Lifestyle Opinion

Is Your Skin Just Not Feeling it Today?

Written by Christine Gill

Sometimes your skin is stuck in a slump.  Studying and school, in general, tends to weigh down the amount of sleep you may get, and the stress can leave you not feeling as good as you usually do.  All of these factors also affect your skin.  Sleep, stress, and anticipation can tend to leave your skin a little dull and unhappy.

The way your skin looks is affected by many things, the food you eat, the amount of sleep you get, and especially the products you use. It can be hard to figure out what works for your skin, and what might not.  Many chemicals are used in everyday skin care products, from makeup to lotion.  Some can help your skin, but others can be harmful and make your situation much worse.  Certain chemicals can be good to target certain problems, such as acne or blackheads, like Salicylic acid.  Other chemicals and artificial dyes in these products can lead to dry, unhealthy, and overall unhappy skin.  Staying on the natural side of skin care can help you steer clear of these harsh chemicals and usually are relatively cheap too.

Natural skin remedies, such as witch hazel, coconut oil, or African black soap, help a lot and work relatively fast.  If you are the type of person who tends to wear a lot of makeup, coconut oil is a perfect (and natural) way to remove your makeup and smooth your skin. The oil gently takes off your makeup and removes unwanted dirt from your face. Always remember though, to wash your face thoroughly after using this oil because if it sits too long on your face it can clog up your pores. Coconut oil is also a good way to soften other parts of your body, like your hands, hair, and legs. Witch Hazel is a natural remedy that can be used in numerous ways. Native Americans tended to use it medicinally as a way to stop swelling and fight infections.  It clears away the bacteria from your skin and your pores and leaves the skin looking fresh and clean.  It can be used as a toner or a face wash and is natural and beneficial to your skin. Exfoliating is key, but harsh exfoliators can clear away the natural oils of your skin, causing your body to produce more in order to compensate. If you use African black soap as a cleanser, it will clear out oils and exfoliate, leaving your skin soft and bright.

If your skin requires medical help, make sure to speak with a dermatologist, the medicine they prescribe can be harsh but can have amazing effects, if your skin really needs it, so don’t be afraid to get some help

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Christine Gill