Have you ever counted the number of cosmetic products that you may be using every day? A foundation, a concealer, an under-eye product, the list goes on and on. But have you ever thought about the effects that these products can have on your skin in the long run?
More often than not, products used for make-up have ingredients that can adversely affect your skin when used on a daily basis. So, here we bring you 12 natural ways to enhance your looks without any make-up, courtesy Dr. Kaustav Guha, Head of R&D, SkinKraft Laboratories. Try them all and let your skin breathe for a few days.
Healthy inside = Glowing outside
Taking care of your overall health is the first step towards achieving naturally glowing skin. You will not need any make-up to look gorgeous if you maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right, sleeping well, and indulging in various physical activities.
The daily skin care routine
You must follow a strict cleansing and moisturizing routine every day, both day and night, to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Apply sunscreen during the day before you step out and use a good serum after your night cleansing routine. Exfoliate once a week to get rid of dead skin cells and apply DIY or sheet masks for an instant glow. Always chose skincare products that do not contain any harsh chemicals.
The perfect grooming
Get rid of excess facial hair to reveal your true complexion either through threading or laser hair removal techniques. A regular facial from a professional salon can also add to your personal aura.
Let your eyes do the talking
You can either go for perfectly shaped eyebrows or the bold full-grown look to direct all the attention to your eyes. Treat dark circles and puffiness using natural remedies at home, like a cucumber-green tea eye mask.
Kill it with a smile
Exfoliate and moisturize your lips regularly. Apart from a heart of gold, a pair of luscious lips and sparkling teeth is all you need for a smile to bedazzle all!
All eyes on the hair
Go for the boho-chic hairdo – messy buns, loose braids – to look cool and interesting. You can also experiment with unique haircuts and apply homemade hair masks once a week for nourishment. Excess heat-based styling like blow-drying, curling, etc. can damage your hair easily in the long run.
Dress up to the occasion
Dress comfortably and take into account the weather conditions so that you don’t end up feeling uneasy. Choose colors that compliment your complexion perfectly.
Eat to nourish
Eat a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Too much intake of fried, processed and junk foods can lead to skin issues like acne. Most importantly, stay hydrated throughout the day for healthy, glowing skin.
You need sufficient, sound sleep for your skin to recover and rejuvenate from the daily wear and tear. An adult requires at least 7-8 hours of sleep every day to look and feel healthy and active. Do not forget to cleanse your face & apply your serums and moisturizers before hitting the bed.
Daily exercise helps maintain your hormonal balance and flushes out the toxins that are responsible for most of your skin woes. Try to include at least a 30-40 minutes workout routine in the morning that makes you happy, be it walking, cycling, or dancing.
Stress has been proved to be one of the biggest causing of premature signs of aging, which automatically reflects on your skin. Practice breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga to flush out stress from your system.
Don’t be shy – Seek help
Last but not the least, do consult a dermatologist if you have any chronic skin or hair concerns such as cystic acne, severe dandruff, etc. Overcoming such issues right in the beginning can help you remain confident and enhance your looks overall.