Problem skin can be a source of stress and even embarrassment, especially if you have yet to find a routine that works for you. Even if you have a routine that has yielded positive results, the changing weather this month could throw your skin totally out of balance.
To avoid a flare up and keep your skin looking beautiful, or to bring it under control, here are our top tips:
Remove all makeup before cleansing
Many people simply take off any eye makeup and then wash their face, thinking this will remove the rest. However, makeup is made to last all day, which means that traces of it can remain on your skin even after cleansing.
It is a good idea to use a makeup remover over your entire face before washing it with soap as this will help to get rid of makeup and dirt that will have built up on your skin throughout the day.
We recommend using pure coconut oil to take your makeup off as this is conditioning, gentle and great for all skin types. You might think it is too heavy for oily or spot-prone skin, but it will actually help to balance it.
Melt a small amount in clean hands and rub over your face before using a warm, damp flannel or cotton pads to take your makeup off. You can then cleanse your skin with a face wash or soap that is suitable for use on the face - our Tea Tree Soap is a great choice as it acts as a natural antibacterial to thoroughly cleanse the skin while still being gentle.
You might think that scrubbing your skin every day will help to get rid of dirt, blackheads and spots, but in actual fact it can make your skin worse.
Exfoliating is an effect way to deeply cleanse your skin. It removes layers of dead skin and dirt that may have worked its way deeper into your pores than standard cleansing can deal with. However, exfoliating too often can result in your skin losing too much of its natural oil, which makes it produce even more to compensate. This means your skin could end up even oilier.
Over-exfoliating can also result in your pores being more open, as your skin isn't given a chance to recover between each time you scrub. This can make spots worse as it is easier for dirt and bacteria to get into your pores.
Ideally, you shouldn't exfoliate more than two or three times a week, and never one day after another. You should also scrub your face at night, as your skin will rejuvenate itself while you sleep.
Make sure you moisturise
It may be tempting not to moisturise oily skin, but not doing so can make it oilier still, causing more problems. You should use a light moisturiser that contains balancing and antibacterial ingredients - such as lavender and tea tree.
Ensure that you use this each day after cleansing and allow time for it to sink into your skin before applying any makeup, which should be kept light to allow your skin to breathe. It is also a good idea to use a heavier night moisturiser, as this will further help to balance your skin.
Coconut oil is, once again, great for this, as it will slowly sink into the skin while you sleep and help to stop your skin over-producing natural oils. On top of this, it is effective at helping to speed up wound healing, which could help you see the back of spots and blemishes faster.
Take care every day
You should ensure you stick to your routine every day, as failing to cleanse or moisturise your skin on one occasion can throw it totally out of balance, which will have knock-on effects. Get into a routine that you are comfortable with and is easy to stick to and you'll find that your skin starts to look and feel better, which can give you a huge confidence boost.