Everyone wants to have skin that is healthy from within and is so clean that it glows, but the type of lives we all live, having that kind of almost porcelain skin is next to impossible. We are constantly exposed to dirt, sunlight and pollution, we cake our skin with makeup and cosmetic products and we hardly choose to eat healthy. All these contribute to our skin not looking the way it should and developing pimples and rashes.

However, having glowing skin is not rocket science and if you are willing to include a few steps into your daily life and get rid of some habits, it can be quite simple.

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  • The very first step for clean glowing skin is knowing your skin type, because all your choices, starting from what you eat to what kind of skin care products you should use, will be dependent on this. Once you know your skin type, you can choose products in accordance and even when you create homemade face masks or scrubs, you will know better what to put in it.
  • What you put into your body is far more important than what you put on it, which is why you need to make sure that you eat right. Oily, fried, sweet foods might seem tempting, but they are not your skin’s best friends, which is why you should avoid them as much as possible. Similarly, bakery products should be left to be an occasional treat and not be a part of your regular diet. However, fresh fruits and vegetables should be a part of your daily diet and if possible, you should consume as many of them in the raw form, as possible.
  • In addition, you need to have a lot of liquid in your diet, because natural hydration from within will ensure that your skin is moisturised and healthy. Ideally, you should drink 8-10 glasses of water each day. You can also include other healthy liquids in your diet in the form of buttermilk, fresh fruit juices, soups, smoothies or even green tea.
  • Sweat is actually a great friend of the skin, which is why you need to make sure that you undertake activities which will enable you to do so. Run, jog, hit the gym, do yoga or even clean your house, because all these are activities which will make you sweat and every time you do, your pores are opening up and allowing an escape for dirt and toxins. However, when you do sweat, make sure that you wash your face with some cold water.
  • Take time to pamper yourself and the choice of whether you want to do it weekly or monthly is up to you. What you can do on a weekly basis is a gentle massage with an essential oil, which suits your skin type. A gentle steam after that will help clean your skin, while keeping it moisturised. On a monthly basis, get a professional cleanup or a facial, which will allow the skin to rejuvenate and look healthy and glowing.
  • It might come as a surprise to many, but using the right soap could make a big difference. The first thing to remember is that the ordinary bath soap is not meant for the face and you should not use it. Opt for a good quality facewash, one that is formulated for your skin type. Read the label carefully to understand whether the facewash will work for your skin type.
  • Take your CTM routine seriously, because something as simple as cleansing, toning and moisturising might all that your skin needs to look great. This should be a part of your daily routine and you can keep exfoliation in your weekly routine. When you are exfoliating, make sure you do it immediately after the cleansing step, because exfoliation is another method of cleaning the skin. Ensure that you use a mild scrubbing product, because harsh or strong ones could make your skin feel raw and leave it feeling dry. It is important to remember that when skin is not exfoliated, there is a lot of dead skin that tends to accumulate and clogs the pores. Regular exfoliation will ensure that all this dead skin is removed, allowing for new skin cells and improved blood circulation too.
  • You need to understand that your skin is really delicate and you need to take serious steps to protect it. Every time you step out of the house, make sure that you apply sunscreen, even if it is during the winters. Choose a sunscreen that you can use on your face and suits your skin type.
  • A change in the seasons means that you should bring a change in your skin care routine as well. For instance, during the winters, your generally oily skin might start feeling dry, which means that you will have to buy a face cream. Similarly, during the monsoons, there is a greater chance of infections, which is why you will have to invest in antibacterial facewashes.
  • Choose your cosmetics with care and as far as possible, avoid makeup, because they are normally too thick on the skin. If you do have to wear makeup, do make sure that you remove it with care, as soon as possible. Also, always keep a close eye on the expiry date of all the cosmetics that you use.
  • Adopt healthy habits such as giving up smoking, regular consumption of alcohol and getting enough sleep each night. Use natural products as much as possible and create face packs, exfoliating scrubs and cleansers using ingredients which have been used since ages. For instance, you can have a face pack which combines chickpea flour, sandalwood powder, turmeric, camphor and regular milk. The ingredient being used in such concoctions will be completely dependent on your skin type.

