Welcome to the first week of The Starting Off Project. For those of you who haven’t read about this fab project, please see my Introduction to The Starting Off Project here.
This week I will be guiding you through the basics of skincare, and i’ll be giving you my hints, tips and advice on how to get the most out of your skin.
Skincare to me is the most important step in having great skin and if you have a good skincare routine then you don’t need to layer your face with too much make up. Being 30 years old, I have a lot of experience and have learnt a lot over the years and now, I am more than happy to leave the house with no make up on as my skin is glowing and fresh. Without a good skincare routine, you may find that those problem areas are causing you distress and great concern so I hope this helps in giving you confidence to love your skin and the natural you.
I have normal/combination skin now, and sometimes suffer from an oily T.zone (across my forehead and down my nose and onto my chin) with dry patches on my cheeks. I use products for normal/combination skin and find that these help a lot. When I was younger, my skin type was a lot more oily, due to an influx of hormone changes and using the wrong products. It will be beneficial to find out your skin type so you can tailor your products to suit your skin and combat those problem areas.
The old adage ‘Cleanse, tone and moisturise’ has been around for so long, so it obviously works, and I for one am a dedicated cleanser, toner and moisturiser kinda gal. When choosing products for teenage skin, there are a few things you need to look out for. I’ve attached a link to an extremely helpful video by my lovely friend Wayne Goss, who is an established make up artist. His information will help you understand the different types of ingredients you need in products and the ones to steer clear of when trying to tackle problem areas of your skin.
Cleansing – This is a vital part of your Skincare routine, for removing any nasties and the daily onslaught of dirt and grime. Once your face is cleansed, it gives a clean environment to help stop spots. A cleanser can also shift any dead skin cells, and leaves your skin glowing. I use a muslin cloth or flannel to remove my cleanser as it exfoliates my skin at the same time.
Toner – steer clear of anything that contains alcohol as this will dry your skin out and aggravate it. Use a toner with natural ingredients to calm and soothe as well as tone.
Moisturiser – is a perfect ending to your skincare regime. Look for moisturisers with Vitamin E to help condition your skin. Moisturiser helps to nourish and protect your skin and alleviates any dry patches. If you have oily skin, use a light moisturiser.
SPF – I always use an SPF or sunscreen, as it is vital to help your skin ageing and getting sun damaged. Try and use factor 30 if you can, and make sure you apply it before you go out in the sun. Just because we can’t see the British sun very often, it can still penetrate the clouds and cause damage to our beautiful skin.
It can get to be a bit of a chore, especially when you have so much going on in your teenage lifestyle, so here are a few products I recommend to make you feel lovely, and to enjoy your twice daily spa like treatments.
Liz Earle Young Skin Try Me Kit
Marks and Spencer dressing gown (link here)
The Body Shop towelling head band (link here)
Skincare isn’t just about your face. Make the most of yourself by giving yourself weekly foot and hand treatments, and immerse yourself into the world of bubble baths, body scrubs and body butters. Check out Soap and Glory products for the sweetest smelling, fabulous products and they are also very good value for money.