There are many reasons why your skin may not look as good as you think it should.
Do you look in the mirror and think that your skin should look better than it does? Do you start to question your products, skincare routine, diet and perhaps even genetics? I’m sure you aren’t alone. But it’s important to note that there are several things you can do to help your skin along—and several things you can do that may get in the way of progress. If you’re seeking a healthy looking complexion but you’re just not getting results, here are a few potential reasons that may be holding you back.
# 1: You love junk food.
As we all know, healthy looking skin starts with a healthy diet. Like I always say, if you eat a lot of junk food, chances are your skin won’t look its best. But if you eat a healthy, nutritious diet, chances are your skin will look healthy and more youthful. So, if you aren’t happy with your skin, then take a good look at your diet. Try to indulge in more fresh fruits and veggies, and stay away from fried and processed foods and sugary snacks. You know that too many fatty, sugary foods aren’t good for your body. And they sure aren’t good for your skin. In the name of healthy, more youthful looking skin, be aware of what you’re eating.
# 2: You think you’re cleansing your skin but you’re not.
Sure, you go through the motions every morning and evening, but you just might not be doing as good of a job as you think. Are you rushing through it? Are you really lathering up your skin and rinsing clean? When it comes to makeup in particular, you might be surprised at just how much is left on your skin, even after you’ve cleansed your face. How can you tell? Dry your face with a clean, white towel. If you see any traces of foundation, lipstick or mascara, you didn’t do a good enough job.
Wearing waterproof makeup? You may need to invest in makeup remover to ensure you’re removing everything before you crawl into bed. Some makeup is designed to last all day. Translation? It’s difficult to wash off. So, be diligent in your cleansing process and try not to rush through this step. Your skin will thank you for it in the long run.
# 3: You see a blemish and go bonkers.
Everyone suffers from an occasional blemish. But it’s what we do about it that can make a difference with our overall complexion. It’s important to only treat the blemish and not your whole face. Products developed to treat blemishes can be a bit harsh and drying to the skin, so you need to contain the area that you’re treating. If you start slathering anti-acne products onto your entire face, you run the risk of disrupting your skin’s natural balance. This could cause your skin to produce excess oil, resulting in clogged pores and more blemishes. So, only treat the blemish itself to keep your skin looking its best.
# 4: You’re over or under scrubbing.
Our skin “sheds” its outer layer of skin cells constantly. But sometimes we need to help by using an exfoliating scrub to remove the dead skin cells from the surface to reveal the beautiful, healthy skin cells beneath. This will get your skin looking and feeling soft and smooth.
But too much of a good thing can have adverse effects. Over-scrubbing your skin could compromise the skin’s protective moisture barrier, which is necessary to keep your skin looking youthful. On the flipside, there are those who don’t exfoliate enough. When you let the dead skin cells build up, you most likely have a complexion that looks dull and drab. You may also notice that with this barrier of skin, your skincare products may not be able to do their job effectively. Everyone should exfoliate 1 to 3 times a week, depending on skin type. Don’t overdo it and don’t forget. If you make this a weekly ritual, you’ll notice the improvement in your skin for sure.
# 5: You’re not applying your products in the right order.
Every skincare regimen has steps that should be followed to ensure the best benefits. It’s important to follow the directions as provided and to layer in the order suggested. Cleansing is your first step, followed by your toner, serums and moisturizers. When you apply out of order, you run the risk of getting a negative effect, or potentially no effect at all. For example, serums have the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin than moisturizers. So, they must be applied first. If you apply your serum over your moisturizer, it won’t be able to penetrate effectively and do its job. If you don’t apply in the correct order, you could get a negative reaction. So, apply only as recommended for the most beautiful skin.
The next time you look in the mirror and just aren’t content with what you see, remember these five easy steps. Give them a try and see if you notice a change. Your skin needs you to take care of it so it can continue to take care of you. Remember, the healthiest skin is always the most beautiful.