Troublesome skin? You need to read this.

I've been asked a lot recently about which products I would recommend for looking after your skin and, specifically, what I use. Everyone's skin is different and as a Make up Artist I come across all sorts of skin complaints. Here are a few key points that can help you achieve that natural glow and clear looking skin we all want. Don't get too overwhelmed by all these points, it's much easier than you think!

1. DON'T USE FACE WIPES! I can't stress this enough, please please please bin the face wipes. Even the gentlest of face wipes have a high alcohol content which dries your skin out. Face wipes will never ever clean your face properly. EVER. From my experience whenever someone says their skin's been dry recently, or they've been suffering from breakouts, my first question is "do use face wipes?". 99.9% of clients say yes.

2. Use an oil or balm cleanser - not anything foamy or 'spot fighting'. Again, the latter will dry your skin leaving it tight and uncomfortable. It's an old wives tale that oil cleansers will make oily skin oilier - just avoid mineral oils (check the ingredients). Apply to a dry face, add a little water to emulsify, and take off with a clean warm flannel. It takes seconds. Repeat twice in the evenings, My advice is come home from work and wash your face straight away with the products below, and don't leave it until it's time to go to bed.  First wash will take off the majority of the day's grime, the second will properly cleanse. Make sure you still wash your face in the morning too.!

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3. Do a facial massage once or twice a week. This will certainly help you get the glow as it will increase blood circulation and help with lymphatic drainage, giving you a less puffy looking face. Have a look at this video by top Make Up Artist Lisa Eldridge to see how:

3. Ditch the grainy exfoliater. Think of your skin as a piece of silk - would you scrub and drag/ pull your favourite silk blouse to clean it? 

4. Most skin complaints are due to dehydration. If you fancy a treat and want to really ramp your routine, instead of spending a lot on a fancy face cream, spend less on this and add a hydrating serum to your routine. Think of it as underwear before your clothes! My current favourites are Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster and Clarins Bi Phase serum.

5. Use and SPF daily, and not one that's already in your moisturiser. Usually the one found in your face cream has been watered down, thereby not giving enough protection against UVA and UVB rays. Regrettably, having been an avid sunbed and general sun worshiper, I now wear on SPF 30 daily even on cloudy days.