8 Millennial Skin Woes & Their Fixes
Millennials are a unique generation—they live in a world of their own making, are surgically connected to their smartphones, have a penchant for a certain shade of pink (or as they call it, rose gold), and live life in the fast lane. But the one thing that they’re not interested in is the traditional beauty treatments used by earlier generations. For them, the focus isn’t so much on skin care, as it is on instant fixes. I mean, who’s going to worry about what they’ll look like in a few years when they’re more concerned with Instagram-worthy pics that will garner in hundreds of likes and comments.
But, you can only deny the truth for so long—millennials with their ‘don’t care' attitude will have to wake up and smell the coffee. Unless they are careful, their negligent lifestyle will be back to bite them in their rosy cheeks and dimpled chins.
I. PROBLEM: Breakouts From Stress Caused by #Men #Homework #NotBeingAbleToFindAJob and From Eating #FastFoodYummFood
SOLUTION: Take deep breaths. Breathe in, Breathe out. Feel the stress melt away, let it all out. Now that you’ve calmed down, here’s a little something that might help:
Don’t skimp on the basics: It might sound, well, basic, but when we are stressed, we tend to forego our usual skincare routine. It's tempting to let go, but you’ve got to push through. So remember to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize daily.
Find your chill: A no-brainer right? Now let me ask how many of you actually manage to keep calm under pressure? So to help reduce those off-the-charts stress levels, try and find out what puts you in your chill zone and take time out to go there at least once a day.
Don’t pop a pimple: This one’s a major no-no! The next time you think of practicing finger surgery on your face, imagine transferring bacteria from your hands to your face and clogging your pores. That’s basically asking for acne!
A healthy diet: Have you considered that your junk food rich diet might be causing your acne to flare? How about switching to healthy food choices? Yes, we know that you and pizza are #baesforever but switching towards healthy food choices is definitely worth the effort. Don’t you think?
Oh, and to ward off them midday hunger pangs, grab a leafy salad or one of those cold pressed juices instead of straight up going for oil-soaked snacks!
II. PROBLEM: Splotchy Skin From Not Regularly Washing Your Face at Night
SOLUTION: I am all for breaking the rules, but washing your face before bed is one rule each one of us should abide by. But since our lazy face-washing habits get the best of us, here’s a backup:
Keep a pack of cleansing towelettes on your bedside table to wipe off all the makeup and the gunk off your face. Though this little hack is no match for a cleansing-toning-moisturizing routine, it will at least keep those nasty blackheads, pimples, and whiteheads at bay. And something’s always better than nothing, right?
III. PROBLEM: Red, Bloodshot Eyes Resulting from Busy School Schedules, Long Work Hours, Staying up Late, and Waking up Before the Crack of Dawn
SOLUTION: There are times when you just can’t avoid staying up late and waking up looking like… well, less than pretty! But thankfully, we have ways to soothe tired looking eyes to make you look human again:
Spoon those peepers: Put two metal spoons in ice cold water. Once they are cool enough, place the inside of the spoons on your eyes in a way that they rest on the sockets’ natural contour. Then, let the spoons work their magic while you sit back and relax.
Eye rinse: A soothing eye rinse works wonders for tired, bloodshot eyes. Either wash your eyes with the rinse or dip a cotton ball in the rinse and keep it on your eyes for 5 minutes.
Cool as a cucumber: A cold cucumber is the best and quickest way to soothe tired eyes. Go grab one, slice it up, place a couple of slices on your eyes, and chillax.
Walk away from the screen: Internet—the land of alluring, mind-boggling adventures and cat pics—is what keeps us all glued to the screens. But if you want to catch a break from tired, bloodshot eyes, you’ve got to walk away and give your peepers some rest.
IV. PROBLEM: Sallow, Dull Skin Caused by the All-Nighters You Pull
SOLUTION: A gal’s got to have a social life, right? Even if that social life is keeping you awake, WAY past your bedtime? And since you are missing out on eight hours of beauty sleep, your skin has lost its luster, making it look dull and sallow. Here’s how you can get your glow back:
Exfoliate like you mean it: Slough away the dry, flaky skin with a mild scrub during your shower.
Hydrate, Hydrate: Dehydration is one of the major causes of dull skin. So, chug down that tall glass of aqua next time you decide to dance the night away.
Vitamin C: Don’t forget your daily dose of Vitamin C. It is basically the key to glowing, even-toned skin.
