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Skin Care Hacks : How to Have Glowing Skin in 10 Simple Steps

There are people with genetically blessed skin, but it is almost impossible to maintain that glow in the absence of any skincare effort.

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Your relationship with your skin won’t work unless you give it enough time. Follow our 9 step guide to get better skin and lips! PIxabay
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New Delhi, October 1, 2017 : Every group has that one friend who has perfect skin. They glow and shine, and radiate like crystals. And when asked what they do for this flawless visage, they giggle and proudly announce they do not have a skin care regime and don’t do anything.

Instant heartbreak.

Well, you must certainly not lose heart. Yes, these are people with genetically blessed skin, but it is almost impossible to maintain that glow in the absence of any skin care effort.

So, how to have glowing skin?

There isn’t a magic spell to achieve healthy, clear and glowing skin, but there are a few basic changes you can make to get enviable results.

We have devised a practical and easy to follow skin care regime for you. Here, we have rounded up 10 night time beauty habits that can possibly make you “that” friend.

  1. Give Your Face Some Steam

Nobody has the time to get facials done every month, but we give you a shortcut to looking like you do! The aim is to expose your skin to steam just long enough to open and de-gunk your pores. We’d suggest taking a hot shower before washing your face, or keeping a warm soaked hand towel on your face and patting gently. This will not only open pores, but loosen dirt, oil, or bacteria stuck on your face that can then be taken care with water.

  1. Remove All Makeup

Removing all makeup is a staple to all skin care regimes. (And we don’t mean with wet wipes)  Splash your face with sufficient water. Your lipstick, eye-liner, mascara, and foundation; everything has to go. A naked face opens and cleans pores and removes any gunk from your eyes.

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Make-up suffocates the skin and clogs pores. Pixabay
  1. Exfoliate To Get Rid Of The Dead Skin

It not only removes the layer of dead skin, but also makes your skin radiant and youthful. However, exfoliation can do more harm than good when done in excess- it can trigger rashes, irritation and breakouts. Try doing it twice a week. And if you have sensitive skin, then even once is good!

You can also use home-made scrubs like oatmeal, besan or coffee. These scrubs are natural and can be altered as per your own preferences

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  1. Tone Your Skin

Pollution. Humidity. Weather changes. Acne. And what not. Our skin has to face a lot of obstacles throughout the day.

Toning helps maintain the right pH balance for a healthy skin. It helps rejuvenate the dead cells by nourishing and tightening the skin from deep within. It also removes excess oil thus, fighting acne-problems and making a protective layer over our skin. All-around care, what else does we need?

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You can choose from a variety of toners available in the market or use natural products like rosewater, or aloe vera. Pixabay

You can choose from a variety of options in the market, or go au-natural with rosewater.

  1. Moisturize

You must moisturize. It will keep your skin well-fed, preventing it from ageing as well as getting pimples. Sleeping without it is a strict no!

If you have dry skin, invest in products with natural oils like grape seed and for dry skin, you should use oil-free and light-weight moisturizers.

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Creams moisturize and restore nutrients in the skin, keeping it healthy and glowing. Pixabay
  1. Eye Cream

Invest in a good moisturizer and a night cream for your nightly skin care routine,  irrespective of your age. It will keep your skin hydrated and plump while minimizing the appeared of dark circles and wrinkles.

We suggest using lightweight creams with caffeine, peptides and oxidants.

  1. When All Is Said And Done, Sleep

And sleep for some good 7-8 hours. Cutting down on sleeping hours can speed up ageing process. Snooze hours form an integral part of skin care; there is a reason it is called beauty sleep, after all. During sleeping-hours, your skin is devoid of any external application or attacks by the harmful sun rays. Hence, sound sleep allows your cells to regenerate, which happens quicker at night than in the day-time.

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Sound sleep makes an integral part of skin case regime for a healthy skin.. Pixabay
  1. Use Multiple Pillows

One for your left side, another for your right. One to rest your head on, and the other to hug tightly. No, we’re kidding. You can use as many pillow as you like, but our suggestion is to sleep with your head on an elevated platform than the rest of the body to prevent puffiness.

