I know you’re here for perfect skin, but think about your wardrobe for a minute. Unless you have a uniform, you don’t wear the same outfit day in, day out do you? Some days your trusty pair of jeans might not fit right, whether that’s down to bloating or that restaurant blow-out from the night before, and so you adjust your outfit choices accordingly. The same should be the case for your skincare. Hear me out.
You rely on the same products on the daily, yet your skin doesn’t always act the same. Hormones, diet, stress, sleep and your environment can all cause changes. Now we’re not suggesting you mix and match with wild abandon, skin likes consistency, but some well-timed tweaks could brighten dull skin, nix that spot before it can get worse or soften fine lines that are looking, well, less fine. We called on three skincare experts to share their tips on what to do when your complexion isn’t playing ball. Keep scrolling for your emergency skincare plan of action.
“Add products with glycolic or salicylic acid. Both are known to reduce the development of acne spots and to treat existing ones,” says dermatologist Dr. Maria Gonzalez.
This spot remover contains salicylic acid to unclog pores and speed up healing.
“Reduce oxidative stress by limiting sun exposure, alcohol, smoking and stress. Add creams with potent antioxidants such as vitamin C or ferulic acid,” advises Gonzalez. Add a daily SPF to your routine, too.
Facialist Emma Hardie advises that you “gently buff the surface of your skin with a dry flannel or face cloth after you have applied your day cream, this will promote a super-bright skin and it will help your makeup hold better and look more sheer and glowing.”
After using a cream cleanser, “gently exfoliate to remove the build up of dead skin and then apply a hydrating mask, allowing the active ingredients in the mask to absorb more effectively into the skin,” suggests Hardie.
As before, use a flannel to gently exfoliate, rather than using a grainy scrub.
Aesthetic doctor David Jack recommends following this with a serum containing hyaluronic acid.
“If your skin is looking shiny, add vitamin C to your routine and a good SPF,” says Dr. Jack.
Sebum production is a natural skin protector and often goes into overdrive when your complexion is attacked by environmental aggressors like pollution and UV rays, so antioxidant protection is key.
Lifestyle could be playing a part in this; Hardie suggests you try to “avoid alcohol, spicy food, over-exfoliation and sun exposure as these are all main causes of skin redness.”
If you’ve noticed the redness for a prolonged period, then this may indicate you are suffering from rosacea. “You are likely to have very sensitive skin,” says Dr. Gonzalez. “Stop exfoliating and do not use products with glycolic or salicylic acid. Use cream-based washes and physical sunblocks [such as] titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.”
Look to add a serum with hydrating and soothing vitamin E, B5 and hyaluronic acid to your routine as well, advises Dr. Jack.
If you’re using wet wipes to remove your makeup, ditch them, advises Dr. Gonzalez. Add a hydrating serum to your routine, and look to hyaluronic acid to instantly plump out fine lines. Dr. Jack recommends looking to vitamin A (also known as retinol), which works over time to soften lines.
Been drinking? Dr. Gonzalez attributes facial puffiness to drinking alcohol. Hormones and even sleeping funny on your pillow can trigger a bout of puffiness too. To alleviate it, Hardie suggests a 3–5 minute at-home facial massage using your cleanser or moisturiser. “The benefits of DIY facial massage are huge, a simple routine each day will help to remove toxins and excess fluids, de-puffing and re-energising the skin.” Want to try facial massage? We love Lisa Eldridge’s routine, watch it below.
How do you tackle skin concerns on the daily? Let us know your tips in the comment box below.
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