Fighting The Flaws In Your Skin
APRIL has been designated as Rosacea Awareness Month by the National Rosacea Society (NRS) to educate the public on the warning signs of this chronic but treatable facial disorder. Whether it’s breakouts, blemishes, rosacea or psoriasis, all of us have skin-care concerns and flaws at one time or another. They show up from time to time or never seem to go away completely. Looking in the mirror can be so frustrating, when no matter what you do or how much money you spend your skin doesn’t seem to get any better (and often just gets worse). Luckily every skin problem has a solution. Educate yourself in the causes of skin problems and discover what works best for your specific skin issue.
Rosacea is a common disorder that mainly affects skin on the face. It causes redness on the nose, chin, cheeks and forehead. There are some amazing treatments for sensitive skin. We love the UltraCalming Skin Treatment by Dermalogica. This 60 minute treatment will sooth irritated skin, reduce inflammation and redness. After this treatment your skin will no longer burn or sting or suffer from flare-ups. The aim of this treatment is to restore your skin back to optimum health. Ideal for individuals suffering with Rosacea, but also those with sensitive skin, eczema or any inflamed skin disorders.
UltraCalming Serum Concentrate: R1030, Dermalogica
Hollywood beauty, Renee Zellweger, has arrived red-faced to many of her movie premieres. The fair-skinned star has been said to have Rosacea. Getting rosacea treated early can keep it from becoming a bigger beauty flaw down the road. Topical ointments such as creams and gels and oral medicines are the mainstays of rosacea treatment.
Although you might not be suffering from acne, you may have blemish-prone skin. This means that spots are bound to sprout and often at the most inconvenient times. Blackheads, blocked pores, white heads and uneven skin tone are all symptoms of congested skin. Both prevention and cure is important when dealing with skin issues. That’s why you should start with revamping your skin cleansing routine. Try a ‘double cleansing’ approach. Start by using an oil-based cleansing mask, the follow by a cleanser that is specific for your skin type. ‘Double cleanse’ twice daily and you will see a definite improvement in your skin’s condition.
Hydra Calming 24h Cream (50ml): R645, Juliette Armand
Jessica Simpson doesn’t shy away from talking about her problem skin. “I was on my first tour, and the stress was amazing. I had a terrible, terrible breakout. I just started looking sad because of the blemishes that I had. And when I shot my videos, they had to go in and digitally fix my chin. It was to the point where I was embarrassed to go onstage or do photo shoots. I was just embarrassed to be Jessica Simpson.”
It is estimated that acne affects about 85% of teenagers, but it frequently continues into adulthood. Women are more prone to adult acne than men. This is because of hormonal changes and possibly due to frequent application of topical cosmetic products, incorrect removal of products or a combination of the two. Other contributors to adult acne include oily make-up and even hairspray. We recommend this routine: cleanse skin with a mild cleanser or just rinse face with warm water and skip the cleanser, letting your treatment products do their work. Then apply a benzoyl peroxide pad, gel or cleanser. Apply a salicylic acid pad or gel. Top off with a moisturiser.
Gentle Skin Cleanser: R184, Cetaphil
Her face may appear flawless on film, but Cameron Diaz admits her biggest beauty challenge has always been her skin. She has said that she has “the most sensitive skin in the entire world.” Her skin “takes a lot of effort” and is always “breaking out.”
TIP: Always remove make-up before exercising. The combination of make-up and sweat can exasperate acne.
There is a difference between dry and dehydrated skin. Dehydrated skin is a skin condition, meaning it is temporary and more easily treatable than dry skin. It refers to skin that is lacking in moisture with low or depleted water content. Dehydrated skin feels flaky, less supple, taught and itchy and can be caused by over exfoliating, poor diet (including not eating enough water-rich vegetables, or too much caffeine and alcohol), stripping cleansers and environmental factors. Drink plenty of water and apply a lotion to the skin when the skin is still moist after a shower to lock in extra moisture. Product choices need to focus on replenishing moisture in the skin with water-based ingredients, not oil in order to avoid breakouts. Look for hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA, aloe vera and yucca in your lotions and cleansers.
Oil-Free Moisturiser SPF15: R104.95, Neutrogena
Vanessa Williams struggled with her skin: “I’ve battled skin problems my entire life and after working with the best doctors, dermatologists and estheticians in the world, I was fortunate enough to find products that consistently worked for me. Now my skin is in great shape and my fans constantly ask about my skin care regimen.”
Moisturising is one of the best and simplest things you can do to relieve psoriasis. Keep your skin moist to reduce dryness, itching, redness, soreness and scaling. A little ultraviolet (UV) light can go a long way to soothe and improve psoriasis lesions. Get modest amounts of sunlight two to three times a week. Be sure to use sunscreen on your healthy skin. Too much sun (or sunburn) raises your risk of skin cancer and may make your outbreaks worse. Talk to your doctor before adding UV therapy to your routine. And schedule regular skin check-ups to be sure you’re not overdoing it.
Sun Ceautic: R620, Dermaceutic
LeAnne Rimes stepped into the spotlight about psoriasis. “Having battled severe psoriasis my whole life, I have gone to great lengths to hide my condition, especially as a performer. Over the years, I’ve had to deal with the emotional and physical toll psoriasis has had on my self-esteem and confidence, but today I no longer let psoriasis define who I am or how I feel about myself.”
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