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Clear Skin Tips

Some of you poor sods on the forums or on my twitter may have had the pleasure of hearing reading me moan about my poor…

Some of you poor sods on the forums or on my twitter may have had the pleasure of hearing reading me moan about my poor poor skin. I do not know what’s going on, but I seem to have had some drastic skin changes over the past few weeks. I’ve never really had problems with my skin – I didn’t get many spots through my teenage years and only tend to get a few here and there, but for some reason my skin decided it would be a great idea to make my life miserable by developing a few hundred (okay, maybe not hundreds – but it sure felt like it) spots on my face.
Not not only was I blessed with terrible, spot ridden skin, but my scalp got very flakey very fast. I didn’t think I had changed anything in regards to skin care products or diet to contribute to this, but the only things I can think of are:
  • I ran out of moisturiser and bought a new, different brand.
  • I’ve been REALLY ill so could be worn down.
  • Cold weather.
  • I struggle to sleep and am exhausted all of the time. I can’t remember the last time I slept solidly.
  • My liquid intake is tea, coffee and wine. All dehydrating!
So, with this in mind, the first thing I did was alter my skincare regime. I consulted a few friends and then got myself to the ‘acne’ section and selected a few new products.


witch pore minimising wash

Witch face wipes and Witch pore minimising gel wash.

I’ve not bought any products that are specifically for clearing skin in probably 8 years at least. When I was around 15, I always used Witch products, so I selected these as I knew they wouldn’t irritate my skin. They leave my face feeling fresh and clean yet not stripped of all moisture and goodness. 

neutrojoina freederm overnight serum

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil Free Moisturiser and Freederm Overnight Clearing Serum.

I was noticing spots developing during the day so I opted for a new moisturiser that would help my skin during the day. I’ve not had any ugly white heads appear throughout the day since I’ve switched to this Neutrogena moisturiser.
A friend recommended the Freederm Serum to me. You put it on on an evening and helps remove the redness and speeds up the general recovery of blemishes. It’s not a miracle cream, by any means, buy does help make the spots appear smaller and less red!


rimmel perfect max fix and perfect

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation and Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer.

I don’t usually wear make-up. Sometimes I may wear BB cream but on a general day I just wear eye make-up. This is because my skin is so dry that it tends to clump and flake. I’ve never used a primer in my whole life. I don’t think I’d even heard of primers until reading about them on blogs! With that in mind, I decided to pick up some foundation and a primer. I have used it a few times and it does work well. Again, it is not amazing but I really struggle to give you an accurate idea of how great it is as I’ve not really experimented much with foundation and I’ve never used primer before.


skincare routine
So that concludes my new skincare routine.
My skin is a lot better since I’ve started using these products which I’m happy about. I’m not sure if it is one or two that are helping, or just a mixture of the, all as I started using them all at the same time.
A post like that would not be complete without a list of tips to help prevent spots and keep you skin clear, so here you goes.

Tips for Clear Skin.

  • Avoid diary – if you have to have it, stick to skimmed. Diary products contain cow hormorns which stimulate oil glands. 
  • Keep your hands away from your face to prevent transferring oil and dirt to you.
  • Clean your phone to prevent transferring icky stuff from your screen to your face.
  • Water, water and a bit more water.
  • Clean your make-up brushes as they harbour dirt and bacteria. A foundation brush should be washed weekly and loose powder brushes biweekly.
  • Do good sleeps. Skin repairs itself more efficiently at night. Plus, bed is best.
  • Apply moisturiser while your face is still damp to lock in moisture.
  • Exfoliate to remove dirt from your pores. Dirty pores look bigger.
  • Cheerios! A bowl contains 25% of your zinc RDA. Zinc is great for repairing damaged skin.
  • Always remove your make-up before bed.
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  1. Ha, ha! It’s all really sensible and then there’s the Cheerio’s bit at the end! Love the justification of zinc! : ) x

  2. Great tips 🙂 I am terrible for water, I dont drink any so am gonna try from now on. I also know that dairy is a big contributer, because my friend cut it out and her skin cleared up almost instantly!

