While the Sun is said to cause the most damage to our skin, there are other factors that can also speed up the ageing process, especially on the face. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, stress, lack of sleep, poor diet and pollution, can all damage the skin and leave it looking blotchy, dull and lacklustre.
Each of these things can make the skin react in different ways, depending on the type of damage. Too much sun can result in age spots and hyperpigmentation, smoking can cause wrinkles and skin dullness, stress and poor diet can cause acne and redness, and lack of sleep can make skin puffy and lifeless.
So if you are suffering with any of these problems, here are some tips and products to help repair the damage.
Repair the damage with products
The easiest way to start reversing skin damage is to determine what type of skin damage you have. Whether it is wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, redness or acne, however your skin has been damaged, there is sure to be a product out there that can help.
If wrinkles and fine lines have made your skin look old before its time then you need to start using products that will hydrate and plump the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Exuviance Antioxidant Perfect 10 Serum is ideal to tackle the early signs of ageing, containing a potent mix of antioxidants to help reduce redness, wrinkles and preventing the breakdown of collagen. If your skin is also very dry, a super hydrating cream like the SkinCeuticals Face Balm will soothe, hydrate and combat any age related damage to the skin.
If your skin reacts to trauma by developing spots or redness, add the SkinScription Radical Spin to your daily routine. It combats redness and acne by reducing the inflammation and improving cell turnover. Another great addition to your regime is the Renewal Lite Facial Lotion from Epionce. Specifically designed for oily skin, this moisturiser blocks the inflammatory factors that cause early signs of ageing whilst hydrating and soothing the skin.
Photo-damaged or sun damaged skin can be one of the most difficult to treat. Using products with a built in SPF will help to prevent any further damage from occurring, but to reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots requires a potent mix of lightening ingredients and antioxidants. The Agera Phyto Lightening Cream is great for reducing the appearance of age spots, as it contains ingredients to inhibit the melanocyte cell, which is the cell behind the production of skin’s pigmentation. Or if you need something that is a little more intense, try the Lumixyl Topical Brightening Crème, a great product for all skin types, this treats a wide range of sun damage without irritating the skin.
Repair the damage with lifestyle changes
There are other ways to prevent or help reverse skin damage and that is to look at your diet and lifestyle. Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and sun exposure will all contribute to how your skin looks and feels. Limiting or completely cutting these out will dramatically change your skin, so the early the better. It may sound extreme but did you know for every puff on a cigarette you lose the equivalent of 2 oranges worth of vitamin C? Smoking stops the body absorbing enough vitamin C, so it is important to increase your body’s vitamin consumption in order to combat the damaging effects of smoking. You can do this by using topical skin care or by taking vitamin supplements. Vitamin C, Omega 3 and Zinc are all great for your skin and are easy to add to your everyday routine.
Using products that contain sunscreen are always essential. Whether it is sunny outside or pouring with rain, the sun’s rays still manage to creep through and damage your skin. Add a light sunscreen instead of your moisturiser, use foundation containing SPF or both, and your skin will certainly thank you for it.
Finally, having a healthy diet and getting some exercise will help to calm down skin complaints like redness, acne and a dull complexion. Cutting your sugar, carbohydrate and saturated fat intake will help your skin to clear up quicker and feel much better. Exercise is also proven to help the skin, as the release of endorphins (and getting a little sweaty) helps to keep your skin in tip top condition.
So don’t worry that your skin is damaged beyond repair. Following these tips will help set you on the right track to getting your skin back to its best.
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