5 Ways To Instantly Rescue An Uneven Skin Tone
Posted by Charlotte Connoley in Skin Care
We might all dream of having a beautifully even skin tone, one that looks healthy and makes us feel happy. However, there are a number of factors that can conspire against our complexion looking the best it can: pollutants, too much exposure to the sun, red patches, dry skin, weather, and a poor diet… the list goes on. If your skin is looking a little less than radiant, there are a few steps you can take to give it back its glow.
First things first
To start with and I know this might seem obvious, but make sure you are eating well, getting enough sleep and drinking enough water; the more hydrated skin is, the better it will look and feel. Cut back on alcohol and caffeine, and make sure you are getting enough of the vitamins C, D, E and K, which can be found in kale, spinach, lettuce, cabbage and green beans - all skin - friendly foods.
The aim is to keep skin clean and fresh - looking, without drying it out. Try the Essential Cleansing Solution by Dermalogica, £10.50 which doesn’t contain any artificial colours or fragrances. This is a non - foaming, gentle cleanser with antioxidant vitamins C and E to help improve the texture of skin. If your skin is on the sensitive side, remember to use lukewarm water rather than hot, little things that will make a difference. I also really like Murad’s Aha/Bha Exfoliating Cleanser, £35 which is an intensive cleanser that clears pores and smoothes skin to reveal a more even complexion.
Exfoliators play a big part in helping skin to look its best by gently removing the dry, dead skin cells that build up on skin, your complexion will appear smoother and look fresher. Exfoliating also helps to remove dirt and oil build - up from pores, helping to keep skin clear, and minimising the possibility of breakouts and dry, flaky patches.
One of the most crucial, and often overlooked, benefits of regular exfoliation is that it prepares skin to properly absorb nourishing serums and moisturisers, allowing them to reach the deeper layers of your skin. I really like Caudalie’s Deep Cleansing Exfoliator, £18 which works to clear skin without drying it out. I would suggest using an exfoliator once or twice a week - see how your skin reacts to exfoliation and be guided by how often to use one.
Using a face mask will draw out impurities and boost circulation, PHB’s Brightening Face Mask £19.50 uses organic oils and active botanicals for a brighter, more even skin tone. Comprising Kaolin Clay, which is rich in natural minerals that will cleanse and nourish, and also boosts circulation for a clearer complexion, this is a great one for those looking to give skin a bit of a boost. Free from parabens, artificial fragrances and colours, this is also cruelty free, vegan and made in the UK, with 20% of profits going to charity.
Hydration is a must for all skin types, but particularly important for skin that has a dull appearance and an uneven tone. Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer, £29.50 is a rich and sumptuous moisturiser that will leave skin hydrated and protected. You only need a small amount, but really work it into clean skin, using firm, sweeping strokes, from the centre of your face upwards and outwards, which will create a bit of lymphatic drainage in the process, further boosting circulation and the appearance of skin.
The firm pressure gets the blood flowing and really works the product into skin. Leave yourself a bit of extra time to massage a moisturiser or serum in both in the morning and the evening; breathe slowly and deeply as you smooth the product over your face and just gather your thoughts at the start, or the end of the day. It’s a lovely way to give yourself a relaxing bit of ‘me - time’ before your busy day begins, or use the time to wind down before a good night’s sleep.