When it comes to the appearance of our skin, there are a few things we do not have control over, for example, hormonal breakouts and the effect high levels of stress can have. But, there are a few contributing factors that could be leaving your skin feeling and looking a little worse for wear. Especially if you are a lover of makeup and want to get that Instagram worthy flawless base, applying makeup can actually accentuate the temperamental features of our sensitive facial skin and potentially hinder the existing problems. The best way to achieve clear skin, rather than trying to (Source)
cover blemishes and dryness up, is to alleviate the problem causing it in the first place. Here are a few factors that could be contributing to your skin not feeling or looking its best.
Leaving Your Makeup On To Workout
If you have an extremely busy schedule, you may continuously find yourself trying to squeeze in a workout in the middle of your day, or after you leave the office. Plenty of women are in such a rush to get home that they forget to take their makeup off before climbing on the treadmill. If you fall into this category, it will be extremely beneficial to your skin to deliberately leave your make wipes and cleanser at the top of your gym bag to remind you. When you work out you obviously get hot and sweaty – the action of sweating opens up your pores. If you have makeup lying on your skin when this happens, it will clog up your pores causing blemishes and breakouts. If you are constantly finding blemishes after doing everything in your skin care routine to prevent them, then this could be the culprit. This particularly refers to foundation, so if you feel too insecure to leave the house without makeup for your workout, pick your makeup very wisely.
Not Having A Thorough Skin Care Routine
If you have never been able to see how your skin care routine has benefitted your skin in anyway, chances are you’re either using products that are not working for you or you’re missing a few crucial steps. Switching up your skin care routine and trying out different products is a great way of finding that holy grail cleanser or correcting serum that really makes a difference. If you are completely new to skin care then choosing a simple routine, like Clinique’s three-step, will introduce taking care of your skin and the benefits to your day and night routine. The basics of cleansing, toning and moisturising are a good starting point, and then you can add catered products to your routine when you start to learn more about what your skin needs. You should also ensure you wear SPF anytime you are going to be in the sun, as UVA and UVB rays can age the skin prematurely.
A Bad Diet
Everyone has heard the saying “you are what you eat” but in this instance let’s argue “your skin is what you eat”. If you are constantly eating foods packed with grease and sugar, and neglecting your fresh fruits and greens, this may be having an impact on your skin. The same goes for what you are drinking. If you rarely find yourself without a bottle of coke, and can’t remember the last time you had a plain glass of water, your skin could be suffering. A healthy, balanced diet doesn’t just benefit your arteries and heart, but your skin too. In addition, if you’re someone who has always wanted to cut back on substances such as alcohol and cigarettes, investing in a substitute from a website like Vapor Vanity or similar to replace cigarettes for your nicotine intake will not only help you to cut down and potentially quit, but could highlight the effect smoking has had on drying out your skin.
Hopefully, this has highlighted a few areas and simple changes you can make that will help you to achieve the flawless look you’ve been yearning for.