Whether you’re happy, stressed, excited, or just simply sad, it’s your face that gives you away. Sometimes you’re blessed with good skin and sometimes you will find those pesky zits appear on your face overnight. Regardless of your skin type, taking basic care of your skin is essential to keep blemishes at bay and enhance your radiant skin.
If you aren’t new to skincare, you might already have a set routine and even be in a place to share skincare tips with your friends and peers. While not all of you may have time for an intensive skincare regime, you can still pamper yourself by acing the basic essentials. The first and foremost tip that you should be aware of is to use fewer chemical-based products and cosmetics. It’s not great for your skin in the long run and can cause more harm than good. Chemicals destroy the natural beauty of the skin hence such products should be avoided at all costs.
Here we’ve rounded up DOs and DON’Ts of daily skincare to help you have glowing skin at all times, come what may. You’ll be thoroughly amazed at how helpful this preventive skincare and aesthetics are!
Let’s begin with the dos for naturally beautiful skin.
- Use a gentle cleanser
You might already be aware of the CTM routine. While cleansing is an essential part of daily skincare, using the right product is just as important. To ensure the cleanser doesn’t strip your skin of its natural moisture, use a gentle cleansing gel to wash your face at least twice a day – once in the morning and once before going to bed.
Episoft Cleansing Gel has a hydrating formula which gets rid of the dead skin and other impurities but keeps your skin moisturized as well. Remember, do use only lukewarm or cold water to rinse your face.
Pat or blot your face dry with a towel after washing so that some moisture remains on your skin. You can then move onto moisturizing your skin.
- Use a hydrating moisturiser
Moisturising is as essential as cleansing your face because it acts as a shield and protects your skin from the harsh pollutants and free radicals. It also keeps your skin from drying up and looking washed out. Moreover, a moisturiser also helps seal the moisture in your skin.
If you have dry skin use an oil-based moisturizer and avoid alcohol-based products. But if you have oily skin, use only water-based products. A really good way to find out whether you need moisturizer or not is to check if the skin feels taut around 15-20 minutes after bathing. If it does, you need a moisturizer.
You can choose between MaxRich Intensive Moisturising Lotion and MaxRich Intensive Moisturising Cream depending on your skin type.
- Wear sunscreen
The harmful sun rays cause the most damage during the peak hours of the day, i.e. from 10 AM to 4 PM. So, avoid stepping out during these hours especially during the summer months. If it’s unavoidable, wear long-sleeved, loose cotton clothes as they offer better protection.
However, before you make these additions to your daily routine, you need to understand that wearing sunscreen is not debatable. Therefore, go for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and apply it generously on your face, neck, arms, and other exposed parts of your body about 20 minutes before you step out.
You can take your pick from La Shield range of sunscreens depending on your skin type and the kind of sun protection you’re looking for. Just remember to reapply it every two hours.
- Get a good night’s sleep
Getting enough quality sleep should be a priority for healthy skin. Irregular sleep patterns can cause dark circles, eye bags, and overall dull-looking skin. If you have trouble sleeping, try having a warm bath before going to bed and drinking plenty of water as well. You can also keep an eye mask and earplugs handy.
- Eat a healthy diet
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help you look and feel your best. Therefore, choose a diet that’s devoid of any processed foods or refined carbohydrates as it promotes younger-looking skin. Also, keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
If you just follow these skincare tips religiously, every day, you can turn it into a habit that will help you maintain healthy and radiant skin for a long time. So, while you’re at it, here are some things that you need to note when it comes to skincare, and those which you might be either doing differently or skipping altogether.
Here’s a look at the DON’TS for naturally beautiful skin.
- Don’t stress
Unnecessary stress can cause acne breakouts and other skin issues as it makes your skin more sensitive. So, take steps to manage stress, get good sleep, and make time for the things you love doing for healthy and radiant skin.
- Don’t smoke
adds many years to your skin’s age making it look pale and dull, and causing wrinkles in the process. The depletion of oxygen and nutrients in your skin can damage its health. Therefore, quit smoking and if you’re finding it difficult to do so, consult a doctor for tips to help you quit smoking.
- Don’t exfoliate too often
Exfoliation is good for the skin as it gets rid of the dead skin and free radicals but overdoing it can prove to be harmful. It can cause dryness and skin irritation so exfoliate your skin only once or twice a week to keep it healthy and glowing.
- Don’t pop or pick at pimples
Whatever happens, keep your hands off your face if you have breakouts in the form of pimples or acne. You may feel tempted to squeeze the whiteheads or blackheads but doing so lead to flaring up of the breakout and could even leave behind a permanent mark.
- Don’t use too many products
Using product after product on your face should be avoided. Certain products have chemicals and preservatives in them so if overused it can cause skin damage. So, use chemical-free products or use chemical-based products moderately.
A basic skincare routine and avoiding certain habits is all it takes to achieve and maintain naturally beautiful skin. These dos and don’ts will surely help you along the way as you form your own skincare routine and customise it for your skin type. If you found these tips helpful, you can browse for some more articles on skin care at the Skin & Hair Academy