So winter is finally upon us! Which in Ireland means harsh Antarctic breeze brrr. We can curse global warming for that one. So now is the perfect time to focus on getting our skin ready for the spring/summer months which for many people means a little more Vitamin D on those black under-eye bags,more fresh air and real daylight.
I have noticed this winter that the harsher weather has played havoc with many women’s skin.I myself have noticed a lot more dryness and breakouts than I’d usually see and upon having a discussion with a few women to decide where this problem stems from. There are many factors to consider: 1.Strong lighting in the home/workplace. 2. Central heating. (Heating in your car) 3. Mobile phone ( yes ladies it carry’s a lot of bad bacteria ) 4.The makeup/ moisturizer you’re using. 5. Makeup brushes. 6. Pillowcases. 7. Face washes. 8.Your Diet 9. Skincare Regime Strong Lighting Believe it or not if your home or workplace have strong spotlights or l.e.d lighting, it can cause your skin a lot of problems especially if the bulbs are changed regularly as they are more powerful. Your makeup is constantly sweating into your pores and drying out your skin. This lighting can also effect your eyesight & cause severe migraines. Top Tip: Wear a tinted moisturizer that’s light on your skin allowing it to breath instead of a heavy full coverage foundation , some heavy foundations can actually cause over sized pores. Make sure to drink plenty of water & during your shift to get as much fresh air on your breaks as possible. Central Heating Us Irish have a habit of sticking the car heating on full whack even if we feel a little breeze on our skin. I don’t like heating on in the car unless the car has been at stand still for hours and is cold. In that case would put heating on for half hour max to heat the car up but turn it off then. Reason being heating while travelling actually makes me feel sleepy and the dust that car heaters absorb isn’t good for your lungs or your skin as it collects bacteria. Heating/Air con in the work place does the same as it is a fake heat by gas or a machine there is a low-level of oxygen in the air therefore your skin is drying out more..notice the difference growing up every Irish household had a coal fire and it wasn’t a dead heat as there was still oxygen in the room our skin was fine today we rely on central heating/air con and a lot more people are complaining of oily ness /dryness in areas in their skin. Top tip: Open your bedroom window while Your out to allow oxygen into your room and same in the car if you are going to put heating on open window after to allow a level of fresh air to purify the air. Mobile Phones Mobile phones or household phones carry and unbelievable amount of bacteria think of the amount of people who have used the phone before you and your resting your ear, face and mouth against this ..yuck right ? Top Tip: Your mobile gets makeup lodged in it too so I’d suggest you carry anti-bacterial wipes and use them sparingly to try keep rid of germs and save your face from breaking out because of these hidden germs. Makeup / Moisturizer I find a lot of Irish girls don’t really know what foundation is for and how you should wear foundation. It is not a mask to make you look like someone else it is in fact to enhance you natural beauty if it doesn’t blend in it’s not for you simple. I know we’ve all done it thought we knew how to apply and pick our own foundation colour but truth is any good makeup artist will tell you the truth it should blend in & it is only meant to be used to even out your skin tone and complement your natural beauty. I hate seeing girls with such heavy foundations on their skin as it destroys your skin & also makes you look like you have been to a face painting class, which is not a good look trust me :o) I’d recommend girls to invest in good brands like Armani, Clinque & Clairns who are well know skin specialists and specialise in skin care first then makeup after all look at the french and Italian ladies skin its to die for fresh-faced and nice complexions is the look. If you want a cost-effective moisturizer a good natural Aloe Vera is just as good its great for the skin and works wonders on rashes, break outs and sunburn or scars. Top-Tip: Swap your foundation for a BB cream its light and more natural on your skin and has a SPF so protects it too and I’d recommend booking into see a skin care specialist on a makeup house like Clinque and Clairns and getting coloured matched with a specialist. Make-up Brushes Make-up brushes carry a lot of hidden bacteria and when you think of these think of carrying a sweeping brush every were with you and then using it to apply your make-up to your face.. Gross right ? Well that’s exactly what you’re doing every time you put a brush near your skin. You should clean your brushes nearly every time you use them especially Foundation ,Eye-shadow and Blusher brushes as you use these constantly on your skin and they can cause break outs and infections and acne. And carry so much bacteria. Most Makeup companies sell their own version of a makeup cleaner but I find these can be expensive if you add it to your shopping list every time you run out. Top-Tip :There are cheaper alternatives on the market like visiting your local chemist and getting a bottle or you could use luke warm water and a gentle baby shampoo to clean them Here’s the D.I.y way to deep clean your makeup brushes… You will need: • A shallow bowl • Gentle clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo • Your sink • A lint free cloth Instructions:
- Begin by running your brushes under luke warm water, rinsing out all of the residual makeup. Try to focus on the actual bristles while avoiding the part of the brush where handle meets the head, as this can loosen the glue over time
- Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a squirt of shampoo, and gently swirl your brush tip in the water. If you need to, you can also swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to work up a lather.
