Cleansing – The first rule is to cleanse every morning and night. Atleast at night because our skin renews itself when we sleep and we don’t want our skin to work with old dirty cells because if they do we start seeing acne. Not cleansing at night is one of the primary reasons why we get acne. If your a person who wears makeup then at least take off your makeup before you go to sleep. Sleeping with makeup on is so very harmful to our skin.
Exfoliating – The second rule is to exfoliate your skin two times a week preferably at night because that’s when our skin renews itself and any product that you apply to your skin after exfoliation will soak in much deeper into your skin therefore increasing it’s effectiveness. Exfoliating during the morning can irritate your skin due to the environmental factors. You don’t necessarily have to buy an exfoliater for this, you can make your own by just adding a teaspoon of sugar into your cleanser. The sugar acts as an physical exfoliant. Brown sugar is a better option to use for this purpose becausae it acts not only as a physical exfoliant but also an a chemical exfoliant as it contains glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is the holy grail of exfoliation.
Using an antioxidant rich product- Use an antioxidant rich cream or serum. Antioxidants are vitamins a, b and c. It helps our skin to fight against free radicals. Free radicals are environmental aggressors which are hard on our skin and body. So by using antioxidant rich products and eating foods rich in antioxidants we prevent free radicals from attacking our body and skin.
Sunscreen – This is so important. Sunscreens act as a shield against the harmful UV rays which penetrates every time your skin is exposed to the sun. Our skin has three layers, the first one is the epidermis, the second one is the dermis and the third one is the hypodermis. UVB(ultraviolet-B rays) are the short high energy wavelengths that hit the uppermost layer the epidermis and when this layer is irritated this is what causes the redness and swelling of what appears to be a sunburn. This is what causes freckling, age spots or any kind of skin pigmentation. UVA (ultraviolet-A) reach till the hypodermis and it affects the DNA of the cells of the dermis. When this is attacked, it causes the wrinkling of your skin and sagging and also skin cancer is a real thing so we should be using sunscreen even if your not worried about your skin’s appearance.
Drinking water – This is the most important rule and is not only for your skin. Drinking water helps every part of your body. Water flushes out all the toxins from our body and therefore keeps our skin and body healthy. You can also use hydrating products in the form of toners, serums or moisturizers. An ingredient to be looking for in hydrating products are hylarounic acid. I’ve written a whole blog on this acid so check it out.
VITAMIN A / RETINOID
Vitamin A and retinoid is basically the same thing. In the bottom layers of the skin where the cells are produced in the dermis layer, it will regenerate new cells and this will push out the old ones to the surface. Our skin sheds normally after a period of 30 days. What a retinoid does is that it reduces the number of days that takes the skin to shed. For a retinoid, it takes 14-21 days to increase cell turnover. Beginners should first use retinol which can be found in stores, unlike retinoid which has to be prescribed by a dermatologist. Retinol is less stronger than retinoid. Our skin will take time to adapt to the retinol. Retinoid or vitamin a is the strongest of the three vitamins a, b and c. Start using retinol only after the age of 20.
VITAMIN B3 / NIACINAMIDE
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 is one of the best forms of B vitamins for your skin. Niacinamide helps support skin clarity, improve the appearance of large pores, tames oiliness, known to support skin hydration, evens out skin tone and promote collagen for firm youthful skin. Niacinamide is a stable ingredient so you don’t have to worry about mixing it with other ingredients. Foods rich in niacinamide are yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and cereal grains, etc.
VITAMIN C / ASCORBIC ACID
Vitamin c helps lighten, tighten and brighten the skin. Vitamin a b and c are all antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight our body and skin from free radicals. Free radicals are environmental aggressors which are hard on the skin and body. Eating vitamin c rich food like citrus fruits can help increase vitamin c in the body and skin. Also, vitamin c boosts your immunity system. In addition to its antioxidant properties, vitamin c regulates the synthesis of the structural protein collagen. Thus increasing collagen helps in the repair of damaged skin. Collagen helps the skin cells to renew and repair themselves, it also helps to keep the skin moist.
Things to remember
Don’t use all these vitamins together. Use one vitamin each day and make sure to wear sunscreen on top. Vitamin c and sunscreen together form a greater protection additive which will completely protect the skin. You get the most out of your sunscreen when you pair it with vitamin c. Niacinamide is a stable ingredient so you don’t have to worry about mixing it with other products but vitamin a and c cannot be used with all kinds of products. Make sure that you research the possibility of any harmful reactions from the products that you use and use it accordingly. Mixing products wrongly can cause really bad effects on your skin.
Have you ever wondered why babies have such plump skin? It’s because of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our body but as we get older it slowly diminishes. What it does is that it holds 1000 times its weight in water and gives your skin a very plump appearance. Babies have a lot of hyaluronic acid in their skin that is why their skin so plump. It replenishes moisture and suppleness in the skin.
You can use hyaluronic acid products twice a day for the best results. Once in the morning and then at night. Make sure that you use it only after cleansing and follow it up with a moisturizer. In the day time use sunscreen too after the moisturizer. You can also increase hyaluronic acid in the skin by consuming foods rich in hyaluronic acid.
Soy milk contains high amounts of hyaluronic acid. A lot of Korean celebrities drink soy milk daily to increase the level of hyaluronic acid. Soy milk is not the only food that has high levels of hyaluronic acid. Other foods are bone broth, leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, etc.
People always ask me what I do to my hands to keep them so soft and smooth. I’ve got many compliments on my hands.
Hands play an important role in our life. From job interviews to receiving the bill from the cashier. Hands are the next thing after our face that people notice. So it’s important to keep them well maintained.
Here are the Tips
- Use gloves while washing dishes. Dish soaps are formulated for cleaning dishes and not hands so it can be really harsh to the hands.
- Use a good hand wash for washing your hands. Don’t buy some random hand wash. Using a bad hand wash can affect the quality of your hands in the long run.
- Moisturize your hands every day with hand cream. If possible use it day and night.
- Exfoliate your hands twice a week with a hand scrub. You can even use a face scrub or even better make your own by just mixing a little bit of sugar with coconut oil. This scrub will moisturize and at the same time get rid of the dead skin, revealing new healthy glowing skin.
- Moisturize your cuticles every day.
- Make sure to file your nails. You can keep them in whatever length you want.
- Avoid having chipped nail polish. It’s not at all compulsory that you need to have painted nails to have good looking hands. It’s better to have no nail polish than having chipped nail polish.
Hope you found this helpful and stay tuned for my coming blogs.