Experiencing a change from clear skin to sudden spot attack can often prove stressful, especially when you're caught unaware. I have combination skin which means I have quite an oily t-zone whereas my cheeks are "normal". This obviously means that most of my spots are concentrated to the t-zone area as they are with most people. Rarely do I experience any break outs on the cheeks but when I do, they usually appear to be those painful buggers!
As we have just moved into the Autumn/Winter season, I have been a lot busier due to my travels to London for Fashion Week as well as attending other amazing events and working with new brands. Although this has been one of the best times of my life, it comes with quite a bit of pressure to do well and produce quality content. I have noticed that during this past month, I have been experiencing a lot more spots, especially those little itchy ones on my forehead and the larger sore spots around my chin. On my quest to clear these little monsters I decided to write a post with my top 5 suggestions on what to do when experiencing an unexpected sudden outbreak.
1. Always wash you face twice a day I know it can sometimes be tempting to just fall asleep in your makeup after a long day but trust me, your skin will not look it's best the next day! I wash my face once every morning and In the evening make sure to always wash it twice. The reason I do this is to 1. Remove excess make-up and 2. Deeply cleanse the skin. To remove any dead skin cells and build up I make sure to use a facial scrub as well as using my Body Shop "Facial Brush" (for the nose area only) at least once a week.
2. Drink plenty of water This is something I always preach to people but have a bit of trouble practicing. This may sounds strange but I rarely get thirsty. I can often go without drinking most of the day and sometimes have one small glass of water. I have gotten to the point where I have to force myself so I find that keeping a full bottle of water with me, at all times, really helps improve my intake of fluids throughout the day.
3. Diet Control Controlling what we eat can effect the way our skin looks. Some people suffer break outs when eating too much sugar or dairy. I find that I do break out more when I drink a lot of coffee or tea with milk included. Sugar does not seem to effect me so much as I try not to eat it too often. If you are somebody who loves hot drinks, try switching to green tea or something along those lines as they are still very yummy but do not require milk. Also, try cutting out greasy foods, not only are they bad for our health, the oils can get around the mouth as well as on our hands which can lead to spots if not careful.
4. Cleanliness This is very important in many factors. First off, bedding. If you sleep in your make-up, make sure to change your pillow slip the following day before sleeping on it again. Any traces of dirt and oils left from the previous night can contribute to spots so always be thorough when it comes to bedding. Secondly, try not to touch your face throughout the day (if you can't help yourself, I recommend carrying some hand sanitiser with you to re-apply throughout the day) as well as keeping your hair off your face. Of a night I like to tie my hair in a loose pony/braid to keep my hair from smothering my face during the night. This helps to stop any oils from the hair transferring to the face. Lastly, please make sure to clean your make-up brushes at least once a week whilst performing a deep cleanse once a month.
5. Get to know your skin Do you have normal, combination or oily skin? Is your skin also sensitive to certain products? Getting to know your skin will help a lot when it comes to choosing the right products for you. Knowing your skin type and choosing the right skin-care products will not only help eliminate the chances of break outs, it will also enhance the look of your natural skin. This tip also comes in useful when choosing make-up. For example, I like to choose foundations which are targeted towards oilier skin types as these are mostly water based instead of oil based which can often irritate my skin.