Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Skincare Tips and Tricks


Watch my Skincare Tips & Tricks video here!

I have been asked by so many of you to share some of my skincare tips and tricks, so here they are!

1. You don't need to spend a ton of money on your skincare.
I have used both high-end and drugstore skincare products, yet the brand I always come back to is the ever-affordable drugstore brand: Nivea.  This actually works BETTER for me than Estee Lauder did.  I used to work for Estee Lauder and although some of their products are good, the cleanser for my skin-type would always dry out my skin and irritate my eyes :(  Not nice!!  My advice?  Find a skincare line that works for you, whether that's high-end or low-end it doesn't really matter.  But the fewer products you load onto your face, the better!  I only use about two every single day.

2. If you have acne, try Benzoyl Peroxide.
I suffered from acne on my forehead pretty badly when I was a teenager.  When I was 18, my brother's wife who was a Mary Kay consultant introduced me to their Acne Gel which contained 5% Benzoyl Peroxide.  I used this along with the Velocity Cleanser and Moisturiser and together they completely cleared up my skin.  Unfortunately, Mary Kay is pretty difficult to get a hold of in Ireland so I moved onto something called PanOxyl, which is basically the same thing as the Acne Gel except you get it behind the counter at a pharmacy.  I got it in level 5 (5%).  This treatment is a concentrated gel which completely dries out the acne or pimple and gets rid of it really effectively!  I still use PanOxyl if I ever get a spot which thankfully, is very rarely now!

3. Don't use cleansing wipes!
I used to use cleansing wipes to take off my makeup at night, ALL the time but stopped a while ago after I realised that they were doing absolutely nothing for my skin.  We also learned in beauty school, NOT to use them as they clog your pores and are so bad for you.  Now, instead I just use my Nivea cleanser and water.

4. Wash your face after shampooing and conditioning your hair.
This is another tip I learned in beauty school and it has really stood to me!  Apparently most shampoos and conditioners can block your pores and cause spots (this is why a lot of people tend to get them around their hairline!) so it's really important to wash your face thoroughly after you use them.  I used to always wash my face first thing when I got in the shower but now I do that LAST.  I always make sure to cleanse it really well around the hairline to make sure there isn't any residue left from the shampoo/conditioner.

5. Be diligent with your skincare regimen.
After my acne cleared up, I would still get a few spots...usually during my time of the month.  I just thought that this was to do with the fact that my skin is oily and there was nothing I could do about it.  When I started beauty school, the skincare brand we used for mini facials and things like that was Dermalogica.  I was SO close to purchasing a whole "starter pack" from them, because I thought this would totally clear my skin and solve all my problems.  Before purchasing though, my teacher actually asked all of us the same question "are you really using your skincare products diligently?"  When I thought about it, I realised that I was not.  Think about it.  Do you honestly use your skincare products religiously, every morning and night?  Do you ALWAYS take off your makeup at night before bed?  My answer to both questions was NO.  So my teacher said to give it 2 weeks, and I did.  During those two weeks I stuck firmly to my skincare routine (using the same Nivea products) and my skin was completely clear.  Since then I only get a spot or pimple once every few months or something like that.  So my advice is to give products a chance to work and do their job, and really stick to your routine.  Also never, EVER go to bed with makeup on because it's so bad for your skin!!


Those are my skincare tips for today, and here are the products that I keep coming back to, time and time again!  They've worked for me and they're really affordable.  I love them!

CLEANSER: I cleanse my face with Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Refreshing 2 in 1 Cleanser & Toner.  I use this in the shower, AFTER I shampoo and condition my hair!  At night, I use the same product to remove my makeup, using either a cotton pad or just my hands.  

MOISTURISER: In the summer time, when my skin is more oily I use Nivea Visage Oil Free Moisturising Fluid.  In the winter I when my skin is more combination, I use Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream.

Like I said above, if I do get a pimple or a spot I will use PanOxyl, but only on that area - not my whole face!

I hope this skincare post will help some of you guys with a similar skin-type as me!  However please keep in mind that I am NOT a professional and can only speak for myself, with regards what has worked for me and what hasn't!  

What are your favourite skincare products?

Stay Stylish!
xoxo


25 comments:

  1. i would definately say - GARNIER. My skin is extremely oily and this is the only product that works for me that well. I love Nivea too but I just need something more 'harsh'. Thank you for the tips, Anna :)

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  2. Wow, I never really thought about using my products religiously and why they aren'y working for me. I will give it a whirl.

