Spring Clean


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Fol­low these five sim­ple beauty rules that will help get your skin ready for the new sea­son.

Get to know your skin bet­ter

This should be rule num­ber one. For ef­fec­tive re­sults and to avoid side ef­fects base your skin care regime on your skin type. Ev­ery­one knows that there are three ba­sic types of skin — nor­mal, dry and oily, but there are also skin type sub­sets which in­clude — sen­si­tive, com­bi­na­tion and de­hy­drated skin. “Your skin is never the same at all times. It changes with age, weather, diet and mood,” ex­plains Dr Chytra. V. Anand, cos­metic der­ma­tol­o­gist, Kos­mo­d­erma Clin­ics. It is smart to get your skin an­a­lysed by a pro­fes­sional be­fore you start any beauty rou­tine to en­sure you are on the right track.

In­clude un­der­eye cream in your daily es­sen­tials

Af­ter you hit the other side of 25, the age­ing process starts to kick in. Even though the skin un­der your eye is the first to bear the brunt of de­clin­ing years, most of us for­get to add un­der­eye cream to our beauty regime. It’s time we give this in­dis­pen­si­ble cream its due. “For cor­rect ap­pli­ca­tion, cleanse your skin then use your ring fin­ger to ap­ply the cream in cir­cu­lar mo­tions with a light touch. Do not rub as the skin in this area is ex­tremely sen­si­tive,” ad­vises Anand.

Take beauty sup­ple­ments

No amount of beauty prod­ucts can make up for the lack of es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents in your diet. While a bal­anced diet is the best way to get these nu­tri­ents, a busy sched­ule can of­ten come in the way. “Tak­ing oral an­tiox­i­dants, Omega 3 and vi­ta­mins helps to boost the skin’s im­mune func­tions, help­ing with added photo pro­tec­tion and reg­u­lar­is­ing skin and hair health. The com­bi­na­tion of these sup­ple­ments de- pends on the con­di­tion of your skin and hair,” says Anand. To slow down the process of age­ing and for skin main­te­nance Anand rec­om­mends the fol­low­ing — Omega 3 500 mg daily Vi­ta­min C 60 mg / day Vi­ta­min E 40 IU / day Bi­otin 30 mcg Zinc 8mg Vi­ta­min B Com­plex Resver­a­trol

Use es­sen­tial oils

Ac­cord­ing to Anand, “While the pos­i­tive ef­fects of es­sen­tial oils are yet to be sci­en­tif­i­cally es­tab­lished, the field of aro­mather­apy has for years used es­sen­tial oils for treat­ing var­i­ous con­di­tions such as de­pres­sion, sleep­less­ness and anx­i­ety with great suc­cess.” And ev­ery­one knows the ef­fect these three cul­prits can have on our skin. Apart from base oils such as olive, al­mond, jo­joba and wheat­germ, tea tree oil is a pop­u­lar choice in the treat­ment of acne, pim­ples and other bac­te­rial in­fec­tions.

Adopt a health­ier life­style

It’s no se­cret that smok­ing, ex­ces­sive al­co­hol, stress and ir­reg­u­lar sleep habits tend to age the skin faster due to free rad­i­cal dam­age. Free rad­i­cals are scav­enger cells that at­tack healthy tis­sue and erode the skin bar­rier. They de­stroy col­la­gen and elastin and slow down the pro­duc­tion of new cells. “Smok­ers should take an oral an­tiox­i­dant on a daily ba­sis while those ex­posed to pol­lu­tion and air con­di­tion­ing should use a skin sealant to cre­ate an ex­ter­nal skin bar­rier,” ad­vises Anand.

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