Skin that looks and feels a little drab can be a confidence-killer. Sometimes a change in routine or taking some extra care of your body can help to perk up your skin complexion. To help get you there, we recommend these 7 tips.
Do you have dry skin? Oily skin? Sensitive skin? Perhaps a combination with oily patches in the T-zone on your face? Knowing your skin-type will help you to choose the right agents to maintain the right level of moisture to give you that fresh-faced, dewy glow. Dry skin would need more intensive moisturization and can benefit from oil-based creams and treatments to help prevent flaking and sometimes splitting.
Oily skin would need a more intensive cleansing and toning routine to help avoid buildup of oil in the pores which can cause blackheads and breakouts. Switching to a new regime will usually take a month to have noticeable effect, so if you start a new treatment and find it doesn’t improve in this time, it may be a good time to start a different regime.
Sunscreen is a barrier against from ultraviolet (UV) damage. UV light can affect the integrity of collagen found in skin. Collagen strands at the surface of the skin are what keep the skin structure and when these are damaged by UV rays (and other sources), it causes skin to lose elasticity. UV rays can also affect cells in the dermal layer causing them to grow irregularly, causing skin cancers.
A good general rule of thumb is the higher the sun protection factor (SPF) of your sunscreen, the less frequently you would need to apply, so overall it might be worthwhile investing in a reputable brand which might be a little more pricey but which would last longer with fewer application while minimizing that sticky feeling you sometimes get with cheaper brands.
Lavender essential oil is a great treatment to help prevent scars at the skin surface. Applying lavender oil to cuts and open wounds helps to prevent dark marks that result from tissue scarring. Dark marks that persist can be treated with laser therapy to help with healing and evening the complexion. If you have dark marks which you are looking to treat, speak to a skincare specialist about whether laser therapy would be the right option for you.
One day a week without makeup does wonders for pores, helping them to breathe and recover from more caustic agents that may be present in cosmetics on the face. On the rest of the body, wearing natural fibres and loose clothing every so often also helps to allow skin to breathe.
Tight, synthetic clothing can cause chaffing and encourage bacterial growth in warmer areas, often associated with more pungent smells. Wearing loose, natural fibres are particularly helpful if you suffer from eczema and rash-like skin conditions.
Alcohol is by nature a dehydrating agent, which can sap the body of nutrients, causing dullness and fine lines over time. It also has an effect where it dilates blood vessels in the skin, causing redness and blotchiness. Excess intake of alcohol, especially over a time can exacerbate inflammation and worsen skin conditions like acne.
Drinking lots of water helps keep the body, and especially the skin, hydrated. Water is the means of transit for most things in the body – getting nutrients to the cells and transporting toxins out, some through the skin. Toxins and free radicals can also be neutralized by fruit high in antioxidants, like berries, which will help to prevent and treat inflammation in the body and skin.
Other fruits which are high in vitamin C are a great aid to help scar healing and the structural surface of the skin. Vitamin C is known for the role it plays in knitting together wounds on the skin surface.
Resting time is mending time. When you are asleep, it is the time that your body slows down and heals. A good night’s sleep helps to treat inflammation in the body, preventing breakouts, redness and blotchy patches on the skin. A good night of sleep can be immediately seen on the visage, as it reduces puffiness and dark circles under the eyes, evening out skin tone.
It is also the time when cells repair their structures – including collagen in the skin surface that helps keep things taut – thus improving the texture, and helping to repair tired and broken skin. When it comes to skincare, the secret is to be consistent in upkeep. Good skin is an investment, the earlier you start to implement good skincare habits, the better your skin will keep with age.