How to pop a deep zit?
Alright so, the most obvious answer here is don't. Popping your spots can cause way more harm than good in the long-run. Michelle Rodrigues, Consultant Dermatologist told The Conversation:
'A pimple is like a little bag under the skin that contains oil, bacteria, and inflammation. Squeezing it can result in these contents being pushed into surrounding skin, making the problem worse. It can also lead to infection and temporary darkening of the skin in that area. On top of this, the inflammation can become so bad that scarring is left behind when the pimple finally settles down. And scarring (unlike the pimple) can be permanent.'
BUT if that big ol' pimple has got a proper juicy looking white head on it that just NEEDS to be squeezed make sure you follow this formula:
1. Cleanse the area and wash your hands
2. Wrap tissue around your fingers (this stops your nails causing damage to your skin and minimises infection)
3. Lightly squeeze down on either side of the pimple. If it doesn't pop, then it isn't ready. Don't force it.
How to get glowing skin?
Okay this one's obviously a biggy. Whether it's with skincare, makeup or nutrition and exercise - there are loads of ways to get super glowy skin.
Our top tips? Always exfoliate - whether you invest in a skincare brush or use all natural exfoliating grains, making sure you don't skip this step will buff away dry and dead skin cells, leaving your skin glowy and fresh beneath.
Treat yourself to a highlighter and get your strobing technique down. We're obsessed with MAC Strobe Cream for an all over glow.
Apply your chosen highlighter to the high points of your face (cheekbones, brow bone, nose and forehead) and blend.
What is BB cream?
BB cream became big on the beauty scene a few years back, and was quickly followed by CC and DD creams. Hailing from Korean skincare, BB cream basically stands for blemish balm and mainly is used in replace of foundation - for a more natural, sheer finish with added skincare benefits like extra hydration and anti-wrinkle formulas.
How to clean makeup brushes?
Whether you buy a specific brush cleanser or just use whatever's in your bathroom: cleaning your makeup brushes is an absolute essential if you want to avoid spotty skin (and prolong the life of your tools.)
We like Real Techniques' Brush Cleansing Palette to really get a good clean without damaging your bristles. Squirt a pump of brush cleanser (or baby shampoo) onto the palette, lather up with water, and rub your brushes along the bristles. Wash out all soapy suds with water and allow to air-dry naturally, lay on a flat surface.
How can I minimise my pores?
Alright so TECHNICALLY speaking - you can't actually shrink your pores. But you can make them appear smaller and less noticable, with a range of skincare tools and makeup tricks. We're all about blurring beauty products at the moment - like Maybelline's Blurring Primer.