Be it a long festive season, or, a bout of illness, or, some long travel, or maybe, a few weeks of extreme hectic schedule, it’s always our facial skin that bears the brunt.
If your skin feels and looks dull, there are a few simple beauty and health tricks that can get you glowing and clear-skinned and minimize all signs of fatigue in no time.
Introducing a 7-step plan that will work best to revive tired and neglected facial skin.
Step 1: Internal cleansing
No external treatment works unless you are healthy from inside.
To clean your system, you don’t have to punish yourself with some unrealistic diet plans. Just eat healthy; this is how:
- Try to eat a selection of different-colored vegetables and fruits like – grilled tomato, bell pepper, steamed spinach and mushrooms, a few slices of cucumber, papaya, make a healthy diet that is packed with antioxidants and nutrients. Don’t forget to eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables; they are good sources of nutrients to prevent pale skin and dark eye circles.
Cheater’s trick: Make your diet interesting with some healthy smoothies.
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- Have lean protein like chicken but never miss out oily fish like salmon and tuna as they are rich in omega 3 fatty acids to nourish and moisturize skin from inside. Snack on Vitamin E rich almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds to make your skin vibrant and glowing.
- Avoid coffee, tea and sugary, fizzy drinks as these will all contribute to your skin looking lackluster and fatigued. Avoid all caffeinated beverages since caffeine interferes with the body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C and iron, both strongly linked with dewy hydrated skin. Instead, sip warm water with lemon throughout the day, or enjoy a herbal tea such as green tea, dandelion root or peppermint, which will assist with the digestive process and lead to clear skin.
Cheater’s trick: If you really need caffeine to get you through the day, limit yourself to no more than 2 small cups of coffee, tea or other caffeine containing beverages a day. And, don’t forget to take an extra glass of water with each cup of caffeinated drink to compensate the dehydration.
- Avoid anything that contains sugar, as it causes inflammation and also contributes to puffiness.
- Pay utmost attention to how much fluid you drink every day since your body needs to receive adequate hydration to maintain healthy skin. Make sure to drink about 8 glasses of clean pure water daily. If regularly done, will leave your skin and eyes sparkling.
Step 2: Treat the outbreaks
This might not be a problem for all but in case you have some angry rashes or outbreak of any nature that insist to stay beyond a couple of days, consult a dermatologist. It might be makeup induced, any food allergy or a more serious concern than we generally perceive to be.
I am putting this high in the list because, none of the further steps are advisable if you have outbreaks. We often tend to ignore or treat them ourselves just to make the problem worse. So, a stitch in time saves nine.
Step 3: Exfoliate
A sure way to revive dull skin is to exfoliate. Exfoliating is essential for getting rid of dead skin cells and revealing fresh skin. Using a gentle scrub on your face instantly make you feel much more awake and refreshed.
- It will help blood circulate to your cells while at the same time sloughing away any dirt that might be clinging to the surface of your skin.
- Exfoliation should also be a regular part of your skincare routine if you want to brighten sallow skin. Scrub your skin 3 times a week to remove dead cells and reveal brighter looking skin that is supple.
- I would recommend to use a facial scrub that contains natural skin brightening ingredients such as milk (lactic acid), papaya (papain), mulberry (arbutin) or licorice extract (glabridin), to name a few.
- Make sure that the facial scrub is gentle and you massage it with a light hand. Going overboard with scrub will do you more harm than good. Remember, a little is good, more is not better.
Step 4: Increase circulation
You need to boost your circulation to increase blood flow to the cells and restore your skin’s vitality. This will also help perk up your lymphatic system and flush out the fluids and toxins that are causing the dull skin and puffiness. This is a major step to restore skin radiance.
- Start a day by drinking a mug of warm water with the juice of half a lemon squeezed into it to boost circulation.
- Make routine of daily physical exercises as it not only improves blood circulation which will help your skin revive the healthy glow but also to improve overall health.
- Turn to massages as they are highly beneficial for boosting your circulation. You really don’t have to rush to a beauty therapist to indulge in an expensive massage. Instead, massage your cleansed face gently for 5-10 minutes with a nourishing cream every alternate day. You can also use any of jojoba, almond or olive oil for a good nourishing massage.
- Use light but firm upward strokes for the cheeks. Gentle outward motion for forehead. Use gentle but firm pressure and take care around the eye area not to drag the skin. Instead, use a shiatsu-like pressing motion around the orbital bone. Being gentle but firm is the mantra.
Step 5: Pamper with a face mask
Facial masks treat your particular skin type or condition. So, choose wisely and use regularly.
For instance, if you’re dry or dehydrated, the facial mask should hydrate your skin. If your skin is red or inflamed, the mask should calm and soothe. If your skin is oily and congested, the facial mask can help draw out impurities from the skin.
Depending on what they are made of, they can do the following:
- tighten and tone the skin
- hydrate the skin
- nourish the skin
- draw out impurities
- help blemishes heal
- calm and soothe the skin
- rejuvenate the skin
Step 6: Follow a strict skincare routine
No matter how good the products you are using are, nothing will show its result unless it is done regularly. Don’t over-complicate your routine; just make sure you don’t miss the following.
- Cleansing (twice a day)
- Exfoliating (2-3 times a week)
- Toning (twice a day, post cleaning and exfoliating
- Moisturizing (twice a day, post toning)
- If you are past mid-twenties, preferably use an eye cream
- Don’t forget to include your neck and décolletage in your skincare regimen
- Always apply sunblock. Use an SPF 20+ that is broad-spectrum coverage to protect your skin from damaging UV rays.
Step 7: Refresh yourself
As a midday pick-me-up, or whenever you feel like a burst of hydration, spritz your face with a facial mist. Keep it on your desk and spray regularly throughout the day. Simply mist it over your face, holding it about 20 centimeters away. The mirror will tell you the effect!
To know more:
Face mist – Why? and How?
Face Mist – The variety!
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