We humans, as self-obsessed as we are, do tend to pay close attention to taking care of our outwardly appearances, preening in our bedroom mirrors before stepping out of our houses. And while there’s nothing really wrong with grooming our bodies, or with presenting the best external version of ourselves to the world, we often concentrate on certain regions more than others. The facial region, for example, on account of being more noticeable, especially at first glance, is more cared for than any other part of our body.
And why wouldn’t we? It is our face that is often representative of our entire outwardly appearance and hence, the most cared for as well. Women, especially, have focused on face care tips and products more than men have and given that they’ve been valued for their appearances more than any of their other talents for a larger part of history, it isn’t something they can be criticized for either.
As a result, the fascination for clear, unblemished and glowing skin is quite absolute. You might have often taken a look at all those radiant faces of models in advertisements (or even the bloggers on various social media sites these days) and wondered how is it that they manage to have such brilliantly clear and smooth skin. Well, some of it might be the magic of makeup but more often than not, a clear and glowing face requires sticking to a routine (or sometimes, it’s just your genes that you need to thank). Apart from all the dirt, grime and pollution that you face has to encounter through the day, not to mention the enormous amounts of stress that we adults have to deal with, there is a number of factors that affect the health and natural glow of your skin.
What is the secret behind getting a glowing and unblemished face then? Our team at BeBeautiful put together 6 face care tips, some pointers, some dos and don’ts just for you, so that you too can get that gorgeously radiant face that you so covet. Here’s what you’ve got to do!
- The goodness of tea
- The pillow problem
- Hydrate! (Repeat that a million times over)
- Sugar, you’re too sweet for me!
- Algae, icky but effective!
- Moisturise with hyaluronic acid
The goodness of tea
Remember how puffy your face looks, especially the under eye region, when in the morning if you’ve not slept well or even overslept, or when you’re really tired after a long day’s work? All you need is a few tea bags (black, green or chamomile) to get rid of all that puffiness under your eyes. Steep the tea bags in hot water (not boiling) for about a minute before taking them out and letting them chill in a bowl of iced water. Once they’re sufficiently chilled, close your eyes and place one tea bag over each of your eyelid for about 15 minutes (you could even take a short nap in the meanwhile).
Or if you’ve got some green tea available with you, it could even be used as a toner for brightening up your face. Green tea is anti-inflammatory, brightens and cleans your skin, evens up your skin tone and even hydrates it to a considerable extent (it’s quite magical like that). Let the leaves steep in hot water for about 5 minutes before letting the water cool and applying it onto your face (you could dab it onto your face using cotton pads or even bottle it up and spray it onto your face). Now that’s a face care tip for sure!
The pillow problem
The pillowcase, or the material that it is made of, isn’t usually a concern when one thinks of face care tips. However, it ought to be, especially if you’re in the habit of sleeping with your face on your pillow. Coarser fabrics (relatively) such as cotton tend to increase friction and compress your skin all the while that you’re sleeping, causing lines to appear on your face in the morning. Prolonged use could even lead to an early case of wrinkles on your skin. Switching to much smoother fabrics such as silk or velvet could help you go a long way in getting a clear and smooth face.
Hydrate! (Repeat that a million times over)
For someone giving you face care tips, we couldn’t stress enough on the importance of staying hydrated throughout the day. And if plain ol’ water doesn’t seem exciting enough an option for you, you could try switching it up a notch and going for coconut water instead. You could even make a batch of detox water for yourself (just cut up some slices of cucumber and lemon and store them in a glass bottle overnight) and carry it with you everywhere you go, sipping on it from time to time.
Sugar, you’re too sweet for me!
Sugar and especially white processed sugar is one of the biggest reasons for skin inflammation, as well as for your face becoming dry, itchy, acne-prone and wrinkled. So here’s a face care tip from our experts. Cutting out white sugar from your diet can do a whole lot of good to the health of your skin. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth and are finding it difficult to get rid of the dessert at the end of your meal, you could try switching to healthier options such as jaggery or honey instead.
Algae, icky but effective!
If there’s one substance that hasn’t quite gotten the credit it deserves when it comes to skincare, it is Algae. Natural ingredients such as chlorella and resveratrol can help save your skin from the harmful effects of the sun, especially the UV radiation, while also protecting it from free radicals. Green algae have significant amounts of chlorophyll while blue-green algae contain the natural phenol resveratrol, the former protecting your skin from UV damage and the latter preventing and reversing cell damage (one of the major reasons for early ageing and numerous skin diseases). As for the face care tip, get your face something with the goodness of algae in it.
Moisturise with hyaluronic acid
Your body, and especially your skin, already contains significant amounts of Sodium Hyaluronate, better known as Hyaluronic Acid. Being hydrophilic in nature, the acid has a capacity for water-binding, which helps it keep the collagen and elastin in your skin well-nourished and hydrated. As a result, your skin stays soft, supple and wrinkle free. What more could a face care tip suggest but the use of a moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid in it?