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The Best Skincare Tips For Healthy & Clear Skin

These are just some of my favourite tips I've learnt over the years to help maintain healthy, clear skin. Keep reading to find out what they are and how they can benefit you...

Ok, so I think it's fair to say that pretty much everyone wants to have clear, glowing skin in life, right? So in this blog post I'm going to share with you some of my favourite skincare tips to help with that. Hopefully, you will come across something new that you may like to incorporate into your own skincare routine. Don't get me wrong, my skin is nowhere near perfect and I do have good days but also bad days with it, however, I do feel these tips really help make a difference! Anyways, lets get started...

Tip 1: Always double cleanse after wearing makeup

I would say this is one of the most important skincare tips to follow as I just find it crazy how much makeup can still be left on your face after cleansing once when it would seem that it has all been removed. My routine of removing makeup is to first use Garnier Micellar Water and then after that I use my trusty Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which has been my favourite facial cleanser for absolutely years now! This product comes with a cloth that you can use to gently wipe the cleanser off your face after massaging it in to the skin. When I use this and look at the cloth afterwards it's almost unbelievable how much makeup it still removes even after using the micellar cleansing water. This is why this tip is definitely one of my favourite because if I only cleansed just the once there would still be lots of product on my face while I sleep and this can lead to large, clogged pores and dreaded spots!

Tip 2: Gently pat your face dry after washing, never rub

I can remember reading somewhere years ago that you should always pat your face dry and never, ever rub it with a towel as this can cause damage to your skin, especially to the delicate area around your eyes! Irritation and also redness can be caused by rubbing your face dry so I would recommend just using a gentle blotting motion instead. Also, a relevant side tip to this is to always remember to wash your towels very regularly as they can be a pretty bad magnet for bacteria to build up on. The longer you leave it to wash them, the more chance you have of transferring all of those nasties on to your skin!

Tip 3: Try to be conscious about not touching your face

Ok, so admittedly I can be pretty bad at keeping to this one as I sometimes don't realise I'm doing it. That said, I do think its's really important to try and be very conscious about not touching your face as this can cause any dirt and bacteria which are festering on yours hands from surfaces and anything else you have touched recently to be transferred on to your skin. Yes, ew! I definitely know that doing this in the past has caused spots to appear on my face where I had been touching it (much to my regret!). If you're reading this and thinking "oh god, I'm a serial face-toucher'", then maybe investing in a small bottle of hand sanitiser to use every so often may help keep the bacteria build up at bay.

Tip 4: Don't wash your face with water that's too hot

I used to wash my face with water that was pretty hot in the past until I learnt that this can actually cause damage to your skin. It can make it very dry due to the hot water stripping the skin of its natural oils. You may then feel the need to apply more moisturiser to help with the dryness but this can in turn make your skin prone to acne and other potential infections.

If that alone doesn't convince you to cool the temperature then maybe the thought of early ageing will? The dryness caused by the hot water can slow down the production of collagen and also sebum. These two things help keep your skin looking youthful so if this process is slowed down then this can lead to fine lines showing up on your skin much earlier than they should and no one wants that, do they?

This is why I now only ever use lukewarm water when washing my face because skin that's as dry as the Sahara Desert and a face full of wrinkles at the age of 25 doesn't sound too appealing! Ok.. so maybe that's a slight exaggeration. Not that there's anything wrong with wrinkles either, we all get them eventually! I will definitely be sticking to milder temperatures from now on though.

Tip 5: Layer your products from thinnest to thickest

I used to apply my skincare products randomly with no real routine until I read up about the importance of layering them from the thinnest first to the thickest. That's when I started to really concentrate on how I was applying my products and in what order. When I was looking into this I found out the reason to be that layering them in this way helps the skin absorb each product more efficiently. If you think about it, this makes perfect sense because if you were to apply a thick moisturiser on your face first and then a serum afterwards, that serum has got a very slim chance of being absorbed into the skin due to something that has a thicker consistency being layered underneath it.

Since I started to apply my skincare products from the thinnest to the thickest, I have actually seen a difference in my skin. It now seems to be a little brighter and clearer. I definitely think implementing this skincare tip into my routine has helped achieve this as every one of my products that I use are now being properly absorbed in to my skin. That's why this tip is one of my favourites!

So there you have it, those are my top five skincare tips that are part of my daily routine.

Were you already doing any of these things or have you learnt something new from this post? What are some of your favourite tips? Let me know in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading!