The skin has up to seven layers of ectodermal tissue and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. It just does not protect your internal system, but it also forms your outer look. It regulates body temperature, prevents loss of essential body fluids and penetration of toxic substances, protects the body from harmful effects of the sun and tackles radiation.
The least we can do for our skin is, that we can keep it hydrated and moisturized.
What should you add to your diet that will benefit your skin?
Make sure you’re getting enough good fats like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in your diet (not the deep-fried, junk-food kind). These omega fatty acids are found in flaxseed oil, walnuts and walnut oil (omega-3), evening primrose oil, borage oil, and black currant oil (omega-6).
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that may be effective at reducing UV damage in the skin. And vitamin E applied topically may help nourish and protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals.
Olive oil contains vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids, making it a nutritional powerhouse when it comes to your skin.
“Silica found in water-rich vegetables such as cucumbers can help increase moisture leading to increased skin elasticity,” says Dr Lamba, a skin expert. Cucumbers also contain vitamin A and vitamin C, helping to soothe skin and fight damage.
When it comes to treating dry skin, the first and the most important factor is water. Water can heal dry skin in a matter of days. Drink at least 3 litres of water (or more if you work out regularly) per day to help your cells maintain their volume and shape. You can also add fruits or herbs to your water for good taste.
What should you apply to your skin to make it healthier?
The sun can be hazardous for your skin. Start your day by using sunscreen before stepping out of the house. It should be 15 or higher for adequate protection and ideally 30 or higher for extended time spent outdoors.
In addition to using sunscreen, seek shade whenever possible, and wear sun-protective clothing, broad-brimmed hats, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
If you want to remove dead cells from your skin, mix one teaspoon of honey and lemon juice, add one tablespoon of powdered milk and one-half teaspoon of almond oil. Apply it on your face/body.
Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the aloe vera plant and it was found out that aloe vera contains several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions. It can save you from flaky or dry skin, cosmetic ailments and scalp problems to many more. Add aloe vera in the list of gels to apply to your skin to soothe it from time to time.
Apply rose water and scrub with rice and sesame later for effective results. Milk can also be applied to your face for fresher skin.
If you’re prone to acne or have very oily skin, try adding a few drops of coconut or almond oil to your normal moisturizer to amp up hydration.
What should be your everyday skincare routine at night?
Winter recently bid us goodbye. Summer will be no less harsh to our skin. Therefore, a skincare routine should be followed in all seasons. No matter how much the hot temperature bothers you, before sleeping, you need to cater to the needs of your skin. Be it on your face or on your body, your skin is sensitive and damage prone.
While in the morning you can put on sunscreen for the day, at night you need to follow a more extensive skincare routine before sleeping.
Step 1: Remove makeup with a good remover. Sleeping with makeup is the worst decision that you can make.
Step 2: Cleanse your skin.
Step 3: Use exfoliator or Toner.
Step 4: Treatment products should be used in moderation.
Step 5: Use hydrating Mist or Serum.
Step 7: Put moisturizer and Eye Cream.
Step 8: Face Oil should be the final step. However during the day, avoid putting oil and going out as the sun can make your skin lose its shine when it comes into contact with oil.
Moisturize your body. Use a body scrub when necessary. Scrubbing or exfoliating your body everyday can result in an adverse effect.
Your skin can break you or it can make you. Choose your products wisely. Go for organic products, rather than ones that are full of chemicals. Tailor your makeup products according to your skin type. Some people have oily skin, while others have dry skin.
However, do realize that beauty is not only skin deep. Be kind, and be fierce.
Best of luck with your newly found skincare tonight.