What women need to do for a shiny skin and to look younger!
“Beauty is power, a smile is its sword” was phrased by John Ray, 17th century naturalist ..and what is better than shining bright with blessing of eternal youth.
As the world is celebrating International Women’s Day, we bring you some dos and don’ts to outshine everybody with a brighter and healthier skin.
Deputy Editor Manogya Loiwal spoke to globally acclaimed Senior Consultant Dermatologist Dr. Abhishek De who has worked and shared thoughts in several hospitals and universities in various countries. We give you more on this!
1. Eat green to stay evergreen :
Only a healthy body can have beautiful skin and an essential prerequisite for healthy body is healthy eating habits. Make sure your diet has plenty of salads, fresh veggies and fruits. The more colour in your plate, the more shine on your skin.
2. Water is your Elixir :
Water detoxifies your body like nothing else. A hydrated body is mandatory to keep your cells fresh and keep you youthful for many years to come.
3. Surgical Strike :
This is required on hidden UV rays with day long sun protection. We age in two ways. One is chronological aging which is genetically programmed and other part is Photoaging.
So if you use good quality broad spectrum sunscreen it helps in slowing down your aging process. But remember it’s not only when you are out in the sun. Yo need to apply sunscreen even in your home.
So apply sunscreen at least three times daily and say no to brown spots.
4. The 3 minute Rule to Moisturize:
Pamper your skin and nurture your love quotient. Use of moisturiser is essential especially for people with dry and sensitive skin. According to the 3-minute-rule, moisturisers should be applied within three minutes of bathing or coming in contact wit water. So keep your moisturiser in washroom.
For face use a non comedogenic moisturiser.
5. Clean and Cleanse :
A Syndet cleanser gives you the extra oomph on your dates. Syndet cleansers do not have alkaline soap inside it and are gentle on your skin.
6. Sexy and Slim :
Yoga keeps you slim and sexy. Don’t forget your daily dose of exercise. Cycling, swimming, jogging, skipping, gymming, Zumba, Yoga anything will do! And if you combine them in a week, it serves you better.
7. Smile and Shine :
Happiness releases good hormones. So don’t forget to find your daily dose of laughter. Find some time for your bestie, to share that joke over a cup of coffee.
Stress kills; Start your day with 15 minutes of meditation or relaxation exercises.
8. Rejuvenate with Retinol
It is well proven that retinol based night cream can slow down the aging process. However, do remember that these creams should be strictly avoided if you are considering pregnancy or blood donation.
9. Care for your Hair :
Most common causes of hair loss in female are bad hormones, poor lifestyle, iron deficiency and excessive styling procedures. So if you are facing continuous hair loss or hair thinning, book an appointment with a dermatologist.
1. Don’t wake up with your make up :
Even if you are feeling damn tired after the late night party, don’t forget to take your make up off with a gentle cleanser or a makeup remover.
2. Say no to excuses, say yes to exercise :
Daily 40 minutes exercise is mandatory. It’s preferable to start your day with exercise, but in case you miss it, you can squeeze in some time for a jog or yoga.
3. CTM (Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise) can be counterproductive:
Unlike your stylist keeps you telling, rigorous CTM regime is unscientific and can actually harm you. Use gentle cleanser if it is necessary to remove you dirt from your face or make up. Excessive use of toners can cause patchy dryness and can kickstart the aging process. The amount of moisturiser required depends on your skin type and seasonal changes. Winters may require an extra coat of moisturiser but you can give your moisturiser a miss on some hot humid days during summer.
4. Social platform is not always correct:
Don’t trust Google and YouTube suggestions blindly. These days many of our patients are doing crazy stuff, applying and buying all sorts of products suggested by unknown bloggers from Google or YouTube.
You have to understand most of these are hoax and are not professionals. If you have a problem, go and fix it with your dermatologist. Trusting these videos and blogs can actually complicate your problem and mislead you.
5. Think before you drink :
Excessive alcohol can badly affect your skin appearance, quality and fasten ageing.
6. Smoking is injurious to the skin :
It is scientifically well documented that smokers age faster! So if you start noticing skin problems, maybe is is time to reconsider your choices.
7. Don’t miss your beauty sleep :
Regular sleeping habits help in building good hormones for your body.
8. Digital Detox :
It’s suggested that spending long hours with digital devices including mobile phones and laptops can adversely affect your skin. So you should control your screen time and also try to use the devices in less brighter mode.