I had a massive hormonal break out recently and finally my skin has cleared, so I thought I’d share with you how I got my skin back to normal (no spots at all!). I have oily skin on whole but around my nose and chin I tend to get dry patches. Firstly I drink at least 2 litres of water every single day, I’m not a doctor or health professional but I know that keeping hydrated is key to healthy skin! Secondly I eat at least 5 portions of a mixture of fruit and vegetables daily; I always “juice” for breakfast (I bulk freeze fruit/green veg so I don’t waste time in the morning!) then on my cereal I will have a portion of fruit or avocado on my toast. For lunch I will have two pieces, and usually two types of green vegetables with my evening meal! My skin is always at its best when I eat clean.
Getting into the actual routine, I start my day by using my Clinique Sonic System, it retails at £79.00 but I think it’s definitely worth the money. I pair it with a foaming facial wash, alternating between the MAC Lightful cleanser, and Clinique foaming facial wash (which comes in the set with the sonic system). I use this for 1 minute and I love that you can pick certain types of products/heads for the brush depending on your skin type (oily/dry/acne prone).
In the morning all I put on my face afterwards is a tea tree and witch hazel moisturiser, this just helps to reduce the redness and actually fight against the spots. If I’m wearing makeup I’ll apply a more heavy duty moisturiser and eye cream which I’ll talk about later.
Before bed I do the same steps as the morning using the sonic system, however then change what I do afterwards. Straight after using it I will add my Clinique toner which comes in the set, this just helps to smooth out my face. Then I will use my Boots Botanics range oil, it’s similar to this one except triple age renewal (I can’t find it online but it was in my local store). It seems a bit crazy at 19 to use anti-ageing products, but the whole point is it prevents ageing and prolongs youthful skin! If I have spots I will then add the Origins super spot remover, this literally dries spots overnight. After this I use my Origins Gin-zing moisturiser, this really works with my skin and is more heavy duty for overnight wear. Finally, I use an Yves Saint Laurent top secrets eyecream.
Twice weekly I use Boots Botanics microdermabrasion, this just helps to get rid of dead skin cells and blackheads. After cleansing once a week (usually on Sunday), I use Biore nose strips to remove blackheads. Then I will put on a collagen face mask sheet!
This is the routine that has worked for me, it’s quite in depth but once you get used to it, it takes no time at all. I must say I only usually wear make up once, at a push twice a week. I think this definitely helps to keep my skin clear and blackhead free!
Let me know your skin routine below, E x