Skin bears the brunt of harsh environment, heat, dust & pollution; but regular skin care adds radiance & glow to the skin.Your skin needs maintenance & care to avoid early aging & other skin problems. Skin damage is not easily reversible. The secret to ageless beauty lies in regular skin care.
Glowing skin is not something, which is enhanced by using makeup products. Makeup is just to hide flaws of your skin and enhance your natural beauty. Glowing skin is all about the inner health of your skin & how you take care of your total health along with the skin.
You can get flawless complexion by using right skin care products & makeup products, but to improve your skin’s overall condition you should change your lifestyle habits, follow beauty regimen, have proper diet & exercise.
It is very important to understand & getting to know your skin type. If you are unaware of skin type then you could compromise your skin’s natural balance. You can refer our article related to skin types for more details.
Skin care tip #1 Double cleanse & toning
Cleansers come in many forms & should be used twice a day. Cleansers that rinse clean with water & are not too harsh are the best choices. Soap is not recommended as it leaves a film on the skin & can be quite alkaline, which causes dryness.
Proper cleansing routine helps to remove makeup, dirt, oil, unblock pores and prepare skin for other products.
What is double cleansing?
A single cleansing is not just enough to remove heavy makeup, oil & dirt. So start using an oil-based cleanser to remove oil & makeup. Second cleanser can be used to actually deep cleanse pores and to remove any residues. It is very important to remove makeup before going to bed.
Back in days, it was an assumption that toners are harsh and irritate the skin, but now a days toners are hydrating & gentle on skin. Toners remove all the traces of cleanser & grease.
Toner helps to restore the acidic PH balance of the skin. They have temporary tightening effect both on skin & follicle openings.
Toners should be done after cleansing & before putting on anything else.Remember that after using toner at least wait for 5 minutes before applying any other product on face.
So, cleansing & toning are two essential initial steps for skin care regimen.
Skin care tip # 2 Exfoliation
Exfoliation refers to the peeling or sloughing of the horny layer of the skin. An exfoliant is an agent that assists in this process.
Now a days many different types of peeling & exfoliation treatments are available ( according to skin types) ranging from brushing treatment, light enzyme peels to strong surgical peels that can be performed only by dermatologists & plastic surgeons.Alfa hydroxy acids (AHAs), gentle scrubs, & peeling creams all exfoliate dead skin cells that clog pores. Removing cell layer from the surface of the skin can treat a variety of problems.
Exfoliation makes skin smoother, it improves skin’s ability to retain moisture and also helps other products to penetrate into skin deeply.
Just a word of caution, Exfoliation can cause irritation & damage to skin & capillaries if overused or used incorrectly. Never rub it harshly on face, use circular motions with very light hand.
Skin care tip # 3 Face massage
Face massage is usually assumed to be the most relaxing treatment to your skin that helps to encourage blood circulation & clear lymphatic drainage in face to flush out waste & toxins effectively. At the same time, it keeps your skin fresh, clean inside out.
Regular facial massage helps to reduce the effects of the stress, tension & tiredness on your skin.One of the main benefits of facial massage is its ability to improve the overall appearance of skin.
Massaging your face with fingers in upward, lifting motions is perfect way to help moisturizers, serum, oils getting absorbed into your skin.
The length of the facial massage totally depends on skin type and condition. For oily & acne-prone skin, it is best to keep it under 10 minutes.
If skin has normal to dry complexion, it should not be longer than 20 minutes. Too much stimulation can lead to breakouts. Never pull your skin while doing massage.
Increasing the blood circulation & oxygen flow is a natural way of anti-aging skin care itself, because more blood flow to the area increases collagen production & elasticity, which gives healthy and natural glow to the complexion.
So ,to summarize the benefits of face massage are:
- Improves skin texture
- Aids to lymphatic & detoxifies skin
- Brighten complexion
- Reduces ageing signs ( fine lines & wrinkles)
- Helps to improve dead skin cells.
- It makes you relaxed
As daily skin care routine you can follow face massage for 3 to 5 minutes.You can visit the professionals once in a month for facial treatment.
Skin care tip # 4 Moisturize your skin regularly
Moisturizers are products formulated to add moisture to the skin. Water base moisturizers are emulsions that are absorbed quickly without leaving any residue on the surface of the skin. They are ideal for daily use as a day cream or makeup base.
