Trying out the latest skincare trends and K-beauty techniques is literally every beauty fanatic’s guilty pleasure, but really taking care of your skin and developing a full-fledged skincare routine is completely different, and often the one thing most of us miss out on. You turn every page in the book of natural remedies and follow your skincare routine religiously when you spot a pimple or a wrinkle, but what do you do on those days when your skin looks clear and perfect? Do you continue to take care of your skin? Or do you take it for granted and then land up with skin woes again? Guilty as charged? We thought so!

To end the vicious beauty cycle, you need to make it a habit to take care of your skin regularly, breakouts or not. Not sure how to take care of skin when it already looks and feels perfect? We are here to help with that today! There are some golden rules of skincare that you should follow on a daily basis to keep your skin healthy and happy.

Taking care of your skin is no joke, but these skincare tips will certainly make the task a whole lot easier. So, if you’ve been wondering about how to take care of your skin, you don’t need to wonder anymore, just read this...


1. Cleanse and exfoliate

Cleanse and exfoliate for skincare

The very first step of any beauty regimen is to cleanse and exfoliate your skin thoroughly. As it turns out, taking care of your skin is pretty much dependent on this step. Cleaning out the excess oil, sweat and dirt from your face helps unclog pores and lets your skin breathe. Plus, it helps ensure that product residue and oil doesn’t make your face a breeding ground for bacteria and turning it into zit city. Dirt and pollution settle into pores and trigger skin problems like acne, blackheads and more.

Cleansing your skin with a mild cleanser gets rid of these impurities and unlocks a cleaner and brighter complexion, while an exfoliator removes dead skin, and deep settled dirt and oil in the pores, which often cause pesky pimples and blackheads. Cleanse your face twice a day and exfoliate on a weekly basis to keep skin clean and clear. If you have oily skin, exfoliate twice a week and use facial wipes to keep your skin clean and healthy.


2. Shun the sun

Shun the sun for skincare

You can try every trick in the book to get flawless skin, but unless you protect your skin from the wrath of sun, you are not really taking care of it properly. Most of your skin problems start as soon as you step out in the sun. Radical damage from the UVB rays of the sun can give you sunburn and tan, and also trigger signs of premature ageing, dark spots, pigmentation, red spots and irritated skin. To avoid this and to take care of your skin properly, try and limit your time in the sun whenever possible. Also, whenever you do go out, slather on a generous amount of sunscreen, because let’s face it, you can’t avoid it at all times. SPF protects your skin from all these skin issues and more. It saves your skin from sun damage and helps keep it healthy and flawless.


3. Say no to an unhealthy diet

Say no to an unhealthy diet for skincare

Enviably gorgeous skin unfortunately needs you to make some sacrifices and it starts with what you eat. Here’s an excellent tip on how to take care of your skin—limit your intake of junk food as these foods cause umpteen skin problems in the long run. You might have noticed that your skin appears greasy on days when you eat oily fast food, and sallow when you consume desserts or caffeinated drinks. These foods contain excess carbs, sugar and salt, which is not just bad news for your waistline, but also for your skin. Taking care of your skin includes letting go of these unhealthy food habits and including more skin-loving superfoods in your meals like fruits, veggies and juices, as well as protein-rich foods like fish and egg. Fatty and fried foods don’t just make your skin oily, but they also contribute to acne problems. If you want clearer, glowing skin, stop munching on these foods, and opt for clean eating. You’ll notice a drastic difference in the way your skin looks.     


4. Take your night-time skincare seriously

Take your night-time skincare seriously for skincare

If you’re doing everything you possibly can for your skin - like drinking enough water, eating right and using appropriate skincare products - but it feels dry and dull every day, you need to take a second look at your night-time beauty habits. Going to bed with makeup on and not moisturizing your skin and under-eye area before you sleep could be the reasons your skin appears unhealthy. A proper night-time skincare routine is very important as your skin gets to work, repairing and rejuvenating the cells and building collagen and elasticity while you are asleep. If you doze off without cleansing your face or moisturising properly, your skin won’t be able to breathe and will appear tired and lifeless in the morning. Swear by a bedtime skincare routine every night. Cleanse tone and moisturise your skin and apply a night cream and eye cream before you sleep. This will help in taking care of your skin and improving its health.


5. Use the right products for your skin

Use the right products for your skin

The health of your skin lies in the skincare products you use. They should not only moisturise or cleanse, but also fight your skin issues and improve your skin texture and complexion. Using the wrong products for your skin type can make your existing skin problems worse and can also cause new ones. You should only use products that are specially formulated to meet your skin’s needs.

If you have oily skin, stock up on products that are non-comedogenic; they don’t clog pores, feel lighter on your skin and also fight acne. Mild and hypoallergenic products are best suited for sensitive skin, while hydrating and oil-based products are perfect for dry skin as they seal in the moisture and don’t dry out your skin. Similarly, if you have combination skin, use products that target both your concerns—which control oil and leave your skin hydrated. If you have a normal skin type, use skincare products that target your specific skin issues, so you can take care of your skin better.


6. Don’t neglect your other body parts

Don’t neglect your other body parts for skincare

Most skincare tips and tricks you read are targeted to facial skin. But, taking care of your skin shouldn’t be restricted to just a face care routine. Your neck, hands and lips can get affected too, and look dull and dry. Thus, they too need equal care and attention. For example, there may not be a single wrinkle or fine line around your eyes or on your face, but the skin on your neck may appear saggy and have fine lines, which looks unsightly. Moisturise your neck as well and do it in an upward motion to keep the skin looking young and firm. Similarly, the skin on your lips is more sensitive than the rest of your face, and tends to become dry and chapped easily. Keep your pout moisturised by applying a hydrating lip balm. To keep your hands pretty and soft, pamper them with a good hand cream and make it a habit to apply it two to three times a day. Also, apply sunscreen on your neck and ears and use an SPF-infused lip balm before heading out.  

Following these golden skincare rules will ensure your skin looks great all year round!