If you are in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse, then one area that could fast become a priority, is rebuilding healthy, glowing skin. Alcohol and drugs can dehydrate skin and interfere with the natural process of collagen formation. They can cause skin to become dull, lose its firmness, and develop wrinkles and lines. Your scalp and hair can be affected to; if you haven’t been following a healthy diet, you may find your hair is dry and brittle, or that it is thinning. There are many ways to turn back the hands of time and give yourself a pampering treat. What sounds more up your street? A relaxing facial at your favorite spa or a new cute and style at the salon?
Starting with the Right Skincare
Visit a dermatologist if you have a skin condition such as rosacea, or even excessive dryness. They may recommend specific treatments and they will point you in the right direction in terms of picking creams and serums for your daily skincare routine. Cleansing, toning, and moisturising your skin twice a day are key, as is twice-weekly exfoliation with a gentle facial scrub. Exfoliation helps skin rid itself of dead outer layers so beautiful renewed skin can emerge. If lines and wrinkles are a problem, opt for a product containing Retinol (a Vitamin A derivative that has been found to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles). Consider adding serums to your beauty routine for an extra boost of moisture and active ingredients.
Conditioning Treatments for Hair
If your hair is brittle and dry, you can treat yourself to a lovely hot oil treatment at the salon. This treatment hydrates the scalp, helps reduce breakage and excessive shedding, and adds a beautiful shine to hair. If you are on a budget, you can condition your hair at home. Slightly warm around half a cup of olive oil, rub into your hair, cover with a shower cap and towel, and let it weave its magic for around an hour. Wash out the excess oil afterwards with shampoo and enjoy running your comb through your tresses effortlessly. If you are thinking about curling your hair, opt for an ammonia-free perm that will give you lovely beach waves while retaining your hair’s shine.
Zapping Your Way to Beauty
Facials and massages are fabulously relaxing, but if you want noticeable, fast results for problems like lines, acne, or pigmentation, it’s got to be laser! For a real treat, consider laser treatments like Fraxel, which stimulate the production of collagen and leave skin with a smoother, more youthful look. The treatment is painless and short, lasting for around 15 minutes and producing minimal side-effects (you could experience slight redness for a few days). Laser treatments work by penetrating the superficial layers of the skin, encouraging skin cells to regenerate. You may need around six sessions, but the results will be noticeable.
During addiction recovery, you may notice that your hair and skin need a little pampering. A beauty treatment can be as cheap or expensive as your pocket permits. From olive oil treatments to salon hot oils, retinol serums and creams to laser, a pampering beauty treat will go a long way towards helping you feel confident, beautiful, and ready to take on the world.