Thursday, May 28, 2015

Over the period of time, I've learned quite a few do's and don'ts that could be really life changing. So, I am sharing with you my version of some ideas that I find really important to remember when you are taking care of your skin. I just want to give a disclaimer that I am not a professional expert. These are completely my thoughts and these work for me. This could vary from person to person.
Skin care is not only for women but men too should take good care of their skin. If not anything, at least daily cleansing, a good moisturizing, and scrubbing are necessary.
In the following, I am sharing some points which help taking care of your skin if you maintain them well.
These are not all, but let's see some of the thoughts -

Cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing, and Scrubbing.  These are the basic keys for everything. Basically, you need to wash your face daily twice (morning and evening) to get rid of all the gunk that your skin accumulates throughout the day. Then comes Toning which helps to maintain the ph balance of the face and tightens the open pores that open after washing and scrubbing. Scrubbing is very important for face as well as for body. Go for exfoliation at least once a week to get rid of all the dead cells. Let the new cells come out with a natural glow. You must not skip your Toner after it. And finally comes moisturizing which is absolutely mandatory to maintain the hydration in the skin. These are your “skin foods”. Finish the whole ritual with a nice pampering face pack/ mask at least once a week to rejuvenate your skin.

Go for an alcohol free toner. Alcohol always irritates the skin and dries out the outer layer of the skin. Try to avoid it. Nowadays, there are many variants of Alcohol free toners available. Choose according to your own taste or simply make a DIY Aloe Vera Toner by using Aloe Vera Pulp, water, and Vitamin E Oil. Preserve it in the fridge and use it within 7 days.

Always moisturize your face in the Upwards motion. Moisturizing is a must. But don't just rub your face bluntly. Your skin is gentle. So, massage it gently in wide circular strokes. Start from your neck area and slowly move to the upwards direction. Always avoid downwards motion because it may cause sagging of your skin. Massaging your skin helps to maintain the elasticity. Skin will appear more youthful, healthy, and less wrinkly.

Invest in a good Moisturizer that suits your Skin-types. Moisturizer always varies according to your skin. There is always a chance of getting adverse effects like developing Pimples, Rashes, or Patches etc. if you are using a wrong product. Meaning, if the product is not for your particular skin types, it can make things worse. In general, Oily to Normal skin people should use a light moisturizer during the Summers, a little heavier version for the Winters. Normal to Dry skin people should use some heavy moisturizer. The main fact is, you must not skip your moisturizer at any cost.

It is a Myth that Oily Skin should not use Moisturizer. Whether your skin is oily, or normal, or dry, moisturizing is really important. All types of skin tend to lose its natural hydration over the time. Moisturizer really helps to maintain the balance of hydration, and makes the outer layer of the skin more soft, healthy and plump. If your skin is very Oily, use a water based light moisturizer, Aloe Vera Gel etc.

Go natural. Chemicals are not at all good for our skin. And very few people are aware of it. I’ll talk about it in details some other day. But right now, all I can suggest is that always try to use products that are free from Preservatives ( parabens, sulfates etc.) , Alcohol (natural derivatives are fine), fragrance (natural fragrance is fine). Look for Non-Comedogenic products and dermatologically tested cosmetics. Natural products are always your friends.

Start using Anti-aging products in your late 20’s. You don’t need to think you’re getting old if you are using Anti aging Skin Care. Good products have all the beneficial properties that help to maintain the skin elasticity, produce more collagen, more hydration, etc. Wrinkles will come gradually, but these stuff will help to reduce the visible signs of aging or rather make them appear late. Skin will look youthful and stay hydrated all the time.

Facial oils are excellent. Oily people... please don’t get scared. You need to be extra careful while choosing a Facial Oil, but nowadays there are so many products available in the market for different skin types. Normal to dry skin people go ahead, test the oil, and start using it. These oils have many benefits to make your skin invigorated and give a youthful glow. They also add a protective layer in front of your skin to keep it safe. 

Body butters and Lotions are must haves. They are your friends. According to your skin types, invest in a good product that suits you. In general, oily skin prefers body lotions, and normal to dry skin prefers body butters. But this can vary according to seasons.

Body Massage Oil is necessary. Do massage your body with your favorite kind of oil at least once a week. Skin will glow as never before. Body lotions & butters are absolutely fine. But along with them, massaging your skin with different oils add so many additional benefits. It also helps in blood circulation and thus the best of your skin comes out.

Choose your Eye Cream wisely. Eye creams are always helpful but look for the ingredients list given for the product. See there is any special ingredient present and whether that will be beneficial to you or not. Some eye creams have the exact same ingredients that are present in your face creams. Our eye area is extra gentle and sensitive and it tends to get wrinkles faster than other areas, so choose carefully. Some creams could be very thick or thin according to your skin type. As these are twice or thrice the price of your regular face cream, selecting it could be tricky. Eye creams also help to reduce those dark circles and puffiness. But it is almost impossible to get rid of your genetic dark circles no matter how expensive your Eye Cream is.

Body lotions are for Body only. Believe it or no, there are still people who use literally the same thing for their face and body. Do not ever put body lotions on your face. First of all, facial skin is way more delicate than body. So the facial skin cells get damaged faster than body. Body lotions are way more thick than face creams, so they can clog pores and that can lead to Acne and Pimples. Body lotions also contain more quantity of chemicals so that could be a bummer for your face.

Sunscreen is a must. Always apply Sunscreen before stepping outside. It doesn’t matter whether the day is sunny or cloudy, UV rays are always there and that is always harmful for our skin. You will need at least SPF-30 to protect your Skin.

Healthy diet comes handy for a fit life. It’s hard but try to avoid junk food as much as you can. Avoid Caffeinated drinks. Include lots of green vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, and obviously animal fats (if you are a non-vegetarian) in your diet. And drink plenty of water, at least 8 to 10 glasses per day.

Sleep and Stress Management. Now this is the final key for a healthy lifestyle. No matter how much busy you are, a good 8 hours sleep is always necessary. You need to get to flush out all the stress that makes life difficult. Go for a walk (at least 20 to 30 minutes every day) or a run. Try some Yoga, and if possible then meditate. You’ll get a renewed, blissful body and mind every day.

Life is always Good when you have an Extra Tip. 
After everything, it is very much possible to get pimples due to some internal problems or hormonal changes. Trust me, I know it’s very much tempting to pluck it every time you get it, but tell your hands to be in control. Plucking will make it more miserable and clog the pores. That will lead to extra breakouts.

Finally, everything will fall into place if you are happy from inside. A happy body & mind is everything we need for a healthy life. 

Happy Living…

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