2 Sept 2014

Skincare: Five tips for clear skin by Amanda

Hi, I'm Amanda from Amandas Escape. I'm so excited to be guest posting on Flutter and Sparkle and the lovely Gemma's blog.

I have been eager to do this post for a long time as I know I struggle with my skin and I love seeing tips for how to improve this. I am going to show you my top 5 tips to getting that clear skin. Before I start I just want to put it out there that in no way am I a dermatologist but these are the things that help me.

1. Drink Water

I am not a big lover of water but the rewards are worth drinking it. Since I have started drinking water I am so happy with the results. I can definitely see an improvement in my skin and I notice that my skin seems softer. My skin just generally looks clearer and I don't get half as many breakouts as I used to. I do try to drink the recommended 2L a day but if this isn't viable for you start at 500ml or 1L a day and build it up.

2. Cleanse Thoroughly

I used to be a make-up wipe fanatic. I just couldn't be bothered with a structured cleansing routine and it seemed like it would just take up so much time and cost so much money. I do still use make-up wipes now and then but I would 100% advise that you get yourself into a cleansing routine. My routine is nowhere near perfect and I need to incorporate a toner and an eye make-up remover into it. My routine works for me though, I cleanse, apply an oil, moisturise and do a few other bits to my skin. Definitely make sure that all of your make-up is removed at the end of the day. Since I have started my Decleor cleansing routine I have seen dramatic changes with my skin, my breakouts and blackheads have reduced and my skin seems to be getting clearer. This is a vital step for me to clearer skin.

3. Cleaner Diet

I'm not saying remove chocolate from your diet but definitely try and cut down with the junk and fat content. If I have a funny few days and eat junk, junk and more junk I definitely see a lot more breakouts occurring. Diet for me is a direct relation to the appearance of my skin. I also feel that my skin feels more oily when I eat rubbish. Eating healthy definitely helps my face to feel more refreshed and moisturised. The water content in healthy foods will help to reduce breakouts.

4. Don't cake on make-up unnecessarily

For us beauty bloggers this one may seem a VERY tricky thing to do. You will definitely notice a difference in your skin though. If make-up gives you confidence then don't stop wearing it just try and find an alternative for foundation like a BB Cream. All I'm saying is if you're having a quiet pyjama day then don't apply make-up or apply very minimal. Try not to cake it on too thick as this will go straight into your pores, this could cause breakouts and blackheads also excess oils to be produced.  I hate to leave the house without make-up on but I am definitely trying to cut down the amounts I wear. Wearing no make-up will allow our skin to breathe and this is just one of the benefits.

5. Find out your skin type

This one may be my favourite out of the top 5 tips. I always used to assume that I had oily skin but after getting my first ever facial I found out my skin was combination and actually quite dry. My skin was so dehydrated that it was producing excess oils trying to rehydrate itself, hence the reason I thought I had oily skin. Some places offer free dermatologist skin tests, this will enable you to find out what skin type you have. Knowing this means you can find the products that work well for your skin type. You don't want to be wasting money on products that are not suited for you. I would still be buying products that didn't work for me if I hadn't have had that facial. This is the reason I 1 billion percent recommend finding out your skin type. Using products that work with your skin will give great results. It will help to improve your overall skin condition helping to get clearer and healthier looking skin.

I hope you enjoyed this and I'd love to see you over on my blog at some point.

What's your top tip for healthier skin?

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1 comment

  1. I completely agree with drinking more water. I don't tend to put a lot of make up but it does get quite oily in the afternoon. Thank you for this post, it was really helpful and I definitely agree with what you said.
    I use Liz Earle products and I find these also really help my skin, plus they smell great too.


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