Our skin is the first thing people will see when they meet us, especially the skin on our faces. It is also our first defense against environmental toxins or harmful rays of the sun. Swollen, puffy eyes, breakouts at the wrong time, or blotchy skin are annoying and tend to pop up at the worst moments. Don’t ignore these signals. Your skin is trying to tell you that there is a problem that needs to be fixed. Here are some of the most common skincare problems and how to fix them.
Acne breakouts – Could be from too much oil in the skin or indicate a hormonal imbalance. When you are a teenager, the acne is most likely a result of too much oil in the skin. However, for women, it often becomes worse with each monthly cycle and will probably appear in new and unique spots on your face than ever before. Acne caused by hormones tends to look inflamed. Clear acne up with benzoyl peroxide products.
Dry, itchy skin – Sometimes our skin dries out as a result of skin cells that are slow to replenish. As you age, the cells in the skin may be slower to slough off. If this happens, you may need something to stimulate the collagen in the skin to help the process along. Alpha hydroxy acid products work well for this.
Red blushing skin – While terms like, “A blushing bride” may sound appealing and there is a healthy glow to the skin, blushing may be a sign that the barrier of your skin has been damaged in some way. It’s important to get moisture back into the skin to help alleviate this issue. Wash with a gentle, non-irritating face wash to moisturize and hydrate.
Under-eye puffiness – Having bags under the eyes could be a sign that you didn’t get much sleep last night, or it could be a reflection of some lifestyle choices such as smoking, or too much salt intake taking their toll. It could also be a tell-tale sign of allergies. There are a lot of fast fixes for under-eye puffiness. Some work better than others depending on what is at the root of the reason for the swelling. Use cucumbers to soothe and ease inflammation, or tea bags that have first been cooled. Sometimes what is needed is some antioxidants like vitamin C or E. If there are blood vessels showing under the eye, a product that has caffeine in it will help to lessen the dark appearance.
Remember to always protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays by using hats to block the sun as well as the proper SPF sunscreen. If you have signs of rosacea or other issues that don’t seem to go away, it’s always the best ides to consult with your dermatologist or other doctors to find relief.