- Rinse the brush tip under running water once again. Repeat steps two and three until the water runs clear from the brush,
- Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go.
- Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry.
And there you have it! Your makeup brushes will be as clean a whistle. It’s also worth mentioning that there are specially formulated brush shampoos on the market. A gentle clarifying or baby shampoo will do the trick just fine though. Pillowcases This is something people don’t realise your pillowcase carry’s a lot of bacteria not only grease from your hair, the residue from hair products or makeup you thought you removed but dust and germs also. If you’re noticing regular breakouts on your jaw line it could be from not changing your bedclothes enough as they seem to carry all the things we don’t want so flip your pillow over regularly and change weekly as it can carry a lot of bad germs. Top-Tip: Skin care specialists also recommend buying silk pillow cases as it stops the skin wrinkling and keeps you youthful ..well so they say !
Face Washes Some face washes on the market are now made of salt/scrub like exfoliators that aim to get rid of black heads, thing is the skin can clear it self naturally without the help of these face washes. If you must exfoliate only exfoliate really dry dead skin once a week and try stay clear of these scrubs as they are quiet harsh on the skin and are damaging the surface of the skin. They can cause more breakouts or dryness to the skin. When Cleansing the face a good face cloth is just as good and natural remember to wash with luke warm water and splash the face with cold when finished to close the pores. Top-Tip: Also a home-made natural remedy are just as good,my favourite is Honey Scrub its Cheap and more nurturing than some of the chemical enhanced scrubs on the market. “This simple, rejuvenating facial scrub harnesses the full healing power of honey. Honey has the properties that can kill harmful bacteria that live on your skin, and cause blemishes and infections. It’s also rich with Vitamin B, that can prevent your skin from becoming scaly and irritated” – Honey Crafting Ingredients
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 cup Honey
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2-3 drops of your favorite Essential Oil*
- 1 pint Jar with lid
- Large bowl
- In a large bowl, briskly mix together the sugar, honey, and oils until fully blended.
- refrigerate in a tightly covered jar.
*I used a mix of lavender and Tea Tree oil for their antibacterial and soothing qualities.
So this winter my top 3 Skin-care must haves have a valid input into my skin care regime, here they are.. 1. Clinque Take the day off makeup remover Great for removing eye-shadow, lipstick and tricky mascara. 2. Clairns Cleansing Milk. Lather this on skin leave for a few minutes then remove makeup with a cotton pad. 3. Clairns Hydraquench serum & moisturizer. Put serum on first and follow with a dab of moisturizer on clean skin really hydrates the skin as some cleansers can dry out your skin. And remember always remove your makeup with the proper cleansers and moisture your skin needs nurturing to try these products out and in a month or two notice the difference in your skin. Hope you enjoy my home-made remedy’s and let me know how you gt on trying them 🙂 Elizabeth ♥