Skincare Tips from Your Favourite Book Characters

Have you ever noticed how fictional characters usually have perfect skin? Or, failing that, they have a whole host of ways to combat less than photo-ready faces? If only we could sit down with them and learn their secrets!

Wait – maybe we can! Keep reading to find out how to keep your skin fresh and glowing, literary-style!

Katniss Everdeen – Say no to sun damage

Altruist SPF 50 sun screenAs the weather gets warmer, no doubt you’ll start choosing your sunscreen for the summer. But did you know you should be wearing it every day, no matter the weather? Regardless of whether it’s a sunny or rainy day, harmful UVA (aging) and UVB (burning!) rays can break down your skin, causing premature aging, loss of elasticity, age spots, and even skin cancer. As well as that, UVA rays can still penetrate glass, so even if you’re not outdoors as much as Katniss, you could still be letting your skin get damaged if you sit by a window in the office, or drive a lot.

Stop damage in its tracks with a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen. Try to aim for SPF 50, as that blocks around 98% of UVB rays. (SPF 30 blocks around 97%, and SPF 15 around 93%. Above SPF 50 only has a very, very minimal increase – it’s virtually impossible according to dermatologists to block more than 98%). Remember, even if you’re not fair-skinned like Katniss, skin damage can happen without skin reddening. Tanning is actually a sign of sun damage, so you still need to apply sunscreen even if you tan, not burn!

When applying to your face and neck, go for an oil-free sun screen like Heliocare Advanced Gel. I use Altruist SPF 50 – it was developed by dermatologists and a skin cancer surgeon, and has 5 star UVA/UVB rating. Plus, it’s water-resistant, hypoallergenic, and donates profits to charity. As well as that, it’s actually a lot cheaper than other sun screens suitable for the face! Dr Anjali Mahto advises putting your sun screen on then waiting at least 5 minutes before applying your make-up.

Hermione Granger – No nonsense cleansing

Garnier Pure Active Micellar Water for Combination/Oily SkinHermione is a woman on a mission. She doesn’t have time to remove her make-up, cleanse, then dry her face with a special towel, ya da ya da! That’s why micellar water is her go-to. It removes make-up and cleanses in one step, meaning she can just tip some on a cotton pad and gently rub away the dirt. There’s a range of micellar waters for different skin types, so depending on whether you have sensitive skin, oily skin or dry skin, you can buy a bottle with key ingredients to help. From rose water and seaweed infusions to delicate oils, there really is something for everyone.

Hermione also follows up with a refreshing toner to make sure her face is super clean and to target any skin problems she might have. I particularly like Lush’s Tea Tree Water, which contains tea tree, grapefruit and juniperberry. Tea tree is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, so it keeps away the bacteria that causes breakouts, whilst the grapefruit nourishes and cleans the skin, and the juniperberry acts as an antiseptic. It comes in a spray bottle, so it’s great to squirt on your face when the weather’s hot! I personally tip it on a cotton pad at other times though, as I find it’s easier to judge how much you’re using!

Lara Jean Song – No to oil toil

Natural Premium Charcoal Blotting WipesI remember Lara Jean talking about skin troubles in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, and my biggest skin trouble is oil! Coupled with the tips Hermione would love above, I also carry some charcoal blotting papers in my handbag. You just gently pat your face in any shiny areas throughout the day, and it absorbs the oil brilliantly. Seriously, with one blotting paper, I can not only get rid of the oil, but give myself a just-powdered fresh look! I use Pleasing Care’s Natural Premium charcoal oil blotting tissues. (Say that three times fast!)

Snow White – smooth skin superstar

To keep your face as smooth and rosy as Snow White’s, use a face scrub a few times a week. My favourite is Lush’s Ocean Salt. It’s made of all natural ingredients and nothing bad for the skin, and uses sea salt to exfoliate, coconut oil and avocado butter to moisturise, and seaweed absolute to control oils. I go for the alcohol-free, self-preserving version as it’s the most natural, and having tried the standard version, I can vouch that this one’s a little coarser, so it’s even better for buffing away that dead skin to give yourself a healthy glow.

Tom Hazard – baby face forever

Tom Hazard didn’t have to worry about wrinkles due to his crazy slow aging process, but we can get similar results with a few nifty ingredients! Hyaluronic acid is one of these, so make sure you use a night cream with it in. No matter your skin type, it’s a must. Youthful skin retains moisture, and using this at any age sucks moisture into the skin’s layers, plumping it out into soft, baby skin and ironing out any wrinkles before they’ve had time to set in. I’m currently using Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water Gel, which makes my skin super soft and smooth! Another favourite is Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream, which smells lovely. Look for “sodium hyaluronate” in the ingredients list – the higher up it is, the more of it there is in the cream.

When you get to your late twenties, introduce retinol into your night care routine. This is the big cheese of anti-aging ingredients! Dermatologists recommend introducing it in your late twenties, as that’s when your skin starts to slow down its regenerating process and the first signs of aging set in.

Blue Sargent – legs get down to business

Groovy Food Company's Coconut OilBlue’s a fan of skirts, so if you want perfect pins, try this! Use a scrub on your legs before shaving such as the Ocean Salt scrub I mentioned above, or Soap and Glory’s Pulp Friction. If you have really sensitive skin, you can make your own moisturising, exfoliating scrub from ingredients like sugar, coarse sea salt, honey and avocado.