If your skin has been plagued by a range of skin problems or you are constantly troubled by acne, then chances are that your skin does not have that natural glow that you have always wanted. At AK Clinics, we can give your skin the glow that it deserves through chemical peels, laser photo facials, microdermabrasion and several other such procedures.

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It doesn’t take much to get healthy skin and bouncy hair. Just follow these simple rules this year and you’ll double your glow.

Say bye bye to all 1 year moisturisers

You might have dismissed the idea of a separate moisturiser for summer and winter as a marketing gimmick, but experts beg to differ. Your skin needs more moisture in the cold months, as it becomes drier, making your summer face cream the wrong choice for winter! Opt for a heavier moisturiser with humectants like hyaluronic acid, that draws additional moisture into the skin and in summer switch to a lighter, oil-free one, advises Delhi-based expert, Dr Varun Katyal. Try Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel, Rs 4,191, in summer and the same moisturiser in cream form for winter.

Invest in a good conditioner

Investing in a good conditioner should be on your priority list this year. “Irrespective of the shampoo you use, it is the conditioner which gives the follicles a protective covering and lends shine and volume to your hair. So pick up a good conditioner which is suited for your hair type,” says Katyal. Look for conditioneRs with keratin, a protein similar to crystalline which according to a new study published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, can repair bleached hair. Try Tresemme Keratin Smooth Conditioner Rs 80 or Kerastase Resistance Ciment Anti-Usure Conditioner Rs 2000. Make sure you apply conditioner every time you wash your hair. If you’re hard-pressed for time, choose a leave-in conditioner instead.

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Learn how to shampoo (right)

This may sound unbelievable, but turns out most of us are shampooing wrong. Experts say you should leave the shampoo in your hair for three minutes before you rinse it out. The right way to do it: dilute a small amount of shampoo in a mug and work the mixture through your hair, ensuring the lather touches your scalp and rinse out after 3 minutes, says Katyal. This activates the shampoo’s detergent and washes off excess oil from your scalp. Surprised? There’s more. It seems that the choice of shampoo doesn’t affect the hair quality much. As long as you use a good conditioner afterwards, you can choose to buy any affordable shampoo.

Start (brushing) from the bottom

Most hair starts getting tangled from the lower two-thirds of the strand, so it is a better idea to start combing from the tips of the hair and work your way up. “Avoid excessive combing as friction might increase breakage and hair loss,” says Dr Aman Dua, Ludhiana-based dermatologist. Then again, pat-don’t rub your hair dry with a towel to stop weakening of hair follicles, says Dr Nirmala Shetty in her book Beauty at Your Fingertips.

Schedule a lips day

Your lips need TLC. apart from your face. Our lips have no oil or sweat glands and are constantly exposed to irritants. “Simple solutions like olive oil can help prevent chapped lips,” says Dua. Try Oriflame Beauty Lip Spa Therapy, Rs 198, or Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer, Rs 149. Exfoliate them by gently scrubbing with your fingertips. You can use a homemade scrub by mixing sugar and honey. Try Forest Essentials Cane Sugar Lip Scrub, Rs 475, or Lush BubbleGum Lip Scrub, Rs 575. You can make your lips look fuller by choosing lipsticks that contain palmitoyl oligopeptide, an ingredient that boosts collagen; research shows that it may have a permanent effect. Try Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color Rs 2,199.

