Numerous factors such as a hectic work schedule, stress, lack of nutritional diet and insufficient sleep contribute to unhealthy skin condition. While many turn to makeup, there’s only so much a highlighter palette or concealer can do to help mask dreary complexion. The best way to achieve healthy skin is to do it naturally! Bear in mind that radiant and clear skin doesn’t happen overnight, so be patient, incorporate these natural and simple tips into your daily life.
1. Drink at least 10 to 12 Glasses of Water
Our body is composed of 60% water and ensuring we drink sufficiently helps remove toxins. Water also aids in the transportation of nutrients, digestion, absorption and maintenance of your body temperature. Once you’ve developed a habit of drinking water regularly, that’s when you can start to include the rest of your skincare products, like anti-aging into your routine. Did you know that well-hydrated skin makes it easier for ingredients to be absorbed?
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2. Skip Foods that are High on Sugar and Refined Carbs
Consuming too much sugary foods like ice cream, cake, donuts, and refined carbs like white bread, rice and cookies, can lead to dry, dull, weak and less supple skin. This is due to the sugars affecting proteins like collagen and elastin (which keeps your skin plump and springy) within your body. In fact, you want to be stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables that are loaded with vitamin C.
Some of the best fruits for a glowing skin are papayas, mangoes, bananas and oranges. For vegetables, be sure to include carrots, broccolis, tomatoes and leafy vegetables into your diet. Find out how you should organise and keep your fridge clean with these useful tips.
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3. Cleanse > Exfoliate > Toner > Moisturise
Don’t fully stray away from beauty products because they are essential. Firstly, choose a cleanser that is gentle on your skin (consult a dermatologist to find out your skin condition), as you don’t want an overly-harsh formula that may remove your skin’s natural oils. Proceed to exfoliating after, but only once every few days or weekly. A good exfoliator product, should help in removing any dead skins and hidden impurities.
Next, apply the toner which helps remove any remaining debris while it soothes, nourishes, and hydrates your skin. The final step is to moisturize! Use a product according to your skin type, whether it’s dry, normal, oily or both. Moisturising should be a key step in your regime, and finding the right cream or gel cream for your skin is important.
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4. Protect Yourself against Harmful UV Rays with Sunblock
Being in sunny Singapore, it’s hot and sunny most of the time! So it’s important that you shield your skin by applying sunblock that has at least SPF 15 and above, with UVA and UVB ray protection.
Don’t skip this even if the day isn’t that bright out. Remember to re-apply sunscreen every few hours or so, to protect your skin better.
If you are using makeup, consider a sunscreen mist or spray, for easy application. Before you go to bed, ensure the products are completely removed with a makeup remover or micellar water. Avoid sleeping with makeup on, it will clog your pores which may lead to acne breakouts.
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5. Get at least 8 hours of Sleep
Like an engine, your body needs time to rest and recuperate after a long day. If you are currently functioning on less than 5 hours of sleep every day, it’s time for a change. Set aside at least 8 hours for your beauty sleep! It regulates blood flow to your skin, which leads to that dewy morning glow you’ve always wondered how to get. Furthermore, our body repairs damaged cells and develop new cells when we’re in dreamland. With enough rest, you can bid goodbye to dark circles and puffy eye bags.
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