FIVE Tips for Better Skin
Having flawless skin is everybody’s dream. Many factors, such as climate and hormonal changes, influence the way our skin behaves and because everyone’s skin is different, there is no one way that works for everyone in achieving a perfect complexion. Here are some tips, though, that generally help to improve its condition and will hopefully instil in you more confidence in putting your best face forward – without makeup.
1) Consume more anti-oxidants
Anti-oxidants are a great means of helping the body get rid of harmful free radicals. This leads to faster skin renewal processes and helps maintain a more even-toned complexion. Some foods with a high level of anti-oxidants are green tea (one cup a day is sufficient), fruits, vegetables, coffee and chocolate.
2) Get enough sleep
Our body requires some 8 hours on average to recharge after each day’s activities. If we do not get enough rest, we cannot recuperate fast enough to take on the following day’s duties. As our skin is the largest organ in our body, it is therefore most affected by a lack of sleep. Breakouts will occur more and take longer to heal. Skin care products applied before bed time will also not have the required time to be properly absorbed. So, if you want to look more radiant when you awake in the mornings, invest in slumber!
3) Stick to a regular skincare routine
Some people overlook the importance of a good facial cleanser, exfoliator, serum and moisturiser. There have even been stories of girls who use detergent or even body foam for the skin on their faces! It’s crucial to use a cleanser that is meant specifically for our faces because this ensures that the more corrosive ingredients are left out as the skin here is usually more sensitive than the rest of our body. Cleanse twice a day, followed by a toner and serum if necessary and finally a moisturiser. Use a thicker moisturiser for night and a lighter one with SPF for day. Exfoliate a few times a week, depending on your daily activities, but do not overdo it. Daily exfoliation is not recommended as it can be too harsh.
4) Stay stress-free
We’ve all been there and done that. We know that whenever we get too stressed about something, be it work or a social issue, pimples pop out from nowhere. One way to prevent the annoying bumps from appearing is just this: stay stress-free. It may be simpler said than done but it’s definitely not impossible. Have a good strategy to apply whenever things get too heavy for you to handle. For some, it’s not trying to accomplish too many things at once. For others, it’s indulging in chocolate, sports or a good book to break free from the pressure, even for a while. Not only does this save your body from going into overdrive, you’ll also find a better balance in life.
5) Remain cool
When temperatures rise once spring gets around, the one thing we’ll have to do is to remain cool. Keep sweat and excess sebum at bay while you make sure that you get lots of hydration. Take cold showers when it gets too hot, or go for a dip in the pool. If you aren’t keen on getting wet, rinse a face towel under cold water, wring it and then place it around the back of your neck to cool down. Keeping cool not only helps to control oil production (and therefore less pronounced pores), it also helps to prevent redness and any flushing on the face.
Author bio: Roxanne is a beauty blogger at Laced Ivory Beauty Blog (http://www.lacedivory.com). She loves all things pink and is very rarely seen in public without looking at least somewhat put-together. She hopes that through her writing, she’ll be able to encourage girls and women alike to take better care of their appearances, be more self-confident and improve their quality of life.
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