change, if you have any hormonal balances or if certain environmental factors play an impact on your skin.
These are just a few of my best skin tips for anyone that is suffering from problematic skin or simply just wants to get educated.
I hope this helps!