  3. Neutrogena products are the best. My skin is quite dry and I usually buy some products of this brand because they are the best for my skin type. Kisses:)

  4. these are great basic tips, and yet i rarely follow any of them, haha. i’m the worst at taking care of my skin! it’s ridiculous how often i still am too “lazy” to remove my make-up.. but i have cheerios, so that’s all good, right? xx

  5. OMG, I have three huge zits at the moment and I blame my new day cream!!! I have to try this Neutrogena moisturizer, everyone keeps recommending Neutrogena and raving about their products.

  6. What an awesome idea to apply moisturiser while my skin is wet! I love witch products, and simple and can’t leave the house without a primer (the witch one is my favourite). Unfortunately I have awfuk acne it feels like a gravel driveway ha ha
    It’s not so my invited as a few weeks before lfw I emailed all the press team a from the shows at LFW and requested a ticket. It’s really that simple (although take a a few hours ) 😀

  7. A really interesting read Corinne! I’m not overly prone to spots but I do get patchy, dry horribleness that I can never seem to fix! I’ll try some of your helpful tips! Good night xxxxx

  8. Oh I so needed this bc my liquid intake is the same… tea, coffee and wine! yikes! Thanks for the fabulous tips! ~Tammy

  9. I’m glad you included drinking water! I think a lot of people don’t realize how important it is for clear skin!

  10. I’m a big fan of neutrogena…glad you found a routine that works for you. There’s nothing worse that not being happy with your skin!

  11. I haven’t had Cheerios since I was a kid but loved them then Maybe I’ll pick some up. I can use all these tips since I’ve suffered the same dilemma. I didn’t have acne as a kid but now I seem to get blemishes on my back, shoulders and sometimes (eek!) my butt. Maybe that’s an extra reason I prefer reviewing blouses with puffy sleeves and full coverage knickers (extra because I really like those styles anyway). Your new regimen sounds excellent and I suspect it’s less harsh than some of the things I’ve tried in the past. It”s certainly a more comprehensive approach. Sounds good.

  12. Hi Corinne, Im sorry you had such skin troubles, the stuff you are using now seems very good, especially Im curious about the Neutrogena moisturizer. I enjoy this kind of post, your tips are great, I need to wash my make up brushes now!:) Kisses and happy Fri! xo

  13. As a nutritionist I can assure you that it’s not skimmed dairy that makes you break out, but rather non-organic and cow’s dairy, so skip them. You can still have some buffalo or goats dairy, ideally plain yoghurt. Avoid soy stuff – because this is what most people replace their dairy with and it’s rubbish, really. Avoid sugar and white everything (rice, flour etc.) Wine doesn’t affect the skin because it’s dehydrating, but rather because it affects your liver and has lots of sugar in it – i.e. inflammation is waiting to happen. And don’t forget to eat all the things your skin needs. Product-wise, those bioderm and nitrogena products are incredibly harsh for the skin and contain a lot of ingredients it doesn’t need. Better go with more natural and ideally organic products to heal the skin rather than make it worse. Those in all honesty, I think your problem might be either stress from lack of sleep with added side effects of alcohol consumption. Well, and the products – first they dry the skin out, then the dry skin becomes oilier… Vicious circle.
    If you even need any advice – give me a shout. I consult via Skype.

  14. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips, I use Neutrogena and Im really happy with it.I enjoyed reading your thoughts on my last post…Good wishes for the weekend!

  15. Great post Corinne, I feel your pain, my skin has got a lot worse recently, but I have always suffered from acne anyway. I use the Neutrogena moisturiser, it’s one of my faves, but I haven’t tried Freederm before: might have to give it a go now! xx


  16. Great tips. This is something I could do with working on. I get really slack, even basic things like removing makeup before bed. Some of these tips I would not have thought of like cleaning your phone…genius!

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