Two ways to improve the condition of your skin

Posted on: 22 June 2017

A healthy, glowing complexion is something that most people strive for. If you would like to improve the condition of your skin, here are two tips which may help.

Avoid specific skincare and make-up ingredients

There are certain ingredients used in base make-up (such as foundation and concealer) and skincare products, which can not only exacerbate existing skin problems, but also cause new forms of irritation and inflammation. As such, if you're hoping to improve your complexion, it's important to get into the habit of reading the ingredient labels on the beauty products you regularly use.

For example, if you suffer from dryness and your skin is easily irritated (i.e. it becomes red, sore or itchy very easily), it would be wise to avoid any products that contain denatured alcohol as one of the main ingredients, as this particular form of alcohol can dry out the complexion and cause redness.

Likewise, if you have always been prone to blemishes, you should look for a skin care manufacturer that offers products which do not contain comedogenic (i.e. pore-clogging) ingredients, such as lauric acid and coconut oil, as these can worsen existing acne or even cause a new breakout.

Go for regular facials

Facials performed by a trained beauty therapist can go a long way towards improving the condition of your complexion. The main goals of this particular beauty treatment are to cleanse, encourage skin cell renewal, hydrate and address the client's individual skincare concerns. When performed on a regular basis, facials can help to prevent skin problems (such as spots, redness and oiliness) and can give your complexion a permanently healthy glow.

The cleansing process that occurs during a facial usually consists of a slow, gentle massaging of the face with a cleansing product that is chosen based on your specific skincare needs (for example, if you have very oily skin, your beauty therapist may opt for a mattifying cleanser that will absorb excess oil).

An exfoliant may then be applied to slough off dead skin and encourage the growth of new skin cells. For this process, the therapist may use either a chemical exfoliant (which will dissolve dead skin) or a physical exfoliant (which uses tiny beads to scrub off flakes of skin).

Following this, the beauty therapist may offer to apply a mask which will address any skin issues you have. If for example, you suffer from blackheads and oiliness, they may use a mask made up of clay mixed and an astringent, in order to extract blackheads and remove excess oil from your face.

Following this, your therapist may finish off the facial by applying either a water or oil-based moisturiser to your face to hydrate your skin.

Many of these products used by your skin care therapist may be bought from skin care manufacturers, and you can purchase them if you would like to try your own facials at home.