Ask any woman what her beauty goal is and the answer is often clearer looking skin. Ageing, sun exposure and poor diet can leave our complexions looking less than perfect. Introduce a few simple steps into your skincare regime to achieve brighter, more radiant skin without masking it in make-up.
Apply a product containing SPF daily - even during the winter - to keep your skin protected from the sun. Sun damage can not only lead to skin cancer, but also premature wrinkles and pigmentation issues. Opt for a product that offers broad-spectrum protection to protect against UVA rays (the ones that cause wrinkles) and UVB rays (the ones that can cause skin cancer).
Clean make-up brushes
Can't remember the last time you cleaned your make-up brushes? Then they're overdue a cleaning session. Make-up brushes and sponges are a breading ground for bacteria and dirt. Wash your brushes weekly using lukewarm water and a mild facial cleanser and leave to air dry.
Drink more water
Promote clear skin by drinking more water. Water carries nutrients to the skin cells and helps to flush out toxins. Aim to drink 8 glasses a day to stay hydrated.
Get more sleep
The skin repairs itself as we sleep. Lack of sleep can lower circulation leading to a dull, greyish complexion. Give your skin a helping hand by applying a rich night cream before you catch up on your beauty sleep.
Leaving your make-up on before bed can lead to clogged pores, dryness and flakiness. Use an oil-free eye make-up remover to wipe away waterproof mascara and eyeliner and a creamy cleanser on your face to melt away foundation.
Clean your mobile phone screen
Touch screen phones are notorious hotbeds for germs, dirt and bacteria. Each time you put your phone to your ear you're spreading that bacteria along your cheek and jaw line. Use an anti-bacterial wipe to clean your phone a couple of times a day to keep it germ-free.
Exfoliate your face twice weekly to remove dead surface skin cells and dirt that can clog pores making them appear larger. Use a product that contains salicylic acid to effectively penetrate pores and help to minimize breakouts.
Introduce a product packed with Vitamin C into your skincare regime. Vitamin C boosts brightness and fights off the signs of ageing. Look out for a Vitamin C serum (it's more potent that a cream or lotion) and apply it before your moisturiser for the best results.