I am often asked by my clients why they are getting hyperpigmentation on their skin when they go on holiday often, or go on the sunbed. Or they are confused when they are not following a skincare routine, but their blackheads are out of control.
Now, I can never judge anyone on their lifestyle, I can only advise with the professional knowledge I have on skin and skincare, on what would be best to help my clients with any issues they have when they come to see me.
So, today’s blog is going to be about different common factors that affect your skin on a daily basis, that can lead to unwanted ailments.
First, sun. Sun damage through UVA and UVB rays is the number one cause of premature ageing and hyperpigmentation (dark spots) on the skin, and not just the face. The best way to combat this is obviously using SPF. At least 30 on a daily basis, as you are always out and about outside or by windows in your house, and then 50 if you are going in direct, heavy sunlight. Also, ensuring that you follow your Therapist’s advice after you have a treatment.
For example, after having a chemical peel, you will need to use that SPF, and I always explain the risks if you do not. Or after a facial with heavy exfoliation, there is no need to go home and do it again that same day or even the next. By not listening to the aftercare advise, you could create redness, swelling, irritation and damage to your skin. Reversing the brilliant effects that the treatment you just paid for, had.
Home care is always just as important, if not more, than the treatment itself.
Medication is another thing that greatly effects your skin, all over the body. Take my beloved Grandma for example. She takes anti-histamines every day for allergies. She also loves to garden, but would find she would brush against a branch and it would tear her skin to shreds. This is because the medication she is taking actually thins the skin, so she does actually cut and bruise a lot easier. Not to mention that skin does thin as you age, so if you are older, you are more prone to this anyways.
Also, some ingredients do not mix, and you may, by accident, be using them both at home and creating a reaction on your skin.
I had a client who was using topical Vitamin A on her skin, but taking a very strong Vitamin C tablet every day. Her skin was irritated, inflamed and very sore with acne. I deduced that the two may be reacting to each other, and causing her issues. After she cut out the Vitamin A, and changed to more gentle products, it all cleared right up.
This may not be the same for everyone, but it really worked for my client personally.
Also, having a good skincare routine that includes a good cleanser, exfoliator, toner and moisturiser will help with any issues such as blackheads, mild breakouts, dryness, dehydration and oiliness on the skin. Very easy to combat!
Other factors such as sleep, stress and diet all effect your skin too. If you do not sleep enough, your skin is not healing overtime, it’s prime time to do so. Or your diet, too much caffeine and not enough water will dehydrate your skin, and stress can cause breakouts and trigger some conditions such as eczema.
So, my advice, always look after yourself inside and out, mentally and physically. I know it is hard sometimes when you are busy with work, kids and life in general. But you are important too!
As always, please consult with your Beauty Therapist if you are having serious problems with your skin, or your GP if you are having problems with sleep, diet, stress etc.
I hope everyone is well, look after yourselves!