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6 Common Face Skin Problems and How To Fix Them

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When it comes to issues with our skin, acne is the biggest worry for females, followed by visible signs of ageing and then dark circles under the eyes (research commissioned by Liz Earle). This research also found that on average, women spend 11 minutes each day thinking about how to conceal their problem areas. Shockingly, half of the women involved in the research said they dread special events and occasions, worrying about the appearance of their skin.

In our previous blog post, we spoke about ‘lockdown skin’ and how to get it under control whilst stuck in self-isolation. However, in this post, we want to go into more detail about your skin concerns, explain why they might be occurring and what you can do to help your skin out. We’re passionate about body positivity, and we want people to fall in love with the skin that they’re in; hopefully this blog will help you on your journey to loving yourself! Continue reading to find out more about some of the most common facial skin problems…

Concern 1: My face is so dry!

Do you regularly suffer with what feels like a dehydrated face? Perhaps you have dry, scaly or peeling skin on your face. If you find yourself asking “why is my face so dry?” we might be able to help you out. The skin produces an oil which is called sebum; a naturally occurring substance which helps to keep the skin hydrated, as well as protect it from other damages caused by external factors. When the skin fails to produce enough sebum, it can result in a person suffering from dry skin problems. Dry skin can be itchy, bumpy and even look dull in appearance; it may even be the case that a person suffers from a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis.

Other common causes of dry skin include:

  • Cold weather,
  • Sun damage,
  • Harsh chemicals in cosmetics and skincare,
  • Unbalanced skin pH levels,
  • Smoking.

When you’re on the lookout for the best skincare for dry skin, source products which are gentle on the skin and those that are as natural as possible. Try to avoid products containing alcohol and artificial fragrance as these tend to dry the skin out more, which may leave your skin feeling irritated. Our Aahana rich cream is one of the best day moisturisers for dry skin, containing 11 different natural actives, including lavender oil to fight dry skin, and help breathe life back into your skin. However, if you prefer a lighter formula, we’d recommend our Aahana light day cream.

Some of our other top tips to help improve dry skin are:

  • Use a gentle exfoliator to remove excess dead skin,
  • Cleanse the skin daily,
  • Moisturise immediately after showering, or washing the face,
  • Avoid using hot water on the face,
  • Use SPF daily,
  • Limit caffeine intake,
  • And of course – stay hydrated!

Concern 2: My face looks dull and tired

Glowy skin is always in, helping you to look happier, healthier and more youthful; nothing beats a glowy selfie in golden hour – are we right? But maintaining radiant skin isn’t always easy, life tends to get in the way. If your main skin concern is a dull skin tone, it could be due to a variety of reasons:

  • Having an excess level of dead skin cells,
  • High-stress levels,
  • Not getting enough sleep at night,
  • Poor diet,
  • Dehydration,
  • Or other environmental factors.

So what can you do to help brighten dull skin? First, shop for skincare containing ingredients for dull skin specifically. Our top two recommendations are the Ayurvedic herbs  Ushira and Manjistha which help to improve the skin’s complexion and glow; both of which are found in our night creams.

Second, take the time to work on your skin, making sure to follow a skincare regimen which is centred around removing dead skin cells and providing your skin with hydration. Use moisturisers and serums which are light on the skin, and an eye cream such as our Naira under-eye cream which is designed to reduce puffiness, improve the appearance of dark circles and hydrate the sensitive under-eye area.

Third, hydration, hydration, hydration! Make sure you’re drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day. Water is key to helping you to get that glowy skin.

Finally, fake it till you make it! Whilst you’re working on the above, choose glowy/sheer makeup products over those with a matte finish. Look out for light reflecting primers, liquid highlighters and juicy glosses to make your skin shine. Using the above tips, you’re sure to send that dull complexion packing!

Concern 3: I have blemish or acne-prone skin

The first thing we can’t stress enough is that blemishes and spots are so normal! We all get spots every now and then. You probably noticed the first signs started to appear in your teenage years, and this is due to hormonal changes. However, it’s estimated that between 40 and 55% of the adult population age (20-40) are diagnosed with low grade, persistent acne and oily skin.

