My Skincare Routine

Over the past year I have suffered quite badly with breakouts, I firstly pinned it down to stress and tiredness but after 12 months the realisation hit me that it could be something more serious like adult acne from stupid hormones being all over the place.

I'm no stranger to acne, when I was younger (probably at the lower years of high school) I got referred to a doctor to treat my acne as it had got quite bad and needed a stronger ointment to calm the breakouts down. For about two years I was on a low dose of antibiotics to help the situation (it tasted like banana so it wasn't all that bad) I had a bad immune system and my body found it difficult to flush out the bacteria and fight off infections. 

As I have got older I grew out of my poor immune system, there are still a few bad days but I'm able to work my way around them. My skin cleared up extremely well, the odd spot could pay me a visit but they never really stayed around for long, which meant my inner confidence grew and I could walk out of the house without wearing any make up and not need to worry about what people thought of me. 

It has only been in the past year and reading lots of blogs that my interest for skincare has grown,  it has always scared me with the amount of products available. Each one has a different role with different ingredients in (some far too many ingredients if you ask me) and I don't know what my skin needs. With make up it is easy as I know my skin is oily and needs more of a matte finish. Most of the time I just have to go through the trial and error process to find the right skincare products.


Step 1

 The most important step for me has to be the very first one and that is to remove make-up, face wipes are the easiest and most convenient solution but dermatologists will tell you that they are bad and can cause a lot of damage to your skin. My advise and a lot of fellow bloggers would tell you to reach out for a Micellar Water, there are a lot out there and a lot which are extremely affordable like this Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. Pour a bit of this onto a cotton pad and remove all make-up including your eye make up.

Step 2

 The next step would be to find a good cleanser, this 3-in-1 product will remove the remainder of your make up whilst cleansing and softening your skin. The formula is extremely similar to using soap, rub a pea sized amount nto your face in a circular motion with a little drop of water before removing it with a cloth. The Vichy Normaderm deep cleansing purifying gel is a very light cleanser and great to use morning and night. the Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleansing fix is a much richer consistency and a product you would use two to three times a week when you want to do a much deeper cleanse. Both are on the pricier side but you can get drugstore alternatives at a cheaper price.
 Step 3 

Finally, invest in a good face cream, pay that little bit more for a product that will be more beneficial to the skin. I use the same brand Eucerin for my day and night cream. Even though my skin is very oily it need nutrients and hydrating but something that calms my blemishes, this Eucerin Dermo Purifyer cream ticks all the boxes for me. The day cream is superb, it soaks into my skin well and does not cause any issues when applying my make up afterwards! 

The main thing to remember when you are wanting to start collecting your skincare products is that you have to trial a few before you find the right one for you. I've gone through so many different face creams and face washes for years before finding these little beauties, however, in a years time I might have to switch things up a little as my skin has got a little bit too used to the products. 

I'd love to know if my step to step for skincare has been useful, let me know in the comments below. I'm also interested to hear what other products are out there too. 

Alice xxx

The Perfect A-Line Denim Skirt

Skirt - h&m, Top - Primark, Boots - Zara

My love for denim has grown over the past few months I've gone from hating my legs in a pair of skinny jeans because of my thunder thighs and constantly living in tights and black leggings to owning four pairs of skinny jeans, two denim skirts and a denim jacket.

This denim skirt will certainly become a timeless staple piece in my wardrobe this Spring (I only got it on Thursday), the A-Line structure is super flattering for most figures cinching you in around the waist and then it flows beautifully over your bum, hips and thighs. The gold stitching and buttons are the perfect contrast to the blue denim which is super versatile as it will go with pretty much any top out there. I know I am going to get an awful lot of wear out of this heading into Summer.

Alice xxx