- deep cleansing/clay mask! these will help draw any impurities and grime from your skin leaving it refreshed and clearer looking.
- wash your face in the shower! I think that this is really important and I have noticed a big difference in my skin since I have included this step into my showering routine. ingredients in your shampoo and conditioner can clog up your skin if you don't wash your face after washing your hair.
- wash your face first thing in the morning! so you wash away any dirt that has gotten onto your skin over night and this also preps your skin for makeup.
- double cleanse your skin! at night time I use an oil to take my makeup off, after this step my face looks clean but in reality I have just washed off the makeup and not cleansed my skin, so I then go onto using a different cleanser to wash my face and this will also get rid of any last scraps of makeup that the oil failed the remove, you will be surprised at how much makeup can still come off your face during this step.
- do not touch your face! if you're constantly touching your face then you can spread the oils and dirt from your hands onto your face which clogs your pores, causeing breakouts. I used to touch my face a lot when I had breakouts but I made a conscious effort to stop and my face is now surprisingly clear. this also includes picking at breakouts, do not touch those bad boys as they can leave behind scars which will take a lot longer to fade than the breakout itself.
- clean your makeup brushes! think of the bacteria and dirt that has built up on them if you don't wash them regularly? these brushes will then be going onto your face and spreading that nasty bacteria and that can cause breakouts. gross.
- exfoliating your skin! this can get rid of any dead skin and remove dirt from pores, all of this will make your skin look and feel smoother. do not over exfoliate your skin though as it can be damaging. I typically manually exfoliate my skin once a week and use a chemical exfoliator at night.
I would also just like to make a point by saying that products that may work for others may not necessarily work for you, as they could have a different skin type to you. identify what type of skin you have (normal/oily/combination/dry) and research into what products and ingredients best work for that skin type as you may currently be using products that don't work for you skin. for example if you have dry skin try to avoid foaming cleansers as they typically strip the skin and dry it out as they're most commonly tailored towards people with oily skin, therefore it will make your skin even dryer. I personally hate foam cleansers and think they're way too stripping even on oily skin types. also, just because you have oily skin doesn't mean you should avoid products with oil in them as they could help with other skin problems such as fading scarring, try to find products that work for your skin type, not others.