How To Maintain That Post Festive Glow
Avoid this: Smoking
We all know by now that smoking is bad for health. But here’s more: smoking can give you what has been termed “smoker’s face”. And how do you identify one? Think premature fine lines – especially around the mouth area – and a greyish complexion. The latter is said to be caused by the two main nasties found in a cigarette stick: carbon monoxide and nicotine, both which reduce oxygen levels as well as blood flow in skin. Tobacco consumption can also suck up nutrients in your skin, such as Vitamin C which is needed for a healthy-looking complexion.
Eat these: More fresh vegetables… and in every colour
If your meals have most of the colours of a rainbow, you are eating right for your skin. Or at least try to include vegetables that are red, yellow and green on your plate. Such vibrantly coloured veggies like tomatoes and kale are rich in nutrients and antioxidants like lycopene that help to fight free radicals – psst, they are the bad molecules in the environment that make your skin age faster than it should.
Do this: Exfoliate once a week
Most of us cleanse our faces, maybe even double-cleanse (so important if you use makeup and sunscreen). But not all of us will remember to exfoliate our skin at least once a week. The reason? The word “exfoliate” itself may conjure images of a rough, grainy paste that is too harsh on delicate skin.
But there’s more to the traditional exfoliating scrub these days. You can use a soft-bristled, battery-operated skincare brush, a moisturiser with glycolic acid or even a rinse-off cream mask with exfoliating benefits.
And why is it important to include exfoliation as part of your skincare routine? Doing it helps to slough off dead skin cells which give your complexion a dull, ashy appearance. After all, skin is said to shed millions of dead skin cells every day. But if some of these remain on the face, your complexion can’t help but look dull.
Exfoliating also helps with skin’s natural renewal cycle which takes place every 28 days. This cycle can be thwarted by lifestyle and hormonal changes, which is why you may find your skin looking lacklustre and tired when you work too many OT nights or after you have had a bad flu.
Use this: DrGL® Post Cleanser Step 2
One of the non-traditional – and gentler! – ways to exfoliate skin is to use the DrGL® Post Cleanser Step 2. It is not a cleanser or an exfoliator in the conventional sense. Used after cleansing and toning, this innovative product is a refinishing serum which you pat gently onto the nose, T-zone and even the neck and hands with cotton pads.
The exfoliating part comes in the form of a mild lactic acid which gently removes dead skin cell buildup. Unlike other alpha hydroxyl acids, lactic acid also hydrates skin.
When using the Post Cleanser Step 2 for the first time, use it twice a week. You can gradually up this to twice daily for oily skin.