The Golden principles
Make certain you always get rid of your makeup before hitting the sheets. The skin needs to breathe overnight. And makeup prevents that, as leaving it on overnight stops up the pores which may cause blackheads and blemishes. Do not possess a makeup remover? Just put some olive oil on a cotton pad and gently massage the oil onto your face to remove the makeup and dirt.
Do not: Overlook that exfoliation is essential. At least once or twice a week, exfoliate your skin to get rid of the layers of dead skin, ensure to leave you with a more healthy glow and brighter skin. Likewise, you can apply a paste of walnut in powder form with yogurt to exfoliate your skin, as the antioxidants present in walnuts help remove dirt and promote radiant skin.
Sun and Skin
Do: Apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. As a lifetime of sun exposure can cause age spots, wrinkles and other skin problems, you need to protect your skin from the sun. Make certain that the label reads ‘noncomedogenic’ or ‘nonacnegenic’ so that the product does not tend to block pores.
Do not: Skip the sunscreen, even it is cloudy or cold outside. If you are going to be beach or around reflective surfaces like snow or ice, lather your skin up with some more sunscreen with SPF of at least 30.
You are What You Eat
Do: Keep a note of what you put on your plate. Eat fresh fruits, greens, enough protein and vitamins. A diet rich in vitamin C and low in fats and sugar promotes radiant skin. Examine low-sugar diet, which can keep insulin levels down, allowing cells to maintain a healthy balance.
Do not: Eat spicy and fermented foods, salt, citrus fruits, deep fried food. Instead favour blander foods such as rice, oatmeal and apple, advises American author and Ayurvedic physician, Vasant Lad, in The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies.
Do: Exercise regularly. Running, jogging and yoga will give your body the needful blood circulation, and also accelerate the cleansing process of your whole body. You will remember a glow on your face after working out. And after that, you just take a brisk walk around the block.
Do not: Skip skincare before and after a workout. Apply a toner to help minimize oil production before heading out. Exfoliate after, and then apply shea butter or olive oil to moisturize the skin.
Do: Make sure that you sleep at least 8 hours every night. If you do not get enough sleep, your skin will become tired just like you - it sags and you get bags. So do not risk it. You can also apply honey on your face twice or thrice a week to naturally soothe and heal your skin.
Do not: Overlook to wash and moisturize your face before going to bed, recommends Dr. Rahul Nagar, Dermatologist, Max Hospitals. “For dry skin, use milder cleansers that are free from alcohol. Apply lots of moisturizer, and avoid hot water as it dries out the skin excessively.”