Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Bringing The Glow Back To My Skin


Anyone who reads my blog will know that I run at least 3 times a week outdoors, as we are not lucky enough to own a treadmill. I love getting out because it gives me some time to myself and I find that it is very calming. I’m sure that my skin does not agree though!

I began to up my running training during the winter so temperatures were often at 0 degrees or below and I’ve more than once ran in rain, snow, hail and sleet. There have been days where the wind would cut through you and I’d often feel like my ears would fall off! Because of all this my skin needs to be looked after properly but unfortunately, due to my own lack of prioritisation, it is getting a little bit neglected, I should know better considering that I am a qualified Beauty Therapist! I decided that I would do a weekly feature on my skin to see if I can improve its appearance over the next month. Considering that it is spring and summer is approaching fast (As too is my sisters hen and wedding, which I am the chief bridesmaid!!!), I couldn’t think of a better time to start.

Exercise and Your Skin

Yes the harsh winter weather can play havoc with your skin but exercising in general has so many benefits to your skin. I’m not going to bore you with lots of jargon and waffle but the main reasons that exercise is so good for your skin are:
1.       Sweat: Increased sweat rids the body of toxins but you need to shower after exercise to ensure that these toxins do not block your pores
2.       Increased Blood Flow: The increase in blood flow carries oxygen to the skin cells which increases skin health
3.       Reduced Stress: Stress can have a negative effect on skin, often causing breakouts and affecting complexion
4.       Increased Water Consumption: Increased consumption of water helps to flush out the toxins within the body.

My Skin Type

There's a huge difference between skin types and skin conditions and more often than not we are treating a skin condition rather than our skin type so we never really see improvements in our skin.

To explain a little more a - skin type is what you were born with e.g. dry, normal, oily or combination, whereas a skin condition is developed i.e. dehydration and sensitivity. I have a very oily t-zone and my skin is more normal on my cheeks therefore I have a combination skin type. It's important that we know the difference in order to treat our skin effectively. Everyone has a skin type but may not have a skin condition.
Because I have oily skin I have quite large pores and these can become infected so I suffer from breakouts regularly. I suffered from adult acne in my early 20’s and as a result, underneath my freckles, I have some redness and a few acne scars. I am extremely pale as well and people often tell me that I look pale or “Sick in myself” when I do not wear make up! Luckily one good thing about oily skin is that I do not have many fine lines and wrinkles.

Here is a photo of me without makeup:

And below is a close up (aghhhhhhhhh!) of acne scars, blemishes, redness and enlarged pores.

Skin Care Aims

My aim with this renewed focus on my skin is to build a quick and easy routine to follow. My time in the evening is very limited because I work full time and, as you probably know by now, I have a small baby at home. My time in the evenings is very precious so the last thing I need is my whole night to be taken up by a full routine. I also want glowing skin. I want to be able to confidently leave the house with no makeup on and not have people comment on how pale and tired I look!

Unfortunately I am not a millionaire so I cannot afford the most expensive skincare treatments, lotions and potions, so I have to buy all of my skincare products on a strict budget. As much as I would love to go for monthly facials, at the moment it’s not an option for me. BUT the good thing is that I and you can still look after your skin on a tight budget and hopefully this weekly feature will help with that! I use the Lidl or Aldi skincare ranges, which have received rave reviews from numerous bloggers and skin consultants (Just Google and you will see for yourself)!

Just so you know I am by no means expecting a miracle. There is only so much you can do on a right budget but I just want to show that with a little bit if extra care, you can improve the appearance of your skin.

Daily Routine

The first step to achieving glowing skin is to ensure that I stick to a daily routine. This routine will be:

  1. Drink 2L of water. I always notice a difference in my skin when I do not drink 2L of water. It becomes sluggish

  2. Clean my skin in the morning using a mild facial wash for combination skin

  3. Moisturise using my Lidl Vitamin E Day creamApply an SPF 15, regardless of the weather 

  4. At night I will cleanse/tone my skintone using the Garnier Micellular Water 

  5. Apply the Lidl Vitamin E Night Cream 

  6. Twice a week I will use the Lidl exfoliating facial wash
(Some of my skin care products)

At the end of the month, and each month after this, I am going to perform a home facial on myself! I will provide details of this home facial routine in another blog post! I hope you will join me in giving your skin back its natural glow.

Until the next time, always remember to be: 

Dee-Termined To Glam & Glow

Dee x


  1. Looking forward to seeing how you get on.
    I must say I'm loving the Garnier Micellar water

    1. Me too it's a fab product! Hopefully I'll get my skin back to where it should be!!!