We’ve all seen that ‘insta’ glowy complexion plastered over the gram. And yeah, we shouldn’t go too far deep into these expectations. But I’m taking it more as an inspiration to get my ass into gear achieving glowy skin.
There’s definitely a love hate relationship between me and my skin. Every month I tell myself it’ll be the month I work on my skin, and at some point in every month I still go back to my lazy old ways. Luckily my skin isn’t too bad, but there’s definitely room for improvement. So this autumn I’ve made an active pledge to really look after my skin to achieve that ‘Instagram’ complexion. Or just nice glowy skin with less obvious pores, to sound less like a twat. And although it’s still in it’s a figuring out process, here’s what I’m working on to achieve this.
HAVING A ROUTINE AND STICKING TO IT
I hear wayyy too many rules and tricks about getting clear, glowy skin. One minute you need to exfoliate, the next you can’t use exfoliators. One day it’s all about cream cleansers, the next it’s oils. So now I’m ignoring the Pins and just creating my own routine. It takes a bit of experimentation which we’ll get to in a bit. But I’ve never had an actual skincare routine I do in the morning, evening, weekly etc. It was more of an as and when, which obviously isn’t great. So I’m making sure I have my routine, and then sticking to them. It’s all good and well having a skincare regime, however sticking to it is another story for me. It lasts about the grand total of a week and then I end up sleeping with my makeup on and we’re back at square 1. So I’m committing myself to sticking to my skincare routine and making sure I take care of it. And now it’s in writing so I have to.
KNOWING WHAT WORKS
Knowing what my skin type is and what does and doesn’t work for my skin was important for me, mainly because I have quite sensitive skin. And my skin reacts weirdly to different products and ingredients. So to have a solid skincare routine it includes suiting it to my skincare type and to my target areas. I try go for all natural products, mainly hydrating and brightening properties and anything gentle but deep cleansing. I found that vitamin E works a dream for all of these, and has quickly become a lead player in my routine. I’ve also wanted to target my under eyes, large pores and sun damage on my nose, thus have found products that will specifically treat just that. Don’t get me wrong, I love skincare blogposts. They’re one of my go-to binge reads. But not everything that works for someone will work for you so you need to tailor your own routine to your own skin.
DOING THE OBVIOUS
I’m terrible for just doing the obvious. You know the ‘eat well, drink plenty of water, get a sweat on’ obvious. But I’ve been so lazy with it and I forget the skin benefits that doing these things has. And when it comes to my sort of skin, it’s not that deep. Less is definitely more and just by doing these little everyday tasks has big implications on my skin. So I’m bringing the water bottle out and getting my 2 litres in, eating healthy and exercising when I can. Once again, it’s in writing now.
So there we go, how I’m trying to achieve Instagram worthy skin. Yeah, the term ‘Instagram worthy skin’ is a bit of a gross phrase, but just nice glowy skin & not so large pores so I don’t have to wear makeup as much. I just didn’t know how else to phrase it. You feel me? Anyways, I’m enjoying writing about skincare so I’ll hopefully do some more, maybe about the products I’m using or something?
What are your go-to products at the moment? I’d love to know!