Skin care should not be a complex chore. It should come in naturally to any individual who loves to invest time in him/herself. There are many straightforward beauty skincare rituals that come instinctively to all of us, but sometimes, it is a good idea to refresh this knowledge and ensure we are not skipping any steps.
Here are 9 important beauty skin care rituals to follow on a daily basis in order to enhance the natural beauty.
1. Start the day with a glass of warm water
Our body loses plenty of water while we sleep. So, it makes sense that one of the best beauty skin care rituals to include in our daily regime is drinking a glass of warm water first thing upon waking up. You can squeeze half a lemon in it or add a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to enhance its properties.
2. Stick to a cleansing-toning-moisturizing routine
Establish a cleansing-toning-moisturizing routine twice a day. Use a cleanser suitable for your skin type. People with dry skin should avoid alcohol based cleansers which can end up drying the skin further. On the other hand, those with oily skin type can use a mild alcohol based cleanser to reduce excess oil and sebum. For combination skin or sensitive skin, use mild cleansers with2% cetyl alcohol. Toners help remove dirt, makeup and product buildup caused by cosmetics which cleansers are unable to remove. Look for toners containing witch hazel or aloe vera gel that help clear up the skin and reduce zits. Moisturizers should include SPF 30++ for daytime use. For night, go for serums that hydrate the skin and reduce wrinkles, age spots and other forms of sun damage.
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3. Massage your body before bath
Massaging is one of the best skin care rituals for soft, glowing skin. You can use your favorite massage oil (coconut, olive, sesame, argan oil etc) for the massage. This helps stimulate the lymphatic system and drains out the toxins from the body.
4. Get plenty of sleep
When was the last time you slept through the night, only to wake up after the alarm went off? Sleeping is the time when the skin heals and renews itself. The best beauty skin care ritual you can do is indulge in 7-8 hours of zzzzs at every night. If you are sleep deprived, your skin will look dull, haggard and tired. So sleeping is the best skin care secret there is.
People who meditate (these include quite a few Hollywood celebrities) are known to get that inner glow and radiance which no other skin care product can give you. So establish a daily meditation practice. You do not have to spend hours meditating- just 10 minutes in the morning and evening can do wonders for your body and mind and especially your skin.
6. Exercise daily for 30 minutes at least
Exercise reduces stress hormones and triggers production of endorphins that boost the mood and benefit the skin. Exercising also triggers sweat production which carries out the waste (urea, lactic acid etc) giving you a glowing, radiant skin.
7. Get some sun-just not too much
Vitamin D-the sunshine vitamin- should be made an important part of your skin care rituals. Vitamin D deficiency can impact your skin and hair health- so make sure you soak up some sun (at least 15 minutes daily-no more). Yes, we also recommend using SPF 30+ for the remaining part of the day to prevent tanning, sun damage and skin cancer.
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8. Drink 8-10 glasses of water
Keep your skin hydrated on the inside by drinking tons of water. To do so, you can set reminders (using your watch) every hour reminding you to drink up. If you do not like plain water, go for flavored, sugar free, fruit infused water. Herbal teas and decaffeinated sugar free drinks are also good.
9. Take care of your hands and feet
We often take care of the skin on the face and neck, but forget our hands and feet. These are areas where signs of aging can start appearing as early as the 30s. So use a good moisturizing hand cream and also slather on petroleum jelly on the feet covering up with socks. This will help you wake up to healthy, soft, crack-free feet.
Follow these 9 daily beauty skincare rituals and see a radiant glow on your skin.