If your complexion is suffering as a result of late nights, stress and too much junk food, you might have facial fatigue.
This condition, believed to be on the rise in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, is predominantly caused by a combination of lifestyle and stress-related factors.
“These factors can include things such as lack of sleep and exercise, smoking and an unhealthy diet,” Jenna Unwin, the creator of Million Dollar Facial, told Cover Media. “Environmental factors such as SPF exposure and pollution also have a part to play. When you are under continual stress, your adrenal glands release the stress hormone cortisol that affects blood-flow throughout the body and damages the collagen in your skin.
“This in turn accelerates the ageing process and hinders your skin’s ability to repair itself, resulting in the condition facial fatigue.”
Here Jenna gives her top tips on taking care of your complexion:
Target your skin with clinically backed cosmeceutical grade skincare.
Visiting a professional skin specialist can be a complete game changer – a qualified professional can read your skin like a book. Every skin indication can be addressed, and an active skincare line can be prescribed bespoke for your needs. Cosmeceutical grade products with active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and retinols are encouraged.
Eyes don’t lie
The skin around the eyes is very delicate and lack oil glands meaning it’s fragile and prone to dryness. Eyelids have the thinnest skin on our entire body, and due to the constant movement of muscles with facial expressions, this skin gets stretched and starts showing lines, wrinkles or sagging much sooner than anywhere else on the face. Using an eye cream clinically proven with active ingredients such as hexapeptide 8 is perfect. This specific ingredient is derived from a protein found in “anti-wrinkle injections” without the need for injections.
Take care of yourself from the inside.
Collagen supplements make a massive improvement to skin health. One of the most plentiful proteins keeping us looking fresh and supple is our collagen. This collagen is literally the cement that works to bind our cells together. Without this collagen within our dermis we can lose elasticity, and this leads to onset lines and wrinkles. Collagen depletes rapidly from as early as 25 years of age. In studies it is recommended to take collagen supplements to improve skin and joint health as part of a healthy routine.
Get six to eight hours sleep and drink plenty of water.
Your skin can focus on repairing itself while you sleep as it isn’t defending itself from the sun and free radicals (harmful molecules from the environment).
Blood flow is also more consistent, and this helps your skin benefit from the active ingredients in your skincare products. Using an antioxidant such as a vitamin C serum helps combats oxidative stress.