With Freshers’ week behind us and term well and truly underway, it’s time to start paying extra attention to your skincare regime. Scrubbing your face with a makeup wipe whilst staggering around the bathroom after a night out isn’t the best way to look after your skin. Over the past week or so we’ve all probably indulged in a little more alcohol than we should and, even if drinking isn’t your thing, you’ve no doubt persuaded yourself that a discounted Domino’s is worth the money. The non-stop events of Freshers, the stress of starting your course and questionable dietary choices are all going to affect the condition of your skin.
However, fear not! Here is an easy-to-follow skin care routine that is suitable for all skin types:
Step One: Remove makeup
A great makeup remover is Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water. A 400ml bottle costs around £4.99 and lasts for ages. Micellar water effectively removes makeup and cleanses your skin in one step. It’s a lot more than just bottled tap water (at least I hope it is), as it contains micelles. Essentially, micelles are molecules that dissolve oil and dirt on your face. This is a very gentle process, meaning that this cleanser is suitable for the eyes and sensitive skin.
Step Two: Cleanse
If a one-step cleanser isn’t enough and you feel like your skin needs a deeper clean, then a wash-off cleanser is a good idea. The Body Shop’s Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (£11) is a very gentle product. Camomile is a natural source that soothes the skin. The thought of covering your face in oil can seem a bit off-putting, but once it’s washed off with a hot muslin cloth (to exfoliate as well), you’ll be left with super soft clean skin.
Step Three: Treat spots
There are a LOT of products out there that claim to cure spots; we’ve all bought an advertised treatment thinking it will work miracles at some point. Most of these contain very harsh chemicals. Instead, opt for natural ingredients, such as The Body Shop’s Tea Tree Oil for £8. Tea tree has anti-viral properties and will reduce the redness of a spot overnight.
Step Four: Moisturise
Moisturising is important as your skin is most likely dehydrated from drinking alcohol and a lack of sleep. A great natural-based moisturiser is Aveeno’s Daily Moisturising Lotion (£5.45), containing oatmeal. Oats contain healthy fats and polysaccharides that prevent the skin drying out.
This routine, along with sufficient sleep and drinking enough water, should help your skin to look it’s very best for the new term!