We are all born with good skin. A baby’s skin is soft, smooth and free from blemishes and problems. As we grow older, the skin is influenced by many factors, like our diets, habits, lifestyle and physical changes. Adolescence is a time when there is much hormonal activity, affecting the glands. The oil glands are also stimulated, leading to an oily skin and conditions associated with it. The skin looks dull and is prone to blackheads, spots, pimples and acne. So, as a teenager, learn to understand your skin and give it the kind of care that it needs. You should also recognize the value of professional care and seek help in good time.
Good health and physical fitness are imperative for glowing skin. Daily exercise adds a healthy glow by improving blood circulation to the surface. It also helps to oxygenate the tissues, as every tissue of the body needs oxygen. Begin by doing deep breathing exercises, like pranayama. Check with your doctor before starting exercise. Adequate sleep is a beauty treatment in itself. Diet plays an important role too. Sweets, chocolates, cola drinks, fried foods and snacks can have a detrimental effect. Lack of fibre in the diet can lead to a congested system and congested skin, which in turn gives rise to dull skin and eruptive conditions. Include fruits, raw salads and sprouts in your daily diet.
Drink plenty of water and take fresh fruit juices diluted with water. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of warm water and have it first thing in the morning.
“Cleansing” is the keyword for adolescent skin. The pores must be kept free of hardened oil and the oiliness of the skin must also be reduced. Use a face wash or cleanser that is specially formulated for oily skins. Use plenty of water to wash off all traces of the cleanser. Buy astringent lotion and mix it with rose water in equal quantities. Keep it in the fridge. After cleansing, tone the skin daily with this chilled toner, using cotton wool pads. First wipe the skin.
Then, pat the skin briskly with the rosewater-soaked cotton wool pads. This improves blood circulation to the skin surface and adds a glow.
A salon clean-up includes removal of stubborn blackheads. It helps to prevent acne. What many people may not know is that acne starts with a blackhead. Neglected blackheads irritate the surrounding tissues of the skin, resulting in inflammation. This sets the stage for pimples and acne. A single pimple does not mean an acne condition. Also pimples occur on the surface. A pimple may just mean inflammation, but in acne, there is bacterial activity and therefore, infection. Take treatments in good time.
A “pick-me-up” face mask can leave your skin clean and glowing. When the skin looks dull, mix lemon juice and egg white and apply it on the face. Wash off with water after 20 minutes. Then give the skin a compress with the cold rose water soaked cotton wool pads.
Use a facial scrub twice a week. This helps to cleanse pores and brighten the skin. It also helps to discourage and dislodge blackheads. Avoid scrubs on pimples, acne or rash. Make a facial scrub with walnut powder and one teaspoon each rose water and curd. Apply the mixture on the face and leave on for a few minutes. Then, rub gently, with small circular movements, washing off with plenty of water.
Mix Multani Mitti with rose water into a paste and apply on the face, avoiding the lips and area around eyes. Wash it off when it is dry. For combination skin, apply the mask on oily areas of the skin. Fruit packs are also great for adding radiance to the skin. Mix grated apples with ripe papaya pulp and mashed banana. Apply it on the face and leave it on for half an hour. Wash off with plain water. It not only adds a glow, but also removes tan and softens the skin.
Skin care may seem like a boring routine. But, your skin is your responsibility, so learn to take care of it.