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Skin care regimen: Are you ageing your skin?

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Who does not dream of an infinite youth and a glowing, young-looking skin? Most of our daily skin care regimen revolves around the only desire to hold on to our youthful skin for as long as possible. Be it a delicate one minute cleansing, moisturizing regimen or a more rigorous bed time skin care ritual; practically everyone has a customized skin care routine. Although each of us intends the best for our skins while practicing our routines, more likely than not, we are all found guilty of a few common practices which aid in faster ageing of our skin rather than maintaining its suppleness and youth.

Here is a list of some of the most common skin care mistakes that we all indulge in knowingly or unknowingly:

Under-exfoliation or Over-exfoliation

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Exfoliation, if done in moderation, can do wonders for your skin. What exfoliation basically does is gently slough off the dead skin cells and oily gunk that tends to accumulate on our skin over a period of time. But exfoliation, if not done in a proper manner can do more harm than good.

Exfoliating the skin once or twice a week with a mild exfoliant is more than enough to reach desired effects. It gently removes the dead skin cells giving way to new and bright skin cells. Scrubbing your skin more than twice a week can lead to destruction of the new skin cells which are in the process of getting developed. The easiest and the safest way to exfoliate the skin is to use rice flour mixed with a tablespoon full of milk on the entire face and neck once or twice weekly.

Washing face with soap bar

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No matter how pricey a bar of soap might be, it instantaneously strips-off your facial skin of all its moisture; the moment you apply it. Almost all the soaps available in the market today, rank too highly on the pH scale, making it too drying even for the oiliest skin. Bar soap is a big NO, when it comes to inhibit pre-mature ageing. Instead look out for a milder, soap-free gel cleanser which holds on to the skin’s moisture instead of stripping it off.

Using alcohol-based toners or no toner at all

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Toners are generally over-looked upon but it is high time you gave them the due attention they deserve. Toner plays a crucial role in maintaining the skin’s moisture levels. Many people tend to stay away from toners because they usually feel that it leaves the skin feeling dry and flaky. Toners give your skin the required drink of humidity when applied in the right way and on the right time. Alcohol-free toners should be religiously applied after cleansing your skin and before slathering it with a slab of moisturizer. It helps in removing the drying chlorine and minerals found in tap water, thus dampening the skin and making it permeable for the moisturizer to act more effectively.

Sleeping with your make-up on

woman asleep with smudged lipstick

No matter how tired you are after a long day at work or a mind-wrecking dance party, not removing your makeup before reclining on that comfy couch is a big NO. Undoubtedly, make-up makes us look and feel beautiful and confident, but at the same time it clogs the pores of our skin if left on for long periods of time. Thus making it all the more necessary to gently cleanse the face each night and giving the skin time to breathe and replenish itself. An easier rescue to this problem is to keep non-alcoholic make-up removal wipes on your bed side for those days when you just can’t make yourself leave the comfort of your bed.

Unsafe exposure to sun

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One of THE most important habits all of us need to build is to use SPF loaded products religiously. It is true; SPF is the best anti-ager, as 90% of the wrinkles are caused due to the unforgiving rays of the sun. The best way to combat this problem is to wear a SPF laden sunscreen, with SPF of 40, 50, or 60 depending on the time you would be exposed to the sun. The sunscreen should be reapplied after the wear time fades off. Though you may steer clear away from sunscreens thinking that it is not meant for your skin type, it is the worst thing you can do to your skin. Sunscreens are important for all skin types, be it oily, dry or combination skin. So girls, go on and slather up on this miraculous product 365 days a week, be it indoors or outdoors.

Not taking proper care of your peepers.

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The skin around our eyes is the most delicate area of the face and needs to be taken care of. Though hard to believe, the most common place to find cancer is around the eyelids, usually caused by chronic exposure to sun. It can even cause pre-mature ageing. Wearing oversized sunglasses is not just a matter of flaunting style these days but to prevent the damage sun can cause around the eyes. Yes girls, rock the 90’s inspired frames with confidence, trust me, it will make a difference. You can even use tear-free sunscreens specially made for babies for your peepers and keep those fine lines at bay.
So here it is guys, a complete list of do’s and don’ts to retain the youthful skin you are so proud of. We have all been guilty of one or the other habits listed above, but trying to rectify these few habits can make all the difference. Many other factors contribute to pre-mature ageing. Get adequate sleep, take on exercise at least thrice a week and above all use the products specifically targeted for your skin. Using the wrong products can do u more harm than good. Avoid making your own diagnosis especially when there is an acne break out and last but not the least, give any new product time to work on your skin before deciding if it is suitable for your skin type or not.
Give these basic tips a try, trust me, it works.

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