As many of us always dreamt of a flawless skin it is almost impossible to achieve that. However, we can make efforts to be as close to that dream as possible. Ideally we wouldn’t have concerns but in the real world, we have at least one or two concerns. It can be either hormonal breakouts, excessive oil, or fine lines, we’ve all got goals when it comes to our skin.
The tips mentioned below might help you drastically improve the health and texture of your skin. although, the first step is to accept that there is no perfect skin that is usually shown as an ideal skin.
In a interview with an expert on this field we were able to get our hands on very interesting tips.
Q : What are the basic skin care routines that one should follow?
A: In our busy lives, we often forget to take care of our skin. Although a perfect routine everyday keeps your skin healthy, and always refer your dermatologist for the same, there are a few tips for the routine that you follow :
- Water is your best friend, it can do wonders.
- The order should always be right.
- Exfoliate without fail once every week.
- Wearing SPF is a must.
- People often forget about the neck during skin care, keep this in mind.
Q : Other than a normal routine what are some steps people can follow to make sure their skin always remains hydrated and refreshed?
A : Well, it depends on what your skin care routine is but there are some things everyone can follow irrespective of their skin concerns
- You should consider double cleansing.
- Try and use toner.
- Increase your intake of vitamin C.
- Hone your moisturizing technique.
- Avoid hot water.
- Eat proper proteins to make your skin glow naturally.
- A face massage relaxes the face muscles.
Q: So there are a lot of skin types and not everyone can follow the same steps for different types. Talking about oily skin, it can be quite irritating and to be honest a bit embarrassing.
A: True, each skin is unique and requires it’s unique care and love. Coming to pro tips to keep shine at bay.
- Face masks should be used to a limit. Avoid them.
- Exfoliate just once or twice a week, not more.
- A cream moisturizer is a no no. always go for a lighter gel instead.
- The perfect serums can help you reduce oil.
Q: What about dry skin? It always is very difficult to work with
A: Your skin should always be hydrated. Try these tips if you have dry skin :
- Always keep a moisturizer handy. It’s your savouir.
- Avoid hot water.
- You should avoid caffeine and salt. This will make your skin worse.
- Dry skin means dry lips, so always keep a lip balm with you.
- A face mask once a week will keep your skin hydrated, but never forget your moisturiser after.
- Night face serums after your moisturiser will help your skin a lot.
Q: People often are confused what skin type is their face, and at times they also refer to having both dry and oily skin. Is it possible?
A: Sure, if your skin is both oily and dry in different areas or at different times, you may be experiencing combination skin.
- The first step is to know your skin. Do you have oily t zone and dry cheeks or oily forehead and dry t zones? You would want different products for different areas.
- When using a general product make sure to go for gentle ones. Usually products which don’t contain alcohol.
- Exfoliation is great for oily skin but not so much for dry skin so you will have to take special care of that. Take it easy and space exfoliation sessions apart if needed.
Q: Some people neither have dry nor oily skin, what about them?
A: “Normal” skin is characterized by being not particularly oily or dry. They can follow the following steps:
- Use a lotion or a cream at night rather than a gel moisturizer.
- Don’t get carried away with new skin care products. Normal skin tends to require less maintenance. Adding unnecessary steps may cause irritation.
- Protect your skin with a consistent routine that includes SPF 30 or higher.
Q: For many people, they are just one step away from their ideal skin, which is acne. What can be done for that?
A: Acne-prone skin can be difficult to treat. Here are a few tips to help you stay clear.
- Know your type and always consult a dermatologist before applying anything on your skin.
- It’s a myth that you should not put moisturiser. This will result in your skin producing more oil to compensate.
- Never ever pick on your acne. It leaves a scar.
- Use any acne-targeted treatment after your toner and before your moisturizer.
Q: Some people do not believe in chemicals so what are some natural remedies?
A: Here are a few tips on how to make DIY skin care products at home.
- Oil. Use coconut oil to reduce dryness on hands and body.
- Baking soda. Use baking soda to treat hard calluses on your hands and feet.
- Masks. Mix yogurt and green tea, or use a simple egg white, for a face mask.
- Scrubs. Mix coffee grounds and coconut oil for an exfoliating body scrub.
- Skip citrus. Avoid using acidic fruits and essential oils in your DIY concoctions. Only mild essential oils are skin-safe, and they need to be diluted in a carrier oil.
“’Clean’ doesn’t always mean the best for your skin. Essential oils and other ‘natural’ ingredients can be irritating and cause the skin to flare up,” says the expert.
You don’t always have to get the right skin, you just have to take better steps. You don’t want an ideal skin that the world has set for you. Aspire for a skin that is best suited for you.
“A lot of what we see on social media and advertising is filtered, photoshopped, and edited. There’s no perfection in skin,”
“We all have flaws, blemishes, and anxieties. It’s normal and it’s human. Learn to love the skin you’re in.”
Happy me time!