Self-Love

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When you love yourself, you glow from the inside. You attract people who love, respect, and appreciate your energy. Everything starts with, how you feel about yourself. Start feeling worthy, valuable and deserving of receiving the best life has to offer. Be magnetic! 

HOLA AMIGO! All you beautiful people have been waiting for this one, I know! But the fact is, that I really wanted to focus on the “lifestyle” changes that impacts our looks and I was closely observing the changes I have made since past few months that has beautifully changed my skin condition, rather than being just reiterate about the Cleansing-Toning-Moisturisng-Exfoliating which i have mentioned earlier, here.

So, let’s do this!

Know Your Skin

It is imperative for one to first of all know thyself! Skin is the largest organ of human body and covers an areas of approximately 2 square meters. You ought to know, if your skin is

  • Dry
  • Oil
  • Normal
  • Combination
  • Sensitive

How do you test your skin to gauge your skin type? Well, that is easy! Get blotting paper from a nearby cosmetic outlet or just buy it from Amazon. I am huge fan of Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. That will do! A night before, wash your face and do not apply anything on your facial skin. When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you got to do is to dab your blotting sheet on the key areas of your face, like the forehead, the T-zone, the C-Zone I mean the cheeks 😉 and your chin, in order to check the oil absorbed by the blotting paper.

  • If the blotting paper has little to no oil on it, you have a dry skin.
  • If the blotting paper has oil spots on the paper, oopz, you are the oily one.
  • If the paper has absorbed average amount of oil in all the parts, you have normal skin.
  • If the oil absorbed by the blotting paper is scarce in some parts, you have combination skin type.

Therefore lets do a blotting paper test!

Blotting Paper Overboard Pic Credit Mel Poole

 

De-Stress

SO after examining your skin type, just CHILL! A skill that we lack these days. Some of the nerves in our skin are connected to muscles instead of the brain, sending signals, through the spinal cord to react more quickly to heat, pain, etc. RELAX. Slow down. Breath. Take it easy. Enjoy life. SMILE. Dermatologists don’t know exactly how chronic stress affects the skin. But researches have concluded, that under -eye bags, over-dry flaky skin, acne, rashes and hives, wrinkles and flushed face are caused primarily due to a stressful lifestyle. Meditate. Stay Positive. Exercise. Unplug. Find ways to take the edge off your stress. I have got back t0 running and yoga which are the most de-stressing activity for me. Do you have something in specific!?

De-stress may mean, chucking out even half an hour for ME-Time

Change Your Vicinity

Yes. That’s right. Change your surroundings. Cold, dry climates cause eczema to flare while hot, humid climates aggravate acne—that’s the common belief. Changes in your skin can sometimes signal changes in your overall health. Therefore, watch out! The reverse is also true. A change in climate will usually bring about a change—good or bad—in one’s chronic skin condition. From the time I have moved to Mumbai, I feel my skin has become extremely supple and soft. No matter how many fancy creams and serums I try, I always find myself going back to something natural and simple for my skin. Aloe Vera, when I feel itchy, fuller’s clay, when I feel oily and raw milk with honey, when I feel my skin super-dry! I have a combination and an awfully confused skin type! On top of that, I am endearing PCOD, a condition that increases the oil secretion and leads to acne eruptions every now and then! My movement from the pollution capital of our nation, that is, New Delhi to the suburbs of Mumbai, is a blessing to my skin. Trust me the AQI level of the place you live in matters to your skin. I allow my skin to breath. It always seems to work the best! I’m sure a lot of you will relate to this as well.

Delhi To Mumbai and this scenic beauty, what else does my skin ask for!

Sun Or No Sun, Sun Screen Is A Must

When I was younger, I thought, sunscreen to be some kind of moisturizer. Well,  let me first remind you- if you have an oily skin, use a water based moisturizer and if you have dry and flaky skin, go for oil based moisturizer. Sunscreen keeps your skin youthful and decreases the chances of developing wrinkles and blemishes which are caused due to direct sun light. To fight Vitamin D deficiency, sun exposure from 11 am to 1 pm is substantial. And, not necessarily your face, but any part of your body, exposed to the sun is beneficial! Apply sunscreen at least 10 minutes before leaving home. That is because it takes time to absorb into the skin. Do apply sunscreen even when it is a rainy or a cloudy day. That is because the harmful ultra violet rays is capable enough to penetrate through all the layers of atmosphere, to destroy your beautiful skin! Purchase a sunscreen with a higher than 15 SPF.

