Hyperpigmentation, sun spots, uneven skin tone, texture, redness, and scarring are all types of skin damage that could be triggered by many internal or external factors.
Luckily, all these can be treated in one way or another, and most often, you will even have several different options to choose from.
Therefore, in this article, I will recommend eight useful things that you can do to restore your flawless complexion and get rid of anything that doesn't belong on the surface of your skin.
As always, first things first:
Cleanse Your Skin Everyday
Cleansing your skin thoroughly and every day is the simplest thing you can do to restore your flawless complexion.
Remember that the skin is a magnet for tiny particles that float in the environment. This is because of our natural oil that sits on the skin's surface to lubricate it, but it also allows everything to stick to it. Particles such as dust, air pollution, dirt, the tiniest residues of makeup, grime, skincare products, our natural oil, sweat, and everything that we can't see with the naked eye but is stuck to our skin contributes to its appearance and behavior in one way or another.
Cleansing your skin every day is the simplest thing you can do to restore your flawless complexion.
Therefore, a thorough daily cleanse is needed to help remove these particles from the skin and prevent them from triggering a negative reaction or an undesirable condition such as breakouts, enlarged pores, dullness, coarse texture, etc.
Besides that, you also need a clean canvas before applying any other skincare products if you want them to be effective. Skincare products don't have the ability to penetrate through a shield of makeup residue or a day's worth of dust and pollution that's been stuck onto your skin.
To thoroughly cleanse your skin, opt for a gentle cleanser that you can use once or twice a day to leave your skin looking fresh, clean, and free of potentially harmful stressors.
Commit to Regular Exfoliation
Regular exfoliation comes with many skin benefits. By regularly exfoliating your skin, you’re speeding up the natural shedding process of dead skin cells, and you’re revealing a new layer of skin that looks plumper, more glowing, and more radiant.
But besides that, regular exfoliation will also slough away superficial skin damage such as hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and texture caused by UV rays, imbalanced hormonal activity, and inflammatory conditions such as acne. Regular exfoliation will also help clear out oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells that are stuck inside the pores and are causing breakouts.
Frequent use of scrubs that contain granules and nut kernels could lead to collagen loss in the future.
However, avoid using harsh products to exfoliate your skin, such as scrubs containing sugar or salt granules and nut kernels. These could potentially cause something that's known as "micro-tearing" in the skin, which could lead to collagen loss in certain areas later on.
Instead, opt for products that contain enzymes or hydroxy acids to gently dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells together and encourage them to shed naturally at a slightly sped-up rate.
Product To Try: Vivant Skincare 8% Mandelic Acid Serum. A gentle exfoliating serum containing two types of alpha-hydroxy acids and niacinamide to hydrate, brighten, and even out the skin.
Hydration Is Your Friend
Having a hydrating toner, essence, or serum in your routine can really help nourish dull, dehydrated, and textured skin back to life and make it look plump, glowing, and healthy.
Besides that, having adequately hydrated skin will help improve its elasticity and bounciness, which will then reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and slow down others from showing prematurely.
Adequate hydration will help improve your skin’s elasticity and bounciness.
And lastly, hydrated skin also helps to combat oiliness. When your skin is dehydrated, it tends to produce more oil because it's trying to compensate for the lack of moisture and oil is its only form of hydration. This could become a problem because excess oil production could lead to more clogging and more breakouts.
Consider adding a lightweight product that contains hydrating, balancing, and barrier-strengthening ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.
Product To Try: CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum. An affordable hyaluronic acid serum that contains barrier-strengthening ceramides as well as soothing and repairing panthenol.
Don't Skip the Moisturizers
Skipping your moisturizer is a bad skincare habit that can lead to excessive dryness, dehydration, and constant irritation.
A moisturizer should always go after a hydrating product such as a toner or a serum because you want to create that occlusive barrier and prevent moisture and other beneficial ingredients of the previous product from evaporating from the skin.
While slowing down transepidermal water loss is a moisturizer's sole purpose, this product also helps prevent skin dryness and discomfort by lubricating and softening the skin.
A moisturizer also acts as a barrier between the external world and your skin.
Additionally, a moisturizer acts as a barrier between the external world and your skin, preventing harmful bacteria and pathogens from finding their way deeper into the skin and causing issues. High-end moisturizers are often formulated with replenishing ingredients such as lipids, ceramides, peptides, and antioxidants, which can be incredibly beneficial for strengthening the skin barrier and helping the skin deal with external damage much better.
Sunscreen Is Your Bestie
If there’s one thing you need to remember about using products that will restore and replenish your skin is that they will never work without sunscreen.
Sunscreen protects you from UV damage, strengthens your skin barrier, and makes other products more effective.
Think of sunscreen as a completion of your skincare routine, a product that will single-handedly protect you from one of the most common (and dangerous) forms of cancer. It will also prevent the UV rays from destroying your collagen-producing cells, which causes issues such as premature skin aging, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, etc.
Make sunscreen an extra step in your morning routine, be diligent with applying it, and you will see how quickly your other products will start to work.
Use Targeted Actives
Actives or active ingredients in skincare products are the ingredients that are responsible for the bioactivity of the product. These are the ones that will be doing some kind of change to your skin, which is why it's important to use them smartly and to target the right skin concerns with the right actives to see beneficial results.
Active ingredients in skincare products are responsible for the bioactivity of the product.
For example, if you’re dealing with acne, your best active ingredients are salicylic acid or an antibacterial agent such as benzoyl peroxide. If, on the other hand, you’re dealing with hyperpigmentation, sun damage, uneven skin tone, or anything that has to do with pigmentary changes in the skin, then you should look into niacinamide, tranexamic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids, vitamin C, retinoids, and peptides. Lastly, if you’re dealing with texture, redness, and irritations, you should look into a super gentle active such as azelaic acid.
Look into Professional Treatments
Professional treatments are not always the cheapest option; however, they’re the fastest and most efficient way to eliminate many different types of skin damage and make the most dramatic changes to the skin.
Treatments such as chemical peels, microneedling, microdermabrasion, or laser therapy will give you a dramatic improvement after only one session, but it usually takes three or four (depending on what your esthetician or dermatologist suggests) to fully get rid of whatever skin damage you may be dealing with.
Don't Forget the Tools and Devices
At-home tools and devices can also boost the effects of professional treatments and a good skincare routine. You can incorporate some of these in your daily routines, or you can use them as a quick pick-me-up from time to time.
Use an ice roller for a depuffing and cooling effect.
My personal favorites are tools and devices that deliver instant results and are easy to use, such as ice rollers for a depuffing and cooling effect, high-frequency for oxygenating effect and instantly zapping a zit, microcurrent for toning the facial muscles, and a radiofrequency device that stimulates blood circulation and dermal activity for anti-aging and rejuvenating purposes.
Product To Try: TriPollar Stop X, a radiofrequency device that heats up and stimulates the collagen-producing cells to improve the skin’s contour, strengthen the skin’s resilience, and improve fine lines and sagginess.
Restoring your flawless complexion needs time, patience, and a combination of the right products and treatments. That being said, I just want to remind you that all damage is treatable, and you can come a long way and experience a dramatic transformation if you focus on taking good care of your skin. How do you plan on restoring your flawless complexion?
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