All About Skincare12:00 AM
1. Visit the dermatologist - If you have been suffering from acne for a while and nothing seems to work, I suggest making an appointment with a dermatologist. Personally, I look for someone who has been practicing for a long time (30 years or more). In my experience the old school doctors are straight forward, patient and do not try to sell you expensive treatments and peels. My dermatologist didn't prescribe me any antibiotics. He gave me two creams (lotion?) to apply daily (4 times a day) and followed his instructions 'T'.
2. Drink lots of water - I carry a bottle with me all day. I keep sipping water throughout the day. Not only is it good for the skin, but also for digestion and over all health. In the end it all contributes towards skin.
3. Clean your face twice a day - I have a morning regime and a night regime and while the brand of products might change every now and then, the process and the number of steps has not changed in last 5 years. Having a good regime which works for you is very important.
4. Never ever skip sun screen - It was not until my early 20s that I started using sunscreen regularly. I have been extremely disciplined about it ever since.
5. Clean your diet - While I have not prove the direct co-relation between the foods I eat and the quality of skin, but I have noticed a remarkable change in the glow and health of my skin when I refrained from deep-fried foods, carbohydrates and sugar.
6. Get in the snooze time - This year has been marvelous for my sleep. I have formed a discipline and no matter what I make sure that get in seven hours of sleep minimum, every night.
7. Workout - This is a no brainer. If you have been around for a while you know I exercise regularly. It just adds to that natural glow to my face.
8. Apply face masks - I love face masks. One of these days I mean to do a post on 'all my different face-masks'. Every weekend (or when ever I get time) I apply a mask. They help seal in that moisture, reduces redness, and cleans the pores. The benefits are endless.
9. I don't use make up everyday - Not that I have anything against make-up but I love my natural skin more. Applying make up, no matter how great the quality, is definitely adding that extra layer of 'stuff' on your face. Unless it is for work or social engagement, I would just skip wearing anything cosmetic on my face and let my skin breathe.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar - Last but not the least - ACV. I have been drinking apple cider vinegar since May 2016. Again I cannot prove it but I think it does help get rid of the toxins from my body which in turn helps with my skin's health. At first I thought I would dislike the taste, but few weeks in and I almost like it. It is definitely an acquired requisite though.