As children, we have always had blemish-free, clear and glowing skin and as we grow older and teenage hormones start playing havoc with our emotions, we begin to experience break-outs. Further years down the line, pollution, stress and our diet slowly wither our skin away. As the environment changes, so do the requirements for skin care. No longer will you need only a tube of sunscreen to prevent burning suffice. We will need to take specific measures regularly to keep our skin moist, soft and vibrant.
Humans need to intake at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily to remain in overall good health. Water is not just about thirst and dehydration but also about hydrated and healthy skin. Without enough water, your skin will look dry, and wrinkles and blemishes will become more prominent. If you are out and do not want to order water, order a beautiful herbal tea like green or peppermint. They are so good for you and who knows, you might find a new-found love for tea and tea houses.
· Remove make-up
Remove make-up without fail every night before going to bed. Your skin exfoliates overnight and make-up still on skin impedes this process. Over time, your skin will become dull and look old. So, remove your make-up and then cleanse your skin gently with a DIY remedy for additional effects.
Slather your body with a rich moisturising cream right after your bath, when the skin is still damp. If you prefer to go the natural way, a teaspoon of coconut oil will also suffice. Without proper moisturisation, your skin will look flaky, and pores will become more evident.
· Face pack and facials
Make it a point to use your preferred face-pack at least twice a week to rejuvenate your skin from the inside. While there are many types of face-packs available in your local shops, you can also make one of your own using honey and lemon. The best option would be to get a professional to perform these peels and masks on you. Most salons that offer these treatments also have a nail bar in-house so why not make a day out of it and pamper yourself. I can assure you that you will feel a million bucks walking out of there.
· What you eat
What you eat, shows on your skin. Fried food cause pimples. Conversely, green leafy vegetables keep your skin glowing and healthy-looking. So, reduce sugar, fried food and store-bought instant mix. Choose to buy healthy veggies and cook your food.
· Smoking kills
Smoking not only causes different types of cancers but also leaves your skin dry and discoloured. Nicotine sucks a lot of nutrients from your body including vitamin C which is necessary to protect and repair your skin.
Stress shows on your skin. Your skin pallor and wrinkles show up when you are stressed. Manage your stress by doing breathing exercises, yoga and enjoying your hobbies. If you are happy, so is your skin.
· Lip care
Let us not forget our lips! To avoid dry lips and bring out a gentle flush in them, use a lip balm with sun protection and Vitamin C.
Choose hypoallergenic make-up or use DIY videos to make your original kit. Ensure that whichever brand you choose, there is no skin irritation or break-outs on using the brands. Prefer to keep your look as natural as possible and avoid heavy-duty make-up routine that can mess up your skin.
· Sun protection
Last but not least, sun protection. Use sunscreen no matter what weather. With increasing pollution and decreasing air quality, UV is a real threat. As per the American Cancer Society, you should choose a sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and SPF 30 and above.
Healthy and glowing skin naturally contributes to your appearance, boosts your ego and helps you to present yourself more confidently. One should never ignore skin care routine.