Ask Away...: Is Your Skin Feeling Less Than Flawless? Beauty Steps You Could Be Missing From Your Routine

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Is Your Skin Feeling Less Than Flawless? Beauty Steps You Could Be Missing From Your Routine

When your skin is feeling dull and lifeless, it can be hard to feel at your best. With the rise in beauty gurus on YouTube, and the media setting a high and impossible standard for skin at all times, it can be incredibly easy to let blemished or dry skin make you feel low. However, all hope is not lost. Just a few simple and inexpensive changes to your routine could help your skin to look the best it ever has. Here are few ways you can improve the feel and look of your skin, so that you can feel your best and on top of your game at all times.


Not Drinking Enough Water

You may have read about the benefits of drinking water when it comes to aiding weight loss, however, it also holds the key to great skin. Skin cells are made up of water - if you’re dehydrated, then your skin is dehydrated. Dehydrated skin will enhance any fine lines, lip wrinkles, large pores, under eye bags etc. However, ensuring your skin has an adequate supply of water will help to improve elasticity, due to the increase of essential nutrients, thus combating imperfections. Water is a great stand-in for any high-end anti-ageing creams you have been lusting over, as it helps your skin to appear soft, supple, and youthful. Drinking water will also help to flush out any toxins, helping your skin to become (and stay) clearer.


Though this word may conjure up images of pricey creams that claim they will improve the appearance and longevity of your makeup, priming your skin doesn’t always have to come with a high price tag. Having a simple skincare routine that you stick to each morning and night could be what your skin is needing. It can be basic, with a low price tag, and still give you the results many high-end brands will give you. It can be argued that it is consistency which is key, not how much you pay. Of course, taking your makeup off before bed, and washing your face in the morning and after a workout is the minimum you can do. You should also be cleansing, toning, and moisturising your skin - the three basic steps of any skincare routine. You can, of course, add serums, eye creams, and face oils to the mix, but starting off with the basics will mean you are more likely to stick to it, rather than an elaborate routine that takes half an hour. The reason why the need for a skincare routine is stressed, and referred to as priming the skin, is because makeup applied is only ever going to look as good as the skin underneath. Even if you apply a primer beforehand, if you haven't spent time looking after your skin, dead skin cells, blemishes, and dry skin will all distort your base makeup and make it look less than flawless.

Is Your Exfoliator Too Harsh?

Though it is important to alleviate any dead skin cells and dry skin every few days through exfoliating, using an exfoliator that is too harsh on your skin could be the reason for sudden outbreaks and unwanted texture. First off, it is important not to exfoliate every day as it will strip your skin of its much-needed natural oils, and slow down cell turnover. Around twice a week is the recommended frequency of exfoliating. Irritation and redness are signs that your exfoliator may be a little too harsh for your skin. The best way to think of an exfoliator is the more gentle it is, the better. Steer clear of any scrubs that contain seeds, nuts or pits (common ingredients in many facial scrubs) and opt for either a gentle sugar scrub, or an exfoliant with polyethene beads will provide an appropriate amount of exfoliation without causing damage to the skin. If you find that your skin is still looking a little red and damaged after changing up your exfoliant routine, you can use a product containing green tea which should help to calm it down and repair the damaged skin.

Cater Your Products To Your Skin Type

Truth be told, not every product is going to work for your skin - whether it is the most expensive or cheapest on the market. If you are using a rich, heavy moisturiser on already oily skin, or using a matte setting spray on dry skin - you are not going to get the results intended by the use of the product. Taking some time to research what skin type best describes your skin, and products that will bring out the best in it, will help you to start seeing results that you may have longed for for a considerable amount of time. This goes for all products used on your face from skincare to makeup, and typically many products will cater to one or two skin types. Usually, this is specified in every product description, so once you understand your skin type, catering certain products to suit it will be a piece of cake.

Always Use Lip Balm

One step that is commonly forgotten from a skincare routine is lip balm, and nothing quite draws the eye than chapped, sore lips. Especially in colder weather, it can be easy for your lips to dry out and become chapped. If you are lover of liquid lipsticks or matte bright lip colours, you will already know how dry lips can put a dampener on the look you are attempting to achieve. Making sure you use a moisturizing lip balm before bed and in your morning skincare routine, could avoid inevitable winter dryness and help your red lip to pop even more. You can also add in a lip scrub to help alleviate the lips of any lingering dryness, and help your liquid lip to look even smoother on your lips.

There you have it. A few simple and inexpensive changes you can make to your routine to revive, clear, and brighten your skin, allowing you to feel confident and flawless every day.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the tips.


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