No matter what your age, one of the most important things you must take care of is your skin. After all, you live in it! If you look after your skin, your skin will look after you.
In the light of this, I thought I'd take you through a little skincare 101- the things you must know and do!
1.) Build a routine
It amazes me the number of people who don't have a routine, or don't understand the significance of having one. By having a routine, you are making sure that your skin remains blemish free (or partially, everyone is susceptible to the odd blemish) and that it stays well hydrated. In order to build the best routine, I would suggest washing your face twice a day (once in the morning, when you first get up and once at night, before you go to bed). After you wash your face you can choose to use a toner or micellar water (you don't have to but if, like me, you have oily/combination skin I would recommend it- I use the Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water Combination & Sensitive Skin) and then moisturise after, which we will get on to.
You MUST exfoliate around two to three times a week, ladies and gents, and I don't just mean your face! Exfoliating ensures your skin stays looking fresh and young, while making sure that deep dirt is gone, along with ingrowing hairs from shaving!
Make sure you get the right one though, if you have sensitive skin, try to go for a more gentle, natural based exfoliater like the St. Ives Gentle Apricot Scrub or the Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix scrub (this is my personal favorite and although it's more expensive it really does make your skin feel and look amazing).
If you want to go all out, you could invest in a body brush, which you use to dry brush your body before you head into the shower. This is a great way to get rid of dead skin, AND it helps to decrease the appearance you cellulite. So definitely worth a try.
You have to do this. End of. It is vital you moisturize after you have washed/ exfoliated any part of your body, otherwise it will become susceptible to becoming dry and irritated. Also, by using moisturiser, you are ensuring that you lock in moisture and hydrate your skin, which means that you will age slower (which is always a good thing). My go to moisturiser is the Nivea Daily Essentials Light Day Cream. Not only do I love how hydrated and refreshed my skin feels after putting it on but it has SPF 15 in it which brings me on to...
Again, I'm sorry, but there is no getting round this. Even if you are one of those super lucky people who don't burn (man am I jealous of you!) you should still wear sun-cream. Sun-cream helps to block out those nasty UVA and UVB rays, which make use age quicker and may cause us problems later on down the line, so please please put it on.
If you can help it, try to find makeup which contains SPF in it already, as this will help protect on those days when you're out and about, but don't think of putting any sunscreen on. Most makeup tends to include SPF15/20, but just keep an eye out.
So hopefully these few tips help you with your skin routine, and help clear up any spots or blemishes you may have. Let me know if there are any skincare tips you have! x
P.S. The products mentioned were not sent to me, nor was I paid to review them. These are tips I have personally tried and work for me but, as everyone's skin is different, results may differ from person to person.