Finding yourself staring at the girl sitting opposite you in the train with flawless skin who has hardly any makeup on? Nothing is more frustrating than spending time to pile on layers of makeup and concealer just to hide the blemishes and pigmentation on your face just before an important event. Although your makeup may temporarily hide these skin imperfections, it also traps dirt and impurities in your pores. People usually get into a vicious cycle of applying makeup to cover the blemishes and in turn, the makeup irritates the skin which will induce acne and cause other skin problems.
Improve your skincare regime with these blemish-busting and acne-preventing tips to get the clear, flawless skin you always wanted!
7 Essential Tips for Flawless Skin
WASH REGULARLY It cannot be over-emphasized the importance of washing your face twice a day – once when you wake up and another time just before going to bed. For people with no major skin issues, the recommendation is to wash your face twice a day using a mild, gentle cleanser. Wash your face and spend at least 30 seconds to rub away the day’s grime. Don’t cut corners or you’re asking for a breakout.
EXFOLIATE This is key to having a clear, smooth skin. Exfoliation is required to remove the layers of dead skin cells that clog your pores. Look out for off-the-shelf products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) or beta-hydroxy acids (BHA). These effective ingredients provide gentle exfoliation to make you look more radiant. How often to exfoliate depends on your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, twice a week may be too much. However, in warmer countries like Singapore or if you have oily skin, it might be better to exfoliate more than twice a week to remove the buildup of dead skin cells.
AVOID THE SUN Sun exposure causes our skin to age faster than we think. Over time, the sun’s UV rays damage the elastin in the skin which will then cause the skin to sag and lose the ability to go back into its place after stretching. Over exposure to the sun can lead to hyperpigmentation, leaving brown spots on the skin causing splotchy skin. Apply sunscreen everytime you leave the house. Choose those that covers both UVA and UVB rays with SPF30 for better protection. For people with skin problems, it is advisable to use those that are “lightweight” and “oil-free” so that it does not clog your pores.
HOME REMEDY There are several home remedies that you might have heard of but we know one that works very well against acne and pimples! Baking soda helps to balance the pH level of the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which is very effective against acne, pimples and red spots on the face. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is also good to calm red, angry skin to restore a radiant glow on your face. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with one teaspoon of water or lemon juice to make a paste. Apply a thin film on your face and gently rub the mixture into your face to exfoliate the skin. Finally rinse your face with lukewarm water and dry it with a towel.
DON’T PICK As tempting as it may be, don’t every pick or squeeze your pimples. Picking your pimples can cause blemishes or leave a scar behind. Also, you may transfer bacteria and germs into the open wound if you touch it with your hands. See a doctor and get it treated if the pimples on your face are bothering you.
MEDI-FACIAL Sometimes you need the extra help to boost your skincare regime. Pampering yourself and get a deep cleanse once every few weeks is beneficial to maintaining a clear skin. Clay mask is known to be an effective treatment to open the pores and get rid of the gunk lodged deep inside. It also has anti-bacterial properties and clean out excess oil. We understand your problem – that is why we designed this medi-facial to resolve your problem.
GOOD DIET As the saying goes ‘You are what you eat‘. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to keep your skin clear and healthy. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables with different colours. The wide array of bright colours that give fruits and vegetables their appeal contain pigments. These colourful pigments provide various health and nutrition benefits. Eat more vegetables like broccoli, kale, tomatoes, beets, carrots and white meats like fish and chicken. What is good for your health is also good for your skin. Avoid deep fried, oily food, sugars and simple carbohydrates. These cause inflammation in the body and studies have shown that consuming food high in sugar have been linked to more pimple breakouts.
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