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.
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.
Finding a good over the counter acne treatment can be difficult! Many of them seem harsh and advertise themselves as blackhead busting and blemish reducing, however I am often left with sore, red and unhappy skin. Prescription acne treatments have been the only help for my skin (- read my pills & potions post) and my go-to facial cleansers and toners often change as I find different ones that I like. Clearogen is for sure one of my new favourite drug-store acne treatments! Its a three-step system which is great to enable a routine in your skincare regime and each step works to target acne in various ways. I noticed changes in my skin almost immediately after using this product and even further as the first few months of use continued. I am very happy I found this product, and will definitely continue using it, especially the facial cleanser as this is my favourite component of the kit! So allow me to discuss the basics of Clearogen and show you visibly how it has helped me.
Skin Concerns: Dry Skin / Acne / Combination Skin
I always find it a struggle when my skin is having a really dry week, it gets flaky and sore for no reason whatsoever, and this happens particularly in the winter. As I suffer with eczema, which normally occurs on my body, but sometimes patches of dry skin on my face can feel like eczema. Unfortunately, most products that relieve dryness are unbelievably oily, and I wouldn’t risk applying my eczema treatment on my face in fear of breakouts! For day to day moisturising use, most of us, who suffer with oily skin and acne would use oil-free moisturisers. However, when the skin is incredibly dry these are pretty useless, and I don’t think that they help the situation at all. Therefore, it is very hard to get the right balance, you want to relieve the dryness without making it the skin too oily and causing break outs!