How can I keep my skin clear?
Our skin needs to be properly looked after from a young age to keep it healthy and prevent ageing. The sooner you take care of your skin the more thankful you’ll be when you’re older. At our Rush Beauty salons we always have clients coming in asking how to keep their skin clear, so we thought we would bundle our advice into a blog.
1. Cleanse your skin every morning and evening
You jump into the shower every day and wash, so why shouldn’t you wash your face every day? Cleansing your skin every morning will get your skin prepped for the day ahead- i.e. the preparation of make-up. Cleansing your skin removes sweat, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. Remember to wash your face with a muslin or face cloth, and use a fresh flannel every day. Cleaning your skin at night is just as important, so this is where you can focus on your problem area’s and use your serums. If you have been wearing makeup and SPF during the day then it is so important to wash your face before you go to sleep – remember, don’t sleep in your make-up!
2. Establish a skin care routine
Yes, you need to be cleansing your skin twice a day – AM and PM. But investing in your skin care will really help your skin to stay clear, look great and prevent ageing. There are a lot of skin care brands out there so it can be hard to choose what brand to use. At Rush Beauty Croydon we stock Dermaquest products which are great for your skin! Invest in a cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser and eye cream and you will be on your way to clearer skin.
3. Drink plenty of water
There are many benefits from drinking water, and one of those benefits is improving your skin. Drinking plenty of water can help your skin with moisture levels which it might desperately need, and it also helps flush out toxins which can help clear your skin from any dirt and bacteria!
4. Try to eat clean
Everyone knows from a young age how important it is to eat fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables are filled with antioxidants that help to protect skin from free radicals, which are caused by smoking, sunlight, and pollution. Whatever you eat will show on the skin, so if you eat unhealthily then it will cause breakouts. Eating well and drinking plenty of water will make sure you are on the path to clear skin.
5. Don’t smoke
Smoking is not a good habit and comes with a lot of side effects. It doesn’t have a good effect on your skin – for example, your skin will not glow. Who doesn’t want their skin to glow? Smoking will also increase bags under your eyes and the appearance of wrinkles.
6. Start using an Acid toner in your routine
If you have never heard of Caroline Hirons then you need to get Googling her name instantly! She is the skin care queen, and we love reading her blog. Caroline has educated us all about the importance of using acids in your skin care routine. There are a few types of acid toners – see the list below for descriptions.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Is the most commonly used acid, they include Glycolic, Mandelic, Malic, Citric, Tartaric and Lactic.
Glycolic– Can help the production of collagen, increase cell turnover, and even skin tone. Glycolic is the only acid which can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so make sure to wear an SPF in the daytime! At Rush Beauty Sutton and Windsor, the salons offer a Glycolic Peel. The peel reduces the appearance of fine lines wrinkles and sun damage. It exfoliates the skin and leaves the skin looking smoother and brighter!
Mandelic – Recommended for people that suffer from oily skins. It can help reduce the oily skin without making the skin too dry.
Malic– Is one of the more gentle acids in the AHA category.
Citric– Can reverse signs of photodamage with constant use, will improve over time.
Tartaric– Like Malic, Tartaric is one of the more gentle acids in the AHA category. They both help repair the skin.
Lactic– Gently exfoliates the skin, helps keep skin soft.
Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHAs)
Acts as an exfoliant, increasing the shedding of dead skin cells. Includes Salicylic acid.
Salicylic– Is really good for people who suffer from breakouts. It is oil soluble, so it is able to sink into the skin a lot deeper. We love the Dermaquest pads that include Salicylic acid – they are great for helping with breakouts, find these at Beauty Croydon. Rush Beauty Sutton and Windsor offer an Enerpeel Salicylic peel. It is ideal for acne prone skin, the peel helps to control breakouts and soothe irritated skin.
Polyhydroxy Acid (PHAs)
Promotes cell turnover and the shedding of dead skin cells, includes Gluconolactone, Lactobionic, Maltobionic.
Gluconolactone– Hydrates the skin, protects it from UV damage and reduces redness.
Lactobionic– Good for dehydrated skin, helps prevent signs of ageing and large pores.
Maltobionic– Protects the skin from hyperpigmentation caused by acne and the sun. Can help improve the skin texture and reduce wrinkles.