Everyone has what they consider to be good and bad skin days, and they vary greatly depending on the person.
On a 'bad day' some people might experience breakouts, irritation, redness, sensitivity, dryness or all of the above. It's really important to recognise that the skin is a complex organ that can be affected by a multitude of different internal and external factors, and you shouldn't let that stop you from living your best life...but here are a few things you can do to help calm things down.
Easier said than done if you find yourself with a breakout a day before a big meeting or a social event where you will see 'the ex' for the first time BUT stress causes a chemical reaction that impacts your immune system and can make skin more sensitive and reactive (thanks cortisol). It can also trigger an overproduction of oil meaning you are more likely to get clogged pores. Take some time to relax, and do things you love to boost those happy hormones.
Back To Basics.
As tempting as it is to throw lots of products on your skin in an attempt to get rid of whatever is bothering you, it could actually make your skin go into overdrive. Scale back your routine with a gentle cleanse, chemical exfoliator (physical could cause irritation), a hydrating serum and soothing moisturiser. If you are heading out, don't forget your SPF because sunburnt skin is the last thing anyone needs.
Stick To What You Know.
If you are having a bad skin episode, it isn't the time to try and experiment with new skincare products as they could react and make things worse. Stick to using products you know your skin loves.
Is Your Skin Thirsty?
We know that everyone knows drinking water is one of the best ways to flush your body of toxins and keep everything hydrated on the inside. Don't forget that you can apply water-based topical products that can hydrate you from the outside too. Either way, it's not a miracle fix of drinking two litres of water will get rid of our skin complaints overnight BUT it is an investment long term for both your appearance and overall health. And you are worth investing in.
Catch Those ZZzzs.
You don't need to tell me twice, I LOVE sleeping. It's the time when your body repairs and restores, including your skin. Remove your makeup thoroughly and indulge in a relaxing night time skin routine that focuses on treatment and hydration. Look for serums with ingredients that tackle breakouts and hyperpigmentation, like BHAs, AHAs and niacinamide.
Clean Your Makeup Brushes.
Probably one of the most overlooked ways to protect your skin from bacteria. Dirty makeup brushes can cause havoc to your skin as they can collect bacteria, dust, sebum, dead skin cells and lots of other nasties as well as product buildup. Not only does keeping your brushes clean protect you from unnecessary breakouts, it also helps with flawless makeup application. A win-win.
Heal, Don't Pop.
Okay so we couldn't help ourselves but our HYDRO DOTS really are amazing. They are a bit more than a regular spot sticker, as they have 1% salicylic acid which really gets into the pore to break down and get all of the nasty out. The hydrocolloid dressing absorbs the excess oil, sebum and pus whilst protecting the pore from any further bacteria muscling its way in to the pimple party. You can wear them overnight and you should see a noticeable difference in around 3 days.
These are just a few tips and ideas to help combat breakouts and other skin issues but if you find you are really struggling, you should always seek professional medical help from your doctor or dermatologist.