Sometimes our skin, like all aspects of life, can be a little unpredictable. We eat well, drink lots of water, and use the latest skincare products, yet still face breakouts, dry patches and heavy eyes.
Here, to get our complexion back on track, beauty expert and co-founder of BeautyFlash Lisa de-la-Plain shares her top tips for sudden skin issues – and the treatments to solve them.
Fake your 40 winks
Don’t worry if you spend most nights staring at the ceiling – you may be able to scrub your way to looking well rested.
Lisa said: “Sleep impacts your entire body, so your skin can be affected, with the complexion looking dull and lifeless. Lucky for us, there are plenty of beauty tricks to fake a good night’s sleep.
“Facial scrubs, for example, are a great instant fix for dull, tired skin as the light abrasions wake up the skins surface and bring colour back to the face. Incorporate a product like Decléor’s Green Mandarin Exfoliating Scrub Mask (£34) into your morning routine.”
An ode to oil
Lisa advised: “Dry skin is usually caused by a lack of natural sebum, so oil-based products will help to calm the face.
“An exfoliating serum is another great option, as it will get rid of flaky, dead skin while moisturising the layers underneath. However, exfoliating products can irritate the skin, so it’s important to spot-check new products to see how they react. And remember, keep the skin moist, but don’t over moisturise.”
From dull to dewy
Lisa continued: “Dewy skin is the sought-after natural glow that makes skin look rejuvenated. Fake it by adding a few drops of facial oil to your daily moisturiser.”
It’s common to suffer from spots and occasional breakouts while wearing a mask or face covering. So, how do we avoid so-called “maskne”?
“The first step is ensuring your skin is as clean as possible,” said Lisa. “Use a gentle formula like Medik8’s Calmwise Soothing Cleanser (£7), then opt for lighter make-up to avoid further blocking your pores.
“If your skin becomes irritated, use a barrier cream or spray containing petroleum jelly or zinc oxide to aid recovery and prevent damage.
The eyes have it
Lisa said: “In the morning, apply a cold compress to the eye area to increase circulation and treat puffiness. Gently tapping and massaging the area can stimulate blood flow, so sweep your fingers gently from the inner to the outer corners of the eye to disperse fluid from the swollen area.”
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