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Beauty tips, homemade face products and masks- Get that perfect skincare routine



Flawless skin, who doesn't want it and god forbid why is it too much to ask for? Those late nights catch up on us, leaving us with those cheeky dark circles and when you have a big event or party you always get that uninvited friend turn up just in time, THE SPOT!
We cleanse our face, we exfoliate twice a week, and moisturise. We even go to the extent of trying new face creams, face wash and anything that we believe will help us on this on going battle. So why is it so hard to get the dewy glowing flawless skin and is there anything we can do to try and achieve it. Well it is not going to happen overnight I can tell you that, but you CAN start to put the groundwork in, and help to save your skin.

Hopefully I can help shed some light on techniques and products that I use within the beauty industry, the industry that is worth billions of pounds and has us all hooked!! I have provided links to make it just that bit more easier for you. 
Enjoy xo


To start you off, here is my GOLDEN RULE

Are you ready for it...... It is very simple, and for some of us it is just pure discipline! Here we go...


Make sure you always (and I mean ALWAYS) remove your makeup before hitting that comfy bed of yours. You need to allow your skin to breathe overnight and makeup prevents that, we all know that leaving it on overnight clogs the pores which may cause those pesky friends to appear again. I mean you wouldn't leave mud of dirt on your body let alone your face would you? So every night just drill it into your regime so it then becomes a habit. 

TOP TIP: 
I try and stay away from the face wipes, yes they do make it ever so easy to swipe and wipe, but I find these are not the best things for removing makeup or for your skin. Every now and then I can understand especially if you are on the move, on holiday or staying in a hotel that evening, as they are easy to grab. 
I normally use coconut oil or olive oil on a cotton wool pad (you don't need much) and gently massage the oil onto my face to remove all my makeup, even on my eyes, just be careful to not overload this area with oil. You can find these at your local supermarket, herbal shops or even in your kitchen. I would advise to have a separate one for cooking and for your face though. Using oil to remove makeup is perhaps better than using harsh chemicals found in other make up removers. Those with oily skin sometimes feel that the excess oil can cause more harm. Well your in luck, it is not so. Oil helps dissolve the dirt and sebum without stripping the face of the natural oils. So voila, all skin types can use oil.

A HABIT OF MINE

Sun and skin.. sun and skin, yes that is what I said and you know what I am going to say here ladies! We should always be applying that sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 that will block both UVA and UVB rays. 
Since the sun is a main factor for the cause of wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems it is a must. I mean if you want to rock that leather look when your older then by all means don't use it but like myself and the majority of us we do not want that! One habit of mine is .. 
I always carry a small bottle of sun cream that you can use on your face around with me, I even leave one in my car for on the go. I will top this up during the day and even when then sun isn't shining or its a cloudy day those rays will still be there hitting on your face, so I will still apply it.
Help protect your skin from the sun by using sun cream, but try and make sure the label reads ‘noncomedogenic’ so that the product does not tend to block pores. 
A lot of our face creams do have SPF in them, but this still does not stop me from topping up during the day with my small bottle. Try and stay clear of direct contact with the sun during peak hours (between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.) and avoid those tanning beds for good!!

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

It's that time off the month your craving sugars and lots of chocolate, girl I feel you. We all get that but don't you find those friends of yours start to appear in groups and around your chin, more of them then usual (the hormonal friends).
There isn't much we can do to prevent this but ways to help, is to try and ignore that voice in your head the one that says you need some chocolate and start eating fresh fruits, greens (spinach is my favourite), sufficient protein and vitamins. Get rid of those greasy foods, which will make your skin look dull and swap it for a healthier balanced diet. A diet rich in vitamin C and low in fats and bad sugar will help promote radiant skin. Consider a low-sugar diet, which can keep insulin levels down, allowing cells to maintain a healthy balance. 
You may find, like I have experienced before that when you do change your diet and you quit eating sugar and unhealthy foods your spots will suddenly get worse and maybe stay for longer. I call it the cleansing process, and your body is probably trying to remove the bad toxins from your skin, which will create more spots, BUT if you persevere with it you will reap the rewards and be spot free. PLUS you will feel so much better in yourself.

