24/7, we are bombarded with pictures of celebrities with gorgeous, glowing, spot-free skin. But really, do you have to be a multi-millionaire to be able to afford half-decent skincare products to keep spots at bay? The short answer – no.
All throughout my early years of High School, I struggled with having bad skin problems. Every day, waking up and praying to have not broken out into any more spots, but inevitably, one would appear right on top of my nose. But what was I doing wrong for all that time?
Well, I wasn’t really doing anything wrong. I just hadn’t found the right products for me. A common misconception amongst youngsters is that their skincare products need to be the most expensive, high street brands, or else there’s no point. But this isn’t true at all. After trying out hundreds of different products (through plenty of perseverance), I’ve finally found what’s right for me – and it’s really nothing too fancy.
Every morning, I cleanse, tone, and moisturise my skin. I use the Garnier ‘micellar cleansing water’. I put some onto a flat cotton pad, and wipe it over my face, refreshing me and waking me up. You can pick up the water easily from any local drugstore at around £4 a bottle (and the bottles last AGES). This opens your pores up, cleaning out every last impurity, ensuring you have a clean base to work on with the rest of the products. Next, I take a fresh cotton pad, and tip some Simple ‘soothing facial toner’, which is again, easy to get from any drugstore, and costs around £3. I then repeat the process of wiping it over my whole face. The toner closes the pores up again, ensuring that it’s difficult for any muck or dirt throughout the day to get lodged into the pores again. Lastly, for the morning, I take some Simple ‘hydrating light moisturiser’, which is about £3.50, squeeze a little on my hand (although I always end up squeezing out too much), and again, smoothing it all over my face.
The moisturiser helps to minimise excessive oil production throughout the day, making it imperative for people with oily skin, but, obviously, moisturiser is important for people who have dry skin too, as it helps to diminish dry patches, where makeup, such as foundation, can cling to. Then, I put on any makeup that I’d like to wear for the day, and I’m done! Simple as that.
My evening routine is similar to the morning one, just with an extra step added in. Mirroring my morning routine, I take the same cleansing water on a flat cotton pad and wipe it over my face. Next, I take a new product – Neutrogena Visibly Clear ‘spot stress control’. This has some exfoliating beads in it, so helps to further clear out your pores and make your face even cleaner. I bought it for £5 from Tesco, and I’m sure you can buy it from anywhere that does skincare. Then, I tone, moisturise, and head off into bed and go to sleep!