Never skip sunscreen

We know you know this already! But did you know sunscreen is just as important on cloudy days? Even on winter days of gentle sunshine, you are exposed to both UVA and UVB rays. The result: lines, wrinkles, age spots and even melanoma. “UVA rays can penetrate glass windows, therefore one is at risk while sitting close to a window, whether in a car, at home or in the office. In addition, up to 80% of UV rays can pass through clouds, so one should wear sunscreen even on a cloudy day,” says Prevention advisor Dr Rekha Sheth. A broad-spectrum sunscreen helps protect from harmful UV rays. Try Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 50 Rs 499, or Lancome UV Expert GN Shield SPF 50, Rs 3,852. Apply it 20 minutes before you step out.

Shaving on dry skin

It may not be the biggest sin in the book, but it’s a good idea to avoid it nonetheless. Unfortunately, there aren’t any shaving gels in the market for women, so you can use lukewarm water or Gillette Series Sensitive Skin Shave Foam, Rs 229, or coconut oil.

Go easy on exfoliation

We know that exfoliating makes the skin feel amazingly smooth, but going overboard won’t help. Over-exfoliating removes the protective moisture barrier which locks in hydration and keeps out irritants, making the skin dry and vulnerable. “Steer clear of all walnut/apricot scrubs as their grains are big and might damage your skin,” says Dr Soma Sarkar, dermatologist, About Face, Mumbai. The wrong product on sensitive skin can lead to breakouts, redness and inflammation. Choose a mild scrub like Aroma Magic Coffee Bean Scrub, Rs 327, instead. Use it once a week and follow up with a ceramidecontaining moisturiser like Cetaphil Restoraderm Body Wash, Rs 1,495, to help restore your skin’s barrier

Wipe out dark circles

Wrinkles and dark circles can be a real beauty bummer. Your eyes require a separate skin care regime. For starters, the skin surrounding youRs eyes is the thinnest and most delicate. It’s two-thirds the thickness of skin on the rest of the face and its thinner moisture barrier makes it more vulnerable. Choose a product formulation (cream, gel) suited to your specific skin care concern (puffiness, dark circles). Mumbai-based dermatologist Dr Rashmi Shetty recommends Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado Rs 3,690 in the morning to soothe and hydrate and Midnight Recovery Eye Rs 3,378, to repair the area while you sleep. And make sure to use a gentle make up remover before heading to bed-no exceptions on this. As you get older, try a richer eye formula with shea butter or beeswax at night.

Stop being touchy

Picking at your skin or touching your face (or that itchy breakout) not only injures the surface but also spreads germs and may lead to further breakouts, redness or irritation, says Sheth.

Use a toner only if required

Not everybody needs a toner. Shetty says toners are meant to moisturise, hydrate and soothe skin, but are not an absolute necessity. Check with your dermat if you need a toner for specific needs such as an oily T-zone, pore tightening or collagen boosting. Most toneRs available in the market are alcohol-based or astringents meant to remove excess oil and might end up drying your skin. If you want to hydrate the skin post cleansing, opt for hydrating wateRs and toning lotions or just spritz rose water, instead, to freshen up a tired face.
Step away from the air conditioner
Yes, it works. Spending time in an AC room or in front of a heater can make your skin dry and stretchy. So use a body oil before or right after you step out of the bath. Avoid using perfumed oils as they dry the skin further. Try Khadi Sweet Almond Oil, Rs 450, Parachute Pure Coconut Oil, Rs 60, or Kama Ayurveda Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, Rs 325.

Target beauty blind spots

Chalky elbows, cracked heels, discoloured fingernails, never scrubbed back-these are just some of the body parts we forget think about. Devote one day of the week for blind spots TLC- scrub and moisturise your elbow, book a salon appointment for a mani-pedi and get a back brush to scrub those unreachable zones. Try Basicare Wooden Body Brush Rs 440 and Tatha Body Custard Harmony Rs 1,040 to moisturise.


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Dr Aman Dua speaks to ‘Better Homes & Gardens’ as ‘Dermatologist of the Month’. She discusses how various procedures that we do from day to day can cause permanent damage to the hair. Also she recommends about how one can handle with slight life style modifications.

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