If you notice dry, dull skin and more wrinkles, you may have skin damage.
Luckily, you don’t have to try to look old. We have tips that can help!
What is rough skin?
When we talk about damaged skin, we are talking about the outer layer.
Your skin is made up of three main layers:
- Cuticle: This is the outermost layer of the skin. It’s thin, but it has a big job to do. It must protect you from the environment, preventing bacteria and other pathogens from entering while retaining moisture.
- Skin: This is the middle layer. It contains blood and lymph vessels, hair follicles and sweat glands, as well as collagen fibers that give your skin strength.
- Subcutaneous fat layer: This is the deepest layer of skin and where most of the fat is stored. This helps preserve body temperature and protects the body from injury. It also plumps the skin and keeps it looking plump and plump.
Damaged skin has an outer layer that has been damaged in some way. It is no longer the smooth layer it used to be. Dryness, wear, cracking, and more have developed, which means the skin can no longer hold water. This can cause itching, peeling, and redness.
Damaged skin also cannot protect itself. That means you’re more at risk of damage from the sun, allergens, infections, and even the harmful effects of harsh chemicals in skin care products.
How does rough skin make you age?
When we see youthful skin – the skin on a child’s face, for example – we are looking at fresh, undamaged skin. It is smooth and plump with an even texture and color. It’s still undamaged, so it looks perfect.
As we age and our skin becomes damaged, we can see the effects.
1. Rough skin is dry skin
Because the outer protective barrier is damaged, the skin loses moisture more easily. That leads to dry, dull skin that we know makes us look older.
2. Damaged skin with wrinkles
As you know, the drier the skin, the more visible wrinkles are. So if your skin is damaged, it will dry out, which will accentuate your fine lines and wrinkles.
3. Dull dull skin
Because damaged skin is dry, it will also look dull. Vibrant skin is youthful, hydrated skin. It has a natural light from within. Damaged skin cannot hold water and is also exposed to the environment. It will fade into the background, making you look older.
4. Thin damaged skin
Think fresh, healthy skin. It looks powerful and massive, doesn’t it? On the other hand, dry, damaged skin loses that amount. As it loses water, damage occurs to collagen and elastin, and potentially even to the deeper layers of skin where fat is stored. The result is drier, thinner and older looking skin.
5. Damaged skin is often red
When the outer layer is damaged, the immune system rushes in to repair that damage. That creates red, irritated, and sometimes swollen skin. You may notice redness on your cheeks, around your nose and eyes, or on other areas of your skin.
6. Sun Damaged Skin
The less skin is able to protect itself from environmental influences — like UV rays — the more likely it is to be damaged by the sun and pollution. You may notice more dark spots or speckles or more red areas that make your skin look older than it is.
7. Damaged skin can reveal damaged veins
Sun exposure, alcohol, allergies, rosacea, and other factors can all make the veins on your face more prominent. In some cases, the areas around the nose and eyes can be especially red and visible. The more damaged your skin is, the more likely you will notice these effects.
How to repair damaged skin
The best way to keep your skin as fresh as possible is prevention. Do all you can to avoid skin damage:
- Protect your skin from the sun and environmental aggressors
- Have a daily skin care routine to nourish your skin
- Eat a healthy diet
- Use non-toxic, nourishing skin care products
However, most of us, no matter how careful we are, will experience some skin damage as we age.
Here’s what you can do to remedy the situation.
1. Avoid harsh cleansers
If your skin is damaged, that means it needs to be healed. You can think of it as a wound and you wouldn’t use harsh, sulfate-laden cleansers on the injured skin. Choose a mild, fragrance-free, pH-balanced cream cleanser.
2. Use Repair Ink
Yes, you still need a toner, but not the usual alcohol-filled one. You want something that will stimulate repair and hydration. We recommend the Relief + Relief Spray. It works well as a toner because it’s moisturizing, but it also helps reduce inflammation and irritation.
Whatever toner you use, look for one that has some moisturizing ingredients in it. You want your skin to feel soft and comfortable – not tight – after cleansing and conditioning.
3. Moisturize Wisely
When your skin is damaged, it needs moisture, but it also needs to heal. Choose a moisturizer with ceramides, natural oils, avocados, and natural anti-inflammatory agents that will help restore your skin all day long.
We recommend our Moisturizing Body Repair and Soothing Moisturizer. Both include turmeric, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory, along with natural antioxidants that will help protect your skin from the elements while it heals.
Of course, these products have deep-penetrating moisturizers that will help hydrate your skin and instantly look younger.
4. Avoid harsh exfoliators for a while
Exfoliating dead skin cells is often a very good thing to do. It sloughs off dead skin cells and reveals younger, fresher cells underneath.
But when the skin is injured, you need to treat it gently for a few weeks. Give your skin a break from harsh acids, scrubs, retinoids, and other products. These substances often help delay the appearance of aging, but when your skin is damaged, they can cause more redness and irritation.
5. Keep it simple
This is not the time to try new makeup or beauty products. Stick with natural cleansers, lotions, toners, moisturizers, and sunscreens for a few weeks until your skin starts to look and function a little better.
6. Be patient
It takes time to create damaged skin. It will take time to heal. Give your skin a few weeks for the repair process to begin. Then, continue with your gentle routine until you start to notice improvements.
At that point, you can add in some nightly anti-aging treatments, but make sure they’re gentle. You don’t want to go backwards. As your skin recovers, you can gradually exfoliate, but again, avoid over-exfoliating and choose gentle methods.
Have you repaired your damaged skin yet?
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