My biggest skincare rule is DO NOT sleep in your make-up. Although some times I make the odd mistake – and instantly regret it the next morning. Going to sleep with a fresh cleansed face is essential, especially for those of you wanting clear and healthy skin! Here are my tips for removing your make-up thoroughly before a good nights beauty sleep.
1. Micellar water wins over facial wipes
Take a cotton wool pad and apply micellar water (My Favourite: La Roche Posay’s Micellar Water) and wipe in circular motions across your face. Use a separate pad for hard to remove eye make-up. For a deeper cleanse dermatologist Debra Jalliman recommends adding a small amount of your facial cleanser to the micellar water on the cotton pad. Many dermatologists also recommend to avoid facial wipes – yes they’re better than sleeping in your make-up but they always make me break out!
2. Cleanse your face – with a good cleanser and washcloth!
Its important to make sure that your fingers are completely clean before using them to rub cleanser on your face. But even better use a clean washcloth or facial sponge ( My Favourite: Dr Sponge Original Facial Sponge) to apply the cleanser and wash your face with a little warm water. It is important to use the correct cleanser for your skin type. My Favourite: Avene’s Cleanance Gel as it does not contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate – a culprit of causing acne. For dry or sensitive skin Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser is great.
3. Pat Dry
Don’t be too harsh with your skin when drying it with a towel, pat gently.
4. Lock in Moisture
Now is the perfect time to apply your moisturiser while the skin is slightly damp. My Favourite is La Roche Posay’s Effaclar H which is great to reduce redness and excellent to use post-accutane.
I am returning to the UK today, and I am super excited to get my hands on some of my favourite beauty products that I could not find here in the USA. Many of you may have read my Friday Favourites: Top Beauty Finds in the States, so I thought a European Version was essential. I opted for ‘European’ as many of my faves that I struggled to find in America were actually my French Pharmacy brands! Here are my European Favourites.
As you may know, I have spent the last year studying abroad and now being an intern in Arizona. In less than 2 weeks I will be leaving and heading back to England. While I have been here there are some products that I have loved, that I am definitely stocking up on before I leave. Here are my USA favourites.
I had the chance to have an online interview with Dr. Debra Jaliman an NYC dermatologist and author of the book Skin Rules. She said ‘acne is my passion’ therefore I got the chance to ask her a wide range of acne related questions! Learn more about supplements, diet, cleansing and good product ingredients for acne-prone skin.
We all know that cleaning your make-up brushes is unbelievably important, yet we often forget or just skip it because we are too lazy. I’m not going to lie, this is also the case with me! But think about all the dirt and bacteria that remains in those brushes. You can see it for yourselves too, when eventually we get around to cleaning them, the amount of foundation that runs off your beauty blender or brush. It’s actually pretty disgusting. Which is why this weeks ‘skincare tips’ post is a reminder: clean your make-up brushes!