We all have days when our skin feels fresh and clear, and those days when we look into the mirror and cringe. Skin can be quite temperamental and there are many different things that can affect the condition of it, including hormones, diet and even weather. The problem is that our ‘good’ skin days don’t always happen when we most want them too, such as a party or social event. So it is good to know that there are some little tricks to help manage most of the common skin complaints, so that you can help ensure your skin looks and feels it’s best when you want it to!
Here are four of the most common skin complaints and the best ways to manage and ease those conditions.
Dry Skin - This one is very common and can often happen due to weather changes, especially when you are moving in and out of air conditioning. It is also a good indicator that you may be dehydrated.
- Stay hydrated! Okay, this is more of a preventative measure, however, the first thing you should do if you notice your skin is dry is make sure you have drunk enough water.
- When showering, opt for warm water over scalding hot, keep your bathroom door closed to keep the moisture in and use fragrance-free soaps/cleansers. Also, try not to use more soap/cleanser than is needed and then pat your skin dry instead of rubbing it.
- Moisturise regularly, including immediately after showering. Opt for a natural moisturiser that is free from parabens and other harsh chemicals.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Use sunscreens, hats and sunglasses to protect your skin from the sun. Using a tinted sunscreen, instead of a foundation, is a good way to protect your face from the everyday sun.
Acne - Acne is very common in teenagers, yet some people experience acne all the way through their adult years. Even people who don’t experience regular acne can still have a pimple outbreak.
- Address your diet and avoid foods rich in saturated fats and sugars. Instead opt for fresh fruits and vegetables and lean protein sources.
- Keep your skin clean by washing it twice a day and avoiding touching it too often with your hands (your fingers contain dirt and oils that can irritate the sensitive skin of your face).
- Use fragrance-free cleansers, and opt for ones free from harsh chemicals.
- Avoid pimples when applying makeup as this only aggravates them.
- Use pimple creams if necessary.
Sensitive skin - Sensitive skin covers a range of different symptoms, such as rashes, stinging, burning and tightness. It is usually caused by contact with skin care products or other household products.
- Opt for sensitive skin versions of everyday household items such as washing detergent, washing powder, soaps, shampoo/conditioners, cleansers, moisturisers, deodorants and make-ups.
- Use a minimalist approach to all skin and beauty products. These items are often what cause irritations and sensitivities, so use sparingly.
- Avoid fragrances and other harsh chemicals in your products (fortunately there are now many product lines that focus on being harsh-chemical-free!!)
- Avoid harsh material when buying clothing as this can irritate your skin.
Eczema - Unfortunately eczema is one of those skin conditions that comes and goes, often dependent on the seasons. Severe cases are often treated using medication, however from a more natural standpoint diet is important to be addressed.
- Removing foods that use colouring and harsh preservatives are believed to help, as is avoiding too much gluten and dairy.
- Your digestive health also plays an important role in your skin health, so opting for foods rich in probiotics, that will help support the function of your digestive system, can also help.
- Sleeping with a humidifier on can also help reduce the severity of eczema