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Friday, 09 July 2021 08:39

Complexion Crimes: Bad Habits Impacting Clients’ Skin

Written by   Laura May

Even with the best skin care treatments and routines, if clients are not looking after themselves and their skin on their own, it can be difficult to give them the glowing complexion they are after. There are a few bad habits that could be impacting your clients’ skin, but there are also ways to resolve them.



The body heals and repairs itself while sleeping. Therefore, if your client isn’t getting enough rest, then it’s going to have an impact on their skin. It will slow down cellular turnover and disrupt the flow of blood to skin, making complexions dull and sallow. Over time, sleep deprivation also increases stress levels, which will make skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema flareup. 

Encourage clients to get into a good nighttime routine where they get at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. If they’re not feeling rested in the morning, they should look at ways to improve their bedroom set up such as investing in a comfortable mattress, ensuring the room is completely dark, and minimizing clutter and distractions. 



Your client’s diet is likely to have a big impact on their skin as well. Processed foods like white bread, white rice, chips, cakes, and sweet treats are all high glycemic foods which can cause blood sugar to rise, triggering insulin production. This can cause skin to produce more oil and cause blemishes. 

Even when your client eats a fairly well-balanced diet, they still might not be getting all the vitamins and minerals they need for healthy, clear skin. Some of the key vitamins for healthy skin are:

Vitamin D: helps support the immune system and boosts the complexion

Vitamin C: an antioxidant that can protect skin from damage and also help with collagen production

Vitamin E: another antioxidant that can help protect skin from ultraviolet rays

Vitamin K: helps with blood clotting and healing, as well as improving the appearance of stretch marks, scars, and dark circles

To give skin an extra boost, it could be worth suggesting to clients to take extra vitamins. Although if clients are looking to buy vitamins online, make sure they are choosing trusted sources for vitamins that provide them with enough information about what and how much they need to take.



Another habit that can impact your client’s skin is drinking too much alcohol. One drink every now and then is fine, but more than that can cause a number of problems for skin. Firstly, it dehydrates skin, making it appear sallow and increases the appearance of pores and fine lines.

It can also inflame skin and cause conditions like acne, rosacea, or eczema to flare up. Plus, drinking can also have a negative impact on sleep and increase stress, which in turn also affects skin.



As well as improving general fitness, exercise is also important for skin. If your clients are skipping their gym sessions, then their skin is likely to suffer. Working out increases blood flow to skin, which keeps it healthy and glowing. 

It also helps to reduce stress by lowering cortisol and increasing levels of positive hormones like endorphins, which can help clients achieve clear, smooth skin. If your client struggles to stay on top of their diet and exercise regularly, then it could be a good idea to find a reliable fitness program that encourages them a healthier lifestyle.  



The harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun can damage skin all year round, even on cloudy days. Clients should be applying sun protectant with at least 30 sun protection factor every day and reapply it every couple of hours if they’re outside all day. It’s an important part of protecting skin and preventing premature aging.



While it’s important to wash the face in the evening to remove all traces of makeup and dirt from the day, for many clients with certain skin issues, it can be tempting to wash the face too often. 

If your client has oily skin or acne, then they might be over washing their face by trying to reduce the oil to keep skin clear. Washing the face too often can make it dry, and skin reacts by producing even more oil. Check how often clients are washing their face, and recommend they stick to washing in the morning, evening, and after exercising with products that are suitable to their skin type.



Exfoliating is a good way to remove dead skin cells and improve the appearance of dull, lifeless skin. However, if clients are using an exfoliator that’s too harsh for their skin or using it too often, then it’s likely going to aggravate their skin. Over-exfoliating can worsen acne and blemishes or cause eczema flare-ups, so it’s important that clients know which type of exfoliant they should be using and when to use it.



Many skin care products can take a few weeks or a month to start working, but clients are often looking for overnight results. If they’re switching products too often, then it’s likely to stress their skin out, and they won’t have a chance to see any noticeable results. 

It is also important to understand how different products and ingredients work so that they’re not counteracting each other or irritating skin. If your clients are looking to buy skin care products online, they need to find reliable sources of information on the products and understand how they will work, such as through a spa’s website.



One thing that client's often neglect is their makeup brushes. It’s important to wash makeup brushes and sponges on a regular basis. They gather dirt and bacteria quickly, and each time your client uses their brushes and sponges, they are just spreading it around their face, causing blemishes and breakouts. 


These few bad habits are just a few that clients may be making. Make sure to give clients detailed advice and tools so that they can move away from their bad habits and achieve beautiful, glowing complexions.


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