Looking after your skin, the do’s and don’ts!

Whilst working as Body Shop consultant the most common arguement was how people look after their skin! I thought I would open this up to my blogging audience for all of your feedback and also give those of you that are interested a few tips on how’s best to look after your skin.

Firstly avoid anything too strong smelling or harsh. The skin on your face is very delicate and should be looked after with the greatest of care, camomile, aloe vera and vitamin e creams are very popular in facial products and these tend to be suitable for all skin types too so give these a try.

When cleansing and toning my brides on their wedding day I always use the Body Shop Vitamin E range. It’s so kind and gentle on your skin and smells really calming.

http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/shop-by-range/vitamin-e.aspx

I’ve listed 3 main things to remember and if you stick with these you can’t go far wrong!

1. Always remove your make-up before bed

As much as I appreciate this is a pain and usually the last thing you want to do I would try to make removing your make-up a habit. You skin does the majority of it’s work whilst you’re asleep so allow it to breath and remove all your gunk from the day! You skin will thank you for it!

2. Never use face wipes!

I know lots of you will be horrified that I’m saying this but face wipes are just too harsh on your skin. The better alterntive is cotton wool with a cream cleanser. Dampen your cotton wool first and apply a small blob of cleanser (ideally one that suggests you can remove eye make-up with it too). By dampening your cotton wool you won’t need to use so much cleanser and it will last longer. Once your cotton wool is loaded up use it in circular motions to remove your make up, do this gently and keep going until your cotton wool is remaining clean. This may mean using 3 or 4 pieces of cotton wool. The cotton wool pads are better than the balls, the balls have loose fibres that can get in your eyes if you’re not careful.

3. Moisturise

Make sure you moisturise daily. There are creams that are good for day and night wear but ideally you would want to buy 2 seperate creams. Night creams are thicker and are not appropriate for day wear as your make-up won’t sit well over the top of it. Most brands will offer a day and night cream version of the product and if you’re clever you can usually buy them in a BOGOF deal so look out for this.

Body shop have many different cream ranges, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Tea Tree etc. I highly reccomend the Vitamin E and Vitamin C brands. I also trust Boots NO7 creams. Carefully read what skin types they advise they’re suitable for as no one cream is suitable for everyone.

If you only want to moisturise once a day go for night time, this is when your skin will get the most out of the product you’re using!

Other products I would advise are brilliant for looking after your skin are…

Eye Creams: these are more delicate to face creams and are just to be focused around the eye area

Toners: You use a toner after your cleanser, it removes any further traces of dirt or make-up and leaves your skin feeling refreshed

Exfoliating cream: You can buy specific facial exfoliator creams, I would advise using this once a week. It removes dead skin and leaves your face feeling really soft.

Skin Reviver: One of my all time favourite products is Vitamin C Skin Reviver from Body Shop. It’s absolutely brilliant. You apply it after cleansing and toning but before moisturiser. Everyone I’ve used this on always comments on the lovely zesty orange smell and how soft it makes their skin feel. It really does give your skin a lift too a real radiance!

http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/shop-by-range/vitamin-c/vitamin-c-skin-reviver.aspx

If you have any questions just post a comment and I’ll reply!

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