Why Our Skin Needs More Help Than Ever To Stay Healthy
There is an ever-increasing range of skincare products out there that can make it almost impossible to know which ones will help to keep our complexions clear and healthy. Ingredients are getting complicated and claims are getting rather wild, with some products promising to achieve the impossible in a very short space of time. Drastic cosmetic procedures are also tempting us to chemically remove layers of skin or zap our faces with lasers in the eternal quest for youthful, flawless skin.
Our skin is also being put under more stress than ever before; our diets are increasingly reliant on highly refined and processed foods that are packed full of sugar, our lifestyles are becoming ever-more stressful and pollution can wreak havoc on our fragile skin. More and more adults are starting to develop acne later in life, even if they enjoyed clear complexions during adolescence, and many are suffering from severe breakouts until well into their thirties or even longer.
While a healthy, balanced diet and active lifestyle are essential for the well-being of our skin, a thorough and effective daily skincare routine can make all the difference. By the end of the day, the complexion will have accumulated make-up, oils, bacteria, grime and other potential irritants. Failing to remove these before going to bed impedes the body’s natural processes of renewal and repair, and can leave pores congested and irritated.
Many skincare professionals now recommend a ‘double cleansing’ approach, considering that cleansing the skin just once fails to clean deep into the pores and increases the risk of blemishes forming. Some brands now offer products designed specifically for this first step, using oil-based formulations in order to dissolve excess sebum and loosen impurities and debris that may have become stuck to the skin’s surface. Following this step with a gentle cleanser will ensure that skin is squeaky clean, without stripping it of its precious protective barrier.
Hydrate and Radiate
Once the skin has been cleansed and purified, it needs to have its moisture levels restored. Alcohol, caffeine, wind, sun and pollution can all leave the complexion looking parched by the end of the day. This can result in the appearance of fine lines which have more to do with dehydration than premature ageing, so it is essential to hydrate the skin from the outside as well as from within.
For those who are unsure of how to best look after and protect their complexion, a visit to see a skincare specialist can offer much more than a fifteen minute facial. A thorough analysis of the skin’s condition and its needs will help to identify the kind of skincare routine needed to keep the complexion looking happy and healthy, as well as the products that can help to achieve it.
Dominika Garrett writes articles on skincare, beauty treatments and holistic health for Pure Beauty Online
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