Keep face clear to enjoy grown-up skin

by Bonnie

It might be decades since we last saw our teenage years, but our skin can still be prone to breakouts and flare ups even while our crow's feet are encroaching on the rest of our face.



It might be decades since we last saw our teenage years, but our skin can still be prone to breakouts and flare ups even while our crow's feet are encroaching on the rest of our face.

And while it's tempting to smother blemishes in as many anti-spot products as possible, the best way to attain clear skin is to remove makeup at the end of the day, according to beauty journalist Alice Hart-Davis.

She explained that it is not good for the skin – or your pillowcase – to remain covered in makeup overnight.

"During the day, your face produces oil and this will blend in with the bacteria on your face, sweat and any pollution-based grime that you pick up from the air – as well as the makeup that you are wearing – so you really do need to remove all of this at night. If you don't, it is more likely that your pores will become clogged and that can lead to spots," she noted.

But even if we follow our 'cleanse, tone and moisturise' regime with military precision, spots have a nasty way of showing up the day before a major presentation at work or a big family get-together whose photos will be kept for posterity for the next 50 years.

So what should we do about bad skin? Ms Hart-Davis recommended using a tinted anti-spot product to reduce the inflammation and cover the worst of the redness.

"Otherwise, you can cover blemishes with a little concealer – though I find mineral powder often works better, as it helps absorb excess oil from your skin, as well as providing cover," she added.

But make sure you stick to products you know will work – even if these are remembered for fighting teenage spots the first time around – as recent research from Vaseline found women waste more than £960 million on beauty items they never use.

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