SOMETHING WE ALL LOVE

Sleep, if you don't sleep it may end up starting to show on your face and you will start to look tired. The solutions, well we don't need a scientist for this... try not to skip your beauty sleep and avoid staying awake till the late hours in the night. The lack of sleep causes the blood vessels to dilate, and this results in those annoying dark circles. I recommend seven to eight hours of sleep if you want healthy skin. 
Sleep is an important part of our day and the skin undergoes repair, restoration and rebalancing. The dead skin cells will disappear and the new skin cells will appear. So lack of sleep will disrupt this process. 
If you do suffer with not being able to sleep then try these tips, which will hopefully help you.
Crystals !! I sleep with them next to my bed every night, I have a selection and different ones are used for different things. Crystal Muse supply beautiful crystals and they provide a good detailed description on how the crystal can help you for the link to their website here at crystal muse 

You can also try exercising to realise any stress you might have or place lavender on your pillow or light a lavender candle.

GOOD OLD WATER

It is a remedy that was been around for years, drink plenty of water everyday. To get that permanent radiant skin, water therapy is a good way to go, as it will help you achieve that glowing, fresh and young skin look that we all want to achieve. 
If you try and incorporate drinking water into you everyday life, around 7-10 glasses a day it will keep you healthy and you should start to notice a difference. 
The benefits of drinking water in the morning are you get bright, radiant skin because water removes all the toxins from the blood, leaving behind fresh skin. It helps in colon cleansing that leads to absorption of nutrients from the food you eat. I normally start my day of with a cup of boiling water and a slice of lemon, which helps with your skin and also the digestive system. Drinking any water, or especially warm water, first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body. We are all guilty of starting something and then being really good for a week or two or maybe a month, then slowly we slip back into our bad habits and we simply stop what we were so desperate to start and stick at, well if you can try and bring water into your diet everyday it will become a habit and you will see results. 

PESKY FRIENDS- SPOTS

When tackling these annoying visitors I swear by using Aloe Vera gel, I normally cleanse my face before bed every evening and apply my normal face creams avoiding the spots, and then I will apply a generous amount of Aloe Vera onto my spots, gently massaging it in and then leaving it to soak over night. You can apply this however often you want and by the morning my spots have closed up, they aren't as red and they start to disappear. I will repeat this until they have fully gone. Aloe Vera is a power plant, it is excellent for most things. You can purchase it online, at a health store or even grow your own. If purchased in store I would recommend just looking at the ingredients to make sure there is no nasty's in there and that it is just Aloe Vera. It will be a clear gel, not green or any other colour. 

FACE CREAM- DAY AND NIGHT 

When it comes to taking the proper steps to keep my face looking as young as possible, I am borderline obsessed. I religiously follow my anti-aging skincare routine. One of the most important steps in my routine is moisturising. 
I started using face creams when I was 21 years of age, I would recommend doing this and start to build that routine of applying it before bed and in the morning everyday. Everyone should find a face cream which suits their skin, some people like it light and others thick so it is good to find one that works well for you. With the right day and night creams, you can protect and nourish your skin 24 hours a day. 
Always apply day cream in the morning as during the day, skin is subject to damaging UV rays, pollution, environmental stresses, and makeup, so creams designed for use during the day are primarily focused on protection and support. Hydration and protection are the two main benefits of using day cream. Think of your day cream as the protective shield against the environmental influences it might face throughout the day.

Night time is a different process, the blood circulation, nutrient supply and cell regeneration will work hard overnight. Night time is when skin does its heavy lifting. Like the rest of the body, skin does the bulk of its repairing, restoring, and regenerating while we sleep, so night creams are focused on moisture and recovery.
Night cream contains rich, nourishing ingredients to support these natural regenerating processes so you wake up with soft, supple skin.

