How To Repair Damaged Face Skin Naturally
If your skin is damaged in any way in this post I will tell you what kind of products and what habits will help you to repair your damaged face skin naturally. Keep reading to find out what are those products and habits.
The answer to your question about how to repair damaged face skin naturally is a combination of applying the right products and healthy habits. The right product does not contain harmful chemicals and contains ingredients that are beneficial for the skin.
Choose the right products to repair damaged face skin naturally
Let’s face it, DIY can be a solution for repairing damaged face skin naturally, but if you don’t have time to try out recipes you will have to get the best out of products that are present on the market. And the best way to do that is to learn how to read the label of the products.
When reading the label you should look for ingredients that will help you with your skin concerns and for ingredients that are potentially bad for you.
What kind of product you should look for?
You should appreciate a product that has been made without chemicals that can be damaging for the skin, such as paraben and formaldehyde-based preservatives, sulfates, artificial penetration enhancers (SYNTHETIC OCCLUSIVE AGENTS-such as silicones, irritating solvents, esters, fatty alcohols), and synthetic colors and scents.
When possible, such a product should ideally include certified organic components. It should not include chemicals that harm the environment, such as phthalates, phosphate, and sulfates and it should be made out of recyclable material.
You don’t have to look for a product that is all plant-derived because you will miss out on a lot of ingredients that are very beneficial for the skin because they are not plant-derived. This is very important if your skin problem is severe since often plant-based products are not strong enough (in many cases to support the “organic” claim on the label, items just include inexpensive water extracts of organic herbs and maybe a few additional minor organic components).
If you ask me it is enough to find a product without ingredients that can be harmful to the skin.
Ingredients that are worthy of including in your skincare routine
- Honey has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps to heal wounds and fight signs of aging.
- Caffeine is antioxidant and it reduces redness and fights free radicals.
- Ceramides are great moisturizers that restore moisture and improve skin texture.
- Vitamin C (calcium ascorbate, ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, Ester-C) Antioxidant, melanin inhibitor) is a powerful antioxidant that helps to stimulate collagen production, add moisture and brighten the skin. In our post about repairing sun-damaged skin naturally, you can find recipes for homemade vitamin C serum.
- Tea tree oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that fight acne.
- Green tea is antioxidant that hydrates the skin and fights signs of aging.
- Hyaluronic acid is a humectant and moisturizer that hydrates your skin. For more benefits of this ingredient and product ideas, you can read My post about toners with hyaluronic acid.
- Aloe vera helps to soothe sunburn, fight skin aging, and reduce infection and acne.
- Ginseng is anti-oxidant that boosts collagen production.
- Red raspberry extract has antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties that make it great at reducing redness.
- Niacinamide is a great antioxidant and melanin inhibitor. You should include it in your skincare routine if you need help with hydrating, improving elasticity, and decreasing hyperpigmentation, redness, and fine lines. You can learn more about niacinamide and other ingredients in our post about toners with niacinamide.
- Salicylic acid is a chemical exfoliant with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that removes sebum and treats acne.
- Snail secretion filtrate is a great moisturizer that hydrates and stimulates collagen production.
- Snow mushroom has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-aging benefits for the skin.
- Cucumber will moisturize dry skin, soothe irritated skin and help acne-prone skin.
- Oatmeal helps to protect your skin and lower skin irritation.
- Kojic acid is a melanin inhibitor that decreases hyperpigmentation.
- Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that treats acne, reduces wrinkles, and decreases hyperpigmentation.
- Meadowfoam Seed Oil helps to regulate natural sebum production which prevents your skin from becoming too dry or too oily
I assume that if you are wondering how to repair damaged face skin naturally, you immediately think of products that have an all-natural, preservative-free formula. But that is not the solution, those kinds of products have a short shelf life, and using them if they have gone bad will make new problems on your skin and have the opposite effect to repairing your damaged face skin.
Preservatives are a very important segment in skincare products because they stop enzyme activities, and kill bacteria, fungi, and microbes. More than only giving the cream an off scent, microorganisms are capable of much more. While using outdated items may not be pleasing to the senses, using them will harm your health because of the deteriorating contents.
