The road to happiness is paved with a perfect and glowing complexion. While some of us are lucky enough to be blessed with a good genetic pool, gorgeous skin could easily be attained through healthy skin care habits which needs to be developed over time. We give you 11 beauty commandments that will define your skin tone here on. Follow these diligently and flaunt that totally gorgeous skin all year round.
1. Cleanse, tone, moisturise
This is the basic to any skin care regime. Wash your face with lukewarm water and gently apply a face cleanser. Rinse. Soak a cotton pad with a facial toner and pat your face with it. Toner shrinks the open pores and helps retain the skin moisture. Follow it up with a moisturizer that matches your skin type. Repeat this two times a day for a healthy skin.
The more the skin breathes, the healthier and radiant it gets. Our skin is exposed to dirt and pollutants on a daily basis. A gentle scrub is best for removing the layer of dead cells making it squeaky clean. However, ensure that the scrub you use is not hard which can cause further irritation to the skin. Home-made natural scrubs made out of sugar, lemon and honey will do the trick.
3. Fortify with refreshing masks
Purifying masks aid in getting rid of toxins which are deeply embedded in our skin. They also even out the skin tone and give a much needed shot of protein and hydration to the skin. DIY masks are easier and far more beneficial than over-the-shelf counterparts. A paste made of yogurt, oatmeal and honey will work wonders for all skin types. Green clay and rose water is also hugely popular and super effective.
4. Remove make-up before hitting the sack
Never ever wear makeup to bed. It clogs the pores while you are asleep and results in the development of acne. A mixture of coconut oil and water acts as an instant make-up remover. Just dab some cotton in the emulsion and swipe it on your face to remove all traces of make-up. It’s really that simple.
5. Use a retinoid cream before sleeping
Retinoid are vitamin A derivatives which boosts collagen production and reduces fine lines for a smoother and an even skin tone. Since the ingredient itself is sensitive to sunlight, use it as a part of nightly care skin routine.
6. Wear sunscreen lotion everyday
We can’t emphasize enough on the importance of wearing sunscreen daily. Sunscreens combine several ingredients that prevent the harmful UV rays from affecting your skin adversely. Most sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher are great for the job.
Regular exercising keeps your skin healthy. The oxygenated blood plumps up the skin as well as boosts collagen production, thwarting wrinkles. It also promotes the production of endorphin which help beat stress.
8. Eat right and detox
A balanced diet is crucial to maintaining a flawless skin tone. Consuming antioxidant-rich food and drinks such as green tea, blueberries, tomatoes etc. aid in fighting free radicals which accelerates skin aging and damages the cellular structures of the skin. Drinking at least a litre of water every day is highly recommended since it helps keep the skin smooth, plump and elastic.
9. Go au naturel
Depend on your grandmother’s age old skin care secrets blindly. Slather your skin with natural ingredients such as turmeric, yogurt, oats, honey, lemon etc. which softens the skin, clears marks, diminishes fine lines and is full of unadulterated nutritional properties. Use them at least once a week; your skin will thank you for the TLC.
10. Opt for organic skin care products
Choose organic skin care products and make-up, over those laden with chemicals any day. These products are much gentler than the traditional products and works with the skin to improve its properties. Beneficial ingredients to look for in such products include essential oils, herbs, aloe vera, extracts from seaweed, fruits, shea butter etc.
11. Kick the butt
Last but not the least quit smoking immediately. Smoking dehydrates the skin and makes it dull and prone to rapid aging. This is one habit which is absolutely poison for your skin as well as your body.
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