Then, lather your legs up in a deep conditioner. Yep, as in the type you put on your hair! Leave it on for a few minutes and it will soften any leg hair to give you a smoother shave, plus it will get to work moisturising your legs. Once you’re done with all that, rub some coconut oil into your legs for silky smooth skin and a red-carpet shine!

Bonus beauty tip!

Rapunzel: shiny, healthy hair

Light blue Tangle Teezer with pink bristlesA super easy trick to up your hair health is to switch your shampoo to a sulphate-free version. Look for shampoos that say sulphate-free or SLS free on the front, and if in doubt, check the ingredients for sodium laureth/lauryl sulphate. These ingredients are also found in washing up liquid and car cleaner, and I bet you wouldn’t put that on your head! It’s what makes your shampoo lather up, but it can also be harsh to the hair. Using sulphate-free cleanses your hair just as well, without drying it in the process. I’ve also found it makes your hair easier to style afterwards! (Organix shampoos are sulphate-free and found in supermarkets, so they’re good to grab if you’re not sure where to start!)

After that, use a conditioner with a coconut or argan oil in it, and leave it on for 5 minutes or so before you wash it off.  Use a Tangle Teezer brush to glide through tangles without breaking your hair, especially after showering! I also spray my hair with leave-in conditioner such as Schwarzkopf Gliss Liquid Silk Express, which contains silk extracts and keratin to nourish your hair and repair damage. To top it off, I squirt an argan oil shine spray on the ends of my hair for a healthy shine, frizz-control and also a lovely scent!

 

Who’s your favourite literary character? What skin care tip do you think they’d have to share? Leave me a comment and let me know! (Your own skin care tips are encouraged too! ;))

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20 Comments

  1. franklyflawless
    April 23, 2018 / 9:58 am

    That’s such a great way to approach skincare! I love the sound of the scrub by Lush x

    franklyflawless.com

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      April 23, 2018 / 1:25 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed! The scrub is amazing, it’s honestly one of my favourites! I normally try loads of different products to see what’s the best but this is my go to that I always buy! X

  2. April 24, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    I love this post, Rhi! So creative. I would love to do more for my skin, especially my face, but products are so expensive. I KNOW I need a daily face cream with SPF, but I just can’t get myself to buy one. 🙈 I also can’t get my favorite shampoo and conditioner here, and my hair is not happy. I do use pure shea butter on my legs after I shave them, though! It makes them so smooth and I don’t itch at all.

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      April 24, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      Aww, thanks so much Maraia! I’m so happy! 😄
      Oh, I know! I was looking at a powder compact with SPF 50 in the make up as I hate reapplying suncream on the face when I’m out, and it was like £30!! 😱 But hopefully it will be worth it! 🙈
      Oh no! Even on Amazon? That sucks!
      Ooh, that’s​ a good tip! I hadn’t even thought of that and I do have some pure shea!

      • April 26, 2018 / 12:39 pm

        I spent so long looking for better products yesterday, and I still can’t find anything. The few things that are available make me want to cry at the price, but really there are so few options!! I don’t know what to do. 😭 Anything I find on Amazon would be shipping from the US, so the prices are insane.

        • rhiannacampbell
          Author
          April 26, 2018 / 12:43 pm

          Have you looked on the German version of Amazon though? It doesn’t have to ship from the US! What are you looking for and what’s the budget? I’ll try and see what I can find! 😎

          • April 28, 2018 / 8:32 am

            Yeah, I have! But the products I already know come from the US. My budget is as cheap as possible, haha. I think my first priorities are a shampoo that makes my hair happy and some sort of daily SPF.

          • rhiannacampbell
            Author
            April 28, 2018 / 10:03 am

            Okay, let me see what I can find! 😎

  3. April 26, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant!!! So is your blog! Gonna try to coconut oil trick for the legs for my holidays!! I get really dry skin after shaving so this might just do the trick!! 💕

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you so much Alisha!! 😘😘 You’ve made my day! Oh yeah, definitely do! I’d also recommend Lush’s massage bars for in the shower; they make your legs so soft and smooth! 😍 I’ve also heard pure shea butter and olive oil is amazing for smooth legs! X

  4. ruthinrevolt
    April 26, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    This is a fantastic and unique approach! Loved it.

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      Thanks so much Ruth! I’m really glad you enjoyed 😘😘

  5. Creative Nails
    April 26, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    Wow – this is such a cool post, I love what you’ve done! Will definitely have to look into some of these products – they sound great!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 8:13 pm

      Thank you so much Amy! ♥️ I’m really glad you enjoyed! Oh yeah, I love these products, they’re my staples! 😊

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you so much Angela! Oh I totally know what you mean, but once I bit the bullet, I haven’t looked back! I don’t know how they do it, but genuinely, they make my hair SO soft, I get no broken hair when brushing and it just feels much healthier! I have 3 now as I have one in my handbag, one at home and the thick and curly hair version! 🙈 They’re cheaper on Amazon btw 😉

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      April 26, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you so much!! 😘♥️😘

  6. April 29, 2018 / 9:28 am

    Loving these tips and I really love how you’ve done this post with characters! I do enjoy a good face mask with my routine and I can just imagine malificent wearing one haha or a good leave in conditioner for Friday hair which I’m sure Merida would suggest with her beautiful ginger locks.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • rhiannacampbell
      Author
      April 29, 2018 / 2:33 pm

      Thanks so much Jordanne! Haha, yes, they’re such good shouts! Rapunzel’s evil step mum who’s obsessed with being young would be slapping on the retinol 😂

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