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7 tips to help your skin breathe

While make-up hides blemishes and creates the illusion of flawless skin, wearing layers of foundation and powder day after day can sometimes be the very cause of the flaws you are trying to conceal. Here are our tips on how to give your skin a break and help keep any unwanted skin problems at bay.

1. Cleanse thoroughly

It’s essential to ensure your skin is cleansed twice a day with face wash or cleanser designed for your skin type. This is especially important if you regularly wear makeup as cleansing will help remove any built up residue.

2. Always remove makeup before bed

As we sleep, our skin rejuvenates and repairs itself- but it can’t do this properly if it’s dirty when your head hits the pillow. Failing to take off products and remove any dirt that’s been trapped in your skin all day can lead to clogged pores, blemishes and blackheads. 

3. Go makeup free once a week

Pick at least one day to set aside your makeup bag. This gives your skin a complete breather from pore-clogging liquids and powders.

4. Try lighter coverage

Swap your usual long-lasting, heavy-coverage products for lighter or non-comedogenic alternatives that are less likely to block pores.

5. Pamper your skin

Whether you do it yourself at home or book an appointment with a professional, give your skin a monthly treat with a relaxing face massage and facial. Both of these treatments are said to increase circulation to the face, helping the skin to renew itself. 

6. Exfoliate weekly

Exfoliation gently sloughs away dead skin cells and product-build up for smooth, glowing skin.

7. Never exercise with makeup on

Whenever you are exercising, it’s important to always remove any makeup beforehand. This is because you sweat when you exercise to rid your body of toxins. If you’re pores are clogged up with makeup, your skin can’t sweat as well making it remain dirty and oily; the perfect breeding ground for unwanted breakouts.

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