7 Skincare Tips I Wish I’d Learned Sooner


If you read yesterday’s post you’ll know that recently my skin has been a bit like hey hun, you like volcanoes right? RIGHT, RIGHT?

The thing is, it’s not like, my entire face. My forehead, nose and cheeks are busy being glowy, smooth little rays of skin that could have come straight off a Victoria’s Secret Angel or a magical, beautiful Veela like Fleur Delacour.

Soz, any excuse to squeeze in a Harry Potter reference, you know me (it’s ‘cos I’ve been spending way too much time in the bath listening to the audio books again recently… no regrets).

So I thought I’d share a few of the best skin tips I’ve learned in my lifetime, seeing as y’know, I’m now in my late twenties and definitely 100% a real adult with wise opinions and stories.

And hey, just because my chin acne has a life of it’s own, doesn’t mean I don’t know a few tips and tricks…


1. If your skin is doing that thing where it looks like an inflamed, decaying piece of leather that’s been run over by a truck (usually bought on by a serious hangover or a long haul flight, weep) – there’s nothing that will restore it to it’s former glory better than a litre of water, a really hefty slather of an intensive overnight oil and a solid eight hours sleep. Uh huh oil. Even if you have naturally greasy skin. It’ll hydrate, soothe and repair your skin whilst you sleep and it is absolutely the one. This Sanctuary Spa one is my current squeeze.

2. The best way to get a bit of gentle exfoliation into your skincare regime, without making your face look like it’s been savagely attacked by a piece of sandpaper? A flannel. I have ten in different colours of the rainbow, each less than a quid from my local supermarket. They take the dead skin off my face whilst I cleanse, leaving me with a super smooth base for foundation.

3. Black head removing strips and those little metals tools that squeeze them out are fun and satisfying in a gross YouTube video kind of way, but they’re about as good for your skin as scraping your face against a cheese grater. Eeesh. Back. Away.

4. Making yourself a face mask out of a cream aimed at nappy rash won’t do anything aside from y’know, dry your poor little face out. Although it is kinda lol when you forget you’ve put an entire pot on your face and answer the door to the postman. No, YOU look like you’re dressed as a zombie for Halloween.

5. Whilst make-up wipes seem like a fun and easy idea because HEY LOOK YOU CAN KEEP THEM NEXT TO YOUR BED, they actually only remove the top layer of your make-up, lolz. I didn’t believe this until the first time I ever decided to cleanse my face and wash it with a warm white flannel AFTER my wipe and lol, the flannel turned a sweet shade of foundation colour. Morale of the story: use a micellar water and cotton wool to take the worst of it off, and then use water and an actual real-life cleanser (I love an oil or balm cleanser, me) to finish the job off.

6. Even though there’s something morbidly soothing about laying in your best mate’s (or mum’s) lap and have them squeeze at the hormonal pimples doing their thang in your t-zone, dirty fingernails carving holes in your face isn’t going to achieve anything aside from y’know, making your face look like a gigantic slice of chorizo.

7. When it comes right down to it – no-one is staring at your face and its ‘flaws’ the way you are staring at your face and its ‘flaws’. You’ll be your own worst enemy and see everything in a much more hideous light than the way the rest of the world will. So pull on your sassy pants, put on a slick of lipstick, and remember that with or without a few pimples lingering on your chin, you’re an absolute queen.


Sanctuary Spa facial oils are currently up to £5 off in Boots til the end of September, just in case you do fancy treating yourself to a little summin’ summin’ for your skin this pay day.


This is a sponsored post, but all oil love and skincare tips my own <3






  • The urge of face wipes is true. So easy and quick, and yet, can’t be much better than just leaving the damn stuff on! I’ve found since going completely foundation free other than for special occasions, my skin is so so much clearer, brighter and happier. I literally now only wear it about once a month! Plus, my mum always swore by just washing your face in the shower with a gentle white soap, and though I have tried a whole host of different cleansers, they do all make me far more irritated and inflamed than just water does! Alice xxx


  • Ana

    Hannah you are such a queen! Love this advice, you are so right about everything. I discovered oils as well, and learnt that letting your skin heal and do its thing is better than to put harsh things on it.