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Sleeping with your head on an elevated platform prevents puffiness. Pixabay
  1. Vaseline Is A Staple for Skin care

Don’t forget your lips, hands and feet. Apply generous amounts of Vaseline on your lips and feet to keep them soft and hand cream over your hands. Vaseline plumps and moisturizes the lips, keeping them soft and red.

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Vaseline has been trusted for generations to moisturize skin and lips. Pixabay
  1. Secure The Air Moisture Using A Humidifier

Make complete use of technology and bring humidifiers home for your skin care regime. Humidifiers infuse the air in your bedroom with moisture. This in turn helps keep your skin hydrated. Outcome: Goodbye dry, itchy and cracked skin!

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Humidifiers infuse the air in your bedroom with moisture. Wikimedia

Your relationship with your skin won’t work unless you give it enough time. This skin care routine will take 15 minutes and just that. Plus it will also spare you from spending bucks at the beauty parlor after every few days.

 

 

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Tips to Protect Sensitive Skin of Babies in Winter

Dr. Rajesh Kumawat, Head-Medical Services & Clinical Development, The Himalaya Drug Company, shares a few tips to combat atopic dermatitis in babies:

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Winter care for your little ones. Pixabay

Babies have delicate skin, which is sensitive to humidity and changes in the weather. Cold weather affects the skin even further by causing rashes, redness and itching.

Most rashes are harmless and go away on their own. However, in some situations, the skin condition can become chronic and difficult to manage. Atopic dermatitis, also called atopic eczema, is one such skin condition that affects one in five children globally.

Atopic dermatitis is long-lasting (chronic) and tends to flare periodically. Often, it appears in infants in the first year of birth and progresses till five years of age and, at times, even beyond. It leads to inflamed and itchy skin, resulting in patches of red and dry skin. The condition may worsen during colder months. Often, as the child enters teenage, the skin condition persists, affecting daily activities. This leads to a lack of self-confidence, thus impacting the child’s overall personality development.

Atopic dermatitis can lead to skin infections, as the dry, inflamed skin results in cracks, causing microbes and irritants to enter the skin. Dryness, itching, cracks, and redness are the common symptoms of atopic dermatitis, which can occur anywhere on the body.

A child whose family member has a history of asthma or allergies is more likely to develop atopic dermatitis. There is a 40-50 per cent probability of a child developing atopic dermatitis if one of her parents also suffered from the condition. This figure rises to 50-80 per cent when both the parents suffered from the skin condition.

Dr. Rajesh Kumawat, Head-Medical Services & Clinical Development, The Himalaya Drug Company, shares a few tips to combat atopic dermatitis in babies:

Avoid harsh soaps: Use baby washes containing herbal actives, specially formulated for baby’s delicate skin. Natural ingredients like Indian aloe (aloe vera), almond oil, milk, and olive oil work together to nourish and maintain the moisture balance of baby’s skin.

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Understanding the needs of baby’s skin is essential for healthy development, both physical and mental. Pixabay

Avoid hot baths, long showers: Maintain the right water temperature for the baby’s bath. Water should be lukewarm, as hot water can make the skin dry. Baby should be bathed for not more than 10 to 15 minutes. Lightly pat the skin with a towel to remove excess water, and avoid drying the skin completely.

Keep fingernails short: Keep your child’s fingernails short and cover itchy areas with a cloth or dressing to prevent scratching that can cause skin irritation and infection.

Moisturise the skin: Immediately apply a gentle and hydrating lotion or cream to moisturise baby’s skin immediately after a bath. A good moisturising agent usually consists of natural ingredients such as coconut, kokum, rice, and aloe vera, among others. Moisturising helps hydrate the skin and relieve skin irritation.

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Put comfortable dresses: Loose cotton clothing helps keep the baby comfortable, whereas woollen and synthetic fibres may keep baby too warm and worsen the skin condition. Avoid covering the baby in thick blankets/clothes that can cause irritation to sensitive skin.

Avoid harsh chemical products: Choose products that are free from mineral oils, parabens, fragrances and artificial colours. Natural ingredients like kokum and aloe vera are known for their hydrating and moisturising properties. Rice bran extract provides necessary skin components called ceramides, which are essential for maintaining skin barrier function and retaining skin moisture. Coconut has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce redness and soothe the skin.

Understanding the needs of baby’s skin is essential for healthy development, both physical and mental. Any ailment of the skin can affect baby’s overall well-being. (IANS)