Though we couldn’t go out much due to the pandemic and lockdown, it did not stop us from celebrating at home. Netflix & chill sessions along with over-indulgence of our favourite sweets were the highlight. But, we would all be better off without the bad skin days that follow.
Festive indulgences mean our diet rules go out of the window. Though we might enjoy it, unfortunately, it’s not very cheery news for our skin. When the body is exposed to high levels of glucose (or sugar) the elastin proteins in the skin become impaired, causing a breakdown. As skin loses its elasticity it can lead to increased sebum production, dehydration and a rougher, more uneven skin surface.
But it’s not just over-indulgence that has been a problem this year. A study by Mental Health Foundation in the UK shows that more than a third of adults felt stressed and anxious as the New Year approached. It’s not surprising after considering the kind of year that we’ve had. Spending all the festivals away from family and friends will be a major reason for stress, which also leads to over-indulgence in comfort food. And all this unhealthy food along with stress has taken a toll on our skin health.
Stress has a very gripping effect on our skin. “A combination of a healthy routine, correct lifestyle choices, skin rejuvenation and detoxification procedures can restore your radiance”, says Dr. Jaishree Sharada a well-known name in the field of cosmetic dermatology.
Here are 5 simple ways to detox your skin
Include double cleansing in your routine
It’s a skincare cliché, but double cleansing is a really effective way to remove all traces of make-up, impurities and pollutants from the skin. Not only can inadequate cleansing contribute to congestion, breakouts and dullness, but not getting all that deep-set dirt out of your pores will render much of what you apply afterwards useless. Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm by Clinique, it leaves the skin with a non-drying, silky smooth hydrating finish.
Rethink your skincare routine
Poor diet, lack of sleep and stress everything affects your skin. A balanced diet and good sleep cycle is much more important than you think. After a year of staying at home, our lifestyle has turned topsy-turvy. There’s a change in our eating and sleeping patterns. We don’t go out as much as we used to. And considering all this, our old skincare routine might not suit us the best anymore. Therefore, now is the perfect time rethink your skincare routine.
Pay attention to what you eat
This is easier said than done. But keeping a track of what you eat hugely impacts your skin health, especially after a tedious year. Keeping your skin healthy is very closely related to keeping your diet healthy. It’s a combination of including all the essential vitamins and minerals that help rejuvenate your skin in your diet. Infact a great diet works more wonders on your skin than any skincare product would. It’s important to rethink your lifestyle to detoxify your skin from the inside out.
Keep yourself hydrated
Excessive sugar and oil intake causes many problems to the skin, but dehydration is most chronic, it leaves the skin looking uneven, dull, and dry. It’s best to follow a two-way approach to hydrating the skin, one is obviously drinking loads of water. Drinking sufficient water gets rid of the toxins that cause inflammation. The second is to include the use of hydrating products in your skincare routine to rebalance the skin. We like Midnight Recovery Concentrate by Kiehl’s. It’s the perfect facial oil to restore the face moisture and texture.
Follow a healthy sleeping pattern
While it’s tempting to indulge in a little extra Netflix and chill sessions instead of enough quality shut-eye, neglecting a regular sleep routine is bad news for the skin. When we sleep our skin goes into regeneration mode, replacing damaged or dead cells with fresh, new ones and repairing any environmental damage. Good sleep also increases blood flow to the skin and contributes to its essential structural work such as rebuilding vital collagen and elastin and restores the skin that festive excesses had damaged.
Follow this ultimate regime to detoxify your skin from inside out.