It helps remove dead cells and makes your skin glow. So daily cleansing is a must.
Dry and sensitive skin types should opt for soap-free cleansers. Cleansers containing glycolic acid are good for oily skin, while gel-based cleansers suit normal skin.
If you want your skin to look smooth, healthy and radiant, you need to exfoliate regularly. Exfoliation removes the oldest dead skin cells on the skin’s outermost surface.
Exfoliation can also be done at home. Grind split green moong to a coarse dry powder. Use one tsp of this powder on your wet skin, massage lightly and rinse.
It’s excellent if done twice a week for oily skin. Dry and normal skin types can do it once a week.
To hydrate or moisturize, is to restore or maintain fluid balance.
Hydration has to be internal as well as external.
For internal hydration, drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water daily.
Avoid tea, coffee and fizzy drinks as they are diuretic and will further dehydrate your skin.
For external hydration, moisturize your skin daily. Dry and normal skin types must opt for moisturizers which are alcohol-free.
Non-comedogenic moisturizers like shea butter are good for oily skin.
To have healthy skin, you have to protect it from the sun. Without proper sunscreen your skin will get damaged.
Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30, 10-15 minutes before stepping out of your home. Re-apply after every three hours.
Multi-purpose creams are also a good option; in fact, many moisturizers come with SPF protection in them.
Include five helpings of dark coloured fruits like oranges and apples, and vegetables like spinach and beetroot in your daily diet.
Avoid refined foods which have Glycemic Index (GI) like maida, sugar, rice and potatoes because they release glucose into the bloodstream at a relatively fast rate.
Increase the intake of vitamins C and E and green tea, as they are very rich in anti-oxidants.
It is very important to use the right shampoo for your scalp. So, first get your scalp checked with your dermatologist.
The ideal way to use a shampoo is to first wet your hair, then take shampoo in your palm (do not dilute it with water). Apply the shampoo with your finger tips on your scalp and then the remaining on your hair. Massage lightly and rinse. Follow it up with a conditioner.
Oily hair types can opt for gel-based shampoos. For normal and dry hair, cream-based shampoos are best.
If your hair is treated (permed, coloured or straightened) opt for shampoos which contain silicon, protein and peptide.
Conditioner adds moisture to the hair that shampoo sometimes strips out. It penetrates and moisturizes the hair shaft, making the hair softer and more manageable.
Always apply conditioner directly on your hair (not on the scalp), leave on for five minutes and rinse.
3. POST WASH CARE
Always use wide toothed combs to detangle your hair after washing and then allow it to dry naturally.
Avoid using dryers and excessive treatments like colouring, straightening or blow drying.
To make your hair look shiny, use mousse, hair gels, leave-in serums and Moroccan hair oil.
Healthy roots make your hair glow. A daily high protein diet comprising walnuts, almonds, peanuts, salmon, tuna, paneer, apples, spinach, figs and sesame seeds is very important for your hair.