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Sudden skin issues and how to solve them

Even though you can take the best care of your skin, there are times when unexpected problems can occur and no doubt, at the worst possible time.

The skin on our face can be one of the worst places to have hang ups, which is frustrating as this area can be so delicate and sensitive. But what do you do when you need a quick fix for sudden skin issues?

To help you when you need it most, Lisa de-la-Plain, Co-Founder and Professional Beauty Therapist at BeautyFlash has revealed how best to combat these skincare emergencies.

Skin Issues – ‘Maskne’

One of this years’ new essentials is quickly becoming the enemy. Our skin needs to breathe, so covering it under a mask can cause blemishes.

Taking extra care with your skin is vital to avoid ‘maskne’. The first step is ensuring it’s as clean as possible but make sure your cleanser is gentle on your skin like Medik8 Calmwise Soothing Cleanser. If going ‘au natural’ isn’t for you, opt for a lighter makeup look so you aren’t blocking your pores further.

If you’re starting to notice your skin is becoming irritated, use a barrier cream or spray that includes petroleum jelly or zinc oxide to the blemished area. This will aid recovery and prevent further damage.

If your blemish is looking particularly aggressive or is feeling painful, apply ice to the spot for 5 minutes. This will reduce redness quickly by calming and numbing the skin, so if you need to get something under control immediately, this home remedy can really help.

And make sure you’re washing your mask after every use. Oil, nasal mucus, saliva and sweat can get on your face mask wherever it touches your face.

Skin Issues – Not-so sleeping beauty

recent study showed over 40 percent of respondents are now finding it harder to fall asleep, with unease around the current situation the main cause. Sleep impacts your entire body, so your skin is equally affected.

When you’re not getting your full 8 hours, it can make your skin look dull and lifeless. Lucky for us, there are plenty of beauty tricks that can fix this.

Facial scrubs are a great instant fix for dull tired skin, like this Decleor Green Mandarin Exfoliating Scrub Mask. It uses light abrasions to wake up the skins surface and bring colour back to the face. Incorporate this into your morning routine, rather than at night, if you suffer from dull skin.

Dewy skin is the sought-after natural glow that makes skin look rejuvenated. Fake it by adding few drops of facial oil into your daily moisturiser on the days you need it most.

Skin Issues – Puffy eyes

The trick to getting rid of puffy eyes is to move fluids quickly to reduce swelling. First thing in the morning, apply a cold compress to your eye area, this will try and bring some circulation back to the area and diffuse your sleepy look.

Use things found round the home, like damp cotton pads or even frozen peas and press gently on the eyes for as long as you feel is necessary.

Gently tapping and massaging the area can be great to further stimulate blood flow, so sweep your fingers gently from the inner to the outer corners of the eye to disperse and drain the fluid from the swollen area.

Massaging in an eye cream, like the Elemental Herbology Eye Elixir Cream can target the area further.

Skin Issues – All dried out

Dry skin is usually caused by a lack of natural sebum (oil) being produced, so using oil-based products will be a huge help to calm this immediately. Better yet, use an exfoliating serum.

This product will get rid of the already flaky, dead skin while moisturising the layer underneath.

Spot check this product on yourself initially, as exfoliating products can irritate the skin, but once you know it’s good to go you can even leave the product on overnight to tackle issues quickly ahead of your morning routine.

Remember to keep the skin moist but don’t over moisturise.

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