I have a love-hate relationship with my skin. There are moments when my skin looks radiant and clear, and there are days when it’s home to uninvited breakouts and pesky scars. I’ve even tried a few products and homemade remedies for quick results, however, the results weren’t consistent. That’s when it dawned on me, glowing skin, is not something you get overnight or buy instantly with money. It’s a commitment that involves care and patience. It’s a balanced combination of diet, sleep, and customised skincare routine. Sure, you may find a bunch of articles on the web that promise you instantly glowing skin. True that as maybe, those results are temporary. You, my friend, don’t want a one-time fix, but a routine that gives you healthy, glowing skin through the year. You can have it all if you pay attention to these tips below. They helped improve my complexion immensely and I’m sure it will help you too. (You’re welcome!)
Did you know that nuts are packed with fibre, minerals, antioxidants, proteins, unsaturated fats and Vitamin E ? So eat a handful of walnuts, dates, cashews and almonds to get your fill of these essentials that promote healthy skin.
These power veggies may be tiny in size, but they do have a positive impact on your skin. If you’ve always wanted that natural glow, now is a good time to befriend this veggie. It’s not only rich in antioxidants but also has Vitamin C which stimulates the natural production of collagen in our body, and keeps your skin glowing. A small bowl of steamed or lightly sautéed broccoli should do the trick.
Apples have a fortifying flavonoid called ‘quercetin’. Anti-inflammatory in nature, it helps soothe sensitive skin. When eating an apple, always eat it with its skin as that’s the part that has the most nutrients.
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries make for a delicious and healthy snack. These babies contain antioxidants that fight free radicals, offer protection to your skin against UV damage, and reduce fine lines too. A bowl of berries a day will give your skin that radiant glow in no time.
It’s no wonder that avocados have become a breakfast staple. t has Vitamins A, B, C, E and K, and iron, potassium and magnesium. You can either eat it or make a face mask out of it! Both ways work like a charm at giving your skin a radiant glow. Since it’s extremely high in fat (even though it’s unsaturated), it’s best to stick to a slice or two a day.
Tomatoes are an amazing fruit because they aid the regeneration of collagen in the skin which, in turn, delays ageing. Since it has high levels of antioxidants it does a fab job at keeping wrinkles at bay too. Make sure you have your fill of raw tomatoes by tossed them into a salad. If you also want to do away with acne, you should drink tomato juice.
For radiant and clear skin, you should be eating salmon more often. This fish, in particular, is a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids and protein that help keep your skin hydrated and glowing. A steamed or lightly grilled fillet a day should do wonders for your skin. Eat clean, eat healthily, we say!
No matter how busy you may be, it’s essential to get 6-8 hours of sleep. Not getting enough of sleep can give you dark circles, puffy eyes and even worse, wrinkles! That’s why it’s important to go to bed early and wake up to fresh, glowing skin the morning after. Plus, getting good sleep also ensures a fresh mind and a radiant complexion.
Sure, doing flaming shots on the weekend can be a fun way to beat the stress, but the same can’t be said for your skin. For that matter, drinking excessive coffee is bad for your skin (not more than 2 cups) as it makes it look tired and bloated. Make sure you drink 8-10 glasses of water every day (there are apps to help you), coconut water and cold pressed juices. The greener it is, the healthier your skin will look and feel.
Make it a point to wash your face when you get home from a long day. Dirty skin can cause breakouts and excess oil. Use an oil-based remover to take off make-up and then wash your face with a mild cleanser. You can also use an alcohol-free toner before you moisturise. Make it a point to exfoliate your skin twice a week. This helps clear layers of dead skin cells, giving away to brighter, glowing skin.
You already may know but you should never skip moisturising your face and body. Look for a face cream with humectants (like glycerin) and Vitamins B and C. You can either use a body oil or apply a body lotion with emollients like shea butter to keep your skin smooth. Moisturise your skin as soon as you step out of the shower or just before you go to sleep. That’s one assuring way of getting a gorgeous complexion.
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You can leave the house without applying make-up, but don’t do the same with SPF. The harsh rays of the sun can damage and irritate skin, causing premature ageing and dullness. Whether it’s indoor or outdoor, always wear sunscreen. If you don’t use an SPF regularly, it can lead to skin damage and in time, give rise to dark spots, pigmentation and fine lines. To avoid all that mess, it’s best to apply sunscreen every day.
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If you didn’t know this yet, make-up can actually clog your pores and promote breakouts. This could also speed up the ageing process. Therefore, it’s ideal to remove make-up, no matter how tired and sleepy you are. Stash a few make-up removal wipes on your bed stand or use a remover to enjoy clear skin.
Even if someone challenged you to touch your face for a million bucks, don’t do it. Don’t pick your skin and certainly don’t pop your zits. On the contrary, leave your skin alone and use a wet wipe to soothe any itches. The less you touch your face, the better because you won’t be spreading germs and dust with your fingertips.
