Probably the most common skin sin we see and hear about regularly from our clients is picking pimples! The answer to the question, when is it OK to pick a pimple is never! Squeezing your spots is never! If you really can’t resist, though, we recommend that you thoroughly wash your hands and face. Gently tighten the skin surrounding the pimple away from the pimple and apply gentle pressure around the pimple. If it doesn’t drain easily, then leave it alone. Picking spots can leave scarring and pitting, so avoid the temptation to pop! Following these tips will help you reduce the occurrence of spot outbreaks:
Alcohol not only contains sugar (which is your collagen’s worst enemy!), but it is also very dehydrating. Dehydration in the skin not only increases the appearance of wrinkles but also dilates your pores, leading to whiteheads and blackheads.
Drinking water has several health benefits, including research that suggests being hydrated helps with concentration and memory. Drinking water doesn’t necessarily go straight to your skin, but it does hydrate cells and the body overall, and we’ve seen the difference that this simple lifestyle change can make to skin, and close up too!
If you are regularly getting less than 8 hours of sleep a night, this not only impacts your skin and your body physically, but also mentally. By getting more sleep, you are helping to reduce your cortisol levels (stress hormones) and, as a result, helping to reduce aggravating conditions such as eczema and spot outbreaks.
We have a favourite saying here at Intrigue; ‘Invest in your skin, as it is going to represent you for a very long time!’. The truth is that looking after your skin should be a priority, regardless of age. Just as our faces change, our skincare needs adapt as we age. Building good habits at an early age will stand you in good stead for years to come. However, if you are a late starter, plenty of treatments can help rejuvenate and revive ageing or damaged skin.
If you make a regular habit of sleeping in your make-up, then stop! Not only does it dehydrate and cause spot outbreaks, but it can even induce acne if you continue to do so over the long term. Go to bed with cleansed and clean skin for glowing skin.
Every time you wear a face mask, you are layering make-up, pollutants and germs onto the mask. If you keep wearing the mask without washing it, you’re allowing that nasty build-up to sit directly onto your face; A guaranteed formula for blemish outbreaks.
Eating foods ladened with sugar will not help you in your quest for glowing skin! Sugar is your number one collagen depleting enemy! Eat your way to beautiful skin by choosing superfoods that will supercharge your skin.