Every once in a while, my complexion rebels with breakouts, dryness, or both. For the past few weeks, I've been dealing with a few stubborn zits and dull looking skin. This could be due to a myriad of things: weather changes, not washing my face well enough, eating too much sugar, etc. After trying a few different products to combat these problems and not seeing improvement, I realized I was doing too much. I was probably compromising my skin's barrier further by battling it instead of nurturing it.
If you're experiencing skin issues like pimples and dullness, go back to the basics:
-Clean eating (as best as you can during the holidays!)
-Double cleansing: oil cleanser, followed by a gentle cleanser of your choice
-A simple moisturizer
-Exfoliating just once a week, at least until your skin is back on track
-Not popping your pimples; instead using a salicylic acid based cream on the problem spots after you wash your face at night
-Using a serum that has ceramides in it. Ceramides occur naturally in the uppermost layer of our skin, helping retain plumpness in the cells. When added to skincare, they provide an additional safeguard against moisture loss.
All of these things will help build your skin's barrier, and get your face clear again.