The first thing to do in the morning after you wake up is to wash your face with clean water. Cleansing helps remove dirt, oil, sweat and pollutants from the skin. Not to forget, it also gets rid of impurities that settle on the face at night and ensures that your pores stay squeaky clean and hydrated. You’re free to include a face wash into your skincare routine, but if you have super sensitive skin, it’s best to stick to just plain water.
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Cleansing oils help remove makeup residue and improve your complexion too. Before applying the oil to your skin, heat it up for a bit. Massage well on your skin and after a few minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water. You can also use water-based cleansers because they’re gentle and light on the skin. Apply the cleanser until it lathers. Leave the foam on for a couple of minutes and rinse with cold water and gently pat your face dry.
POPxo Recommends: Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cleansing Oil (Rs 1,400)
A toner is essential to balance the skin’s pH levels and remove any residue left by your cleanser. All you’ve got to do is apply the toner to your face using a cotton ball or pad applying it upwards instead of the usual downward motion. Start from your neck and make your way to the top.
POPxo Recommends: Kaya Purifying Toner (Rs 325)
Even though your skin sheds a million skin cells every single day, there is a possibility that those dead skin cells are very much still making a home on your skin. Exfoliation is the key to removing dead skin cells and cleansing your pores from dirt and oil. Did we mention that it also prevents acne, breakouts and blackheads? Yep, exfoliation is important.
POPxo Recommends: L'Oreal Paris Go 360 Clean Deep Exfoliating Scrub (Rs 450)
Since the layer of skin around your eyes is fairly thin, it’s essential to apply an eye cream to combat dark circles. Its aim is to keep the skin hydrated and protected throughout the day. Once you’re done exfoliating, use your ring finger to apply a cream under your eyes.
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When skin is hydrated, it gives off a smooth, luminous appearance. A moisturiser could help you get the skin you want. After all, it’s main job is to provide a protective layer to your skin that so that it locks in moisture and prevents your skin from drying out. Apply it to damp skin so that your skin stays protected and the nourishment stays longer.
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Before you hit the sack, rub some ice on your face. This will tighten the pores as it works like a toner and you will wake up with radiant and firm skin in the morning. If that isn’t convincing enough, it helps improve blood circulation and gives you that healthy complexion.
Every morning, take out 10-15 minutes in the morning and do some yoga, ladies. If you’re a beginner, start with a downward-facing dog pose. It revs up blood circulation, lending you a natural glow, all day long. Not to mention, it’ll boost your mood and state of mind.
Sometimes the best thing to when you’re running late is to massage your face while you’re on your way to work or class. Get the blood flowing and wake your tired skin up with a good massage. Use your fingers and thumbs to apply gentle pressure on your face, pinching your jawline so that it stays firm. Moreover, you’ll feel super relaxed and fresh all day long.
For that healthy glow, you must give your skin the nourishment it deserves. Carrot juice and honey drops are perfect for glowing skin because it makes it baby soft and banishes any early signs of ageing. Why honey, you ask?! Simply because it has antibacterial properties and prevents acne and pimples. Carrots, however, contain Vitamin C, A and K, which help improve the skin’s texture.
Step 1: Pour 2 cups of carrot juice into a bowl.
Step 2: Add a tablespoon of honey to the juice and give it a good stir.
Step 3: Dip your fingers into the bowl and apply the orange paste to your face.
Step 4: Wait for 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water after.
Do this once a week and you’re good to go!
If you want soft and glowing skin, you’ve got to give orange juice and milk powder a chance. Believe it or not, but milk powder is a rich source of Vitamin A, C and B6, calcium, lactic acid and potassium. Orange juice too is no less, it helps brighten dull skin and nourishes your pores with Vitamin C.
Step 1: Pour a cup of fresh orange juice into a bowl.
Step 2: Add a tablespoon of milk powder and gram flour into the bowl.
Step 3: Blend all the ingredients well and apply the mask to your face,
Step 4: Once it thickens and hardens, wipe it off with a chilled soaked towel.
You have to give this face pack a shot once every week.
Oatmeal has exfoliant properties that help scrub off dead skin cells, dust and grime. Fullers’ earth (better known as multani mitti) helps absorb excess oil and even out skin as well. Cheers to having happy, clear skin in a month’s time!
Step 1: Add 1 big spoon of oatmeal grains into a container.
Step 2: Follow it up with one tablespoon of cucumber juice and milk.
Step 3: Add 2 teaspoons of fuller's earth and blend all the ingredients carefully.
Step 4: Mix till it becomes a thick paste and gently apply to your neck and face.
Step 5: Wait for 40-50 minutes before washing it off.
Apply it on your face twice every alternate week for good results.
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