Wednesday, 29 July 2015

My Top 5 Tips for Fresh, Healthy Skin & Fave Skincare Posts

When it comes to skin care, it seems that we are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest products, tips and tricks that can help us to keeping our skin fresh and healthy. If you've been reading my blog over the years then you'll know that I love my skincare and taking care of my skin.  I'm of the belief that you only have one face so you should look after it as best you can.  Otherwise you might get to 50 and really regret not looking after it while you were young.

Its a lot easier to prevent, or rather delay, premature skin ageing than it is to fix the skin once it has aged.  There are a number of factors that can trigger skin ageing: from genetics, to skin care routine, to sun exposure, and much more. Thankfully, there are a number of steps you can take to achieve gorgeous, glowing skin, and a number of brands like Osmosis, that deliver products that are strong enough to provide beautiful results.

Today, I wanted to share with you my top 5 tips for getting fresh, healthy skin and collate some of my favourite skincare posts together for you.  Now it goes without saying that my ultimate tip is to drink plenty of water, get lots of sleep (I'm working on this one myself!) and stay away from cigarettes but I'm sure you've all heard that plenty of times so I'll not preach any more than I have done in the past!

While I do switch up my cleansing products, the types of products remain the same. Read about them here.
Tip 1: Cleanse Your Face Each and Every Day

This skincare step is one that is surprisingly skipped by many.  I have so many people who ask me about advice for their skincare and when I ask them what they use to cleanse their face with, they often say either face wipes or they say that they only cleanse now and again.

Cleansing your face morning and night every single day is SO important.  Cleansing in the morning cleans the skin of the dirt that is on your face from your pillow and the excess sebum and sweat that your skin has created through the night whereas cleansing at night removes makeup dirt and impurities from the day and cleans the skin.  Cleansing helps to prepare your skin for your skin care products, and ensures that they will be properly absorbed.

This is a fabulous face scrub if you like something gritty and you're on a budget.  Review here.
Tip 2: Exfoliate Your Skin

Exfoliation is more than a simple luxury. This skin care step is crucial for stopping dead skin cells from building up and it boosts cellular turnover to help slow ageing and boost skin health.  I love the immediate effects that exfoliating gives- soft and smooth skin that creates a great base for make up.  This is my ultimate favourite.

This is the best serum I've used in a long time.  Read about it in this post.
Tip 3: Smooth on a Serum
Serums are yet another step that many people view as a luxury, but they are in fact very important for beautiful skin, especially during the colder months.  High quality serums are typically very potent, and are thin enough to penetrate the skin to work deep.  They also help your moisturiser to be absorbed better too.  The Osmosis Catalyst is a wonderful example of a serum that works on multiple levels to replenish the moisture in the skin.  It is a skin restoration and DNA repair serum that works to improve the health of the skin from the inside out, delivering anti-ageing benefits that look and feel amazing. If you want to fight fine lines and pigmentation issues while giving your skin plenty of important vitamins and nutrients, then this one is worth a try.

Tip 4: Moisturise
Suggesting to moisturise as a tip for fresh, healthy skin seems like a given, but you’d be surprised how many people skimp on moisturiser, especially if they have oily skin as they think that its oily enough, why should they moisturise on top.  The key is to find out your skin type and then match your moisturiser to that.  You need to make sure that your moisturiser works for your skin type so that you get the maximum benefit from it.  For instance, if you have oily skin you still need to moisturise so that your skin doesn't think that its been completely stripped of all moisture and then produces more to over compensate; its oily enough already!  Pick a moisturising product thats made for oily skin and you'll find that it'll absorb into your skin effectively and hydrate your skin whereas if you choose an ultra rich formula designed for dry skin types then your skin may be left feeling heavy and greasy.

The two that I'm using at the moment are in the picture about.  You can read all about them in this post where I write about my skincare routine for my oily skin.  If you're a shiny skin girl like me, you might just benefit from it!

Tip 5: SPF Protect
Sun damage is known for many things, cancer being the worst among them. But did you know that it is also a leading cause of wrinkles and hyper pigmentation as well? I suggest applying a sunscreen product daily to help you to achieve your freshest, healthiest skin while protecting it from sun damage and premature ageing.

You could pick a moisturiser with SPF coverage and even a foundation with SPF in too.  I like to use a separate one regardless of the SPF factor in the skincare and makeup I'm using.  I have reviewed my favourites in this post but I'll keep you updated in case I find any that I like more.  So far, these are the best that I've tried and I can't see anything beating them but you never know!

For days were you're looking for a lighter coverage, you could always opt for a tinted moisturiser as a lot of these have SPF in them, just check on the bottle first.

Either way, if you're out in the sun for a prolonged period, particularly if you're sun bathing, then make sure you reapply your sunscreen regularly on your face as well as your body as it is so easy to burn which can cause wrinkles at the very least and we don't want those do we?  SPF tends to take about 15 to 30 minutes to start working after you've first applied it so keep that in mind when you're going out and about.  It should usually be reapplied every 1-2 hours depending on how much time you spend in the sun and your level of activity.

I hope my tips have helped you in some way.  They might not sound like nothing new but its surprising the amount of people who neglect these steps.  All in all, achieving beautiful skin is about being dedicated to taking care of it.  You only have one face so look after it!  Neglecting to cleanse, nourish, and protect are three quick and easy ways to see signs of premature skin ageing, fast! No matter how simple you keep it, just be sure to keep the essentials in mind when it comes to nourishing your beautiful skin as a few minutes each morning and night really make all of the difference!

I'm proud of my skin and you should be of yours too!

What are your top skincare tips?

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  1. I used the Vichy filter and it's great !! I have really dry skin so rarely anything works on it unless it's super nourishing :)

  2. Great skincare tips! I've heard good things about the Osmosis brand, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet. I'm a big fan of Vichy and I was so excited several years ago when it became easier to find Vichy in the drugstore in the US

  3. SPF is a must for me!! This are some great tips ;)
    Xoxo, Nyx

  4. Taking care of the skin is soo important! Great tips thanks for sharing :)

  5. Great skincare tips Laura!. Besides using SPF moisturizer and suntan lotion, I use Vichy Capital Soleil after sun for my skin. I really like Vichy's products :) xo

  6. When it comes to selecting creams and moisturizers, understand that one of the biggest problems with most mainstream skin care products is that they are heavily laden with chemical substances that most people don't realize are actually harmful to the body.
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