Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Starting Off Project | Skincare

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Hello, beauties! It's the official start of The Starting Off Project! Today's topic is all about skincare for beginners. Now, I'll be completely honest, I'm not the kind of person who has a huge skincare routine. I like mine quick and dirty, and anytime I can multi-task, I'm up for it!

I've personally learned that it doesn't always take a lot to get beautiful skin, though some will tell you otherwise. My great-grandmother's skincare routine consisted of water, her trusty Dove soap bar, and a nightly application of rosewater and glycerin. That's it! And just that small routine kept her skin youthful and wrinkle free for a lot longer than her peers. I guess I take my skincare philosophy from her in that way. Less can be more!

So without further adieu, here are my tips for setting up a fast and easy skincare routine, and a few of my most trusted products!


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1. Drink at least eight cups of water a day! This first tip is pretty standard. Water helps to clear out impurities, and it keeps your skin nice and moisturized from the inside out. One of the easiest things you can do for your skin is to take in the proper amount of water each day. If you don't take anything else away from my skincare advice, take away this!

2. Get on a daily routine! There's no time like the present to get into the habit of washing your face and applying a little moisturizer. It takes 30 days for an action to become a habit, so go ahead and start doing a little something every day. It will definitely pay off in the long run!

3. You don't have to spend a lot to look like a million bucks! In my teen years, I spent a lot of money on expensive skincare systems that never properly did anything for my skin. I had hormonal, cystic acne and trust me when I say I tried just about everything. Now I'm a little older, a little wiser, and my main skincare staples are ones I buy at the drugstore. I've never had more compliments on my skin than I do now, and all for a fraction of the price.

A couple of products I swear by include Simple's Hydrating Light Moisturizer, $10.99, and Boots Botanics' Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz, $7.55.

4. Double task! This applies to both your routine and your skincare products. I keep a couple of my cleansers in the shower so I can give my face a good wash while I'm waiting on my hair conditioner to set in. Plus, your pores will already be nice and open from the steam to really get the product down where it needs to be. It helps you save time, and it helps your cleansers work better!

As for double tasking products, one of my favorite is Bobbi Brown's Protective Face Lotion SPF 15, $48.00. It's a little pricier than your average moisturizer, but it comes with a makeup primer and sunscreen in it, as well. So instead of having to buy three products, I can buy one that I know works like a charm every time!

5. Morning and night! I know it might seem like a lot, but you want to wash your face in the morning to remove any oil buildup, and at night to remove the grossness of the day (and your makeup, if you're wearing it). If you do wear makeup, make sure you wash AFTER you take off your makeup. Taking it off isn't enough, you want to make sure you get those pores ultra clean, too!

I know there are loads of skincare people who are averse to using wipes, but, especially when it comes to makeup removal, my experience has been great with them. If your skin is really dry, you might want to give them a skip as they can strip your skin of some essential moisture, but if you get oil slicky like me, it helps to give a good balance to that and your moisturizer.

My night time tag team has consisted of Forever 21's Rose Extract Makeup Cleansing Tissues, $2.80, and Boots' Expert Sensitive Cleansing and Toning Wipes, $4.69. Slap on a bit of moisturizer afterwards, and I'm all set!

6. Always wear sunscreen! This really should go without saying. Sunscreen is so, so essential to keeping your skin in it's best shape. Plus, no one wants to wake up one day with leather face or worse, skin cancer. Most moisturizers these days have some SPF in them, so make sure you get one that does double duty.

7. Exfoliate often! Dead skin cells can clog the pores just as much as makeup, and if your skin is dry it can leave it looking lacklustre. So whether you do a daily exfoliation with wipes, or one every few days in the shower, just get in the habit of giving your face a good scrub. And don't feel like you have to do it everyday. A couple times a week is sufficient for most people. I know I can't exfoliate every day because it will make my sensitive skin red and raw, so I shoot for two to three times a week, and especially before big events.

For quick exfoliation, I like using Simple's Exfoliating Facial Wipes, $5.99. For a bigger job, I've relied on St. Ives' Invigorating Apricot Scrub, $4.29, since I was a teenager.

8. Don't be afraid to consult an expert! If you're having more problems with your skin than you think is normal, please, don't be afraid to get in with an aesthetician or a dermatologist. Both of them can help assess your skin's needs, identify if something more is at play health-wise that could cause your skin issues, and can give you a tailored skincare routine to follow to get you on track. I've done both in my life, and trust me, those visits were game changers for me!

So there you have it, babes! My top skincare tips, and a few of my tried and true products that have helped keep my skin in tip top shape. If you remember nothing else, remember to drink loads of water, and less is definitely more. Until next week!

What are your skincare must-haves? What are your tried and true skincare tips?

