There comes a time in your life when you have to face facts and realise that using a baby wipe to cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin just doesn’t work any more. Unfortunately for me, I have reached that time (sob!). Gone are the carefree days of jumping out of bed and heading out of the door, knowing that my complexion looked utterly flawless. Today, if I jumped out of bed and ventured out make-up free, my neighbours would flee, fearing a zombie apocalypse. These days I need all the help I can get — age has caught up with me and (although it was hard to come to terms with at first) I’m over it (…I think).Printed Lingerie
In an ideal world I’d be living in sunny L.A; eating organic food, drinking goji berry and wheat grass smoothies (do these even exist?), going to bed at 10pm, waking at 7am, enjoying a daily jog along the beach, and trotting off to my weekly facial every Sunday. Of course, I don’t live in an ideal world, I live in Sunderland; where it’s cold 364 days of the year, I eat biscuits and chocolate everyday, I drink too much tea, the most exercise I do is running up and down my stairs, I survive on 6 hours sleep a night (thanks to my sleep-hating toddler) and facials? What facials??? So to say I don’t live the healthiest of lifestyles is an understatement (something I should really look into changing). Due to my busy, not-so-healthy life my skin care routine can often be rushed or (worse still) forgotten about altogether; however, there are a few things I do to cheat my way to a healthier looking complexion.
Drink Your Water
I know it’s an age old saying but it really does make a difference. If you follow my blog you would have already seen that I completed the 30 day water challenge back in January and the results were remarkable. If you need any reason to start drinking more water then just look at my before and after photos (here) — do I need to say more? It’s such an easy, inexpensive way to keep your skin nourished and healthy.
There isn’t a day goes by when I don’t eat chocolate and/or biscuits, add this to the sugar in my excessive tea drinking and my sugar intake is… not good. Because of this, I make sacrifices in other areas. I’m not a huge lover of alcohol and I would much rather dive face first into a chocolate cake than have a glass of wine so I give in to my sweet tooth and say no to the odd tipple here and there. You can only have so many indulgent treats before you start showing the tell tale signs so I’m not saying eat clean and lean (whoever can eat like this deserves a medal, I tried and lasted 2 days), I’m saying be aware of how many ‘treats’ you allow yourself. If you have a glass of wine at night, say no to the chocolate bar.
Cleanse, tone and moisturise
I’ve only just started doing the above and although it hurts me to say this, it does help. Don’t get me wrong — I still baby wipe my face at night or even go to sleep with my make-up on (once I’m in bed, cuddling my duvet, I ain’t moving for nothing or no one) but I have started to make a conscious effort to cleanse, tone and moisturise each morning. I’ve just added it to my morning shower routine so that I don’t forget and it doesn’t take too much effort to do.
Take a day off
And by this I mean a day off from wearing make-up. Sounds scary right? Similar to the 5:2 diet but a more realistic and do-able approach for us make-up lovers. I’m still not confident enough to face the public au natural but there’s often one day per week where I’m just pottering about my house and it’s on these days that I let my skin take a day off — it deserves it.
Easier than it sounds. There are so many factors that can contribute to a bad nights sleep, kids, work, stress or that little situation that happened that day that didn’t bother you until you shut your eyes and it became so frustrating you just can’t shake it off (how annoying is that please?). However, when you have the chance to have an early night, take it. My mam always said that an hour of sleep before 12am is worth two after (basically, an early night is more beneficial than a lie in) and I swear by this rule. I used to be the world’s worst culprit for sitting up watching telly that I don’t even like while browsing through someone’s back catalogue of Instagram photos and before I knew it, it was 1am and I’d reached their first ever post (2879 photos later). Even if it is only once a week, turn off the telly at 10pm, put your phone out of reach and go to bed — you’ll thank me in the morning.
What tips do you have that help your skin?
Lots of Love