Getting perfect, radiant skin has never been easy. We’re not going to deny it. It takes work. It takes perseverance. It takes grit. And most of all, it takes strong determination and self-control. No, we’re not trying to scare you. We’re just trying to prepare you for these 10 tips for perfect skin. If you see all of them through with sincerity, that is!
The first thing you need to understand about how to have perfect skin is that just like your body protests and eventually gives in to exhaustion without proper rest, your skin too begins to show telltale signs of exhaustion. So, you need to rest enough, by which we mean sleep for the requisite 8 hours a night to help your skin relax.
So, you had a good night’s sleep and your skin is now well-rested. What to do now? Give it a gradual jump-start. Exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes every day to increase the circulation of blood in the body. When blood pumps well, your skin gets refreshed and it shows in the mild red blush that working out brings with it.
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Once you’re all pumped up and sweaty, the best thing to do: take a nice hot steam to open up all the pores! Take in the steam until it touches your face and begins to drip.
Once your pores are open and ready, use a walnut or apricot scrub to exfoliate your face thoroughly. This will help you to remove all the dirt, grime, and dead skin cells from your skin. Wash it off with lukewarm water to reveal soft, supple skin.
Exfoliation can be harsh on your skin. So, to soothe it a bit: use a mild cleanser (read face wash) and gently wash your face with it.
After all the scrubbing and cleansing, your skin might feel a little sore. To assuage this feeling, use a soothing moisturizer that suits your skin type. You don’t want to end up with an oily face that will attract a whole lot of dirt and grime that you work so hard to avoid.
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Now it’s time to get ready. We know you simply cannot imagine going a day without makeup. This is why this guide includes makeup. But, the most important step that most women miss out on is the use of a good quality foundation before they put on their makeup. Just like a wall (excuse the analogy), your skin too needs that protective layer of primer before it bears the brunt of makeup, no matter how light. Plus, using foundation is the best way to conceal any bumps, spots, and imperfections in your skin before they get highlighted with makeup.
Yes, we said makeup is an indispensible part of your life. No, we did NOT say you have to apply cakes and cakes of it. The trick to wearing makeup is that it shouldn’t look like you’re wearing any! So, by all means, wear makeup. Just have some mercy on your skin.
This is another very important step in a skincare regime that most women tend to skip. Whatever the reason, be it lack of time, drunken stupor, or sheer laziness, leaving makeup on overnight is the WORST thing you can do to your skin. Why all the drama, you ask? Well, someone’s got to stand up for all the neglected faces having to bear the burden of overnight makeup, isn’t it?
Simply removing makeup is not enough. You need to again cleanse your face thoroughly so that any kind of sediment: makeup or otherwise, does not remain embedded in your skin. Use a good cleansing milk if you’re averse to washing your face before going to bed. But NEVER forget to clean your face before you sleep.
As you can very well see, reaching that goal of perfect skin will take a lot of discipline, time, and effort on your part. So the next time you think of having that one extra cup of coffee at the café, think of the extra time it’s going to take you to take off your makeup and clean your face before sleeping that night. It might convince you otherwise.