Tired, sallow skin


1. What is characteristic of tired, sallow skin?

A complexion that is paler than normal is often referred to in technical jargon as pale skin or "paleness". This condition can be brief and temporary - or it can become more frequent as you age.

The activity of the skin is slowed down because it is less well supplied with blood and appears tense and tired. This is exacerbated by insufficiently oxygen-rich air as well as lack of sun, overheated rooms, unbalanced diet and lack of sleep, nicotine and alcohol consumption or environmental toxins.

In addition, illnesses or iron deficiency can prevent flawless skin. The paleness of the face should therefore always be taken seriously and understood as a sign of the body. The appearance of the skin can also be negatively influenced by the wrong care products, excessive or insufficient care. Nevertheless, especially in the cold winter months, it is particularly important to help a fresh complexion with nourishing and moisturizing products.

Unfortunately, there is often not much that can be done with decorative cosmetics; in fact, it could actually worsen the complexion.

Fortunately, however, you can take countermeasures.


2. What do you need to consider during care?

External care: The skin looks fresher and rosier when you dab it with cool compresses after cleansing your face in the morning. A gentle peeling removes old, dry dead skin cells that make the skin appear pale and grayish. In addition, the tiny abrasive grains massage the skin and stimulate the blood flow in the small capillary vessels (do not use on sensitive skin that is prone to telangiectasia).

Massage the face cream into the skin using light tapotement (massage in the form of knocking); this also stimulates the lymph flow and blood circulation.

For a healthy balance, the skin needs enough moisture, valuable fatty acids and vitalizing nutrients that smooth, invigorate and regenerate. It is therefore important to choose care products that increase the regenerative power and promote natural skin functions in the long term. Shea butter and argan oil as well as aloe vera are good helpers.

Care from the inside: It is crucial that you drink enough fluids; preferably at least one and a half to two liters of water a day. This stimulates the skin's metabolism, ensures a better supply of oxygen and promotes blood circulation; it also supports the Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF).

Unilateral and unhealthy is often the reason for pale and sallow skin. Therefore, particular attention should be paid to foods with antioxidants and iron: herbs, nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, fish and meat.

Exercise also has a very good effect on blood circulation in the skin. The flushing out and exudation of toxins is promoted.

You should specifically train different parts of the face, for example through "facial yoga". Depending on the exercise, the tissue is relaxed, strengthened and strengthened. This refreshes and smoothes the complexion. With regular use, the exercises have a lasting effect on blood circulation and can prevent loss of contour, expression lines and bags under the eyes.



3. What are additional influencing factors?

Sleep is pure anti-aging. A growth hormone (somatotropin) is released during sleep, which stimulates the regeneration of skin cells. On average, an adult needs between seven and eight hours of sleep per night. Above all, it is important to have enough undisturbed deep sleep phases. This promotes blood circulation and supplies the skin cells with oxygen and nutrients, so that metabolic waste can be better transported away.

A lack of sleep and stress, on the other hand, promote the production of the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone weakens the connective tissue, makes the skin slack and accelerates the aging of the skin. Sleep deprivation can also cause the whole circulation to lose its rhythm. Since the blood vessels are less well supplied with blood or are supplied with less oxygenated blood, the consequences are first seen under the eyes, as the skin is particularly thin there. As a result, eye puffiness and dark circles can occur.

If the skin is stressed by adverse environmental influences, is poorly cared for and nourished, suffers from a lack of water or does not get enough sleep for the necessary regeneration, its life processes come to a standstill. Then metabolism and blood circulation decline, defense and protective functions weaken and natural skin renewal only progresses slowly.


4. What could the care and treatment look like in a beauty salon?

It is important to have a treatment that effectively supplies the skin with moisture and revitalizing nutrients. Treatments that actively stimulate the skin are particularly recommended for this skin type. This could be achieved, for example, by a microneedling, hydrafacial or ice and heat treatment.

Preparation : In the first step, the skin is thoroughly cleaned with a gentle cleansing lotion and pretreated with a light fruit acid peel to soften and loosen dead skin cells. AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) are used for this. In the case of sensitive skin, the acid peeling can be replaced by a gentle enzyme peeling. The skin can then be cleaned out as required.

Hydrafacial treatment : With the help of a vacuum, the loosened sebum deposits and impurities are intensively extracted from the pore structure. The skin becomes deeply clean and active ingredients such as antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and hyaluronic acid can now be optimally introduced into the skin.

To intensify the effect of the treatment, a serum containing a peptide complex that improves skin elasticity and smoothes wrinkles and fine lines can be worked into the skin.

Microneedling treatment : serums rich in amino acids, collagen or hyaluronic acid are suitable here. For intensive regeneration of the skin, a gentle microdermabrasion can be carried out before microneedling. After a diamond microdermabrasion, it is essential to thoroughly remove all the crystals that have remained on the skin. During the needling treatment, the pen works the skin-specific ingredients into the top layer of the skin. In the eye area, a needle depth of no more than 0.5 millimeters is used, because the skin is significantly thinner here, and the cheeks can be worked up to two millimeters deep. Precarious areas such as frown lines on the forehead are processed more intensively. The effect of this treatment is already visible after the first session.

Ice and heat treatment : The alternating cold and heat effects during this treatment cause natural vascular training. This stimulates the metabolism and the absorption of active substances into the cells; this also strengthens the muscles and tissues.

The so-called biocellulose masks are particularly suitable for all three treatment variants. For example with active ingredients such as royal jelly or algae extract. They ensure a smoother, firmer skin, donate a lot of moisture, invigorate and cool. With the help of ultrasound, these can be worked particularly well into the depths of the skin.

For an optimal end result with this skin type, a course of approx. Six to eight treatments at intervals of ten to 14 days is recommended.