No matter how effective your everyday skincare routine is, there is simply no keeping away bad skin days from time to time. These days can happen to all of us and are just as common as bad hair days. While the latter includes untamable, and unruly hair that just won’t cooperate, the former can mean anything from oily skin and dry patches to flare ups and acne breakouts. And these days usually crop up unannounced; one day your skin will be all glowy and radiant and the next, ‘bad’ skin hits you out of nowhere.
So what are some ways you can damage-control and make it through one of those days? Keep on reading to find out.
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Cleanse your face
Sometimes cleansing your face using a gentle and soothing cleanser is all the pampering your skin needs, allowing it to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. The tiny glands present under the skin naturally produce an oil called sebum, which sometimes gets trapped under these pores, along with dirt and bacteria from all the pollution our faces are exposed to all day long. Cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser will help to remove the excessive dirt and unclog the pores, doing away with the dullness that our skin experiences, and promote a more even and brighter complexion. So if on some days you feel like you can’t even bear to look at your skin in the mirror, give it a good cleanse and you’ll be surprised at the turn your face (and your mood!) takes.
Don’t skip moisturizer
Is your first thought to skip moisturizing your face when you experience an acne breakout? Well, it used to be ours too, until we knew better. It’s a common misconception that you need to dry out the skin to treat breakouts. But that’s not how it works, because drying out the skin means promoting dehydrated skin, and when your skin is dehydrated, it will work extra hard to produce oils and sebum to make up for the hydration loss.
This can further aggravate the skin’s condition and result in an acne condition that just won’t go away. Instead of doing away with moisturizing entirely, using a light weight and gentle one on a daily basis will keep your skin feeling nourished and hydrated at all times, helping to keep a disbalance of oils, and hence a breakout, at bay.
Your ideal moisturizer should contain hydrating and nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, aloe vera and hyaluronic acid, all of which and more are found in the Leovard Multicream. So whether it’s a breakout, or dry, patchy and flaky skin, it’s got you covered.
Don’t exfoliate too much
Although there are endless benefits of exfoliating, on a bad skin day, it’s best to give it a rest to avoid further irritation. Over-exfoliating, especially when the skin is already sensitive and vulnerable, can lead to irritation, swelling and redness. Instead, focus on the skincare steps which help to soothe the skin like toning it or applying a soothing serum. The Leovard Tonic and Serum are wonderful products with ingredients such as lavender, chamomile, and aloe vera which help provide the skin the nourishment it needs on a day where it’s too beaten up and exhausted.
Add vitamin C to your routine
If you’re not already using a vitamin C serum then this is the perfect time for you to start incorporating one into your skin care regimen. Not only is it known for its exceptional skin brightening properties, vitamin C is naturally anti-inflammatory, and works wonders in helping to reduce redness, swelling and inflammation. It can be applied topically to soothe acne and also helps to improve the appearance of acne lesions.
Avoid using different products
Experimenting with new products while your skin is acting up will make the skin condition even worse. New products mean new formulas which your skin usually takes time to adjust to. So for a day like this one, stick to your basics. Also, if you’re having frequent bad skin days, re-examine your products and the ingredients in them. Your skin might be getting irritated or damaged because of some ingredients in your skincare products that might not be suitable for your skin, so stop using the products for some time and wait to see the changes.
Avoid layering makeup
In order to hide your damaged skin, don’t layer your face with makeup as this will only make the problem worse and will not allow your skin to heal quickly. Try having a no makeup day to let your skin breathe and if you really have to apply makeup, use minimal products. Apply a lightweight moisturizer and a little dab of concealer to give you just enough coverage while also letting your skin breathe.