Yes, we can use bucket loads of high-end highlighters to get ‘THE GLOW’ but how do we wake up with radiant skin?
Here are a few tips:
- Moisturize- Use a hyaluronic acid based gel/cream. Hyaluronic acid (HA) holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water – a vital naturally occurring hygroscopic humectant. As you age, the relative quantities of HA reduce. To ensure efficacy, make sure you use the right kind of HA formula because the molecule on its own is too large to cross the skin layers.
- Use a broad-spectrum SPF – with both UVA (associated with premature aging) and UVB protection (associated with development of certain skin cancers).
- Exfoliate using AHA (eg. Glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid) or BHA ( eg. Salicylic acid). These acids reduce the cellular adhesion within the stratum corneum and help in exfoliating the upper layers of skin revealing the underlying healthy skin- thereby improving the look of dull and uneven skin tones and smoothing textured skin. They also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and when applied topically brightens the skin, reduces the appearance of brown spots and discoloration and evens out the skin tone. It fights the free radicals on the skin especially those triggered by pollution. However, it’s a vulnerable molecule – investing in a proper formulation and packaging is essential for it’s stability and efficacy. (opaque glass bottles, pump dispensers etc)
- Retinols (Vitamin A) is a breakthrough in dermatology! A multitasking agent known for its use in acne also has a variety of anti-aging benefits (firms skin, reduces lines and wrinkles, increases cell turnover + regeneration, enhances collagen production- refines the skin texture.) Use with caution since it can lead to skin irritation and ALWAYS use a sunscreen of SPF 30 and above. Gradually introduce it into your skin care regime by starting with small amounts.
- Always wash your face before sleeping.
- Use clean makeup brushes/sponges. Wash them every week to prevent buildup of bacteria.
- Avoid touching your face. Clean the surfaces of your mobile devices with alcohol swabs frequently. Change your bedding/pillowcases once a week.
- Facial massages increase the blood circulation. (e.g. Jade Rollers)
- Do not ignore the neck and décolletage area while using topical face products!
- Hydrate- drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. Adequate hydration clears out the accumulated toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes, transport nutrients and oxygen to the skin and plumps the skin – the natural hyaluronic acid in your skin holds the water.
- Snack on mixed nuts – brazil nuts have Selenium (increase skin elasticity), walnuts (omega 3 fatty acids- reduce inflammation + breakouts), macadamias (rich in essential fatty acids)
- Increase fruits and vegetable intake: For eg:
- Raspberries rich in ellagic acid- prevent wrinkles by protecting the collagen that keeps the skin plump.
- Watermelon- rich in lycopene, vitamin C, vitamin A (reduce pore size and sebum production)
- Oranges- rich in vitamin C (forms collagen, fights free radical formation due to oxidative stress from sun and environment exposure!)
- Sweet potatoes- rich in beta carotene- provitamin A
- Tomatoes- rich in beta carotene, lycopene, lutein – prevent skin wrinkling
- Dark chocolate (>70% cocoa)– prevents UV sunburns!
- Green tea- contain catechins that reduce sun burns, redness and help in skin thickness and elasticity.
- Fatty fish – rich in omega 3, vitamin E (antioxidant and anti-inflammatory) and zinc (helps in skin healing and wound repair)
- Avoid dairy products- consuming milk and dairy products have been linked with acne formation due to the presence of hormones and bioactive molecules that affect endogenous hormone metabolism.
- Relax – use stress management techniques like deep breathing, meditation, journaling, yoga etc to control the spike in stress hormones e.g cortisol (peak in which leads to skin inflammation, increased sebum production, blocked pores and acne.)
- Move- exercise is a mood stabilizer, stress buster, hormone regulator and also increases blood circulation in the skin.