I have been through many different creams, testing them and seeing if they suit my skin type. When it comes to picking a cream I will normally do my research before hand. I will look at what is in them, what it is going to help prevent and cure, I will check reviews and see how other people have got on with it. 
I do like to invest in my skin, so I tend to stay away from lower priced face creams sold in your everyday shop and I will willingly purchase higher priced ones. 

I am currently using Skin Doctor UK day and night cream, and the instant facelift. The moisturiser comes in 50 single measured dose ampoules, which is great because you only need to use one on each application so you know how much you are applying. Each ampoule contains 0.3ml of serum, this will cover all your face and neck. It is so smooth and silky it feels gorgeous when you apply it to your face. Take a at their website for more information Skin Doctors 
You can also purchase Skin Doctor from Very uk 
Sometimes we tend to cover our face with to much face cream but the skin will simply not absorb all of it. Using too much face cream can cause your skin to become dependent on it for moisture, creating tired and lazy skin that has a dull appearance. Try and avoid applying moisturiser with a heavy hand as this will ultimately lead to clogged pores, breakouts, and dull skin. If you have layered on to much then the excess moisturiser does not get absorbed and it will actually suffocate your skin.

TOP TIPS:

When applying your face cream make sure you go in circular motions and in certain directions. When I first started using face cream I was not aware that there was a technique to achieve better results and I was pretty much just chucking it on. Someone who gives the best advice on how to apply your face cream is Charlotte Tilbury, she provides detailed instruction and a video to show you each step on 
CharlotteTilbury.com 
The magic cream is also fabulous, I have tried it myself. Follow these tips and you will start to learn then best ways to apply your face creams.

EYE CREAM

Now we cant forget the most delicate part of our face, the eyes! Please do not use your face cream under your eyes, it will be to thick and it will not target those crows feet. 
Eye cream is a must have and you only need a small amount using your ring finger, and gently applying it on the orbital bone surrounding the eye area but not going right up to the bottom eyelid. Find a nice smooth eye cream which glides on, I use Epione by Dr. Simon Ourian, who created his Epione skincare range to complement his treatments and services. Kim Kardashian swears by it and I am not lying it is one of the best eye creams I have used, the gel is very soft and silky when you apply it and it honestly feels beautiful under the eyes. 
https://epioneskincare.myshopify.com/products/epione-signature-series-eye-creme 
You might also be able to purchase it on Amazon.

FACEMASKS- HOMEMADE AND BRANDED

Oh Face masks how we love thee.. they are a great way to help your skin, I normally apply one every week or every two weeks depending on my weekly schedules. 
I would recommend the Gold Brightening facial treatment by 111 Skin or their Mesu infusion overnight micro mask, they will help you get that dewy glowing look. Here is a link to their website
111 Skin  

If you are tight for cash or you do not want to spend money on a face mask, do not worry you can create some simple homemade face masks using fruits and ingredients straight from your kitchen. I have put together some easy homemade recipes, which will help you achieve beautiful skin. 


Green Tea Water And Honey Face Pack - (I drink around 3- 4 cups of green tea a day so I love this)
What You Need
  • 1 cup of green tea water (cooled down)
  • 2 spoons of rice flour
  • ½ spoon of honey
Method
  • Firstly make sure your skin is clean so the best time to do this is in the morning or once you come out the bath.
  • Mix the above ingredients and apply the paste to your skin.
  • Once applied massage it onto your skin in circular motions, or use the Charlotte Tilbury method. This will help remove your dead skin cells. Then leave it on for about 20 minutes or more, or till the mask dries completely.
  • Then simply wash of your mask using warm water and a flannel. Then wash your face with cold water to give you an even skin tone. 


The antioxidants in green tea water will flush out the free radicals and toxins from your skin. Adding honey will help protect your face from bacteria. It also improves the texture of the skin and keeps it moisturised. The rice flour acts as an excellent scrub. 


Cocoa Dream Hydration Mask

Avocado is extremely hydrating, cocoa is pore refining and a great antioxidant, and honey is antibacterial and soothing.

