Today it’s ‘Best Friend Day’ and what better time to talk about the tricky subject that we know many of our customers have had to deal with in the past: How do you help a friend with skin care worries?
Whether it’s acne, psoriasis, eczema or the signs of ageing, we all know that a problem with our skin (especially the skin on our faces) can have a huge impact on other areas of our lives, like our mood, our desire to go out and socialise and our overall confidence. Skin problems are something a lot of us have had to deal with ourselves, but helping a friend can be so much more complex.
Here are some of our top tips for helping a friend who is struggling with a skin care problem:
1. Signs that your friend is struggling with bad skin
When you take a look at social media it seems that so many people feel confident enough to talk openly about their skincare concerns . But there are far more people who are suffering in silence and not even talking to their family and close friends about their skin issues, whether it’s because they feel embarrassed, fearful or their self-esteem has been knocked and they don’t think anyone really identifies or understands how having bad skin impacts on their daily life.
If you think your friend is battling with skin problems such as acne or worried about the early signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles but they haven’t spoken directly to you about their problem, there could be some telling signs that they could do with some support. If your friend suddenly starts to avoid socialising and their moods change when the topic turns to beauty or skin, they begin wearing an excessive amount of make-up or have a preoccupation with their skin and appearance that they never had before, then these could all be signs that they’re worried about their skin and their confidence is at an all-time low.
It’s difficult to broach very personal topics but friendship is about sharing good times and bad. Take the bull by the horns and just ask them if there’s anything they’re worried about, remembering if they haven’t said anything to you already it probably means that they’re feeling anxious or shy about their skin, particularly if you’re the friend with perfect skin (you wish) and the confidence to not worry about the spot erupting on your chin!
2. Share skin care tips
When we’re faced with a problem, most of us benefit from hearing about how other people have dealt with similar issues. This is the same for anyone suffering from skin problems. So share your skin care tips, grooming and beauty advice and skin problem experiences. Don’t assume that because your friend seems down and anxious about their skin problems they won’t want to hear what you have to say. Chances are they’re looking for solutions to their skin issues, but feel too fed up to talk about them.
You can also be positive and proactive by helping them to research different skin care solutions. It’s very easy for people with skincare problems to wear blinkers and convince themselves nothing will work and that they’ve tried skin care product going. Help them to have an open mind and get all the facts about their skin condition and the different options available to help them, whether it’s clearing their acne, soothing their eczema and psoriasis or helping to reduce or minimise the lines and wrinkles that they feel are prematurely aging their skin.
3. Acne or the early signs of aging: natural skin care solutions
There are a plethora of products on the market to tackle acne-prone skin, and even more that claim to reduce or delay the signs of aging. Look for natural skin care solutions that work from the inside, rather than just relying on topical creams or concealers.
If your friend is concerned about acne, then our 100 percent natural help: clear skin and help: clear skin MEN supplements are specially formulated to combat acne. They contain PravENAC™, a proprietary soluble formula containing a bioactive milk protein rich in natural lactoferrin, which reduces the bacteria that cause acne spots, and zinc gluconate to protect, support and nourish skin from the inside, helping to clear up blemishes and prevent future acne breakouts.
Alternatively if it’s signs of aging that they’re worried about, then help: beautify skin daily jelly beauty supplement helps those who see their wrinkles becoming more pronounced and their skin beginning to sag. Formulated with PravENAGE™, our proprietary formula containing CoEnzymeQ10, Hydrolysed marine collagen, Resveratrol, Aloe Vera and Vitamin C, these all-natural ingredients help smooth and enrich skin, delivering tangible, anti-ageing skin benefits, particularly around the eye area where many women tell us they have the most irritating wrinkles.
4. When it comes to skin, we’re all different
Although it’s great to hear beauty and skin care advice, remember that everyone is different, especially our skin. What works for one person’s skin won’t necessarily be effective for another. So don’t pressure your friend into trying something if they don’t like the sound of it. All you can do is be honest and be a good friend
If your friend gets defensive about their appearance and doesn’t want to talk about their skin problems, don’t force them. Chances are they’ll come back to you later to talk about it when they’ve had a bit more time to think about what they want to say.
5. Encourage them to focus on their positive attributes
And last but not least, ensure that your friend knows that what they see as a problem isn’t as obvious to everyone else. Help them to focus on their other terrific attributes to boost their confidence. Get your girl – or boy – pals together and have a pamper session, experiment with hair, make-up and clothes to help them to come out of their shell and really shine. Proving that it really is what’s inside that counts!
Have you got any top tips for helping a friend to deal with skincare problems? Then share with us and others please!