    My favourite blogger at the moment!

    xx Ana http://www.disasterdiary.de

  • Lul sometimes I have no choice, my mum/boyfriend (weird) actually comes at my with dirty nails to pick at my spots. It is a very traumatic experience! Face wipes used to be my absolute fave, I have matured into using micellar water and cotton pads, that’s about the extent of it though! I need to up ma game. Immy x


  • Hope

    I’ve just re-read the last 4 books and I think I’m in serious danger of gaining myself a reputation, what with all the random Harry Potter references I sneak into my daily life 🙌🏻

  • Sophie

    I really miss those blackhead nose strips, I had such a fascination with stripping it off and seeing all the crap haha! But they are definitely not very good for your skin so unfortunately those days are over… Completely agree with the litre of water, my skin looks so much better when I keep myself hydrated, I’m just so lazy with it!


  • Corinne

    I love the makeup bag – where did you get it from?

    • Me too – I want one! It’s like the height of sophistication having your initials on your make up bag!! 🙂 x

  • i have acne scars on my cheeks and a bit on my chin but reading your point #7 really makes me feel a whole lot better about my skin. thank you, this is a wonderful post x

    Erin | http://www.erinazmir.com

  • Jenny

    I find that fragrance free products have transformed my sensitive skin – turns out fragrance really hates my face, or rather my face hates scents. Recently been using a sample of Clinique’s cleansing balm and it is the bomb, total balm convert!

  • I too have had a little breakout of spots on my chin recently and I hate it!! To be honest, I always have the odd one or two here or there on my face but when you’ve got a little family of them forming it’s like errr excuse me? Who gave you permission to take residence here?!

    I do use face wipes to take off the first sort of ‘layer’ of make-up (which I don’t wear often), but I always follow it up with a cleanser as it takes off so much more!

    My friend has started using a micellar cleansing water and said it’s the best thing ever, so I think I’m gonna have to give it a try too.

    Melissa x

  • my mother is the worst for taking her make up off with make up wipes – and primark ones at that! I borrowed them once when i was out of cleanser on holiday and my face was screaming at me! I have piles of flannels at my flat, my boyfriends and my parents and always take a stack with me when I’m travelling – nothing feels as good as a proper cleanse and a little exfoliation from a cheap and cheerful cloth! I use a caudalie facial oil and it really helped to clear my acne scars and leaves my face looking lovely in the morning – also agree with the blackhead strips, so tempting but so bad for your skin!


  • Flannels for exfoliation are the best, Primark do packs of 3 for £1. I tend to shove a couple of packs in my basket every time I go on a Primark binge, so I’ve now got about 36 of them cluttering up the bathroom. I also like Pixi’s Glow Tonic but only use it 2-3 times a week because I’m scared of sun damage from using a glycolic every day (my skin is super sun sensitive, I got sunburn THIS WEEK from walking around Regent Street for 30 minutes).

    My husband uses a nail brush and antibacterial hand soap to “exfoliate” his face …. and he has really good skin!

  • I use to use makeup wipes to remove my makeup all the time but now the though of just doing that to cleanse my skin sounds awful. If I really cannot be bothered to wash my face I use micellar water after a makeup wipe to get the bulk of my makeup off.

  • Over at charliesonlinestore.com we use Clear skin professional blemish mark treatment. Usually effective for ‘lingering pimples’! Good article though.

  • I’ve never actually thought about how useless makeup wipes are. I don’t use them anymore, but I used to until a couple of years ago. I hadn’t really considered that they could be contributing to the bad condition of my skin. I guess it takes us all a while to find a skincare regime that really works for us.

    I love the Sanctuary Spa products, but some of them just make me break out. I have the same problem with my chin. I was always told it was due to smoking, but quitting didn’t really help. I mostly stick with a cleanser, mild soap and aloe vera gel. I swear by the stuff.

  • You are actually the best at doing sponsored posts, I hope you know!
    I never feel like a product is being forced on me, just a girlfriends great opinion 🙂


  • I used to use baby wipes to remove my make up. Oh the shame!

    I’m with you on the flannel love.

  • Fab tips – I need to invest in a good oil and actually start using it! I didn’t realise that about face wipes either until recently – micellar water for the win!!

    Thanks for the tips!



  • Lucy

    At 28, I’ve only recently started to up my game with my skin regime. I really struggle with breakouts. It’s literally like a crop emerges, goes, then pops up someplace else. Evil! These oils sound interesting; I’ll give that a go, thanks for sharing 🙂
    Life inside the Locket

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  • Micellar waters all the way!


  • Mel

    Really great advice ❤️ I feel like I need to go flannel shopping or something now

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

  • I’m honestly the worst at picking my skin, I always notice blackheads and spots, and feel my skin is more clogged than others. You always see it worse than others and have to remember it’s hormones, and I can leave it alone and sue a mask instead!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  • That’s all true! And don’t forget to wear sunscreen that’s really important as well, thanks for the tips!


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