I feel like I am probably not alone in saying this, but spots really distress me. I feel so self conscious when I have one on my face, and often feel really low about it. I know with getting everything into perspective this can be a bit ridiculous, but I am not afraid to admit that it does get me down. Going through my teenage years I have been pretty lucky in the fact that I have never suffered from bad acne or major outbreaks, but I always seem to get one or two big and obvious red ones in the most annoying areas! Over time I learnt how to reduce them, and get rid of them a bit more quickly than normal, but have never been able to get rid of them completely. I still occasionally get a bad outbreak, but I have learnt now what I have done wrong when it happens, like using oily make up products. Usually it is my own fault, and I can prevent it from happening by being organised and taking care of my skin.
“Beauty is being confident and comfortable in you own skin”
I remember when I was a teenager, probably in the early years of secondary school, how mean everyone was to myself and other girls when they started getting spots. It was really nasty, and looking back I really can’t understand why. Nobody is perfect, and everyone goes through that stage in their life, so why do others think it is okay to mock peers? It is something that I have never got my head around, and is probably the deeper reason as to why the whole thing makes me feel so self conscious. I wanted to write this post just to share with you guys what I do to try and reduce outbreaks, and to send the message out that it is okay to have these flaws, simply because EVERYBODY does.
Sticking to your Routine
For my skin, sticking to my routine is essential. If I go one night or morning without doing it, I would put money on me having an outbreak. Every single morning and night, you should complete the same routine, in order to get the balance right in your skin. This includes when you go on holiday, away for the night or go on a night out. The more you do it, the easier and quicker it will be, and you will notice a difference in your skin. As well as sticking to the same routine, this also includes sticking to the same products. You need to find the right products for your skin, and develop a routine that is right for you. Everyone is different, so mine may differ to what you need, as I need products that aren’t too oily, as well as protect my skin as it can get very dry. You can read my night time skincare routine here, and watch the video here. I would say it is always better to use natural products, that protect your skin as well as do what they say on the bottle. I think the worse thing for your skin has to be make-up wipes…just don’t use them!!!
Clean Those Brushes!
This is probably the most important thing for me. I don’t wash my makeup brushes often enough, purely because I always resist as it takes about half an hour, and I do notice how red and spotty my skin becomes when they haven’t been washed for a while. I have helped myself by having a few brushes for the same thing, for example I have five foundation brushes, but each should only be used no more than twice before they get washed. When they are dirty they start to grow bacteria and gather things from the atmosphere, which is then being transferred to your face and staying there all day. When I write it out it sounds disgusting, and is making me want to wash them right now! The more you do it the less time it will take, and I would suggest just using warm water and baby shampoo. I always dry mine with a hairdryer roughly after washing them, as I worry that they may not dry properly throughout. Not only is this better for your skin, but it will massively help you to create a flawless makeup look everyday.
Protecting Your Skin
Before applying makeup, I always like to use a primer. I was searching for a good quality one for a while, and stumbled across the Clinique range online. I found some reviews which were all positive, so decided to buy one. I went for the one that is advertised to ‘colour correct redness’, as I always get redness around my nose and forehead. I have been using this for a few months now, and can actually say that I have noticed a difference. My skin tone is much more even, and the redness has faded. I feel like this may be a combination of everything i’m doing together, but I do love the feeling of this primer. It feels very nourishing for my face, and gives my foundation such a beautiful finish. The primer is much more on the pricey side, but is has lasted me a good few months, a little goes a long way, and it has done exactly what it says on the bottle/ tube.
Antiseptic & The Toothpaste Trick
When I do get spots, I try to get rid of them quickly. If they are really bad, whereby they are red and painful, I always use antiseptic. The best one I find is TCP. After taking all my makeup off, and moisturising my skin, I will apply a little TCP. I put a bit on a cotton pad and gently massage it in to the blemish. To be completely honest, this can often sting a lot, but it is worth it. I leave it on for about 30 seconds, then remove. Overnight, I then do the toothpaste trick. I put a drop of toothpaste on the spot, and then cover it with some tissue. You have probably seen me do this in one of my weekly vlogs! Usually, after having done both, the spot has either reduced or can be popped. Gross I know, but bringing up the infection means that it will leave more quickly! Try to avoid popping until it is actually ready, as it often makes the process take longer. I often have to do this for two or three nights, but it is better than waiting a week! Spots are just little infections caused by bacteria, so antiseptic should always help to reduce them. Leaving them alone afterwards is the only way to go, as they can then heal naturally.
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