The golden rule is that you should always remove your make-up before hitting the sheets. The skin needs to breathe overnight. Make-up prevents that. Leaving it on overnight clogs the pores which may cause blemishes and/or blackheads. Don’t possess a make-up remover? Just put some olive oil on a cotton pad and gently massage the oil onto your face to get rid of the make-up and dirt.
For dry skin, use milder cleansers that are free from alcohol. Apply lots of moisturiser, and avoid hot water as it dries out the skin excessively.
Don’t forget that exfoliation is indispensable. At least once or twice a week, exfoliate your skin to remove the layers of dead skin. This will leave you with a healthier glow and brighter skin. You can also 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.
You are what you eat
Keep a note of what you put on your plate. A diet rich in vitamin C and low in fats and sugar promotes radiant skin. Consider a low-sugar diet, which can keep insulin levels down, thereby allowing cells to maintain a healthy balance.
Do not eat spicy and fermented foods, salt, citrus fruits, fried food. Instead, favour blander foods such as rice and oatmeal.
Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of water daily, at least eight glasses, if not more. Also, eat fruits and vegetables that have high water content such as watermelon, cucumber, orange, strawberry and grapefruit. Drink water from a blue coloured bottle, since it has a cooling effect.
Sweat it out!
Exercise regularly. Running and jogging will give your body the necessary blood circulation, and also accelerate the cleansing process of your entire body. You will notice a glow on your face after working out. Racing against time? Just take a brisk walk around the block.
It is vital never to skip skincare before and after a workout. Apply a toner to help minimise oil production before you take your beauty sleep.
Try to sleep at least eight hours every night. If you don’t get enough shut eye, your skin gets tired just like you – it sags and you get bags. So don’t risk it. You can also apply honey on your face twice or thrice a week to naturally soothe and heal your skin.