What you need
  • 1 quarter of avocado
  • 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. of honey

Method 
  • Mash 1 quarter of the avocado.
  • The stir in 1 Tbsp. of cocoa powder and 1 Tbsp. of honey.
  • Make sure your face is nice and clean then apply to your face and leave it for 10 minutes.
  • Once you have done this remove with warm water and a flannel, then simply use your favourite face cream to moisturise after.

Homemade face scrub: Lemon and Sugar 
When life gives you lemons… make a facemask! For skin that’s looking a little dull and lacklustre, pep it up with a combination of lemon, sugar and olive oil. The sugar will physically slough off dead skin cells, whilst the citric acid in the lemon will naturally exfoliate. If that all sounds a tad harsh, don’t fear; the nourishing olive oil, which is high in vitamin E, will ensure your skin doesn’t feel too stripped.
What you need
  • 1/2 a fresh lemon
  • 1/2 a cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. of honey

Method
  • Begin by mixing together all of the above ingredients in a bowel, I would use a wooden spoon to mix them together.  
  • Apply it onto your face using your fingers and use gentle circular motions to exfoliate the face.
  • Then Leave the mask on for 5 - 10 minutes and rinse off using warm water. 


Try these face makes and let me know what you think, but obviously please be aware if you have sensitive skin or you are allergic to anything then avoid using them.


Lastly before I go I will give you some more tips on things to use and my day-to-day routine. 

Puffy, dark circled under eyes after that night out well all you need is some cold spoons, and magic! Place two spoons in the freezer and leave for half and hour. Once the time is up remove these and simply place them under your eyes, until the spoons are warm again. A frozen spoon can be used to reduce puffiness around the eyes
Another effective way to reduce the appearance of dark circles is to apply tea bags to your eyes, heat the tea bag up and once cooled place it under your eye for half an hour this is another trick I have that I have done.

Try and treat yourself to a facial once a month or every other month, look at places where people recommend going near you, or do you research on the best places. On their website they will have a list of their facials. I normally select ones that my skin would benefit from, for example brightening, tightening and hydration to helps achieve the glow look. 

MY DAILY FACE ROUTINES

Just to help you build your own routine up, I will tell you what I normally do everyday. 
Obviously I wake up, wash my face with cold water I will then apply a cleanser rinse this off and pat dry my face. I use a toner, my eye cream, Skin Doctors instant face lift and day cream. I will 100% make sure I use sun cream throughout the day as well to keep my skin protected. 
I will make a nice hot cup of lemon and water, or a green tea.
I try and give my face a break from wearing makeup so I will go two or three days with no make up on especially if I have any spots, I try and avoid covering them up so it lets them breathe and heal. 
If I do wear make up, I keep it nice and light so it looks natural. A really good moisturiser, which helps achieve the glowing dewy look is Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser and Tinted Moisturiser- Illuminating, I will use either one of these depending on the occasion. The illuminating one glows more and is more dewy if you want to know the difference. https://www.lauramercier.com/makeup/flawless-face/tinted-moisturizer/ if you are in the UK you can find Laura Mercier in department stores or Space nk.

During the night, I will remove my make up using coconut oil or olive oil, make sure I use a cleanser to wash my face. Weekly I will use a hot cloth cleanser by Organic Surge, I am so in love with this I have used it for ages now and it is also their multi award-winning product go check it out on 
Organic surge 
Once or twice a week I will exfoliate, if I use the hot cloth cleanser I then I will not exfoliate that evening, and then I apply my night cream as well before bed. 

If you can all find a good routine that suits you it will then start to become a habit, now I can not go to sleep without doing my normal night time routine or even start my day with out using my face creams. If you are not used to doing any of the above then maybe just try and introduce one thing each week or even every month, until you get used to doing it and then you can start to introduce another one and so on and so on, and slowly build it up. Hopefully you will then each day build a routine and implement the things I have spoken about into your daily life habits.

I really hope this helps you all and gives you an insight into a good skincare regime. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any issues with your skin or if you need and advice or tips.
Obviously I am not a doctor but I can advise you on the steps to take. We have got this ladies xox









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