Skincare 101: The Tips To Know To Make You Glow

by Auriel Simmonds

There’s no better feeling than when your skin looks and feels healthy. On most days, I like wearing a minimal amount of makeup; personally, I mostly just like wearing my go-to pair of strip eyelashes! But when my skin is less than flawless, I’ve found that there are a few things I tend to do to rejuvenate my complexion and to make sure I’m taking care of it. This is Skincare 101: the tips to know to make you glow!

1. Change and wash your pillow covers, frequently

Dermatologists recommend that you should change your pillow sheets (as well as bedding) once a week. This is because bacteria can accumulate in pillow cases which can encourage acne breakouts. Not washing your pillow cover for more than a week can cause your skin to become irritated and can leave you feeling uncomfortable. Unfortunately, if you’re acne-prone or have oily skin, you may find that you need to wash your pillow covers even more often. This way, you can prevent oil build up and thus avoid a vicious cycle of irritation and unhealthy skin.

2. Eat food for your face

People love to mock millennials for their love of avocado on toast. But at the end of the day, it will be those clear-skinned and fresh-faced millennials who will be laughing!

The food you eat has a massive impact on the health of your skin. Avocados are an amazing form of skincare. They contain what is known as healthy fats, which protect your skin and leave your skin feeling soft, moisturised and glowy! Dark chocolate is another amazing food which studies have shown helps hydrate your skin and makes it healthy and supple. Other great foods for healthy skin include sunflower seeds, an easy and healthy snack as well as sweet potatoes! So, it turns out that you can have your carbs and still have super healthy-looking skin. Win-win!

3. Sunscreen isn’t just for your holiday

Many of us, especially those of us who live in the UK, tend to only ever purchase and use sunscreen when we go on our holidays to the sunniest countries we can fly to! But, in order to protect your skin, it’s important to realise that even if the sun isn’t beating down on the pavement, the sun is still in the sky and shining onto your skin. This means that during the height of summer, it’s incredibly important to wear sunscreen and protect your skin from burning. Also, everybody has a different sensitivity to the sun and so it’s also important to figure out what SPF you need in your skincare routine!

4. Avoid make-up for a while

Often, my skin is worse for wear after a long period of time of wearing makeup. My mother always told me that it’s important to let your skin breathe. Your spots will never go away by suffocating it with foundation! I like to ensure that I avoid wearing make-up when my skin is irritated. Instead, I tend to opt to try and treat my skin with self-care in the form of face-masks.

5. Stop touching your face

This is another of my mother’s wise phrases and unfortunately, I’ve learnt this the hard way. It’s easy to forget that we can easily transfer bacteria from our hands to our faces which can end up on our skin. So, be aware that the next time you find your fingertips trailing over your face… that spot won’t disappear any quicker if you pick it!

These tips have helped me time and time again to bring my skin back to life and made it feel refreshed. Of course, some of us suffer with acne and these tips won’t radically change this. But they’re sure to help you avoid worsening your skin while also encouraging a generally healthy skincare regime!

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