March 07, 2017

5 Tips For Better Looking Skin

In the coming weeks I will be sharing with you my full Adult Acne Story. First though, I thought I would share with you 5 things which I changed or incorporated to help improve my overall skin health.

There are loads of reasons as to why we should look after our skin, it is after all our biggest organ & it does a mighty good job of keeping all of our bits in where they should be. But also good skin helps to boost self-confidence and in turn this makes us happier. Maintaining healthy skin overall (as superficial as it sounds) improves the way we think and feel about ourselves.

5 Tips For Healthier Looking Skin;

1.Face Mapping

I think this is a bit of a forgotten art form. A lot of people I mention it too respond with ‘What is that’, followed by a bit of an ‘a-hah’ moment. Face Mapping is an ancient Chinese form of skin analysis. It is your bodies’ way of letting you know and help you understand the reasoning behind the spots and congestion. I have found by knowing what is going on and having a better understanding behind my skin issues, I can then treat it better and I also feel less down on myself about it.

Image Source: The Snow Fairy – also check out the blog for more detail on face mapping here.

2. Invest in good Skin Care

I am not saying go and spend a fortune on skin care, as there are definitely some incredible products which are on the cheaper end. But listen to your body, if you are using a cheaper cleanser and your face feels incredibly clean – however you are still battling breakouts and oil problems. That cleanser probably isn’t for you – it’s actually over cleansing and stripping your skin of its natural necessary oils.  Keep it Simple with Skin Care, but not simple as in cleanser and moisturiser. Simple in the sense as focus on one or two skin care ranges. You will find brands create products which work well together and you will get more benefit when using them in conjunction with each other. For me, I have found the Skinstitut range has worked wonders with my skin and the large range of products helps me target specific problems and issues.

3. Monitor your Dairy

Again this can also go back to face mapping point, but dairy products, including milk & cheese contain growth hormones and can have an inflammatory affect which actually clog your pores. If you can’t give up the cheese like me, definitely try cutting back when it comes to that time of the month. I personally limit my cheese intake and never drink milk. I notice a massive difference in my skin as soon as I reduce my intake.

4. Look after your Gut

Having an excess amount of bad gut bacteria can lead to a number of problems, one of them being acne. I take a number of tablets every morning and one of them is a probiotic. I find this helps my body and in particular my gut function better in so many ways. I have found two which I particularly like, Polybac8  & Bio Ceuticals.

5. Make the most of masking

Be sure to not overdo it, I see a lot of people using masks daily or every second day as they are not happy with how their skin is looking. I know we all can love the feeling of a freshly exfoliated face, but over exfoliating can also get rid of the healthy skin cells which act as a natural barrier. This could also lead to hypersensitivity and excess oil to compensate. The same goes for clay masks, these are only designed to be used 1-2 times a week. Using them any more often can have as adverse effect and the benefits won’t be as noticeable.

BONUS TIP: Drink more water… now this wouldn’t of been a skin post without mentioning drinking more water. I keep a large bottle on my desk at work. It’s also easier to keep this on you on weekends rather than buying water etc.

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  1. Great tips! I live by all of the ones you mention! I've been loving Ultraceuticals and Skinstitut. You should also check out The Beauty Chef for an organic product focused on gut health xx

  2. Such great tips! I always refer back to the face map when I have a breakout! Mine is always hormonal and digestive! I NEED one of those bottles! Ben has them in store but not in super pretty colours haha <3
    Amazing post Shannon!


  3. can never have enough water for the skin!! bad on the bowel though hahah

  4. Great tips! I really want to try some Skinstitut products!

  5. Love these tips! So simple, but definitely tips to focus on!

    Laura || xx

  6. Love this post - I find face mapping so interesting! My breakouts are always on my chin and around it, and I don't have the best diet so you can definitely see that!

    Maddie |

  7. I would love to check out Face Mapping, I think I could really benefit from it. I definitely do need to drink more water haha! Good post!

  8. I've recently got one of those massive water bottles and it's been so good in helping me get through that daily water intake!

    Bec | Beauty With Bec

  9. Great post. I started to feel better about my acne when I realised the reason was hormones. I only really suffer on my chin but I have poly-cystic ovary syndrome so it makes sense and it doesn't bother me so much. I do need to drink more water I know that much! lol xx

  10. Definitely so important to not over-do it with the face masks! Great post and water is definitely super crucial as well!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  11. Great tips Shannon! I am still having so many issues with hormonal breakouts it's affecting my confidence :( Making an appt to see the dr and switching back, so over it! Face mapping is so useful, I find I get forehead breakouts when stressed, upper cheeks with dairy, lower cheeks with hormones and too. So interesting.

    Kate |

  12. Great tips there hun - I learnt a lot from the acne mapping too thanks for sharing!

    Sammy | XX

  13. Great points babe, I am totally with you on the masking I see some women using one or more a day and it freaks me out big time.

  14. I'm quite lucky that I don't have problem with dairy. Strongly agree to invest in good skincare and drink water. Water helps to clear out my skin a whole lot

  15. I'm still adjusting to a better diet for my skin but having good skincare and treating yourself to a regular mask are such great tips. I have been LOVING the Skinstitut range lately too. Great post :)

    Emma | Rosy Disposition

  16. Love all the tips! I'm always looking for ways to improve my skin and sometimes just need a reminder to be drinking more water!

    Great post.

  17. I've recently started breaking out a bit - I think it's come down to my poor diet and lack of water. This post has really helped me out...definitely need more water and better food intake. Thank you for such an informative post.

    Lubz ||

  18. Great tips! I definitely feel like the majority of break outs I get are hormonal and though when i wear makeup i make sure to take it all off properly whenever i wear makeup too many days in a row my skin becomes unhappy. Though i do need to pay attention to the foods i am eating in relation to my skin.