Green tea might be an acquired taste, but it can work wonders for the skin. Other than keeping it hydrated, the antioxidants in green tea help protect skin from ultraviolet rays and also rejuvenate dying skin cells. By protecting and repairing cells, the antioxidants combat signs of ageing and make can make skin healthier and more youthful.
Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory properties of green tea can contribute to the reduction of skin irritation, redness, and swelling. Given all these benefits, one might consider substituting their morning coffee or evening tea with a cup of green tea.
In today's society, stress is inevitable. It takes a toll on almost every part of the body and mind, and the skin is no exception. Stress can induce oil production, and as a result, more dust and bacteria accumulate on the skin, making it more prone to acne breakouts. To keep stress in check, one should indulge in relaxing activities and learn some stress-management techniques such as, mediation and yoga.
Water-based hair products
The components in one's shampoo or conditioner do not only affect hair but also the skin, especially the forehead. Some products contain oil and waxes, which may contribute to clogging up pores and consequently, acne. It might be wise to consider products with a water-based formula and avoid those containing mineral oils or beeswax, given individual skin types.
Daily skin cleansing can sometimes become problematic. Oil in the skin is often considered a nuisance, but to a certain extent, it is necessary to keep skin naturally moisturised. Using hot water for face washing or prolonged baths remove natural facial oils and dry out the skin. It is better to use warm water to open up the pores and allow for a proper, tender cleaning rather than an aggressive and hot scrubbing.
A full night's sleep
A sound sleep is often preventive of almost any health problem in the world. Maintaining healthy skin is no exception. During slumber, the skin's repair mechanism is activated. Furthermore, sleep deprivation induces stress which results in oily skin and acne. So, to top a skin pampering day off, getting seven-eight hours of shut-eye is a must.
Everyday minor activities have an effect on skin health, and small but conscious changes can over time have a visible and sustainable effect in the long term. For that glowing, smooth and youthful skin, pamper away every so often, but also be mindful of the everyday care aspects.
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Make-up: Piya's Beauty Essentials
Styling: Sonia Yeasmin Isha
This week Star Lifestyle is bringing to you a special supplement on winter skin care. Happy reading!
— LS Desk