7.05.2015 | Water and Beauty
Hydrating yourself adequately makes you beautiful in the long run
Whenever you switch on your television, it’s almost guaranteed that you will see at least a couple of advertisements by multinational brands trying to convince you to buy age-defying creams or anti-wrinkle lotions, or some other products for your eyes or lips or cheeks! And of course, there’s nothing wrong with that. But because we’re so inundated with these kinds of messages, we begin to think that skin care and make-up are the same thing – and we think both are optional.
But everyone should be taking care of their skin - whether or not you choose to use make-up, and irrespective of whether you are a man or a woman.
Why is skin care important?
The skin acts as a protective barrier for the body. It has to constantly battle the harsh rays of the sun, the cold, the pollution, dust, etc. It also helps fight diseases, helps the formation of vitamin D and is packed with nerves and sensors to inform the brain about the surroundings. So, the least we can do is make sure that the skin is healthy and hydrated.
General skin care
Here are some of the things you should be doing regularly to take care of your skin:
- Clean regularly, clean right: Skin should be washed regularly to keep infections and bad odours at bay. But harsh soaps or long showers/baths can actually strip your skin of their natural oils and should best be avoided. So, choose mild soaps and use warm water and not hot water for a bath
- Use a moisturizer: Moisturizers should be applied as soon as you step out of the bath (preferably within 2 minutes). This helps to lock in the moisture and prevents drying of the skin
- Protect your skin from the sun: You can use sunscreen throughout the year. Sunscreen protects the skin from damaging effects of the sun which can cause wrinkles or age spots
- Invest in multi-purpose skin care: Petroleum jelly is an economical solution for dry skin on the elbows, feet and hands. It can also be used for dry nails, cuticles and lips and for minor scrapes and zits on the skin
- Select products based on skin type: If you have oily skin, use water-based products instead of oil-based products. If you have dry skin, avoid using alcohol-based products as they can irritate and dry the skin even more
- Take care of redness/swelling on the skin: Use a cool compressor for swelling or redness on the skin
- Keep yourself hydrated: Avoid dehydration and drink enough water (at least 8 glasses daily) to keep your skin smooth and supple
Different skin, different care
- Depending on whether you have oily, dry or sensitive skin, you may have to change the way you take care of your skin
- For normal skin (clear and not sensitive): Use a gentle cleanser and warm water to rinse the skin. Don’t scrub the face
- For oily skin (shiny, greasy skin with big pores): Use oil-free cleansers and warm water. A toner could also help to remove the extra oiliness
- For dry skin (scaly, rough or flaky): Use alcohol-free and fragrance-free products, and warm water instead of hot water
- For combination skin (the nose, forehead and chin are greasy, but the cheeks are dry): Don’t scrub the face. Instead, use a gentle cleanser and warm water to rinse the skin
- For sensitive skin (skin may burn or itch or react to skin care products): Don’t rub the skin while drying but gently pat it dry. Avoid exfoliation. Use products with fewer ingredients. Products with ingredients like green tea, chamomile and aloe have a calming effect on the skin
Why is water important for the skin?
Skin can behave as a water reservoir. So when you are not drinking enough water and are mildly dehydrated, your skin may become dry and lose its smoothness and bounce. Since the body is continuously losing fluids through breathing, evaporation and other means, it is important to drink enough fluids to replenish this loss.
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