CLEANSE YOUR FACE Whether indoors or outdoors, we're exposed to dirt and pollution every day. It's a must therefore, to clean your face and neck thoroughly twice a day-especially before bedtime. Make sure you remove traces of dirt and make-up by using cleansing milk or baby oil. After this, use a pH-balanced facewash with lukewarm water-it helps dissolve more impurities. If your face feels dry, it probably doesn't suit your skin type and you should change it immediately. Get to know your skin type with a simple test at a dermat's clinic. This will help you choose suitable products in the long run.
MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN Environmental aggressors (such as UV damage and pollution), in combination with stress or anxiety causes free radicals on our skin. This in turn, can lead to dark spots, patchy skin and pigmentation. An effective way to tackle these is to use creams/lotions with anti-oxidants including Vitamins A, C and E, niacinamide, co-enzyme Q10 as well as green tea, grape seeds, pomegranate and soyabean extracts.
RRE-APPLY SUNSCREEN 95% of skin damage such as dullness, darkening or pigmentation is due to excessive exposure to sun. While redness and irritation caused by UV-B rays can be tackled with SPF protection, UV-A reach the dermal layer of the skin and cause pigmenta tion, fine lines and wrinkles. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen and apply it at least 20 minutes before stepping out in the sun. Take a scoop on your fingers and re-apply it 2 to 3 times in a day.
CHOOSE A SUITABLE SHAMPOO You should shampoo your hair at least thrice a week depending on your lifestyle. However, if you exercise every day or are exposed to dust and dirt in the course of your work, you may feel the need to shampoo every day. Choose a shampoo meant for daily usage that also suits your hair type. Remember, shampoos usually do not cause hairfall-the cause is usually poor nutrition in combination with scalp disorders (like eczema and psoriasis), hormonal imbalance as well as seasonal changes.
CONDITION YOUR HAIR The modern day equivalent of hair oil: a conditioner helps detangle, minimising breakage by forming a protective film around strands. Apply on strands (not scalp), use a wide-tooth comb to spread it evenly. Sometimes, you may feel that you are losing more hair with a conditioner, but it's only dead hair that is being shed off.
EXERCISE CONSISTENTLY There's nothing like the instant glow after a sweat session. Exercise is also a great stress buster. Try to exercise at least three times a week. It not only keeps you fit but also helps get a radiant skintone and a youthful glow. MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET Avoid junk food and fried foods. Eat plenty of leafy greens, fruits, veggies, lentils and nuts every day. Make sure you have a balanced diet including proteins (milk, yoghurt, eggs), complex carbs, fats and anti-oxidants (green tea). They're the ultimate Rx for healthy glowing skin and hair.
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