Skin issues, including dry skin and zits, suck. Whether your face continually acts up or somehow knows you have plans, there are things you can do now to improve your appearance. Whether you have major plans tomorrow or just like to look your best every day, here are some things you can do to smooth things over.
What causes complexion issues
The health and appearance of your skin are impacted by several factors, including:
The more you’re exposed to these elements, the more your complexion deteriorates and your experience:
- Age spots
You are even more susceptible to these issues if you suffer with:
- Keratosis pilaris
Dry climates with low humidity further exacerbate the situation, as do the chemical and hormonal changes associated with perimenopause and menopause.
Aging also reduces collagen production and collagen is responsible for skin firmness.
Dead skin cells and repetitive irritation also negatively affect your skin’s texture and appearance causing it to look rough and dry.
How to improve your appearance overnight
You can use natural remedies or doctor-approved products that fit your skin type to improve your skin’s appearance. Other steps you can take to get a smooth face quickly, include:
Wash your face
It’s particularly important to clean your face before you go to bed. Doing so helps get rid of the residue that accumulates every day and also:
- Unclogs your pores
- Removes excess oils
- Keeps your skin looking younger longer
However, it’s imperative that you not over wash your skin. Washing your face too much causes your skin to dry out, leading to redness, irritation, and even more breakouts.
It’s not just crucial that you wash your face, but that you use the right products to do so.
To achieve smoother skin, use your fingertips to gently clean your face. Implements like washcloths and mesh sponges are overly abrasive, especially for acne-prone skin.
Moreover, because these scrubbers get hung to dry, they end up being breeding grounds for germs and bacteria. Then, when used, the organisms get spread around instead of being removed.
Mild, oil-free cleansers are best because those with harsh chemicals and abrasive soaps dry out your skin and cause an overproduction of oil. Too much oil leads to breakouts.
Unless your skin is overly dry, exfoliating exposes a fresh, new layer of skin by removing the top layer of your dead skin.
The two most common ways to exfoliate:
- Mechanical – To mechanically exfoliate your skin, use a brush or sponge to remove dead skin.
- Chemical exfoliation requires the use of chemicals to dissolve dead skin cells from the surface of your face.
Using a moisturizer is beneficial regardless of whether your skin is dry or oily. These lotions:
- Balance sebum production and reduce blackheads and breakouts
- Replenish moisture to inhibit dry skin and flaking
- Plump up and smooth out dead skin cells
- Makes skin more vibrant and elastic
However, to be effective, you need to find the moisturizer with ingredients that best match your skin type. Use a lotion labeled non comedogenic to ensure it doesn’t clog your pores and cause breakouts. If your acne is particularly bad, look for creams with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. For those with dark spots, eczema, and/or are trying to fight wrinkles and other signs of aging look for:
- Vitamin C
- Alpha/beta hydroxy acids
- Hyaluronic acid
- Glycerin and ceramides
For best results, it’s best to apply your moisturizer to damp skin. This allows the lotion to trap and lock in moisture.
While tempting, popping and picking blemishes is counterintuitive. Squeezing pimples causes:
- Bacteria to spread
- The need for additional healing time
- More acne
Instead, use an acne cream with either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to spot treat your zits. It’s best to apply the cream with your fingertips or a cotton swab after washing.
Go to bed
There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep. Not getting enough rest wreaks havoc on your skin. Getting your zzz’s allows your body to recover from your daytime activities. When you sleep, your skin repairs itself by turning over cells.
The benefits of beauty sleep include glowing skin and fewer wrinkles.
The deeper you sleep, the more growth hormones your body releases, more damage gets repaired, and signs of aging diminish. Without enough rest, the opposite occurs.
Additionally, stress causes cortisol levels in your blood to increase, throwing the amount of salt in your body off balance leading to water retention. Rest allows fluids to drain, reducing swelling, particularly around your eyes.
Without the right amount of shut-eye, your body boosts its inflammatory response leading to increased:
- Acne breakouts
- Skin sensitivity
- Allergic contact dermatitis reactions
- Irritant dermatitis
While you sleep, your skin also breaks down both collagen and hyaluronic acid, the molecules that help give your skin its glow, bounce, and translucency.
Not sleeping enough throws off your body’s ability to regulate your immune system, leading to flares of immune-related skin diseases, including psoriasis and eczema.
You can use natural remedies or doctor-approved products that fit your skin type. Regardless of which you choose, it’s best to discuss your options with your health care professional. During your appointment, also request information on non-invasive body contouring to further improve your appearance and self-esteem.