How to improve your complexion

Posted on: 3 April 2017

Having congested, dull, dry or sensitive facial skin can have a surprisingly significant impact on your self-confidence and general wellbeing. If you're fed up of how your skin looks, here are two steps you can take to improve its condition.

Invest in regular facials

One of the best things you can do for your complexion is to have regular facials. A typical facial will usually include a massage, an extraction and a mask application. Whilst the massaging of the client's skin is primarily carried out for relaxation purposes, this aspect of a facial can actually do wonders for your complexion. Gentle massage promotes both lymphatic drainage (which can help to flush toxins out of the body) and better blood circulation, both of which will leave your skin with a healthy, youthful glow.

An extraction involves the removal of blackheads from a person's pores. This can help toimprove the overall appearance of the complexion. A lot of people make the mistake of attempting DIY versions of this process at home, only to find themselves left with blemishes, broken capillaries and scars. A professional beauty therapist will have the training and the experience needed to perform this task without inflaming or damaging the skin.

Lastly, most beauty therapists who offer facials will provide their clients with a customised mask, designed to address that person's specific skin concerns. If for example, you have oily skin and frequently suffer from acne flare-ups, your mask might include ingredients such as clay, which can help to absorb excess oil and reduce the chances of further blemishes developing. Conversely, if your main skin concern is dryness and sensitivity, your mask might feature oils which will help to hydrate and calm your complexion.

Despite the many benefits of regular facials, many people don't bother with this type of beauty treatment, due to the high costs associated with it. If this is the case for you, it may be worth looking for beauty spas in your local area that offer discount spa packages which include facials. These type of packages usually allow you to bulk-buy multiple treatments at a lower price than you would be charged if you bought them individually.

Exfoliate

Exfoliation involves the removal of dead or dry skin cells from your face. Adding an exfoliation product into your skincare regime is one of the most effective ways to improve the appearance and health of your complexion.

Regular exfoliation encourages skin cell turnover, meaning that it increases the speed with which healthy new cells grow. This increase in skin cell turnover has many benefits; in addition to helping to reduce pigmentation and scarring, it can also soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and allow make-up products like foundation and concealer to apply more smoothly and evenly.

There are two types of exfoliating to choose from; chemical or physical. Chemical exfoliants, such as glycolic or lactic acid, essentially dissolve the dead skin cells, whilst physical exfoliants (such as facial scrubs with micro-beads) manually scrub off flaking skin.

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