Make-up is a wonderful tool. It allows us to completely change our look, conceal the blemishes and the signs of a late night, and experiment with colours and textures. Yet it’s not always the best thing for your skin. Sometimes the powders you’re using to cover your concerns, like powder for large pores or concealer for breakouts, seem to make the problem worse. You don’t need to give up make-up completely, just make some simple changes and you’ll notice an improvement in the condition of your skin.

Poor make-up choices can often lead to a cycle of bad skin. Heavy, long wear foundations or compacts can block pores and lead to breakouts, especially along the jawline, cheeks, temples and forehead. To cover these blemishes we often reapply heavier make-up, which only makes the breakout worse. You may also be tempted to use harsh scrubs to rid your skin of comedones, partially or fully closed pores which cause the formation of blackheads and whiteheads, yet this could lead to further irritation. Luckily the solution is very simple, you just need to make adjustments to you make-up routine. Swap your heavy foundation or powder for a lighter coverage, and then use concealer to cover any blemishes or imperfections. You could continue to use a full-coverage foundation, but only on the areas that really need the extra coverage.

It’s also important that you have a proper established cleansing routine, and that you follow it each evening. Start by removing eye make-up with a make-up remover, and then follow with the Lift Off Purifying Cleanser. The hydrating formula gently cleanses the skin of impurities and build-up, fights free radicals and restores the skin’s healthy pH level. Once a week you should also use the Lift Off Exfoliating Cleanser, which is formulated with three deep-cleansing, non-irritating acids to slough off dead skin cells, eliminate build up and reveal a more radiant complexion.

Opting for lighter make-up choices will also make your skin look more youthful, as heavy powder coverage and longwear foundations tend to collect in wrinkles and lines, so swap to a lighter tinted moisturiser or BB Cream. After applying press a damp make-up sponge into areas where you have wrinkles, such as the corner of the eyes and mouth, to soak up the excess.