It’s quite normal for our skin to look dull at certain times in our life. When we are not feeling well, or simple aging, it tends to lose the natural glow we enjoyed in our youth. Maybe you are experiencing more breakouts than you would expect in your adult years.
Either one could be a sign of congested skin, something that can occur at any age. That is the bad news. However, there is also good news here. Read on to learn how you can get your clear and glowing complexion back, or at least significantly improve it.
Let me start first by helping you understand what might be going on with your skin. After all, knowledge is powerful to gaining solutions.
What is happening to My Skin?
If your skin is congested, you are probably seeing flaky skin, which consists of dead skin cells. Perhaps it’s clogged pores. Or, both. Unfortunately, clogged pores can enhance bacterial growth, which then leads to blackheads and whiteheads. This is stemming from when excessive oils congregate in your pores.
You could also be falling prey to other contributing factors such as makeup, toxins, and even pollution. These all work against your skin staying healthy and glowing.
While this is common, you don’t have to put up with it. So, let’s take a look at 5 easy steps that can help you with your skin.
Step #1 Exfoliation
An important step in preventing congested skin is to exfoliate. This is a process of gently…or should be gently removing the dead skin cells, allowing the skin to breathe freely and not clog. Exfoliating should be done about once or twice a week.
And, just as all other areas of skin care, you can either find an all-natural one at the store, or make your own. A homemade concoction for exfoliating could be 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar. Mix it together and gently rub on cleansed skin.
Here are just a few more options, which can be found in your kitchen pantry:
- Milk and oatmeal paste
- Cream and brown sugar
- Potatoes, shredded and mixed with olive oil
- Orange juice or fruit enzyme
You might have noticed that these ingredients are not hard or abrasive. But, that’s the point. It should work to exfoliate naturally, not like a sandpaper scrub. It’s also an important step, because it prepares your skin for accepting moisture.
Step #2 Adding Moisture
Using a moisturizer on cleansed and well-exfoliated skin is an important step in gaining back and maintaining your natural glow again. Just make sure it’s a natural product, because products filled with chemicals and waxes can congest the skin even more.
Homemade and all-natural moisturizers can be made with ingredients found in your kitchen, such as bananas, cucumbers, honey, or avocado. There are many websites available that provide “recipes” for homemade skin care products.
Step #3 Natural Makeup
Many makeup products that are available are horrible for your skin, with ingredients that irritate the skin or clog the pores, even if you routinely cleanse with good products. There, I said it.
However, there are products that you can look for such as mineral-based liquid or powder foundations. These often just sit on the skin, rather than dive into the pores. At first glance, mineral-based make-up might not appear to have great coverage. But, when used, you will be surprised by both the appearance and how light it feels on your skin.
Step #4 Proper Cleansing
It’s important to develop, and stick with a healthy routine for cleansing your skin. However, it’s not just about cleansing your skin every day. It’s also about what you use on it. Finding a balance between cleansers that removes all pollutants from your skin, while not being too harsh, can be tricky. But…not impossible.
The first thought for many people is to use a deep cleanser if their skin is oily. However, using a cleanser that will remove all oils, can actually contribute to the skin producing more oil. An easy solution is to find an organic cleanser at the store, or make your own at home. A common one to help soothe the skin is made with ½ cup dry oatmeal and 2 tablespoons milk.
The same can be said about laundry detergent, because laundered clothing sits on our skin. So, find an eco friendly laundry detergent, which will prevent unnecessary chemicals from resting on your skin. We often neglect our facial skin, but not nearly as much as the rest of the body.
Step #5 Foods and Beverages
It’s not just a matter of what we put on our skin, but in our bodies as well. There are several foods and beverages that can wreak havoc on our skin, including fatty foods, sugars, and caffeine. If you can avoid them, or least keep them to a minimum, your skin will love you for it.
Instead, replenish your skin by drinking plenty of water, and eating foods with vitamins and nutrients. There is a saying, “You are what you eat”, and there is no denying that it can show on your skin.
If you follow the steps that I have just shared, it will give you a better chance of preventing congested and irritated skin. Your skin will look and feel much better, if you use all-natural or organic products.
Sophie Evans is a freelance writer, who enjoys writing on many various topics. She will often find inspiration through her research on the Internet, such as her skincare series when visiting http://www.ecohomeinspired.com/. When she is not working, Sophie and her family enjoy spending time at Disneyland. They reside in Balboa, California.