1. Nourish your skin
Playing trial and error with your cleansing products can harm your skin; the products may have ingredients that counteract each other, resulting in breakouts and other skin problems. Remember—flawless skin makes it much easier to apply foundation and other makeup products, resulting in gorgeous makeup.
2. Stop overwashing
Staying loyal to your face wash is crucial because cleansing has countless advantages—it hydrates your face, helps make sure your pore size remains consistent, and also enables products to work better on your skin. However, all that being said, a great beauty tip is to make sure that you don’t over wash your face. Your skin is rather sensitive and overwashing will only strip the skin of its natural oils. Dry skin will get further itchy and dry while oily skin will produce excessive sebum (the oily secretion that can clog pores) to compensate for the lack of moisture. Furthermore, the acidic pH of your skin is more prone to changing as water has a neutral pH of 7 and constantly washing your skin will make it harder for your skin to maintain its normal pH balance, resulting in duller looking skin. Hence, one of the best beauty tips for the face would be to restrict cleansing to twice a day with a suitable face wash and lukewarm water. Wondering why we’re suggesting lukewarm water? When you expose your skin to extreme water temperatures, it can make your skin more prone to irritation. Very hot water can cause dehydration, while cold water will not really tighten your pores. This is why it’s best to stick to lukewarm water that will benefit your skin in countless ways.
3. Promise to moisturise
Whether you swear by the cleansing-toning-moisturising cycle or not, moisturising is the holy grail of skincare and one of the best beauty tips for your skin. The rewards you reap are just too great for you to skip out on this step. Depending on your choice of products, this, this can help as a hydrator, protector and anti-ager. Moisturising not only helps keep the face hydrated but also ensures that your skin doesn’t overproduce sebum. By retaining water in the outer layer of the skin, the moisturiser forms a coating around the skin—this acts as a shield against the sun and other environmental contributors that deteriorate the skin. In addition, it also reduces the rate at which your skin produces wrinkles. You’ll benefit from a more even skin-tone. The blemishes, dark circles, dullness and the tan on your face will also be significantly reduced. Sounds like a magical beauty tip? Try it to believe it!
4. Don’t forget to exfoliate
It is not enough that you follow the CTM guide to the tee. Exfoliating your skin is just as necessary a beauty tip for the face. As you age, you are increasingly exposed to environmental aggressors like the sun and pollution. This decreases the speed at which your skin cells can regenerate, causing dead skin build up which itself has a multitude of consequences. If not addressed, it can lead to dull and dry skin, excessively greasy skin and clogged pores. Pores ridden with grime can eventually lead to acne and breakouts. Exfoliating increases the blood circulation in your skin. This helps to provide it with all the nutrients and materials that it needs, while also eliminating waste. This is why it is so crucial to use an exfoliating scrub at least twice a week—use one with rounder and smoother particles rather than with rougher granules to ensure that there is no damage to the skin. It also helps make your skin more absorbent, ensuring that you get the most out of all your other products.
5. Use sunscreen irrespective of the season
Come rain, come shine—sunscreen should be a part of your skin care regime. UV rays are so strong, they can penetrate through clouds and even glass (in case you thought you were safe indoors). This itself should give you enough reason to protect your skin with sunscreen irrespective of the weather. However, if this is not sufficient for you, there are loads of other benefits for you to consider. Apart from evening out your skin tone and reducing facial discolouration, it also delays the formation of wrinkles. Most importantly, using sunscreen has been said to reduce incidences of skin cancer. If you have very oily skin, we recommend that you use a mattifying sunscreen, whereas you should use a hydrating one if you have dry skin. Apply generously every day for best results.
6. Stick to a skincare routine
Consistency is key. We’re no doubt always as excited as you (if not more!) to try out new products when they come out, but try not to switch up your products too often when it comes to your skincare routine. We do realise that it will take some time for you to find the products that work best for you, but once you’ve done that, you should stick to them. Although it’s difficult, the best way to ensure that you see visible results is to be patient—using the same items for a sustained period of time will give your skin a chance to react to all the ingredients that help you achieve the glowing skin that you’re looking for. It is also a lot more beneficial in the long run because maintaining a constant routine will help you prevent potential skin issues in the future. Rather than having to go to the dermatologist or get treatment when your skin is being problematic, you can just save yourself the trouble by trusting your individual skin routine to work its magic.
7. Make sure to remove your makeup every night
Wiping off the mascara off your eyes may be the last thing you want to do after a long day at work, but please, don’t dismiss this crucial step. Sleeping with makeup on has detrimental effects on the skin. All of the effort that you put in by cleansing, toning, moisturising and exfoliating is pointless if you don’t give yourself a break by following through with this one simple task. Leaving makeup on for many hours allows for dirt and dead skin cells to accumulate, increasing inflammation and giving rise to acne. Even worse, the chemicals and dyes in so many products aggravate the skin when left on for too long, increasing your chances of developing an infection from existing breakouts. If not addressed, it can also add on a few years onto the skin in a couple of months. Leaving makeup on prevents the skin from renewing itself when you are sleeping, thus contributing to the emergence of wrinkles.
8. Get enough sleep
You’ve probably heard this one a million times, and for good reason. When you don’t get enough sleep, you become more stressed—this causes the increased production of cortisol, a hormone that leads the skin to secrete sebum, which eventually leads to the formation of more acne. Additionally, if you are continuously deprived of sleep, you can become more resistant to insulin which can increase the concentration of sugar in your blood, further contributing to the development of blemishes. So ladies, please do try and get as much sleep as you can because it truly does affect your beauty.