An Expert Advice On Skincare
We all love beautiful skin, but have you ever wondered what beautiful skin is? Healthy skin is beautiful.Beauty standards vary in every part of the world. What might be considered beautiful in one part of the world, might not be considered good enough in another. So, how can one define beautiful skin? Well, if your skin is healthy, it’s beautiful. Then, no matter what colour or type it is.
We all love beautiful skin, but have you ever wondered what beautiful skin is? Healthy skin is beautiful. If our skin is healthy, it glows and looks beautiful.
We live in a country where people have different types and shades of skin. While the skin colour depends upon the melanin in one’s body, one can have healthy skin irrespective of skin colour or type.
In this busy and technology-led life, it is an ongoing battle to take care of your skin, and the skincare advice you receive from unreliable sources could be confusing; advice you receive, build up stress.
Do we use exfoliate or peel? Are the face masks of any help? Should we double cleanse? Daily exposure to pollution and dust makes our skin age faster; what do we do? With so many questions regarding skincare, we definitely need the right answers and advice from an expert.
Here are a few simple ways to get healthy and beautiful skin. This skincare tips would make sure you never have a bad skin day ever again. :
So, there are four things that are absolutely essential for a flawless skin.
Exfoliators help in achieving healthy and glowing skin, make-up can make your skin dry or patchy, use of good exfoliators can reduce the risk of dry skin and make them look healthy. They also help in minimising the pores, and removing dirt from the pores. They are indeed important for managing breakout.
Deep exfoliation helps in unclogging your pores from excess oil which can otherwise lead to breakouts. If excess oil and dirt are removed, a breakout will most likely reduce. For those who suffer from acne should visit a dermatologist, as acne are not only caused by external factors such as make-up and dirt, there are a number of internal factors which can cause acne.
You can exfoliate your face 2-3 times a week depending on your skin type. Here is a natural DIY scrub you can make at home and use it for exfoliation:
Take a cup of brown sugar and mix it with half a cup of olive oil. You can add a few drops of essential oil to the mixture if you wish. Store this mixture in an airtight container and store it in a cool and dark place. Since this scrub is natural it shouldn’t cause any allergic reactions, but still if you have extremely sensitive skin, do a patch test before using it on your face.
2. Healthy diet:
What you eat reflects on your skin. Eating a well-balanced diet which includes foods rich in vitamins and minerals, protein or carbohydrates, helps keep your skin glowing with good health. You must limit the consumption of refined sugar and salt and saturated fats, as they make your skin age faster and also lead to breakouts. Eating too much salt could also lead to water retention and make your skin puffy. To keep your skin in the pink of its health, take healthy a diet which consists of fresh organic produce. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
The best mantra is to drink plenty of water as it helps flush out toxins and helps you maintain the elasticity of the skin, which not only helps your body stay fresh, but also helps in hydrating your skin!
3. Protection from the sun:
It’s not always possible to avoid sun exposure, so when you cannot avoid exposure, you must take precautions, like wearing sunscreen, whenever you step out, irrespective of the season. An SPF not only protects your skin from tanning and premature ageing, it also prevents your skin from skin cancer caused by UV rays. Use sunscreens that contain anti-inflammatory and barrier repairing ingredients. A broad spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection of at least SPF 30 is the best. Avoid ingredients like oxybenzone, which can enter the bloodstream and increase the production of harmful free radicals, or trigger allergic skin reactions and disrupt the hormonal balance in our body; and retinyl palmitate, which may speed the development of skin cancer and lesions. Instead, look for products that use zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as active ingredients.
If you want to go all natural, try this DIY tinted sunscreen recipe.
4. Moisturising your skin:
As winter arrives, our skin gets dry, very quickly. You can use a good moisturiser to keep yourself well-moisturised. You can use a moisturiser with an oil base or natural ingredients, they work wonders on your skin. Keep it as natural as possible.
Moisturiser should ideally be applied when the skin is still moist, i.e. after washing or showering. Visit your dermatologist when you feel any skin irritation or rashes, after applying moisturiser.
Lastly, always remove your make-up before you go to sleep. So, sleep well to always stay young and happy!
Dr Sruthi Gondi is a Dermatologist, and Founder and Managing Director at Science of Skin, Hyderabad. She is also a Health Council member at Healthhunt.