1. ALWAYS Wash your face before bed.
This is the one everyone tells you. We've all heard Kandee Johnson, xSparkage, Pixiewoo preaching it, and we've all read about it in Cosmo. It seems simple. Yet sometimes you've just settled down to watch about a billion episodes of 90210 before bed and then it hits you. You haven't taken off your makeup. Suddenly the bathroom just seems too far away, and your bed feels like the warmest and comfiest place on the entire planet. Surely just one night won't hurt, right?
Wrong. Going to bed with a full face of makeup is just encouraging bacteria and clogging your pores, not letting your skin breathe.
So no matter how hard it seems to drag yourself out of bed, get up and wash your face. Your skin will thank you for it.
I know if you're going to an all night party sort of shin-dig and it's very likely that you'll be too drunk to walk in a straight line, let alone take your makeup off, it can be difficult. Just pop some makeup wipes in your bag and if you get the chance you may use them at some point. :)
2. Know your skin type
If you don't know your skin type (which quite a large percentage of women actually don't know) you could be using the wrong products for your skin, holding it back from reaching it's full beautiful potential.
The Body Shop has an online skin type quiz: http://www.thebodyshop.com.ph/OnlineSkinCareDiagnosticsTool2009/index.php
3. Try not to touch your face during the day
Touching your face is just adding more bacteria and oils to your face. Also take note and clean your phone, people often notice that their skin gets more blemished in the area when you would hold a phone to your ear, so clean your phone regularly or use earphones with a mic to talk on the phone. OR for a more fun alterntive, use this, as it doesn't press against your face as a mobile would. This is so fun: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Moshi-Handset-Mobile-Phones-Computers/dp/B003DKL4JA
4. Eat a good diet and drink plenty of water
This is another one that skincare experts and doctors bang into our heads, but it's so true. You'll be amazed at how good your skin looks if you drink lots of water (at least eight glasses a day) and eat a balanced diet with plenty of yummy fruits. If you're one of those people that is just too busy to eat a crazy healthy diet, then try to take vitamins, there are loads out there but vitamins C and E are both great for your skin!
5. Use SPF!
Especially if you're young right now, you're probably not too worried about wrinkles and lines, it seems like an age away. But seriously, if you start using a moisturiser of foundation (or a BB cream) with at least an SPF 15 in it now, your skin will thankyou when you get old, and you'll defintely reap the rewards.
Dull skin? Exfoliating is the answer. Use a slightly abrasive exfolitor every three or so days, and your skin will be renewed and feel softer nd cleaner. The exfoliant encourages cell renewal, and helps to scrub off dead skin cells and dirty, revealing the new beautiful skin underneath. A good exfoliator is St Ives Apricot Scrub, which is inexpensive and a very good and popular exfoliator.
So thats it, some seem pretty obvious, some you might have needed reminding of. I hope that this helps, any more tips please comment! Thanks for reading! xoxo