In my most recent video, I shared how I achieve a picture-perfect radiant glow throughout summer without caking on the make up. (Stand-by for the shameless plug…) if you haven’t already watched that make up tutorial, have a watch here! Within the video, I briefly touched upon how I prepare my face for the make up, i.e. ensuring that my skin is clean and moisturised before applying any make up at all to my face.
Believe it or not, on a day to day basis I barely wear make up. Unless I really really have to, I tend to go about my business without any make up at all (obviously mascara and eyeliner may be applied if I’m going down to the shops, but that hardly counts, right?)
It hasn’t always been this way. Throughout school I couldn’t bear the idea of walking around with a bare face, and would spend 20 minutes each day applying foundation all over my visage. It was only once I realised that I was genuinely scared to be seen without a mask of foundation that I identified there was a problem. Once I began to follow an effective skincare routine I soon became more confident within my own skin. My skincare routine has evolved over the years, but I can honestly say I have never been happier with my skin.
Now I’m not saying throw your make up bag out the window – that would render my latest make up tutorial pretty invalid – but I want to share with you my 7 steps to achieving a radiant glow without any make up at all! So without further ado, lets start, shall we?
This is pretty self explanatory, and I know you are probably all rolling your eyes at how obvious this step is, but water genuinely is the key to radiant glowing skin. A lot of people claim they don’t like the taste of water – trust me, I was right there with you back in the day. However, there is no escaping it! A trick that I have found to be effective is to pop a a sliced fresh lemon in my water bottle each day, then throughout the day I keep filling it up. If you leave the lemon in the water for too long it can get extremely sour, so this is yet more reason to sip it quickly and keep refilling it. The aim is to drink at least 2.2 litres (9 cups) of water a day, but I aim to drink as much as possible each day as I really do notice the difference in my skin and hair. Furthermore, lemon water detoxifies your body, gives your immune system a boost with a big kick of vitamin C and also works as a great energy booster in the morning. Thats right – put that coffee down and getting sipping on H2O! Replace other drinks (especially fizzy drinks and sodas) with water, and I promise you that you will see results in a week!
2. Cleanse your skin at night (Micellar Cleansing Water)
As you can see from the screenshot, this was the first product I used in my latest video (WATCH IT). In just a few weeks this product has swiftly become my cleanser of choice at night time. It goes without saying that if you want clear and radiant skin in the morning you have to cleanse it thoroughly at night. This make-up remover/cleanser/soother effectively cleans the skin by ‘capturing and lifting away dirt,’ and is perfect for people with sensitive skin. If you work hard and collapse in bed on weekdays like I do, this is a perfect product to keep on your bedside table so you can quickly wipe away all the grime and make up of the day without feeling guilty that you’re not scrubbing your face. Win win… oh, but of course remember to brush those teeth! A clean face and morning breath isn’t the cutest of combos!
3. Cleanse your skin when travelling (Johnson’s Make Up Be Gone Refreshing Wipes)
No excuses people! Even if you’re travelling the world, camping or simply having a sleepover at your girlfriend’s house there is no excuse not to clean your face! Face wipes are a perfect addition to your handbag, as you never know when they might come in handy. I’ve tried a lot of different face wipes, including cheaper brands I’d rather forget as they irritated the hell out of my skin, but these wipes are definitely my favourite. Lovely smell, soft and gentle yet effective at taking off waterproof mascara – what more could you ask for?
4. Exfoliate your skin in the morning (Clean and Clear skin brightening daily facial scrub)
I love a good facial scrub! They’re perfect at scrubbing away the layer of dead skin or any left over dirt from the night before. By chance I picked up this scrub in Tescos when my beloved St Ives Apricot Scrub was missing, and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. As much as I love my apricot scrub, anyone that has ever used it has at some stage gone through the agony of getting a grain in their eye. Plus no matter now much you wash, you never really feel like all of the grains are gone! This scrub on the other hand is far less grainy and has a delicious citrusy scent that really helps to wake me up in the morning. It is oil free and genuinely does brighten (please do not get this confused with lighten) my skin. So I’m sorry St Ives, but for once beauty really doesn’t have to mean pain!
5. Use a cleansing brush (Braun Cleansing Brush)
If you’re going to run out and buy only one of the products from this article, let it be this. Honestly. This brush changed my life.
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Ok, back in the room. But seriously, this is amazing. Again, this was an accidental buy, as I actually got it for free with my Braun Silk Epil 9. Never has my face felt as clean as when I use this brush with my face wash. It states on the instructions that you should use it up to three times a week, but I struggle not to use it each and every day. Let me explain…
Each morning I get in the bath and, well, bathe as you would expect. Even in the summer months, I tend to have quite hot baths, as I find the steam really helps open my pores ready for a deep clean. After cleansing my body, I add a dollop of my daily facial scrub to the cleansing brush, then turn the brush on and gently move it around my face for about a minute. After the minute is up, I massage the scrub around my face with my hands then slowly wash it off. What am I left with underneath? Deeply cleansed skin that feels brand new and baby soft. Since using the brush, I’ve found black heads to be a thing of the past, and my skin genuinely does have a natural radiant glow. I will reluctantly start cutting it down to 3 times a week, but right now this is definitely my favourite part of my morning routine.
6. Moisturise (Vita Coco Extra Virgin Coconut Oil)
Now this might seem a bit counter-productive, as up until this point I have used oil-free products. However, I am a self-confessed coconut oil addict, and have found that coconut oil works amazingly at evening out my skin tone. Furthermore, far from leaving my skin greasy, if I leave coconut oil to do its work, it absorbs into my skin and actually decreases the amount of spots/blemishes I have. Insane right?
Now I’m going to tell you something that might make you reconsider inviting me over for a sleepover. Are you ready?
I hate towels. Loathe ’em. I don’t use them on my hair, face or body purely because I find them drying (duh) and rough. Instead, as soon as I step out of the bath and while my skin is still wet I apply coconut oil to my face and body and simply allow it to absorb. This can be a little bit awkward if someone else is waiting to use the bathroom, but I use my drying time to brush my teeth, apply deodorant and dance to my Spotify playlist. The oil helps to seal the moisture of the water into your skin so your face remains moisturised throughout the day. Oh, and Vita Coco also makes me smell deliciously of coconut, so thats a bonus too!
8. Apply a light moisturiser (Simple Protecting Light Moisturised with SPF 15)
Now this might blow your mind, but even with my brown skin, I do think its always good to wear sun protector, even if it is only SPF 15. Applying a small amount of this cream after most of the oil is absorbed helps any left over oil absorb, thus avoiding greasiness. This cream is full of vitamins and again is perfect for sensitive skin, and finally – and most importantly – it is light. Each of my friends that have made the mistake of rubbing cocoa butter on their face in front of me will tell you that I am extremely vocal about how important it is to use face cream. Body creams are far too thick and oily to apply to your face, so finding an effective face moisturiser is a definite must, especially if you want to avoid clogged up pores and unnecessary breakouts.
And that’s it! I hope you found my 7-steps useful. My routine changes slightly in the colder months as my skin tends to need more moisture, so I will be sure to update you then. What products do you use? What techniques have you found effective? Make sure you share it in the comment section below.
With love from London,