You don’t need luxurious facials or expensive facial products to achieve dewy and glowing skin. Sometimes, all it takes is just going back to basics and practicing what your mother has taught you!
Incorporate these skincare habits and your skin will be the better for it!
Keeps your hands off your face
As reported by the US National Institutes of Health, we touch our faces an average 3.6 times an hour. This means millions of germs that our fingertips encounter by touching everyday objects are transferred to our skin. This is made worse if we pick at our skin as it can get infected and inflamed, leading to breakouts and maybe even scarring. You don’t want to spend an eternity trying to heal those scars now, do you?
Shield your skin from sunlight
While you need your daily dose of vitamin D from the sun, that does not mean putting your health at risk! The most common cause of skin cancer is exposure to the sun. This is because ultraviolet light from the sun damages the skin. Applying sunscreen would prevent premature ageing, as essential skin proteins such as collagen, keratin and elastin would be protected. You should also avoid staying out in the sun for too long.
Moisturising your skin will benefit you in the long run as it promotes younger-looking, softer and hydrated skin. Use a moisturiser that is compatible with your skin type. In order to get into the habit of moisturising, make a routine of it – do it at the same time every day. Your skin repairs itself at night so going to bed with clean moisturised skin will do it a world of good.
Sweat it out
Get moving for that fresh-faced glow! By increasing blood flow, working out helps to nourish skin cells and keep them healthy. Sweating is necessary for your body to release toxins so helping it out by having a good workout session will be helping it along. Your skin will be brighter and healthier from that detox! Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of activity at least five days a week.
Wash your face every night
Mama always says to cleanse and remove your makeup before bed. And you should practice it wholeheartedly! Washing your face removes not only makeup, but also the grime that has accumulated on your face throughout the day. Not washing your face will cause clogged pores, which will eventually lead to enlarged pores, acne and irritated skin. And just splashing it with water won’t do – make sure you cleanse, tone and moisturise.
Lay off the excess sugar
Having too much sugar can make your skin dull and wrinkled. And sugar with high glycemic index may cause hormonal fluctuations which may trigger major breakouts. Control your sugar intake, especially refined sugar.
Get your 7-hour snooze
Beauty sleep is real. Your body needs rest to go through the natural repair processes of recovery. This process includes making new collagen, improving circulation and reducing undereye puffiness. Aim for seven to nine hours sleep, and stick to a consistent bedtime routine.