They say that during our lifetime we have three periods when we face a problem with our complexion – while we are teenagers, in our late 20s and at the age of 40. I was fortunate enough to have a great complexion in my teenage years however, as I got older, I started having problems with my skin. The first signs were visible at the age of 25 and now again at 29.
Whenever problems with our complexion occur, regardless at what age, it makes us feel insecure and unhappy. No matter how self-confident we are, it is demoralizing to have uneven skin. Is it worse to have a bad complexion your whole life or for it to occur at one point in your life, it is difficult to say – but whoever has a problem is in constant search for a solution.
When problems with the skin on our face begin, the first thing we turn to is – facial care. We buy a ton of lotions, creams and cleansers thinking that this is going to do the trick when in fact facial care usually has nothing to do with the core issue. Most often, a poor complexion is caused by an inner problem such as stress, hormonal changes, inadequate lifestyle…
In search of possible solutions, I had the opportunity to attend a camp in Austria which was based on identifying the core problem of a poor facial complexion. They identified 4 segments which should be focused on:
- Physical activity
- Care and therapy
The conclusion was as follows: although no study proves the correlation of certain foods with the appearance of a poor complexion, uneven skin is directly stimulated by our diet because this is what also affects our hormonal balance (especially in the case of polycystic ovaries and insulin resistance, which are common causes of acne at a later stage). Thus, it is suggested to consume foods and ingredients which prevent inflammation and soothe the entire body. These include all types of salad (especially green and dark colored vegetables), berries, large amounts of liquid…
The fact which teachers at the camp emphasized is regular sleeping, meaning sleeping at the right time for the right amount of time. Reducing stress is also an important factor and must be considered.
The problems with my complexion started at a very stressful period of my life filled with many obligations, irregular meals and poor sleeping habits. The first time this happened, I went to many cosmeticians for facial cleaning treatments, as this was the only way to resolve the issue. But, instead of slowing down my everyday lifestyle, I continued living a fast life to have the same thing happen to me a year later. It’s like I did not get the point the first time around.
Finally, after completing my education at the camp, I introduced minor, significant changes to my daily routine, which included: going to bed at midnight latest (whenever possible), eating plenty of raw vegetables and fruits and being more organized and with less stress. Although I cannot say I am perfectly disciplined now, such small alterations made a large difference to my complexion.
What is the point of this text?
I want to encourage each and every one of you to slow down, think about yourself and take care of your body. Understand that a poor complexion is not a result of just chocolate and fries, but a sign that the body is telling you to take a break. Of course, WHILE YOU LISTEN TO THE INSTRUCTIONS OF YOUR DERMATOLOGIST AND DOCTOR, give your face inner support by eating healthy and drinking plenty of liquids.