Restoring Your Skin’s Health While In Recovery – Self-Care Matters
Your skin often reflects what’s going on inside you, just as much as external factors affect it. Things like sun damage and pollution are a given (we all know to put sunscreen on – even if we don’t always do it!)
However, if you’re in recovery from substance abuse there are certain skin conditions like hyperpigmentation, urticaria, psoriasis, and ulcers that become more common. In fact, this study shows that in 43% of men and 33% of women, they are likely to be prevalent.
Once you’re on the road to recovery, it’s possible to restore your skin’s health while working on your sobriety. Here are a few ways to get healthy glowing skin to look and feel great inside and out.
Getting Rid of Discoloration
Skin can become discolored and look dull, grey, or pale when you’re in the initial stages of recovery. Whilst your body heals itself from the inside, some pampering skincare can help restore confidence. Trying techniques such as effleurage massage on the face can help. This simple way of stimulating the skin – often done in conjunction with facial oils can help aid lymphatic drainage and boost circulation. Keeping a routine simple and straightforward is important, as is being mindful about the products you use. Think about the acronym KISS (keep it simple, stupid!) and you won’t go far wrong…
Following an effective but gentle skincare routine can improve your skin condition while in recovery. A very basic but achievable routine includes cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, so you’ll need to have a mild, PH-balanced cleanser, a toner or balancing lotion, and a non-comedogenic moisturizer. Other skincare products that you’ll need are sunscreen lotion with an SPF of at least 30, a mild body soap, and body lotion. Not only will you look great once you make it a habit to care for your skin, but establishing routines like this can also enhance your recovery since it helps you to prioritize health and wellness.
Heal Old Scars And Marks
Marks and scars are all part and parcel of recovery, and some people have mixed emotions about them. If you’d like to deal with how they look, then it’s important to know that with the right care, they can fade over time. Using healing oils like Vitamin E every day can provide a real well-being boost or use over-the-counter ointments or scar removal creams. In some cases you might want to consider consulting a dermatologist for advice. They’ll be able to give you specific products or solutions to use that can offer skin softening and brightening benefits when used regularly over time. This is all part and parcel of the recovery process and self-care, taking the time to look after your skin and yourself can make all the difference to your confidence.
Healing the marks and scars of your past can take some time, but with healthy habits, you can restore and revitalize your skin. Consider these tips to restore your skin while in recovery so you can look and feel better in this new chapter of your life.