Moisturizers usually contain an ingredient that helps retain water with in the surface layer of the skin. It plums the skin tissues with moisture which minimize the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. It also helps to conceal skin’s blemishes. The massaging action while applying lotion, helps stimulating blood circulations & new cell generation.
Skin care tip # 5 Face Masks
A good face mask can do wonders for the skin & like most beauty treatments, the benefits have been known for thousands of years.
Masks ingredient includes herbs, vitamins & oils which can be combined in clay, seaweed or hydrating base. Face masks & packs provide numerous benefits for the skin depending upon the ingredients.
They can do the following wonders:
- Clear up blemishes
- Nourishes and hydrate skin
- Draw impurities out of skin
- Tighten & tone the skin
Clay masks draw impurities to the surface of the skin as they dry & tighten. Cream masks or gel masks are not formulated to dry. They nourish skin rather than deep cleansing. They remain soft & creamy throughout setting time. Packs are highly beneficial for sensitive skin conditions, because ingredients such as aloe or seaweed have excellent hydrating properties.
Skin care tip # 6 Use Sunscreen Daily
Daily sunscreen is important for healthy skin. It protects skin from UV rays. Excessive sun exposure leads not only to skin cancer but to aging, hyper pigmentation, capillary damage, collagen & elastin deterioration.
There are two types of UV (Ultra Violet) Rays viz. UVA (Ultra Violet Aging) and UVB (Ultra Violet Burning).
UVB rays are shorter rays absorbed by the epidermis that cause tanning & burning. UVA rays are longer & can penetrate into the dermis, breaking down cell structure & leading to lines, wrinkles, aging and pigmentation.
SPF refers to Sun Protection Factor, a measurement of how long you will be protected for. SPF 15 protects 93% of UVB & some of UVA rays. SPF 30 protects 97% of UVB & some of UVA rays . With higher SPF, the concentration of ingredients increases.
It is necessary to re-apply Sunscreen to retain its protective properties.
Skin care tip # 7 Good Sleep
Good sleep is an absolute beauty essential. While you sleep, skin cells are revived, rejuvenated & repair themselves. The body makes more collagen while you are asleep, which minimizes fine lines.
Always wear off makeup before sleeping as it can cause damage to your skin during night times. If you are not removing makeup before going to sleep, you are preventing or creating barriers in the process of renewal and repairing of cells. It will clog your pores and lead to more acne & blackhead breakouts.
Never skip night skin regimen before going to bed. Skin care products work better during the repair cycle of the skin, that happens at night.
Skin care tip # 8 Nutritious Diet:
Beautiful skin starts with nourishment from within. Older cells are constantly shed & replaced by younger ones. So steady supply of key nutrients is essential to support this chain.
Optimize your nutrition intake by eating antioxidant- rich fruits & vegetables, healthy fats from oily fish & nuts including beta carotene, vitamins C & E, Zinc etc.
Avoid crash diet; they are often short of essential vitamins & minerals too. Over a long period of time, this type of dieting will reflect on your skin. It is always best to eat healthy & balanced diet. If you are planning for weight loss then mange to have proper nutritional diet.
Skin care tip # 9 Exercise:
Doing regular exercise is not just beneficial for heart, lungs & mental outlook but also one of the key factor to a healthy skin.
By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourishing skin cells & keep them vital. Blood carries oxygen & nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including skin cells.
Apart from your liver, the skin is the biggest detoxifying agent. Sweating removes toxins which not only feel better but it rejuvenates your skin.
A good workout can actually help your body to stimulate collagen production to keep your skin firm and supple.
Have you noticed the post workout glow?
When you get your heart to pumping more blood to the body after a good exercise, your skin receives a good dose of oxygenated blood. Your skin also starts producing its natural oils, helping it looks healthy & naturally moisturized
Regardless of your age, start regular exercise! It will have the immediate positive effect on your skin’s thickness and elasticity.
Skin care tip # 10 Drink Plenty of Water:
Drinking an adequate amount of water daily is important for overall health benefits. It also effects the skin’s appearance.
Without water, skin can’t function at its best. Adequate amount of water helps digestive system flush out toxins from the body. This in turn will improve your complexion for healthy and glowing skin.
Staying hydrated helps to increase elasticity of the skin, as it retains moisturizer for longer & results into no premature appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.
Drinking ample amount of water balances the oil & water content in the skin of your face. It helps to prevent excess oil & sebum secretion, which helps in less clogged pores & acne. It also helps to balance PH level of your skin.