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Try these skincare tips to work towards that flawless look.

Just like regular movement/exercise, skincare is an important routine that shouldn't be overlooked. While we know that great skin is a huge confidence boost, the process of your skincare routine is actually very good for your mental health as it takes time out of your day for you, and it‘s a relaxing practice that helps to reduce stress - win win! I often get asked questions around skincare from clients, especially around working out and skincare. So, check out my 8 tips to help towards that flawless look...

My 8 Skincare Tips

Tip One: Drink water & stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is important for the skins appearance, helping to address the skins dullness by fighting the build-up of dead skin cells, while also helping to rid the skin of toxins and avoid the build-up of oil and acne.

Tip Two: Eat a healthy, balanced diet

Now, staying hydrated and eating healthily may seem like tips from a mean PT trying to get you to eat your 5-a-day, but I promise these things genuinely help towards healthy, brighter looking skin. This is because the antioxidants in fruit and veg help to protect the skin against cellular damage caused by free radicals (unstable atoms that damage cells and lead to illness and the aging process).

Tip Three: Build a routine and make it a habit

It can be hard to start new habits, especially if skincare has never really been that high on your list of priorities - but trust me, your skin and your 2030 self will thank you!

The routine I follow is cleanse, tone, moisturise - everyday, twice a day. It took me a couple of weeks to get into it, but now I do it religiously without even thinking... and my skin has never looked better! I have been using Tropics ABC collection (smoothing cleanser, vitamin toner and skin feast moisturiser) and I use their blemish fighting mask twice a week!

If you really want to treat yourself, then their day and night eye creams are a dream!

Tip Four: Wash your face

This one links to the point above, but as it’s so important I’ve given it it’s own section! Though this may sounds obvious, regular face washing is often overlooked.

I wash my face morning and night with a gel wash and electric cleansing brush to remove make-up, dirt and excess oil - especially after a sweaty gym session! I then go into my routine as outlined above. The whole process takes around 2-3 minutes morning and evening (excluding my mask days)- are you telling me you don’t have 2-3 minutes for you and your skin? Thought not.

Just a side note - avoid wearing make-up during exercise! It will clog your pores and promote excess oil production leading to spots and breakouts!

Tip Five: Always wear an SPF

Sun exposure has huge implications on our skin. It can cause fine lines, wrinkles to become more pronounced and in severe cases lead to skin cancer. The sun's rays weaken the natural elastane produced in the skin, which causes the premature wrinkles, and also leads to the production of brown spots.

Wearing an SPF can help prevent the damage caused by the sun and should be worn all year round! That's right, not just the summer... but our fine English winter too as 80% of the sun's rays can penetrate through clouds.

Tip Six: Avoid touching your face. Period.

It probably won't come as a surprise to you, but everything you touch is likely to have some bacteria on it, and in particular gym equipment! If you keep touching your face, you’re putting that bacteria onto your face which can cause acne and blemishes. Touching your face can also aggravate the presence of skin oil, and every time you’re touching, you’re spreading that oil from one part of your face to the other. This can start clogging up your pores, resulting in an outbreak of acne.

Chances are you involuntarily touch your face many times during the day... through an itch, yawning, non-verbal communication etc. So, in order to keep the spread of bacteria down, wash your hands regularly and/or sanitise them.

Tip Seven: Don’t pop the spot!

What’s worse than face touching? Popping that spot that looks like a second head that you’ve named Bob. Breaking the surface of your skin can introduce bacteria into the area, which can become infected and/or take the spot longer to heal and disappear from existence!

So please, avoid the temptation to squeeze and chances are your spot will heal up and go quicker than if you were to keep prodding and poking!

Tip Eight: Change your pillowcases - regularly

On average you spend 6-8 hours a day lying on your pillowcase. Now you may wash your face everyday, but the chances are you don't wash your hair everyday. When you work out your hair can get sweaty (mine certainly does!), or when you walk the dog, or lay in the sun... you get my point. The oils from your hair can transfer onto your pillowcase, therefore you need to change and wash them regularly - I would suggest every other day.

And that's it, my eight tips for better skincare. I hope these tips help you, but remember I am NOT a skincare expert, just a personal trainer talking from experience.