It's June already. The year has gone by in the blink of an eye. And with it all the hopeful skincare resolutions we started 2023 with. We feel you! With beauty regimes that lay out more steps than a calculus problem, getting skincare right may seem daunting.
Top 5 Healthy Skin Tips
But just like it's never too late to start taking care of yourself, it's never too late to recalibrate your new year's resolutions. The only thing you need to do is get the fundamentals right. A sustainable roadmap to get health and glowing skin goes beyond the Cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing routine. Your skin mirrors your life, lifestyle and mindset. So, here are Five tips that we swear by to achieve this simply and mindfully:
1. Rain or Shine. At home or Outdoors. Wear Sunscreen!
This is the first, most foundational step for healthy and glowing skin.
For many of us, sunscreen is the miracle potion that prevents tanning and sunburns. But sun damage today goes much deeper and has long-lasting detrimental effects. For starters, did you know that tanning is not reversible? In most instances, it tends to leave behind uneven patches that can be challenging to get rid of. This along with hyperpigmentation, leave skin looking dull. Adding sunblock to your daily skincare regimen becomes imperative to prevent the penetration of the harsh UVA and UVB rays of the sun that would lead towards damaging the skin if not addressed at a young age.
We recommend the POND'S Serum Boost Sunscreen range It has been clinically proven to prevent and fade dark patches in 4 weeks. The Serum Boost Sunscreen range comes in a serum, gel and lightweight cream formulation infused with Niacinamide C to combat the harsh summer sun and its effects on skin.
Here are some tips from the POND'S team in the best way to apply/use our Sunscreen healthy, glowing skin:
Use the two-finger technique to apply the product, to ensure that the right quantity is absorbed by your skin and can protect you through the day.
Apply your sun protectant at least 30 minutes before you step out into the sun.
Don't forget your neck and decolletage! An often-ignored area of the skin when using sunscreen, it's vital to extend the application beyond just your face and to any exposed portions of skin.
2. Nourish your skin from the inside out
It is not without reason that the saying Beauty is but skin deep hold so true. A clean, healthy, nutritious diet is key to reduce inflammation in our bodies, which in turn affects our general wellbeing, including skin-health. With our active work and social lives, it is not always possible to keep away from that indulgent chocolate cake or your favourite pizza with some wine. Doing so mindfully and in moderation is the key.
Often it is simple, easily available ingredients that are the most effective to achieve healthy and glowing skin. In an article in Vogue holistic nutritionist Afya Ibomu says, What you put in your body literally becomes your skin. I like to mix one-third of a cup of aloe juice with two-thirds of a cup of coconut water for extra hydration and skin glow. Due to aloe's potassium and sodium content, it's very hydrating to the cells, organs and skin.
3. Incorporate daily spots of me-time.
In today's time-poor world, it is not just important but non-negotiable to carve out time to destress and unwind. Stress may seem like a glorified term for worry to naysayers. But, it has been proven to cause inflammation in our bodies, causing a plethora of health issues, taking a toll on everything from your mental health to your skin. So, keep in mind what we started this article with. Recalibrate, every day. Get plenty of sleep, reset your routine, and make time to do the things you enjoy. Your skin will thank you for it!
4. Exercise your face!
A facial workout does for your face, what going to the gym does for the rest of your body. Moving facial muscles automatically increases blood circulation and tightens your skin, leading in the long run to supple, healthy and glowing skin. The good news is that facial exercises don't require too much investment by way of time and resources. In fact, we do our facial exercise as we watch our favourite show! It is as simple as puff your cheeks, move your muscles as you would while mouth-gargling. Do this for 10-15 seconds across 3-4 repetitions.
5. After a long, hard day take off the war paint.
We wish there was a shortcut to this. But we cannot repeat ourselves enough when we say that clogged pores are the worst enemy of healthy and glowing skin. While doing so, you may also want to use gentler alternatives to harsh, chemical-based removers. These makeup removers could strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving behind a dry, fatigued tinge. Baby oil and micellar water are great options depending on your skin type (and dermat's advice of course) as they get the job done while also hydrating the skin.