My Skin Care Routine

My Skin Care Routine

I’ve always been lucky enough to have quite good skin. However, when you have pale skin even the smallest spot/ scratch/ blemish will leave a red mark for a few weeks. Porcelain skin my arse.

When I moved to London a few years ago, my once smooth skin changed. I think it’s down to the quality of the air, especially on the underground. My skin isn’t as smooth as it used to be, and when I started my job 2 years ago I went through an awful period of time where the skin on my chin was really bad.

Having never really had spots before it was debilitating. I was so self-conscious of my chin, I felt like everyone was looking at my chin when they spoke to me, and the more I tried to get rid of the spots, the more they came. I went to the doctors and was prescribed acne cream, which only irritated my skin even more. I spent countless money on Clinique products (i.e. the sonic system purifying brush and all the face washes etc…. I’m not even gonna hyperlink them cause you should avoid them – they are gimmicks). But nothing worked, and the stress of having the spots themselves contributed to them being there. I actually felt ugly at the time and it was really upsetting, so I definitely empathise with people who have to go through any type of skin trauma.

It wasn’t until my dad booked me in for a facial that I realised less is more when it comes to your skin – trust me. At the facial, all of the products were made from natural ingredients, and I came to realise that all of the chemical shit in expensive products like Clinique, are damaging to your skin.

So – here is what I’ve learnt! And how I look after my skin day to day. I am so happy that I was able to get rid of my chin acne and can maintain healthy skin once again, so I hope this helps people out in one way or another 🙂 .

Honey and Oats Face Mask:

Finally, now everyone can know why I snap a lot with, what looks like, sick on my face!

100000000% this is what got rid of my chin acne. I threw all of my products in the bin and started from scratch. I’d read a lot about people making their own face masks at home so I researched ones that were good for acne, and this is the best one I found.

It is so simple, easy to make, and most importantly – its cheap!

All you need is:

Use about 3 tablespoons of oats and put them into a saucepan. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of water. Put the saucepan on a medium heat, gas mark 3 is what I use. Let the oats and mixture heat up and it will thicken. You basically want to get it to a consistency that is thick enough to stick on your face but not too thick otherwise it’s hard to apply.

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Bring it away from the heat to cool down for a few minutes, keep stirring it. Make sure your face is freshly washed before applying. I apply the mask using an old, soft, make-up brush as it soothes your skin more. Apply the mask to your face, I tend to put more on my chin because I still get a few spots now and again.

Leave on the skin for about 30 minutes and wash off using a sponge of some sort (it’s quite hard to get off which is annoying but oh well).

I tend to do this 3 times a week. If I’m going out to an event then I will do it before I do my make-up cause your skin is proper fresh afterwards.

This mask really changed my skin and it’s by far my best discovery.

Face Wash:

I just use a cheap Tea Tree Face Wash from Super Drug. It’s about £3.50, but they often do 2 for 1 offers.

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I usually wash my face in the morning and the evening, or before I apply make-up.

Moisturiser:

For a moisturiser I use the Dr. Hauschka Melissa Day Cream – it’s one of the more expensive products I use but it’s so good for your skin and uses all natural products. It’s a thin cream which is good for me as I have combination skin that tends to get oily around my nose and chin throughout the day. It costs about £26 and you can buy it online or anywhere like M&S, John Lewis, Debenhams etc.

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Under Eye Cream:

I use under eye cream as my skin is sensitive and reacts to make-up sometimes. So I take care of my under eyes as it makes my make-up go on better and keeps my skin looking fresh.

I use the Aloe Eye Defence cream from the Body Shop. It’s £13 and I apply it in the morning and evening, and before I do my make-up.

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I also use under eye gel before I apply make-up, it makes your under eyes a bit more firm and helps decrease the look of under eye creases which I have quite badly. I use the Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel from the Body Shop – its £8.

under eye gel

 

 

And there you have it! Like I said earlier

Less is More!!!

I still get the odd spot/ blemish/ dry skin patch every now and again – but this skin care routine is the best thing that works for me.

I really really preach for everyone to try the face mask for a few weeks and let me know how you get on. It helped me overcome a really stressful time in my life with regards to my skin and if I can help someone else cure their acne/ skin problems then I will be so happy.

Here is a photo of me after performing the above skin care routine. Fresh faced, no make-up, featuring a few unknown red marks – but that is life for us people with pale skin 🙂

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Please get contact if you have any questions, and feedback is always appreciated.

Ciao for now – Elz, the Witch.