With makeup out of our lives for a while, sporting a bare-faced glow has become a new beauty trend during the lockdown. In my opinion, makeup is more popular among people in India than skincare products. Skincare terms like 'masking', 'CTM', 'double cleansing', are still foreign to the masses. Most of us would rather fake a glow with a highlighter than actually clean up our diets, moisturise our skin and get a good night's rest. Following a proper skincare routine seems like a lot of effort and consumes plenty of time. Sure, makeup delivers immediate results, but once it's off, you're back to square one. The lockdown is an eye-opener for all of us, more so, for our skin.
If we're not eating right, sleeping well and looking after our skin, all of that is going to create a snowball effect in making us age faster. So how do you that your skin is not keeping good health? Look out for these red flags.
If you're suffering from any of these skin issues mentioned above, don't worry, there are still ways to nurse your complexion back to health.
Skincare is not rocket science, you just need to be patient and consistent with it. After all, it's a part of you!
The under-eye area has the thinnest layer of skin and is prone to ageing quickly. Lack of moisturising the area causes wrinkles and fine lines to appear. Also, constantly staring at laptop screens and the TV can take a toll on our eyesight and skin. First things first, after every 20 minutes, make it a habit to look away from your phones. Close your eyes for a minute and just rest. If your under-eye area is looking puffy or inflamed, press a cold spoon there or use under-eye patches.
Vitamin C is perfect for brightening dull complexions and giving skin a youthful appearance. However, Vitamin C does not agree with everyone, you must check with your dermatologist first before you use or consume Vitamin C supplements or use skin care products that have Vitamin C as an ingredient in them. I often crush a Celin 500 tablet and mix the powder with my spinach smoothie every morning. If you don't have the tablet or allergic to Vitamin C supplements in general, then you can get your daily dose of it by consuming foods like cauliflower, broccoli, oranges, tomatoes, bell peppers, kiwi and kale.
Nothing makes your skin look fresh and glowy like a good night's rest. The more Zzzs you catch, the more time you buy your skin to repair itself from UV damage done to it during the day. An hour before sleeping, cut off from your gadgets and the dim the lighting in the room. Stay away from junk food and opt for walnuts, salads and fruits instead. For me, drinking a banana milkshake at night makes my tummy feel full and helps me get sound sleep. If you're lactose intolerant, try chamomile tea. You're welcome!
After a warm shower, you'll notice that your skin starts to look and feel dry. Get a bedtime skincare routine in place. Follow this order - cleanser>tone>serum>eye cream>moisturiser>face oil. You'll definitely notice a positive effect in your skin in the first week of doing this.
Just because you're home and not exposed to UV rays and pollution, remember, there is still dirt and bacteria floating in the air at home that can get stuck on your face and clog your pores. Wash your skin twice a day and free it from all that gunk. Your skin will reward you with a soft glow.
It's about time we make skincare a lifestyle, don't you think?
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