Beauty is in the skin! Take care of it, oil it, clean it, scrub it, perfume it, and put on your best clothes, even if there is no special occasion, and you'll feel like a queen. If society is hard on you, fight back by pampering your skin. Skin is political. Otherwise, why would the imams order us to hide it? ~ Fatema Mernissi
Every word spoken by Fatema celebrates beauty, and stresses the importance of skincare. Is skincare only for the affluent? No. Do you need to spend a fortune to look after your skin and preserve your beauty? Definitely not.
Then why do you neglect it? Many of you will probably say that there is nothing to preserve. Well, you’re wrong!
Just know that each and every one of you is born beautiful. You’ve been given an identity. And identity that is unique; one which will not be found anywhere on this planet.
You’ve been blessed. And it’s your duty to protect and nurture this blessing as long as you have it.
You are your own child. Just think of it that way. Your appearance must be treated the same way like you would your own child—with care, love, and kindness.
You will have to part with time, money, and some energy whilst pampering your skin. But it’s worth every bit of sacrifice from your end. Not only will you feel more confident, but also be tremendously happy. At the end of the day, happiness is what matters the most.
That being said, here are some of the best beauty and skincare tips that’ll help you get on the right track to flawlessness.
- You Are What You Eat
Caring for your skin and preserving your beauty starts at breakfast. You should take notice of what you eat in the morning because that’s the first ounce of energy your body receives.
Start with almonds. They’re loaded with essential fatty acids which fight sagging skin, discolouration and spots. What’s more, they’re known to slow down the formation of fine lines.
If you’ve used a mist before, you’ll notice that it protects your makeup from wearing off. Quite a handy little trick in your bag isn’t it?
Here’s the bad news though: the water evaporates from your skin after spraying on the mist, leaving it dry and dull. This is the reason why you should look for a mist that has a moisturizing compound present it in; preferably glycerin or Vitamin E extract.
You can go for the
Stop Messing Around With Your Face
Everybody seems to do it for some odd reason so don’t you deny it. When you see acne on your skin or blackheads emerging, don’t go right in front of the mirror and poke at it or squeeze.
Trying to physically remedy a problem can worsen it. Instead, try to get to the root of the problem and find a product that deals with it. Alternatively, you can go to a salon or a dermatologist and ask them to take care of it.
Go For A Lotion
Dry skin affects all skin types and ages. This is the reason why you should moisturize daily. When you hit the shower and step out, your skin will have absorbed moisture. What you need to do is apply a mild moisturizer that’ll help lock-in the absorbed water.
Also, your feet and hands will be the first indicators of dry skin. They try to point out that your skin is drying up and that you’re ageing. To battle this, invest in a large bottle of moisturizer that you can carry around anytime.
Get ‘Em Greens
Here’s another tip that has to do with what you eat. According to researchers, eating green vegetables like arugula and spinach can rid your skin of blemishes and also uplift its glow as they’re rich in antioxidants.
Try to keep a balanced diet and eat healthy at all times. You might hate to eat salad three-to-four times a day, but try to include it as much as possible into your diet as it’s not only good for your skin but health too.
You Have Some Cleansing To Do
Retaining moisture can be a tough nut to crack especially with all the pollution and the sun. Luckily, there are enough cosmetics in the market today that are brilliant at doing just that.
A hydrating cleanser is what you need. It rubs away all the impurities masking your skin and hydrates skin cells so they’re supple. The end result:radiance and plump skin.
Superfood To The Rescue
A major contributor to your skin’s health is the food you eat. Yes, you know already— almonds, greens, and salad, right?
The thing is, you’ll have to switch-up your food game a bit because you’ll grow tired of eating the same thing over and over again. Opt for a Mediterranean diet for once. It includes fish, olives, fruit, and veggies.
Red wine is also said to contain essential antioxidants that can reverse ageing and keep your skin radiant.
Just A Touch-up
You’ll know about the importance of slapping on some sunscreen lotion in a while. This is totally different ball game altogether.
The truth about sunscreen lotions is that wear out in 3 hours so you’ll have to reapply. Now, applying lotion while you’re at work or a social gathering can be messy. This is why you can get a touch-up done with a powder sunscreen
They’re incredibly light, easy to put on, and effective against the sun. You can try on
Start On The Mat
Enough about food and cosmetics, don’t you think?
Precisely. It’s time to shed light on the benefits of some physical activity. Topic in focus—yoga. You might not be who hates exercise and stretches, but you should know that if you aren’t doing it, you’re totally missing out on the benefits it holds for your beauty and skin.
Leading doctors and trainers say that a few stretches and yoga poses increases blood circulation. In other words, your blood will carry more oxygen to all the parts of your body, including your skin.
Another benefit of flexing your body is the reduction of inflammations that cause redness and speed up the ageing process.
Stress and skin health have a strange relationship. The more stress you take on, the more harm your skin will receive.
This is true. Stress levels are known to spike hormone secretions in your body that can give rise to acne, and even serious problems like psoriasis.
So, the remedy would obviously be reducing stress levels. This can be particularly difficult at work. But once you’re done working, head on home, light up some candles, burn some incense, put your favourite track on, keep away all your work-related problems at bay, turn off your phone, and put on a face mask.
Yes, you heard that right. Doing this will relax your senses and calm you down.
One face mask, in particular, is exceptional in keeping your skin healthy, besides calming you down.
Stay Off Sugar, Will You Sugar?
Collagen is a structural protein found in skin and other tissues in the body. For the skin, this protein helps in keeping it firm and smooth.
Sugar is its arch nemesis as it breaks down in a process called glycation which damages the collagen. This is the reason why you should cut down on sugar as much as possible. Try sticking to antioxidant and omega-rich edibles as mentioned before. Alternatively, you can also opt for low-sugar cards like whole grains.
Umbrella In A Bottle
This one is a no-brainer. You know that the sun is the source of all life on this planet. But, for the skin, its rays can be detrimental, especially when exposure spirals out of control.
The sun’s rays are known to emit UVA and UVB rays, amongst others, that can kill skin cells and cause irreparable damage. It’s better to stay on the safe side by applying a high SPF sunscreen lotion on your arms, neck, face; basically, any portion of your body that is exposed to the sun.
You’ll find plenty of sunscreen lotions by different brands nowadays.
It does take a little effort from you to look after yourself. And frankly, you should always undertake skin care as a responsibility more than a task.