    I've also never tried Nivea so once I've used my stocks up I might give this a go. Thanks Anna! x

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  3. PanOxyl is available in Germany...yay. Thanks for the advice, Anna. I am 28 and get pimples a lot, especially around my chin and mouth although I always take off my makeup before bed and also use my skin care products in the morning :( This is so frustrating!!! Again, thanks for your skincare tips. Love your blog :)

    xoxo
    jeannine

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  4. I've been a big fan of Olay. I'm currently using Yes to Carrots cleanser as a makeup remover and I like it a lot since it doesn't irritate my eyes. I used Philosophy Purity cleanser for years and that also didn't irritate. I want to try Dermalogica next though.

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  5. I used to use cleansing wipes for removing my makeup and my face wasn't happy at all! After watching a video from Lisa Eldridge where she said that cleansing wipes are not so good and she talked about this subject, I stopped using them. Now, I use a cleansing milk and I can really see that my skin is feeling much better.
    This post is very helpful. Thank you! :)

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  6. Thanks so much for the tips Anna!Ive been struggling the past few weeks with my skin, and will definitely put your tips into action.Fingers crossed...!!!:D

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  7. Thanks for the tips Anna, I found that the most affordable brand works for my skin, I used to think, because it's cheap it's rubbish, but with the expensive brands I used to break out,now I'm using Clean & Clear religiously and my face has never been better!

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  8. Really good tips!I am in love with my Nivea cleansing milk,toner and cream (for dry and sensitive skin).I tryed a lot of brands and always came back to Nivea,cause it works great for me and its cheap.

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  9. Such great tips, and I have found so many to be oh so true as well!

    Liesl :)

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  10. I started using Cetaphil moisturizer after my skin started feeling dry this winter and I am really happy with the results.

    I use olive oil to remove my eye makeup and then wash my face with Origins White Tea face wash.

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  11. Thanks for the tip on not using cleansing wipes! Didn't know that:)

    XOXO from New Zealand!

    everyfashion.blogspot.com

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  12. It's true, I went and splashed on some new skincare only to find that my drugstore line was doing a better job! Great tips Anna, esp. the face cleanse after shampooing.

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  13. Very good tips Anna! Its very true about cleasing wipes, and for something to work out well, you really need to do it religiously!!
    I used to have really bad acne. I always used expensive brands which never really worked out for me! I also have a weird type of skin and i think is because i play basketball and i sweat at least 4 hours a day...and hv to shower twice a day and would never do my routine religiously!!
    But when i went to Spain 3 years ago one of my teammates told me to try Yves-Rocher and believe me....Nothing has worked in my face like this. Now i am selling it here in Portugal because there are no Yvesrocher stores...:)
    I use the gentle exfoliating cleanser,the toner, and the night cream (SEbo specific), and the day cream ( hydra specific) otherwise my skin gets too dry!
    But i do get 1 horrible huge internal pimple a month..i dont know what to do about that!!! :( But i am defenately going to pharmacy tomorow to ask about PanOxyl!!
    Thanks so much :) MUAHH***

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  14. Clean&Clear is amazing, I'd recommend it to anyone!

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  15. i love this! i use velocity from mary kay!
    -karly
    www.karpluswade.blogspot.com

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  16. Hey Anna, I was wondering if you got my email? Let me know when you get the package k!

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  17. Hey Anna, I was wondering did you get my email? Let me know when you get the package k!!

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  18. hey Anna really great post but what about blckheads?? I have a very clear (thank god) skin but blacheads r a real bi#@%@h to clean!!! do u have any advice?

    Lior, Israel

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  19. I didn't know about the cleansing wipes. Thanks for the advice!

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  20. i realy like nivea products ! :)

    http://beauty-fashion-shopping.blogspot.com/

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  21. Thank you for that great tip on cleansing the skin after shampooing, it never crossed my mind that that could be the reason why i have breakouts.

    Best regards
    etsmukkereliv.blogspot.com

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  22. Hi Anna, quick question or really advice even though well I've been buying foundation for years I still am a bit out of it. I have really pale skin which I like and I rarely tan because well it's just not me or like I'll do it for an occasion or something but the point is I always feel that my makeup never looks completely natural it's that tiny bit more darker that my skin.. what shade/brand would you recommend I'm pretty much Ivory and nude boxed I feel. Thanks Sharon :)

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  23. Loved this vid! Started following you. <3

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