Your skin goes through a lot. It’s subject to heat, cold, dry air, humidity, and all the products that you put on it. While sometimes your skin can take whatever you throw its way without complaint, there are times when it probably wants to scream “enough!”
Whether you’re experiencing redness, dryness or another concern, knowing what makes your skin panic can help you figure out what to do to calm it down again.
Changes in the Season or Weather
If you’re the type of person who always seems to start off summer or winter weather with a cold, you might understand what your skin is going through. As winter turns to spring and summer into fall, the quality of the air can change. What was once relatively moist and humid might become cold and dry overnight. That cold, dry air is bound to upset your skin, especially if you were using only a light moisturizer.
The same is true when dry air suddenly becomes warm and humid and you’ve been using a heavy moisturizer on your skin. The weight of the moisturizer might be too much and you might end up with breakouts or other irritation.
What can you do to keep your skin from panicking about seasonal changes? Swap out your skincare products and routine as the seasons change. Your skin will love you for it.
New Products (or Too Many Products)
If you read a lot of beauty magazines and pay attention to what’s going on in the skincare world, it might seem as if a new product is released every day. With so many products available, it’s very easy to over-indulge and try to use them all at once.
That can make your skin panic, especially if you’re mixing and matching products with strong ingredients or are introducing a lot of new ingredients to your skin all at once.
Instead of going wild in the skincare aisle, get a skin analysis and talk to an aesthetician to learn more about what your skin needs and wants. If you’ve got a problem, the best way to treat it is to choose a solution that’s designed to fix that specific problem, rather than trying everything and hoping something works.
Stress in Your Life
Stress has a way of creeping into your life and throwing everything off kilter. Guess what? Your skin senses stress too and tends to react accordingly. And by “accordingly,” we mean it tends to break out right before major events.
Ongoing stress can also mean long-term damage to your skin. If life is just too stressful for you, it can be worth your while to take a step back, look at what’s causing you so much stress and find ways to minimize or eliminate that source of stress from your life. Life is too short to feel anxious and stressed all of the time.
Not Enough Sleep
If you’re not getting your seven or eight hours of sleep each night, you’re not only going to feel tired every day–your skin is also going to look worn out. Tired skin might develop wrinkles and dark circles and tends to look dull. Skimping on sleep increases your body’s production of stress hormones too, which can also have a negative effect on your skin’s health and appearance.
A Poor Diet
What you eat also affects your skin. For example, if you can’t get enough of sweet treats, you might be speeding up the aging process, as sugar can interfere with your body’s production of collagen and elastin. As a result, your skin loses its firmness earlier and wrinkles become more prominent. Limiting the amount of sugar in your diet (both in the form of added and natural sugars) can help your skin look better and slow down aging.
It’s also a good idea to make sure you’re eating foods that contain vitamins and minerals that help improve skin health. Antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E, minerals such as zinc, and niacin, a type of B vitamin, all offer your skin plenty of benefits. You can get those vitamins and minerals from food, or talk to your aesthetician about topical products that contain them. For example, niacin is often used as an ingredient in lotions, and vitamin A is a common ingredient in skin products in the form of retinol.
If your skin is panicking and you don’t know what to do, the team at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique can help you get to the bottom of the problem. Call 281-810-9083 to schedule a consultation today.