Welcome back gorgeous!
Wondering what’s the secret to such supple glowing skin? Let’s find out!
It took me quite a while to figure out the skincare regime that really works for me. Thankfully I am blessed with acne-free skin and the only acne I really had was one nasty pimple on the tip of my nose that left me feeling awkward back in college. So I can totally imagine what you acne prone girls might feel everyday!
Well, we all know the cleanse-tone-moisturize slogan every beauty guru tells you. Our skin is still screaming for help, so let’s take a step forward and get to the roots of the problem to see how we can help!
First things first
The first step to great looking skin is not the cream or serum you use, but what you eat! I know, who can resist some yummy donuts and those sugar coated cookies that melt in your mouth, but you should be able to hear your skin scream a few days later. Ask me why? Regular intake of sugar results in more insulin production which in turn causes to produce more oil and hence clogging your pores and flaring up the acne (Ref.- Dr. Valori Treloar, MD, Dermatologist and co-author of The Clear Skin Diet)
Also, regular intake of caffeine and booze can break down collagen – the protein that helps skin’s strength and elasticity, hence causing wrinkles!
So eat smart, switch to a fibre rich nutritious diet and save your skin!
Cleanse-Cleanse-Cleanse before you sleep!
We all have been there – you come back home very tired after a night out and the cozy bed looks so welcoming! But let me tell you – there is absolutely NO excuse for you to go to sleep without removing even the last trace of makeup and dirt from your skin. Your pores need to breathe, so clean them well before you hit the sack!
You may use a oil based cleanser to break down the tough waterproof eye makeup. But make sure you follow up with a gentle cleanser to wash off for a squeaky clean feel. Oil can clog your pores, cause excessive dry skin and worsen your acne.
Ask me why? Makeup contains sugar-like molecule that can grow yeast over night – Yeewwwww!! Also, you would have invited a whole bunch of free radicals onto your skin during the day, often from pollution. So when you do not clean it well, they can cause collagen breakdown, hence causing fine lines and wrinkles!
Use makeup only when you HAVE to
Your face is what people look at the second they see you. So you wanna protect them like your baby. You don’t have to use heavy coverage foundation when you have a clear skin, you might only need some compact powder to look great. You don’t need to look like a disco ball when you’re at work. Let’s face it – Makeup comes with lots of chemicals and on the long run it definitely takes toll on your skin. I’m not asking you to forget makeup, but make sure you use only what you need – no more, no less. Consult your makeup adviser to see what products you really need.
Choose products wisely
There are tons of beauty gurus online with product reviews of never ending list of brands. But you have to choose what you need. What works for them might not work for you. You cannot buy any product because the lady on YouTube said it was her life saver. So you need to ask your skin what works for you – Unfortunately the only way is trial and error. Get samples from the store before you purchase your new moisturizer. I always do this before splurging on any skincare product. It can be time consuming, but trust me it’s gonna save your time and money later and definitely worth it! Like I mentioned in the beginning of the post, it took me a while to figure out my regime and I’m extremely happy with it.
So once you know what works for you, get started with a skincare routine for the morning and night. Yes, train your skin to behave! 😉
Checking Ingredients and Antioxidants
I can’t tell you how important it is to look for the ingredients before you buy anything you would slather on your skin. Don’t always fall for what the brad claims about the product. You don’t want any pesky chemicals risk your mission!
Ha! I love the word “antioxidants“!! I can just go on and on telling you about the skin benefits of anti oxidants. They act as anti inflammatory, skin firming, wrinkle reducing, scar minimizing agents just to name a few. Oh wait – Did I tell you they also repair your skin’s sun damage? Oh did I also tell you they also protect the skin again free radical damage?
So next time you buy any skin care product, be it moisturizer, serum or eye cream – look for antioxidants in the Ingredients. Hints to look for : Tocopherol (That’s Vit E for you!), Locopene, Green tea, Resveratrol, Grape seed, Genistein, Niacinamide (Olay products often come loaded with this one), L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Coffee berry
I’m guilty, I’m lazy as well when it comes to this! But as crazy as it sounds, exercise is very important to maintain your skin healthy.When I say exercise I don’t mean push-up’s or weight training or to hit the gym every day. Physical exercise of some sort is great to keep us fit and look healthy. It could be some indoor exercise, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, playing with your kids, dancing to your favorite beats or even taking your dog for a walk!
Again, ask me why? Physical activities boost blood and oxygen flow to the skin cells that in turn neutralizes the effects of oxidative stress and helps in flushing out cellular debris from our system. See how you are cleaning your skin inside out now! 🙂
Water and hyaluronic acid
Thinking of an expensive detox programme? Save your bank account and drink WATER! Water not only hydrates your skin, but also gives you supple, glowing, WOW-looking skin!
If you’re looking for a hydrating cream or lotion, you may wanna look for something that has hyaluronic acid in it. Wondering why I’m suggesting all acids in skincare? Well, these are the beneficial acids in your skincare, so don’t think twice! Hyaluronic acid hold 1000 times it’s own weight in water, thus attracting water to the skin and holding it. So you don’t wanna skip this if you have dehydrated skin!
So all you lovely ladies – Perfect skin is just a step away! Are you ready to flaunt your smooth, supple glowy skin? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Until next post! :*