Screen your skin from the Sun

 

Drink Water, More Water

Most of your skin’s moisture comes from the body itself. Your mom, my mom, everybody’s mom says, “Pani peyo beta, all will be well”! Well, let me tell you they all are so right. Being consistently dehydrated affects the health of your heart, liver, pancreas and kidney. Our skin is an organ with cells made up primarily of water—when it’s deprived of water, it suffers, as does the rest of your bodily functions. There is a a natural barrier on our skin, that retains moisture, and if this barrier’s functions are disrupted, your skin may become dry and sensitive. When you neglect hydration, skin can’t perform at its best. Make drinking water a habit. Drinking water along with a well-balanced diet and exercise is essential to the healthy functioning of internal detoxifying orgabs like the kidneys, colon, lungs, liver and bladder. Peeyo, Peeyo, AUR Pani Peeyo! 😉

Photo Credit Clint McKoy

Eat Right

Eliminating problematic people and activities from your life is a mandate. Similarly, eliminate food habits that are unhealthy. I avoid salt and sugar and I promise, the difference it makes to your skin quality is commendable. Berries, like raspberry, blue berry, acai berry, goji berry are very good for skin. Nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, avocado and green vegan are something I swear by. NOW! Turmeric? I eat and apply 😉 These food are laden with anti-oxidants and good for us!

Photo credit Magalie De Preux

Exercise

We all know that exercising leads to a fitter body. But exercising has a very remarkable affect on our skin too. It’s simple. You exercise, you perspire. Sweat is great for cleaning skin. It flushes out our body of toxins that can congest and block the pores and lead to blemishes. Exercise allows the sweat glands to increase their functions and get rid of those toxins. But please don’t forget to wash after sweating! Leaving those toxins sitting on your skin is something you want to avoid. If it dries up on the skin surface, it forms blackheads and whiteheads, which further leads to acne and eruptions.  Make sure to always shower after a workout to prevent dirt clogging up our pores. Wonder where that hashtag of #post-workout glow comes from? When we get our heart pumping from aerobic exercise, our skin receives a good dose of oxygenated blood. Our skin also starts producing more of its natural oils, helping skin look healthy and naturally moisturized. Research suggests that exercise may even help skin to repair itself more quickly. So, what are you waiting for? Wear on your running shoes and go hopping about!

Sleep Well

The advent of hashtag #BeautyNap is all about this point. Skin makes new collagen when you sleep, which prevents sagging. Our body boosts blood flow to the skin while we snooze, which means we wake to a healthy glow. Okay about the puffy eyes? Get enough shut-eye and you’ll have less puffiness under your eyes. Now you all know that “Beauty Sleep” is real, okay!? My dear friends, from the time I have come to a new city, my life has changed. Thanks to the change of school of my little ones, I AM an honourable member of the 5AM club. (sic) Establish a routine bedtime and get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Which I am unable to but soon I will. 😉 Just a few quick notes :

  • Limit alcohol and cigarettes before bed.
  • Wash your face before hitting to your bed.nightly.
  • Get your sheets and especially pillow covers changed every 4 days.
  • Avoid screen time atleast an hour before your bed-time.
  • Reading habit before sleeping is my favourite but I suggest, if you are into something very engaging, avoid reading before sleep, else you will land up thinking about the next chapter!
  • Do NOT over eat or drink too mucha water before sleeping!

    Sleep Sleeping Beauty! Sleep. Pic credit Alexandra Gorn

If you focus on good skin care by making few lifestyle changes, you really don’t need to worry about aging skin or makeup! These are few tricks that i have opted for. Do share your tricks and tips to a healthy skin! Until then, Obrigada Amigas! 🙂 XO

 

 

 

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