When used to skin that has been irritated or scraped, or to the delicate, thin skin around the eyes, the bacteria developing in older products can cause rashes and breakouts.
While parabens are the best preservative for skincare products they can have bad effects on your skin if it is very sensitive. So, you can go for products that have synthetic preservatives (which are hardly green, but they are much safer than conventional). Those preservatives are fenilight, feniol, and tinosan (natural silver-based preservative). Also, both potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate are regarded as safe and less likely to result in allergies or sensitivities connected to cosmetics.
Natural preservatives are made of oregano and thyme oils, cinnamon, lavender, lemon peel oil, goldenseal, and rosemary extract, grapefruit seed extract, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), and vitamin E (tocopherols). Also, benzanthracene, found in lemon and lime oils, has potent microbial properties.
Since paraben-free products have a considerably shorter shelf life than their synthetic equivalents, you may do your part to avoid contamination. Be careful when handling all cosmetics to avoid bacterial contamination.
To help your product to stay stable you should never leave product containers with the lids off, share them with your friends and family and use your fingers to apply them instead of applicators.
Another piece of advice is to calculate whether a certain amount of product will last you longer than its shelf life. For example, don’t buy a large amount of moisturizer if you will apply it just once a day. It is better to buy a small amount and use it up than buy a large amount and throw it out.
When you get the outcomes you want, the money you spend on skincare is worth it. While some amazing skin care products are made for cheap, others need to be investments that may or may not be beneficial. The fact is that looking beautiful and repairing your skin doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars, for example, you don’t need expensive collagen creams for wrinkles because collagen applied topically will just moisturize your skin.
Here is an example of a product that I use. For cleansing my face I use a Simple moisturizing facial wash, that is affordable but it is not completely green, it contains parabens. Since cleanser is a wash-off product that lasts for long time and my skin is not sensitive to parabens I am using it despite that. You can read my review of that cleanser on this link.
Include healthy habits into your lifestyle to repair damaged face skin naturally
Healthy-looking skin is not the result of just applying certain products, it also comes from the inside. If you want healthy skin you have to respect your body. Making changes in your lifestyle and adopting new healthy habits will help you to repair your damaged skin. Healthy habits include eating well, drinking enough water, exercising, sleeping enough, and avoiding stress.
It is very important to note that you shouldn’t be obsessed with all of this, don’t restrict your diet so you develop orthorexia (obsession with healthy eating), don’t drink water to make yourself nauseous from it, and don’t exercise to the point of losing your period. Everything in moderation, occasional cheat meal won’t hurt your skin, walking is also great exercise, and remember to take care of your mental health.
Drink a lot of water
Our blood circulation helps water to get to our skin, which keeps it healthy-looking. However, you cannot expect great results in a short time. If you are wondering why your skin feels dry even though you drink a lot of water Here is your answer: Your skin receives the last few drops of water. In other words, the water you drink will first reach your heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs.
Drinking a lot of water won’t magically give you moisturized, luscious skin since our bodies aren’t that straightforward. Also, you should do your research about the amount of water that you should consume daily because that amount depends on a lot of factors.
The best outcomes come from drinking enough water and topically hydrating your skin with humectants, which bind moisture to the skin.
Why is obtaining seven to eight hours of quality sleep so important for the health of your skin? During sleep, your body heals itself.
This happens because blood transports oxygen to the skin when you sleep rather than the body’s core as it does when you’re awake. Additionally, as you sleep, amino acid molecules help your body produce more collagen and remove toxins and moisture.
Enough sleep (6-8 hours) will bring you fewer wrinkles, a glowing complexion, happier and healthier appearance. On the other hand sleep, deprivation can weaken the skin barrier which can lead to skin disorders and premature aging.
How stress affects your skin?
Your body reacts to stress in the following ways: it releases chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol during stress (which might include trauma, pain, disease, or simply a regular circumstance).
Continuous exposure to high quantities of these hormones damages the skin’s barrier, aggravating pre-existing conditions or delaying the healing of wounds. The production of oil by sebaceous glands increases when cortisol levels rise. So this is why a large, painful pimple on your nose decides to appear just when you’re under a lot of pressure.
Avoiding stress is not an easy task but if you want to repair your skin naturally it is a very important one.