Maintaining a solid skincare regime is important if your skin is to continue looking bright, fresh and youthful, but even if you do make sure you cleanse, tone and moisturise every day, as well as drinking lots of water, eating healthily and getting enough sleep, your skin can still sometimes cause you all sorts of problems.
Some skin complaints are more common than others and it would perhaps be wise to familiarise yourself with these so that if you do suddenly find yourself struck down, you know what to do about it. Here are some problems that you may well encounter over the years.
Nobody likes spots but everyone gets breakouts, so don’t give yourself a hard time if you are suffering in this regard right now. Investing in a high quality face wash that has been specifically designed to treat acne can prove really beneficial, particularly if it has ingredients like zinc and salicylic acid in it.
Exfoliation is also absolutely key for acne sufferers and you should aim for gentle exfoliation twice a week, as this will slough away the upper layer of skin cells, leaving your complexion clearer and brighter.
And make sure that you keep your makeup brushes clean, washing them at least once a week and allowing them to dry naturally, so you know you’re not wiping bacteria across your skin when you use them.
Another very common complaint is dark circles and puffiness below your eyes, which can make you look older than you actually are. There are numerous causes for dark circles, whether it’s down to lack of sleep and fatigue, age, allergies or just the natural ageing process, but identifying the reason for them can help you decide how to address it.
Getting more sleep, staying properly hydrated throughout the day, using a cold compress or making sure you moisturise the area effectively and use sunscreen to prevent further damage can all help tackle dark circles.
Big pores can be incredibly irritating and they often affect those with oily skin more than others, but there is a lot you can do about them so don’t panic if you have been looking in the mirror lately with a bit of dismay.
Avoid products and makeup that could clog your skin, looking out for water-based skincare options, as too much oil can make your pores enlarge. You could also see if exfoliants containing the likes of alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy acids make a difference, as they are active exfoliators and can be used alongside serums and creams.
And, as ever, make sure that you wear suncream every day, even if it’s not sunny outside! Sun damage can dry your skin out and make your pores look even bigger, if you’re not careful.
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