Blemish, or acne-prone skin is often quite oily, and can appear shiny. People suffering with oily skin have the opposite issue to those with dry skin, instead of their skin not producing enough sebum, the sebaceous glands produce more sebum than is required.

Whilst spots are normal, some people do suffer from them more often than others, causing not only some levels of insecurity, but also pain and discomfort. If you’re suffering quite badly with spots, blemishes or acne, or you’re in discomfort with your skin we’d recommend seeing your GP or a dermatologist for further advice.

On the other hand, if you’re just looking for products to help balance skin oils, reduce pigmentation/blemishes, or if you’re just prone to spots; we can help you out. Creams containing turmeric extract are known to help calm skin conditions due to its antibacterial properties. Geranium essential oil is also great for fighting spots due to its antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties. Both of these natural ingredients, along with 15 others, can be found within our Ojas anti-blemish cream.

Concern 4: I’m worried about the signs of ageing

Ageing is a natural (and unavoidable) part of life, and we shouldn’t be scared about it. That being said, we understand that you want your skin to be the best possible version of itself. A common question we see many people asking is “When should you start using anti-ageing cream?”. Our advice is to start as early as possible, so if you’re in your 20s you might want to start incorporating some anti-ageing products into your skincare routine.

But what about if you’ve noticed the arrival of fine lines and wrinkles, crows nests and forehead creases? We have the answer for you. To help reduce the signs of ageing, you should look out for products that contain the following:

  • Vitamin A,
  • Vitamin C,
  • Vitamin E,
  • Shea Butter,
  • Antioxidant-rich ingredients (Such as Licorice, Coconut and Argan Oils),
  • Jasmine essential oil.

Looking for a cream that fits the bill? Try our Nayva anti-ageing night cream, packed with all the good ingredients you need to feed your skin with to help it stay youthful and glowy.

Another tip we can’t stress enough is to use your SPF! A recent study found that regular sunscreen use helps to protect against wrinkles, age spots and a loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s UV radiation.

Concern 5: I have an uneven skin tone

Uneven skin tone, or hyperpigmentation, is caused by excess melanin production, which can be triggered by prolonged exposure to the sun, changes in hormone levels, medication and even scarring. Without meaning to repeat ourselves, we can’t stress enough the importance of using SPF, staying hydrated, also reducing your alcohol intake (which can cause redness).

Two ingredients we love, sourced from the Tropical and Himalayan areas of India are:

  • Amla extract –  Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, amla extract can help to brighten the skin’s complexion, reduce pigmentation and reduce the appearance of dark spots on the skin.
  • Licorice extract – Packed full of antioxidants, hydration and skin-soothing properties, which is perfect for sensitive and reddened skin. This also has properties effective against pigmentation and improving the look of uneven skin tone.

Both of these natural ingredients can be found in our Ojas anti-blemish cream, our best cream for uneven skin tone.

Concern 6: I want to get rid of my pores

Pores are both a common and pretty bothersome skin concern for many people. But what actually are pores and what causes large pores? Well, they are small openings in the skin that release oil and sweat, they are generally bigger on the nose and forehead, which can make them more noticeable. Pores can also appear larger when there is increased sebum production, which as we discussed earlier is linked to oily skin.

You can’t get rid of your pores, but there are certain things that you can do to reduce the appearance of open pores, and ensure that you aren’t clogging your pores with unnecessary oils and products, which may worsen the problem. To help reduce the appearance of pores, and also to avoid clogged pores we suggest trying some of the following:

  • Cleanse and moisturize your face twice daily to avoid oil build-up,
  • Exfoliate two to three times per week,
  • Using a primer designed to mask the appearance of pores, our favourite is Benefit’s Porefessional,
  • You guessed it – stay hydrated and use SPF daily,
  • Avoiding touching your face throughout the day, this will only block up your pores further,
  • Use clay face masks to pull out extra sebum and dirt from your pores.

We hope you found this post addressing some of the most common skin problems useful. If you’ve got a question, or want to know which of our product range would be best for you get in touch via the contact form on our website, or drop us a DM on Instagram – our team will be more than happy to help!

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