1. Golden Rule of Skin
Do: Make sure you always (and we mean always) remove your makeup before hitting the sheets. The skin needs to breathe overnight. And makeup prevents that, as leaving it on overnight clogs the pores which may cause blemishes and/or blackheads.
Don’t: Forget that exfoliation is indispensable. At least once or twice a week, exfoliate your skin to remove the layers of dead skin, sure to leave you with a more healthy glow and brighter skin.
2. Sun and Skin
Do: Apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Since a lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems, you have to protect your skin from the sun.
Don’t: Skip the sunscreen, whether it's cloudy or cold outside (no excuses!).
3. What You Eat
Do: Eat fresh fruits, greens, sufficient protein and vitamins. A diet rich in vitamin C and low in fats and sugar promotes radiant skin.
Don’t: Eat spicy and fermented foods, salt, citrus fruits, fried food. Instead favour blander foods such as rice, oatmeal and applesauce.
4. Sweat It Out!
Do: Exercise regularly for blood circulation, and also accelerate the cleansing process of your entire body.
Don’t: Skip skincare before and after a workout.
5. Beauty Sleep
Do: Try to sleep at least 8 hours every night. Apply lots of moisturizer, and avoid hot water as it dries out the skin excessively.
Don’t: Forget to wash and moisturize your face before going to bed.
6. H2O to The Rescue
Do: Hydrate yourself. Drink lots of water daily, at least 8 glasses if not more.
Don’t: Ignore rose water. It helps prevent and reduce eye puffiness in the morning.
7. Goodbye Acne
Do: Wash your face with warm water, three times a day, using face packs that contain multani-mitti (fuller’s earth) work really well too.
Don’t: Pop pimples because it can lead to more swelling, redness, and even scarring.
8. Go Back to Your Roots
Do: Use Ayurvedic scrubs to nourish the skin, and help it breathe better. Luckily for you, everything you need is already in your kitchen. Make Sudarshan Kriya your beauty mantra.
Don’t: Neglect the basics.
9. Spa Day Everyday?
Do: For dry skin, use a fresh cherry mask. Apply the pulp of fresh cherries on your face before going to bed. Leave for 15 minutes and wash with lukewarm water
Don’t: Forget to pamper yourself. Depending on your skin type, choose oils from mustard, coconut, almond or Kumkadi as they are excellent nourishing agents which help to get glowing skin.
10. Healthy Habits
Do: Take out time for yourself, and try to avoid stress as much as possible. Practice stress management techniques like breathing exercises, yoga and meditation. The more you meditate, the more you radiate.
Don’t: Neglect your jawline and facial muscles. You can jut out your lower lip in such a way that wrinkles are created on the chin, then lower your chin to your chest.