SKIN CARE REGIME FOR WORKING WOMEN!
Imagine you have to attend an important interview, and your face is riddled with tiny pimples, or you have grey hair sticking out or worse, flaky dandruff falling on your shoulders! Do you feel your confidence levels dropping like a bad day at the stock market? Why wait to fall prey to such skin and hair concerns and then attempt repairing the damages? Prevention is better than cure. Our skin and hair is a mirror of our mind and body. All the signs and symptoms which are seen on the level of skin or hair reflect that there is some internal disharmony that needs attention.
Most of us have a crazy morning, whether professionally working or not. It’s either a demanding boss, or baby, or home that eats up the entire day. Here are some quick and easy tips which will not only help you look your best, but make you feel amazing too.
- Remove all make up before sleeping. Clean the face properly right at night with a good cleanser. Choose your cleanser well. It should be gentle to the skin. Use your finger tips for gentle cleansing. Rinse well with ample of water. Avoid using a cleanser with high alcohol content or fragrance as they can rob your skin of its essential natural oils. In the busy morning, you can just splash plain water to cleanse the skin.
- If you have dry skin, avoid warm water for cleansing as it takes away the natural oils from the skin.
- If you have oily skin, use a foaming face wash to get rid of the excess oil.
- If you have sensitive skin cleansing should be done very gently. Pat dry the skin and do not rub too hard. Products that contain subtle ingredients like chamomile, aloe or green tea can be particularly helpful and soothing.
- Healthy and sound sleep also makes the skin feel fresh. Extremely low temperatures like in an air conditioned room dry the skin. Maintain a comfortable temperature in the room.
- Remember that every skin type needs a moisturiser, irrespective of your age. Moisturise the skin daily.
- Depending on your skin type, if you have very dry skin, apply an oil or cream based moisturiser but if you have oily or sensitive skin, prefer a gel or water based one, which is light weight and does not block the pores.
- Apply a moisturiser when the skin is damp, just after a bath.
- In the mornings, use a moisturiser which contains sun protection.
- Remember to moisturise the whole body, not just the face.
Whether in car or travelling by pubic transport, the sun’s rays do affect the skin and even 10 to 15 minutes of exposure can harm the skin.
- Choose a sunscreen with broad spectrum protection with minimum SPF of 30 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
- A sunscreen not only protects the skin, it also helps acts as an anti-ageing agent. It prevents pigmentation. Light skinned people are more prone to freckles and tanning, and may also opt for SPF 50.
- Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hourly if you are remaining long outdoors.
These are the 3 steps to follow for an everyday skin care routine. However, certain skin conditions require a little more care.
Acne or pimples pop up when there is excess sebum produced on the skin which clogs the pores. It is commonly seen in teenage girls, but may continue later too. Whatever the reason behind acne, skin needs extra care that you can give as follows:
Wash your face 2-3 times daily with a mild foaming cleanser and preferably with warm water. Over washing or rubbing and using a strong soap or face wash may be harmful.
- Be patient. Do not break or touch it often. You might end up getting a permanent scar.
- If you uses glasses or sunglasses and have active pimples, clean the glasses well so as to keep oil away.
- To prevent getting acne again eat healthy and stay well hydrated. Exercise daily to maintain a good balance of hormones.
- Make sure your skin is clean all time and especially when you return home from outdoors.
HAIR CARE ROUTINE:
Just as much as we worry about clear skin, healthy hair also play a major role in making us look and feel beautiful.
- Do a lukewarm oil massage in the night and the next morning you can simply rinse it off with a mild shampoo.
- Always tie your hair loose when sleeping. Leaving them open will entangle them and make them messy the next morning.
- Protect your head and hair by wearing a scarf or cap if it is too sunny outside.
- During dry weather, condition your hair tips well to prevent losing natural oil from hair.
- Do not dry your hair with blow dryers or heating machines. Natural air drying is recommended.
- Do not comb wet hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle any knots.
- Hair should not be shampooed every day.
- Use of hair gels and sprays will damage your hair.
Eating healthy will make you feel and look healthy. If your hair and skin is naturally good, then a lot of time can be saved while getting ready and leaving for work.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Proteins are extremely important for having good, strong, and beautiful hair.
- Have fruits and vegetables as they are loaded with vitamins and minerals that are much needed by skin and hair.
- Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin and hair well- hydrated.
- Stress can add to your skin problems. Controlling stress by exercising, developing hobbies, playing a sport and getting enough sleep and planning your day well in advance will give you healthy glowing skin and beautiful hair.
- Habits like smoking and too much alcohol cause dullness, ageing and pigmentation.