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  1. Amazing blog post! It is a combination of looking after your skin & being confident! I love it :)
    Check out my post-
    http://hannahsbubbe.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/starting-off-skincare.html

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! Nothing is more beautiful than a little confidence! It definitely goes a long way! Will gladly check out your post, my fellow SO Project lovely! xx

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  2. great post! followed you on gfc, follow me back? :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it! xx

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  3. Simple is such a good skincare product, after reading a few posts tonight loads of people mention them :)

    http://katiesworld-ofbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I saw that Simple was getting a lot of love in the skincare posts! We got it here in the US after you all did in the UK, and I was so excited when I was finally able to snap some up! Of all the products, the Hydrating Light Moisturizer is my absolute favorite! So good! xx

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  4. Love this post, love posts about skincare so much. I agree that you don't have to spend loads on skin care, I recently found a soap for £1.99 which has made my skin better than any expensive skin product ever has. I always make sure my foundation has an SPF in it too because its sooo good for your skin hehe:) I've been trying to drink sooo much more water too and i've felt so much better and my skin health has changed :)

    Lots of love, Em xxx
    emtalks.co.uk
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3934124/emtalks

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    1. Em, I have to say, you always leave some of the best comments around! (For anyone not following this woman, do so right now!) Less is more is such a great motto when it comes to skincare. I've seen some girls put SO MUCH STUFF on their faces that I don't even know how their skin can properly breathe! Water is the best for everything, inside and out! Can't recommend drinking loads of it enough! xx

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  5. Love your tips! I always struggle to drink enough water during the day. :( I find that natural and organic products work well on my sensitive, acne prone skin, which I wrote about for my #theSOproject post.

    Beauty from the Fjord x

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    1. Natural and organic products are a great way to go! Especially on skin like yours! If you can't get in eight glasses a day, at least try to squeeze in a few fruits and veggies that are mostly water! I'm partial to cucumbers! xx

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  6. Excellent post and great (and simple) tips! X

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    1. Thank you, sweets! I was afraid it might be a bit much for a beginner! xx

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  7. I will be taking my cleanser to shower with me now :D!

    evelinkivi.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes! Do it! It will speed up your skincare routine so much! Make sure to just pat your face and neck dry when you get out, and then apply your toner and/or moisturizer before the skin goes totally dry! Lock in that moisture! xx

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  8. Great post Megan! I'm trying my hardest to drink more water atm, to make up for the fact I barely have a skin care routine haha!

    Beth xxx

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    1. I totally feel you! My skincare routine is bare bones, and I like it that way! Water, cleanser, toning spritz, and a good moisturizer! That's my basics! Any more and my skin goes completely haywire! Even with a small routine, I think you have absolutely lovely skin, doll! xx

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  9. Great post as always! I've been making an effort to drink more water and I'm also drinking green tea as it's packed full of powerful antioxidants that help heal problem skin. One of my friends uses it for a digestive health problem and it's a miracle worker for her! I'm hooked! I'm a huge fan of a good exfoliating session, have you ever tried hot cloth cleansing? Whenever I use a hot cloth cleanser to remove my makeup my skin instantly looks a million times better and little spots disappear by morning. Can't wait to read your next post :)

    Imogen xx | the Bluebird & the Robin

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    1. Thank you, Imy! I'm glad you like it! Green tea is a great tip! It has loads of benefits just as you said! I used to drink a water mix that had green tea in it, and I loved it! I've not tried hot cloth cleansing, but I looked on the Sephora website tonight and saw the Soap and Glory one! Picking it up ASAP! Thanks for the suggestion, babes! xx

      (Once again, this is another girl you NEED to follow! Go, go!)

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  10. Loved your post. Very informative with a lot of good products. I'm defiantly going to be following your future starting off posts!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it and liked my product choices! I'm a sucker for good drugstore brands! Hope you like the next posts in the series! xx

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  11. I really liked your tips, I'm so guilty of not drinking enough water and I know its really bad.
    Look forward to next week's.

    Katie
    http://theorytwentyone.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, hun! Drinking loads of water is the number one thing you can do for your skin, as well as your whole body! It's just so good for you in so many ways! Hope you enjoy next week's post! xx

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  12. water is the most essential. i'm building up at the moment and am on nearly two litres a day, getting there... great post, it's nice to see one about affordable products xx

    lara

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    1. Wow! That is fantastic! Keep up the great work! I'm glad you enjoyed the post! I love working with affordable products, and skincare is definitely no exception! There are some wonderful bargains out there! xx

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  13. This is the best one of these starting out skincare posts that I've read! I love that you included some tips as well as products :) Thanks for sending over your link after the #bbloggers chat tonight! xxx

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! That's incredibly high praise! I'm glad you liked the tips and products! I get all giddy when I'm able to sit down and play around with skincare things, so I wanted to share what all I've been using! Thank you for stopping in, lovely! xx

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