You don’t always have to overstep your budget to get clear, luminous-looking skin. Sometimes it’s the tweaks we make to our lifestyle that go a long way. Here are some pointers for life-as-you-know-it. You don’t need to spend any money with these tips to better skin - and we promise they come with long-lasting results.
It’s not just an expensive cream that can make up for rough patches or dry lips. Turns out your body needs more water than a lip balm when you have a chapped pout. So keep drinking 8-10 glasses of water through the day. Make it up to your skin for all those late nights with lots of tea (oolong, chamomile, earl grey), increasing your fruit intake and gulping anything that’s natural (no fizz).
You may already know this but eating from your favourite restaurant can sometimes leave your system feeling irritated. This, in turn, can reflect on your skin from time to time. Make sure you add a pinch of turmeric to your food the next day - it’s anti-inflammatory in nature and will help your system regain its balance in no time at all.
You may not be blessed with Priyanka Chopra’s metabolic system, but you can rev it up to third gear. Honey, when added to warm water with a few drops of lemon, can actually help keep your skin clear. It’s low on sugar but healthy to eat and boosts your metabolism as time goes by. A regular intake of honey can help flush out the toxins from your body, and keep your skin healthy and glowing!
You don’t need to go to a nutritionist to know this. A handful of nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc., with a sprinkling of seeds (chia, sunflower, pumpkin) can bring a youthful glow to your skin. It’s simple - they are natural sources of Omega-3 and other fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that give your skin a natural radiance.
Most experts say that not massaging the cream into your skin is as good as not using it at all. A good 2-4 minute facial massage (with a night cream or a serum) helps drain out fluids that often cause puffiness on the face. Take both hands and sweep in an upward motion on the forehead. Then progress towards the cheeks and jawline (remember you want to lift it up) and finish near the nose and chin.
Be it mixing your drinks with cola or just enjoying your favourite dessert, a sugar high can break down collagen, also known as the building blocks of your skin. Steer away from processed foods and creamy desserts altogether. If you have a sweet tooth, switch from milk chocolate to dark chocolate. An ounce or two of dark chocolate is actually good for the skin since it has a lot of flavonoids and antioxidants.
Washing your makeup brushes are as important as washing your face. You may be wondering why your skin is breaking out without realizing that your brushes are the culprits. Take your tool kit and make your way to the restroom. Mix some shampoo and hot water to rinse out your brushes. Let them dry out completely and use them the next day. Make it a point to do this regularly.