I have personally struggled with bad skin problems since around the age of 13. I have found my skin can particularly flare up and break out with the student lifestyle.
Exam stress, eating rubbish for a few days and, of course not forgetting dancing yourself into a hot, sweaty mess and then accidentally falling asleep with a face full of makeup can sometimes take its toll on our skin. Now being 20 and after several years of experimentation I have finally discovered some useful tips and products that work for me which I would love to share. Hopefully these tips and products will hold the solution to your bad skin problems.
As I’m sure most of you know already, it is recommended you drink 8 glasses of water per day. If you are low on money and have run out of your favourite blemish solution, make water your first move in your plan of action to combat bad skin! Ok, the results won’t be instantaneous, but reaching for the water rather than that caramel latte or caffeinated soft drink will do your skin a world of good! This is because toxins build up in your system; this is one of the main reasons why your skin breaks out. Water is one of the main carriers of nutrients throughout your body and is quite possibly the single most important contributor to healing and preventing acne flare-ups. Drinking enough water will dissolve waste products in your system so it can be easily removed and flushed out! Plus you’ll feel refreshed and energised!
Antioxidant rich, green tea can help to rejuvenate skin cells and the turn over of the skin, helping and quickening the healing process! This doesn’t have to be expensive either; own brand products can be purchased from most supermarkets for as low as 75p from Morrison’s. I would recommend green tea with raspberry for a sweeter tasting green tea, purchased from Tesco for £1 for those who find it bland! As well as helping with bad skin, Green Tea is also known to aid weight loss and digestion.
When your skin is trying to repair itself it is important to try and remove all impurities as best you can. This doesn’t have to be expensive; I would recommend Nivea Visage Pure and Natural Cleansing toner and cleansing moisturiser as a cheaper alternative to more expensive options.
It contains bio argon oil bio Aloe Vera, the products have a clean and fresh scent and are gentle on the skin, suitable for all skin types. These products can be bought from most supermarkets from around £3.29 each however watch out for the Morrison’s offer of £4 for both the moisturiser and toner!
On the other end of the scale there’s Clinique’s three step treatment, though I would only recommend this for those with more severe skin problems, the products leave the skin feeling super clean! Particularly the toner, which contains a fine power to ensure all product and residue on the skin are removed.
This treatment plan also guarantees visible results in two weeks and is priced at £25 for the starter kit. This also includes cleansing foam and clarifying lotion.
Although it is best to try and leave your skin make-up free during a break out. Many of us can feel uncomfortable and out of place without our makeup! Green is the exact opposite of red on the colour wheel making a green concealer a must have in your make-up bag for those occasions a particularly stubborn and enflamed blemish decides to make an appearance! Use this product sparingly; nobody wants a green spot on his or her face! pat the product into the skin rather than rubbing, it does not matter if the product is blended into the skin as you will be applying your foundation on top! Powder using either a translucent power or your everyday powder make-up, I would recommend using a cosmetic pad and roll the powder firmly into the concealer, leave for a couple of minutes this allows the powder to sink into the concealer and will increase the longevity! Lightly stipple your foundation over the top! Redness should be significantly reduced with out the need for large amounts of make-up! Green Concealer can be purchased from a variety of cosmetic retailers. I would personally recommend NYX Cosmetics concealer stick that is available 12 shades, including green. The product is water and sweat proof with excellent longevity and can be used to create medium-heavy coverage.
Featured image from Dan Rocha