This post isn’t about food or fitness, but is a consequence of both.
As I went to my mother’s room to use sunscreen before heading out today evening, I discerned under the strong dressing-table light how my skin was actually glowing for a change. I’ve had severe acne in the past when I was thirteen or so and got it treated by a dermatologist. Even after that, I got it really often. The medicines just got my skin dry, hence I chose to stick to everything basic instead. Below, I am sharing a few things which I’ve been doing since last few months and has helped me extensively.
Water. I changed my bottle of water every two hours consciously. Like I just HAD to finish it in two hours. Cliché, but works wonders.
Exercise. Sweat out those toxins, even if its just half an hour a day.
Food. I limited chocolates to once or twice a week instead of multiple times. I still had my cold coffee every evening, and mango every morning- so coffee and mango do not give you acne unless you have 5 mangoes and 7 cups of coffee. Remember from my previous posts- no food is bad, only proportions are. Just discontinue fried and junk – that’s what I stick to.
Washing your face. Do it every very time you come home from outside, and just morning-evening-night otherwise.
No face-wash overdose. You do not need face-wash every time you wash your face. Its a kind of soap after all. You just need it twice a day- morning and night. Or only night.
Make-up. I use make up fort-nightly or lesser (mainly because I’m very lazy to remove it). Its summers after all, so stick to light make up specially on your foundation. Also, always remove your make-up with a remover (I use baby oil) and then wash your face with a face-wash and then wipe it with a tissue to take off the smudged kajal and left over foundation. This way your make-up is completely off your face.
Exfoliate. Scrub your face once a week so that your black-heads can come out. One natural scrub I absolutely love is sugar. Just take some sugar and scrub your face with it like you otherwise do.
Sunscreen. Its not only used to keep you safe from getting tanned but to protect you from sun’s rays which can affect our skin in many ways and lead to unwanted problems! Also, you should use a sunscreen every time it isn’t dark, which means you should also use it in the evening when its cloudy and not sunny.
Lotus UV Screen Matte Gel Sunscreen :When you look for a sunscreen, always check if it protects you from UVA UVB rays. This one is SPF 50, you should go for a minimum of SPF 20. I absolutely love this particular sunscreen because its not a ‘cream’, its a gell so it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky or melt down. Its extremely light and doesn’t make your face look oily too because its matte.
Himalaya Neem Face Pack : I use it once a week (if I remember, that is) and it helps a lot to take off my blackheads as well as cleans my skin thoroughly and helps in aiding acne.
Himalaya Neem Face Wash : I religiously stick to this particular face wash since a three years now. Whenever I’ve switched in the middle I’ve got a pimple popping up for sure. I also tried other brands’ neem face-washes but they made my skin terribly dry. So this one works wonders!
Lacto Calamine Cream : If your skin is oily or combination type like mine and you dread using moisturisers at night because you’ll wake up with oily skin- this one’s for you. It has a perfect balance and I use it every night before I sleep. I also put it on zits when I see one emerging, and this cream helps it to sink back.
Pond’s White Beauty Cream : I use it when I step out in the evenings because it has SPF 15 plus its really light on the skin, and doesn’t make it look oily. So it is a perfect evening cream-cum-sunscreen.
The above mentioned products are inexpensive and are easily available. I also use a toner which is usually any brand’s cucumber or rose water. I once read on a random website that Benzoyl Peroxide helps and used it for two weeks, and then my doctor told me that it’s a kind of steroid and shouldn’t be used unless it’s absolutely necessary. So please I believe visit your doctor if you wish to use it.
Every night, I use the popular technique of Cleansing-Toning-Moisturizing which is washing my face with a face-wash followed by using a toner and then applying Lacto Calamine before I sleep.
If you have severe acne problems I recommend that you must see a dermatologist before it gets worse. I’ve seen people with terrible acne which would’ve been impossible to cure except those meds which help in dealing with the root cause of it like hormonal imbalances, unhealthy diets, etc. Lastly, we all get it, and it’s a part of life so don’t stress out! (Note : Stress causes hormonal imbalances too, hence acne 😛 )
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