You’re tiredYou look tired. Your skin look tired. You name it, you’ve got it! Or rather: you’ve lost it …

Lack of colour, freshness, vitality. Dullness, dry patches, oilyness you never had before, all signs your skin has gotten out of balance. In order to get your skin back in order, there are a few – quite logical – steps you can take.By this, I don’t mean a miracle cure; there is no such thing as a miracle cure. Just as miracle products simply do not exist.

–   Obviously, if you don’t get enough sleep, your face will show it. So try to get back to a healthy sleeping pattern if you know you’ve lost some hours of sleep in the past few weeks. In order to get our organism (and thus our skin) to recuperate and regenerate well, specialists recommend 6 to 9 hours of sleep.

–   Vitamin intake is very important. No use spending money on regenerating skincare products, if your nutrition is lacking vitamins, minerals and proteins. Check your diet, or consider consulting a specialist. In some cases, supplement scan help improving your skin, with some quite dramatic results! Important vitamins/minerals to consider: vitamin C (for collagen build-up), vitamin D (especially when you are indoors a lot and use sunblock when you go outside), Omega 3 fish oils (fatty acids help regulate oil production, nourish and hydrate our skin), magnesium (will help with our stress!). B-vitamins like B12 (often associated with B3 and B6) are also helpfull (and for this reason, often present in “hair-nails-skin” specialty supplements).

–  Exfoliate your skin on a regular basis. Peeling creams, buffing creams, as long as the particles are very fine, are good. Creams with AHA/BHA Acids do a great job too. Use them for 3 to 4 nights a week. Exfoliating toners are TOP. They are used on a daily basis and allow everything you put on your skin afterwards, to sink in better. Clarins Doux Exfoliant is my personal favorite (see article), but also the “cult” Lotion P50 from Biologique Recherche is loved by many skin care addicts all over the world. Be sure, however, to make a choice: it’s either a peeling cream with particles, a peeling AHA/BHA night cream or a peeling toner.

–  Apply a vitamin-loaded serum every morning and night. I recently discovered the Mad Hippie versions and they are great! Vitamin A and C serum can be used alternatively and will really “boost” your skin.

–  Even if you never took time to lay down/walk around for a few minutes with a mask on your face, consider it now. Facial masks can be just the thing you need to “push” your skin back into its usual self. White clay (kaolin) is a great ingredient and does’t dry out your skin. Plant-based masks with herbal  extracts like clary sage, rosemary and (a little) peppermint are excellent skin revitalisers.

Good luck looking fabulous again! (well, we can try it at least, can’t we ?)

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