Stay skin-healthy like Bebo, JLo and other stars!
Here are some tips you must follow regularly for a glowing complexion.
Your skin reflects your health. Good food, regular exercise and basic skin care go a long way in keeping you and your skin in top shape. Read on!
The best cleanser -- water
The skin expels oils, toxins and sweat through its pores to keep your skin clean. You can aid this process by gently splashing lukewarm water on your face at regular intervals, so that these toxins don't stay clinging to the surface of your skin. And remember, facial care should include the neck also.
Image: Kareena Kapoor glows off-screen as much as she does on it, thanks to her great skin
Photographs: Rajesh Karkera
Know your 'type'
Knowing your skin type is very important. Skin is either normal, dry or oily, or a combination type. Your complexion may be fair, and therefore prone to getting burnt, or it may be a medium tone, prone to getting tanned, or you may have a dark skin tone that rarely burns. Consult your dermatologist before choosing any over-the-counter skin product.
Image: Rihanna sports a lovely sun-kissed glow
Photographs: Phil McCarten/Reuters
Cleanse, tone, moisturise
Cleansing, toning and moisturising is the simplest, routine skin care regimen to keep your skin rejuvenated.
Cleansing clears the clogged pores, and helps prevent acne and blemishes. Gently apply the cleanser to your skin, rub with moist cloth, and remove with plenty of lukewarm water.
Toning comes next. Toners have an alcohol and water mixture, and help you remove fine traces of oil, dirt and makeup that might have been missed out while cleansing. Toning tightens the skin and absorbs the moisturiser. Toners containing cetyl alcohol could be too strong for the skin. Use a spray bottle instead of your hands.
Your moisturiser should suit your skin type. It helps to minimise dryness and skin peeling. Moisturising after hydrating the skin gives the best results. Choose a gel-based moisturiser for oily skin and heavier lotions for dry. It is also beneficial to use one with UV protection elements in it.
Follow this daily skin care routine twice, in the morning and night. Use different creams for day and night.
Image: Deepika Padukone has great skin-tone, which can only come from maintaining it well
Photographs: Courtesy Tonic
Don't let the sun damage your skin
Protecting your skin from the sun's ultraviolet radiation can prevent damage to the skin. Over-exposure to the sun may cause freckles, wrinkles, discolouration, moles or pre-cancerous or cancerous growths. In fact, most skin cancers are related to sun exposure.
Apply sunscreen in all seasons at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun. Use water-resistant sunscreens, having a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more. Long-sleeved clothes, a well-brimmed hat, and sunglasses can also protect your skin from the sun.
Image: Protect yourself from the sun if you want Katy Perry's peaches 'n' cream appearance
Photographs: Mike Cassese/Reuters
Bathing in extremely hot or cold water can damage the tiny blood vessels in your skin. Lukewarm water is the best for all seasons. Also avoid harsh chemical-based products and medicated soaps that might irritate your skin.
Image: Neha Dhupia's flawless skin is set off by any outfit
Photographs: Pradeep Bandekar
Maintain bed hygiene
Unhygienic and unclean bed sheets, synthetic pillows and mattresses might lead to rashes and irritation in your skin. Change them often and wash them in hot water and safe detergents.
Image: Anne Hathaway's alabaster perfection is the envy of women around the world
Photographs: Fred Prouser/Reuters
Wear the right clothes
Choose your garments depending on your skin type. Wear cotton clothes during summer. Synthetic fabrics can be irritating to the skin.
Image: Model and B-Town newcomer Lisa Haydon sports a sultry look
Have about 2-5 litres of water daily to have a healthy, glowing skin.
Image: Supermodel Heidi Klum is nearly 40, but her skin is baby-smooth
Photographs: Jason Redmond/Reuters
A healthy diet
Your skin will not glow without a healthy diet. Foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins, found in fruits and vegetables boost skin health and immunity. Avoid fried and greasy foods and intake of alcohol and tobacco.
Image: Katrina Kaif's gorgeous complexion may well be due to a diet rich in fruit and veggies
Beware of allergies
Avoid foods and beverages that cause skin allergies. Your skin may react to certain foods due to the presence of preservatives. Identify and avoid them.
Image: JLo's rumoured diva attitude towards food probably ensures she's preternaturally preserved
Regular exercising energises your mind and body. It reduces anxiety and stress and improves blood flow, which ultimately reflects on your skin.
It's important to hydrate your body before and after exercise for better blood flow to the skin. People who exercise, or practice yoga, are known to have healthy, glowing skin. Put away your gym clothes for wash, after use. It's advisable to shower after exercise.
Image: Sonam Kapoor's fresh appeal lies in her fresh-looking skin
Photographs: Still from Saawariya