How to Get Better Skin in a Few Days
Having beautiful skin is something that many of us dream of but somehow it’s just so difficult to get a clear complexion! The nice skin lasts for maybe a maximum of 2 days when our hormones are at their least active and we have been getting that rare 3 consecutive days of good sleep. But then something will happen and cause everything to go downhill. Period comes, we get super stressed at work, insomnia hits one night, we have a few too many drinks at the bar downtown… There are many instances that can have a big impact on our skin. And we start seeing the effects pretty quickly — dull-looking skin, that horrible cystic pimple on our chin, or perhaps that pimple nose keeps getting, the face is feeling super tight, or those pesky dark under-eye circles that make us look sallow and corpse-like.
Is it really that difficult to get good skin? It is certainly harder if you are predisposed to certain genetic traits, and it is also hard if your lifestyle imparts a lot of stress on you. But maybe there’s a day that you have a big event coming up or you have a photoshoot for your company and you want to look your best. Is there any way we can make our skin look brighter, clearer, smoother, and more supple in a few days? Yes, there is! We have gathered some of the best dermatologists’ tips for getting your skin into top condition.
Hydrate with tons of water
Water is so crucial and essential for our skin to look healthy and hydrated. Our skin cells comprise mostly of water, so they require tons of water to carry out their functions. Dehydrated skin often is prone to flakiness and irritation. By hydrating yourself, your skin cells will also hydrate and plump up. Plump skin cells that are full of water will swell up and make your skin look super bouncy and supple. Water-filled skin cells will beautifully reflect off the light from the surroundings to give you a gorgeous, radiant glow. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day is the minimum, but we would recommend at least 1 liter a day. We lose tons of water each day from various activities so replenishing yourself is essential for maintaining beautiful skin.
Make exfoliation a part of your weekly routine
Exfoliation is necessary for maintaining a smooth and even skin texture. We shed millions of skin cells each day and new ones move up to the surface to replenish the old ones. It is a natural process that ensures our skin stays healthy and rejuvenated. However, often our skin does not remove these dead skin cells fast enough, and this leads to a layer of accumulated dead skin cells laying on the surface of our skin. This reduces that bright and radiant look that we so love and crave. It’s almost like a layer of dust, reducing the luminosity and glow by masking it. Furthermore, this accumulation of dead skin cells provides even more opportunity for the pores to get clogged up and cause acne.
The best way to ensure that your skin is free of this excess layer is to use an exfoliant. There are both physical exfoliators and chemical exfoliators. You can use a gentle physical exfoliant with fine grains to gently slough off dead skin cells. If you have sensitive skin, opt instead of a chemical exfoliant containing alpha-hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid or lactic acid. If your skin is tolerant enough, you can try using a physical exfoliant once a week for a deeper cleanse and then use the chemical exfoliant once every two days to maintain the cell turnover.
Be smart with your cleanser
The one thing you absolutely must do before you go to sleep is to cleanse your face. We are constantly exposed to environmental pollutants that can clog our pores and leave dirt and grime on our skin surface. Furthermore, the skin care products and makeup that you applied using your kabuki brush (wait, what is a kabuki brush? More on that on another article!) during the day have also gotten mixed in with this layer of dirt. Sure, you love that foundation color on you, but take it off! Otherwise, this will definitely leave your pores clogged and susceptible to potential acne.
You must always cleanse your skin before going to bed. The best way to effectively remove all that buildup is to use an oil or cream-based cleanser or makeup remover first if you have some products on. These are gentle and won’t strip your skin excessively. Then, follow up with a non-foaming gentle cleanser that does not contain sulfates to remove the excess residue from your face. This will ensure you have a fresh and clean face ready for a good night’s rest. If you are worried about your skin getting overly dried out by double cleansing, you can skip the cleanser in the morning entirely and just splash your face with some water! Make sure you are using a gentle formula that does not contain any fragrance or sulfates that will irritate and dry out the skin excessively.
Switch out your pillowcase
Your pillowcase might be the cause of your fine lines and wrinkles! Cotton pillowcases cause a lot of friction against the skin so there is a pulling action on the skin. This causes wrinkles and fine lines on the side of the face that you sleep on. Try switching out for a silk pillowcase instead. These are a lot smoother and hence have less friction. Furthermore, silk is antimicrobial so it might be better for preventing germs, dust mites, and bacteria from getting on your face. Plus, they feel super luxurious!
Moisturizer is somehow one of those overlooked essential products that somehow people still don’t see the importance of. Especially people with oily skin who think their skin already has enough oil in it and hence are afraid to add moisture. But moisturizer is crucial for any skin type. When the skin receptors detect low levels of oil in the skin, the oil glands will produce more oil to compensate for the perceived lack of oil. So if you are skipping your moisturizer, your skin might sense that there isn’t enough oil and produce even more! Beyond this, moisturizer aids in strengthening the skin’s protective layer so that water cannot escape and irritants will not get to the skin. Furthermore, it prevents dryness, and in effect, it also helps with treating hyperpigmentation asian skin experiences – that is, along with other, more targeted methods.