Suck on an ice cube: It’s a great glow fix mid-dinner because sucking an ice cube chills the skin cells in your cheeks and lips, causing an increase in blood circulation. So, who's up for a peaches and cream complexion, ladies?
V. PROBLEM: Brown Spots Are Making an Early Appearance on Your Skin in Your Mid-Twenties
SOLUTION: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, wear your SPF religiously, come rain or shine. And for those of you thinking that sunscreen is for sissies, think again! Studies show that those pesky little brown spots start popping up in your 20's. Wearing sunscreen not only protects your skin against sun damage, it also helps ward off fine lines and skin cancer. Still wondering if that ‘bronzed skin’ is worth the risk? Here’s a little something that might help:
Lemon Juice: Lemon juice, a natural bleaching agent, is an excellent source of Vitamin C. It is also high in citric acid content and antioxidants which work wonders for lightening those sun spots. So when life gives you lemons, squeeze some lemon juice out of them!
Potatoes: Potatoes are said to work well with pigmented areas, dark spots and blemishes. They are rich in enzymes called catecholase that helps curbing the production of excess melanin. Just cut a potato in half and rub it directly on your dark spots. How’s that for a no-fuss solution?
Speaking of no fuss treatments, you can also opt for Skin Alive’s Lightening Citrus C Face Therapy. As mentioned above, Vitamin C helps fade sun spots, this therapy offers the benefits of Vitamin C infused with powerful antioxidants. So if you are looking to get rid of those not-so-cute sun spots along with a dollop of radiance on the side, this therapy might just be the solution for you.
VI. PROBLEM: Your Dark Circles Are Scary, Even to You
SOLUTION: Bad news—if your mom has dark circles, chances are that you will have them, too. So the only way to make them disappear in a pinch is to get a good concealer or consult a dermatologist. But if those raccoon eyes are an aftermath of a late night’s adventures then you will have to resort to more than just a quick fix. I suggest the following:
Getting enough zzzzs: Unsurprisingly, lack of sleep is a major culprit for your raccoon eyes. So, try not to sacrifice your beauty sleep in exchange for a night out with your squad. Because while you’re tired, your pupils are dilated and they cast shadows, allowing your dark circles to flourish.
You are what you eat: No more wrinkling your nose at leafy greens. Studies show that eating fruits and veggies that are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties helps combat under eye darkening.
If these don't do the trick for you, here’s another way to fix your persistent under-eye circles. Try Skin Alive’s Revital Eye Treatment, which works to eliminate dark circles and fine lines.
VII. PROBLEM: Puffy Eyes, Thanks to Burning the Midnight Oil
SOLUTION: Happy hours with your girl gang lasted till the last call? Or was it one of those late night calls with your SO? No matter why you stayed up all night (Hey, I ain't judging!), now you have the inevitable tired puffy eyes to flaunt all day. And since you can't hide behind those over-sized sunglasses all day, eye creams, DIY's, and treatments to the rescue!
Go Potato: Refrigerate a potato for a couple of min, slice it in half and place it on your eye bags for 15-20 min. And watch those eye bags de-puff in a poof!
Cucumber Relief: Known for their soothing and cooling properties, cucumbers are the best way to soothe those tired puffy peepers. Take two slice of cucumbers and place them on your eyes for 20-25 minutes. While you relax, the anti-inflammatory properties of cucumber will reduce puffiness.
Chilled tea bags: Before you hit the sack, place cooled-off brewed tea bags on your lids for 20-25 min to de-puff your eyes. That way, you get to #treatyoself and wake up prettier.
VIII. PROBLEM: You Have Scales Instead of Skin, Because Who Drinks Water These Days?
SOLUTION: If flat hair and chapped lips weren't annoying enough, most of us now have to cope with dry, flaky, and lackluster skin. Now you can either play the blame game (it’s the weather, it’s my lotion) or you can fight back. Here are a few ways to combat scaly skin:
Skip the hot shower: Few things come close to a hot steaming shower on a cold day, right? Well, your skin begs to differ! Steamy hot water dries your already scaly skin, so switch to lukewarm showers and moisturizing soaps.
Moisturize while damp: Using moisturizers right after the shower, when the skin is still damp, is the best way to combat dry, scaly skin.
Bathe like Cleopatra: Care for a nice soak? While the queen of Egypt was known for her indulgent milk and honey baths, the thought of reclining in a tub full of milk and honey seems unsavory at best and exuberantly wasteful at worst. Instead, add a more sensible two cups of milk and a quarter cup of honey to a not-so-hot bath and soak like Egyptian royalty.