The appearance of your skin forms a big part of your impression on people. Studies have shown that people with skin problems are perceived as ‘lazy’ or ‘unhygienic’ by most of the people upon meeting for the first time.
In addition, something as trivial as having dull and oily skin in the middle of a business presentation can put the audience off. Similarly, it is important to look fresh and presentable for most of the jobs or just for plain confidence.
You might have noticed you feel easy to walk around and talk to people as well as do a class presentation with more confidence when you have a good skin or good hair day.
Comfort and assurance of looking good to give everyone a confidence boost, thereby enhancing work performance.
In order to look fresh, most of your friends or relatives might suggest using expensive products by specialized skincare producing brands or cheaper substitutes that ensure you see miracle results within a few days of usage.
What can your skincare products do to your skin?
At times, most of these products just might work for some people, especially the herbal or natural products that guarantee results but not within a week or two. Most of these start working after months of continuous usage.
On the other hand, where such products are deemed safe by people and physicians or doctors, products that show immediate results are not suggested very often due to their harmful effects. Researchers have shown any product with steroids is likely to produce faster results.
Whether its steroid pills are taken for muscle and weight training by bodybuilders or plain local creams used by people to get their desired results before an event or ceremony, steroids present in abundant forms show much faster results.
However, the main problem you will face after using such products is long-term issues such as hormonal and pH imbalances in the skin. Your clear skin can turn into a mess of acne, cysts and scars after a few months of high usage of a steroid filled cream.
To detect steroids in creams, you might want to check your skin the night after you sleep with the specific cream you are using on your face. Since facial skin is more sensitive in comparison with skin on other areas of the body, it is likely to show effects in a quicker time.
You will probably notice redness on the cheeks and a general burning or itching sensation when you apply the cream or when you wake up after a few hours of applying it on your face. This is an allergic reaction of the skin to the cream.
These kind of symptoms are what are labeled as ‘signs which show the cream is working’ by the local cream companies whereas the reality is much different. Your skin is likely to have an allergic reaction to steroids in the beginning.
Eventually, the redness will go away and your skin will stop showing visible allergic symptoms to the cream you are using. This is when the cream, in accordance with the companies, starts working. Your skin will actually clear out within a week or so of using the cream.
The severity of the side effects that will show up later on your skin depends on the number of steroids the cream you used contains.
Creams wi the h mild and little amount of steroids would not usually have severe side effects but can cause hormonal imbalance and blocked pores on your skin.
In addition, the creams loaded with steroids can have similar side effects as that of common hydrocortisone cream and other topical creams. Such creams are used to treat inflammation on the skin caused by allergic reactions, psoriasis, and eczema.
Everyday skincare creams can also contain hydrocortisone formula, especially the ones with ‘overnight’ scar or pimple treatments. Common side effects of creams with hydrocortisone or other creams with similar effects are:
- Thinning of the skin
- Blistering skin
- Increase in sweating
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Changes in menstrual period dates
- Uneven heartbeats
- Weight gain
- Blurred vision
For most of the people, it is unbelievable that a skincare cream can cause such severe effects. If you are seeing any of the serious effects such as blurred vision, uneven heartbeats and heartburn it is wise to consult a doctor immediately.
Steroids present in creams can be pretty powerful but most of these are not present in the pricey creams from big brand labels. They are usually found in local creams. For example, fairness creams popular in South Asia have been shown to be filled with such steroids.
What can you do for healthy skin at home?
Expensive skincare creams are mostly out of range for most of the people. You or anyone you know will not spend a lot of money on buying whole ranges of products to use in the everyday skincare routine. Consequently, a lot of people end up choosing the very cheap alternatives.
However, in order to get glowing, clear skin and maximum confidence you might not need so many products in your skincare routine. There are a number of ways you can achieve healthy skin without using potentially harmful creams or spending a lot of money such as:
Skin type determination
The skin type plays a major role in deciding what to use on your face and other areas of the body for maximum results. The skin is categorized into five major types- oily, dry, combination, sensitive or normal.
The first thing to do before trying any home remedy or product is to determine your skin type. Often, there are specific remedies or products for people with different skin types for better and faster results. This can also help prevent you from making mistakes like using harsh products on your already dry skin.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil application is one of the oldest methods used by people to relieve the skin of almost any skin conditions. Because of the oil’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, an overnight application of it along with a carrier oil of your choice can do wonders for your skin.
The presence of phytochemicals in the oil is what makes in one of the best natural remedies and versatile choice for all skin types.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Perhaps the cheapest way to get glowing, healthy skin is the use of apple cider vinegar. Known for its general health benefits for the skin and body, apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural cleanser instead of store-bought cleansers.
It can even treat skin sores, skin problems caused by gut bacteria and fight off attacks by fungus and other foreign invaders.
Raw honey is one of the best ways to get an abundance of enzymes, vitamins, skin-boosting agents and nutrients that not only prevent the skin from breakouts and infections but moisturize and cleanse it. A mask or face wash created with honey can be really useful for a person with dry skin.
Himalayan Sea Salt
Sea salt is loaded with enzymes and nutrients that can help your skin fight off bacteria and fungus as well as cleanse it from dirt and pollution. It can be used as a scrub or toner instead of store-bought products.
Changes in diet
The skin on your face and other areas of your body are not only affected by external factors but internal factors as well. It is often said that the skin can be used to determine the health of specific organs of the body such as the liver, spleen, and stomach.
Your diet has a big effect on the health of your skin. Consumption of sugar, oily, fatty and carbohydrate-rich foods has visible results on the skin.
Therefore, it is important to maintain a diet filled with natural, skin and health-boosting foods such as the ones high in probiotics and antioxidants.
Try adding more lean protein, veggies, and fruits to your diet and ditch oily and sugary foods. The effects are visible in minimum 3-4 days.