The Sunday News
ARE you looking for a way to get beautiful, glowing skin like the celebrities on the red carpet? The solution may be easier than you think. While most of us don’t have access to professional aestheticians 24/7 like our favourite celeb, there are a few simple, daily habits and lifestyle changes you can make to get that flawless skin. Moisturise every day, throughout the day. Use SPF 15 sunscreen on a daily basis. Reduce stress and make better dietary choices to avoid breakouts.
DRINK WATER! Loads of water. 2-3 litres a day should be enough. Some are lucky to have good skin, and some of us rely on H2O on a daily basis.
Wash your face at least twice a day. Remove oils and debris from your face every morning and night to get clear, glowing skin. If you work outside or are sweating more than usual, you may want to wash your face more frequently. Use mild, unscented, and dye-free soap and water. Invest in good skincare products which work well with your skin.
Check the ingredients. In most cases, a mild soap is enough to keep your skin free from blemishes and give it a healthy glow. Make sure products don’t contain peroxide and alcohol. These ingredients strip protective oils from the skin, leading to dry, uneven complexion.
Get a facial. Professional facials remove dead skin, unclog pores, and rejuvenate the appearance of skin tone for a healthy glow. If you’re unable to afford the cost of regular facials with a professional aesthetician, you can also do your own facials at home. Check your local beauty store or pharmacy for products that include alpha hydroxy acids and enzymes. These are the ingredients that make professional facials effective.
Wear sunscreen every day. Even if you don’t get sunburns, sunscreen is essential to protect your skin from UV rays, pollutants, and harsh weather conditions. Choose sunscreens that are oil free and at least SPF 15 or higher. Sunscreen typically wears off after three hours, so bring sunscreen with you and reapply often for best results. You may also want to consider a moisturiser and sunscreen combined to simplify your care routine.
Use different products for day and night. Your skin has different needs according to the time of day. In the morning, you want to prepare your skin for the rest of the day. Start by using a gentle cleanser to soothe your skin. Next, apply toner if that is part of your routine. Most importantly, you want to choose a daytime moisturiser. Ideally, a daytime moisturiser should contain SPF. It should also be light, and should not make your skin feel oily.
At night, you want to use a thicker, richer moisturiser. Retinols and peptides are good ingredients to look for, as they can help repair your skin overnight. Coconut oil is my go-to moisturiser at night.
Brighten skin with beer. You can create a simple foaming cleanser using beer that will smooth your complexion leaving you with a healthy glow. Combine ½ a cup of beer, 1 egg white, and 2 teaspoons of lime juice. The B vitamins and yeast in beer mixed with the egg white foams creating a hydrating cleanser that removes dead skin. (just give it a try).
AFTER ALL THIS . . .
Your skin will be in a better condition. You change the oil in your car every few months in order to properly maintain it. You know that routine maintenance is a priority to extend the life of your car. You need to respect your skin the same way.
For many of us, we skip steps in our routine because we think it’ll take too long. We are all stretched for time. Faithfully keeping a skin care routine will help to reduce the appearance of dullness and lines, as well as help with oiliness and improve the clarity of you skin.
Your skin will work harder for you. It might sound silly, but it’s true. When you take care of your skin, your skin will take care of you. Did you know that your skin is actually working hard, while you sleep, to regenerate? Cell turnover is faster at night and this allows your products to do their job more efficiently. If you are careful and make a point to cleanse your skin and remove your makeup every night, your skin will be better able to repair itself, while allowing moisturiser to absorb more deeply.
Your youthful glow will start to come back. Dullness. At some point, most of us will notice a decrease in skin radiance. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Cell turnover slows down as we age, making skin look duller. After cleansing, apply a gentle toner to remove any last traces of cleanser, help restore skin pH, and prep the skin for your moisturiser or treatments.
With consistency comes visible results. How many of you have purchased the latest skin care item promising results only to use it a couple of times before declaring it ineffective? People get so caught up in the notion of miracle ingredients or finding the fountain of youth that they expect instant results. Dramatic results will not happen overnight. It can often take weeks of consistent use for noticeable results to happen. The key to seeing those changes is to stick to your skin care routine.
Those results you’re beginning to see? They will be easier to maintain.
I like to think of a skin care routine like an exercise routine. When you first start your exercise routine, you might not see results those first few days. Once your routine is established, you take notice. You’ll begin to think, “Wow. Look at the definition in my waist.” When you stick with that exercise plan, you’ll continue to notice changes in your body and if you keep at it, you will be able to maintain those changes. The same is true with a consistent skin care routine. Your skin will continue to look healthy and refreshed as long as you don’t give up on the routine.
Get that flawless skin. — Additional information from Online sources.
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