How to Make Your Skin Glow

My photographer, my partner in crime not being with me all the time has made me a ‘selfie-pro’ (if that’s even a term)! Anyhow, I am getting good at it. As I said before – past weekend was hot and amazing! I went city surfing all by myself (I am not one to sit at home just because I don’t have company)!

However this post is not another rant about how my weekend went! Lately I have been asked umpteen of questions by my family members, friends and even blogger friends about the ‘sudden’ glow in my skin! Is it make-up, a dietary supplement, a medical treatment or something else! Well today, I am answering all those questions here –

So I have made some major changes in my lifestyle. Its been only 2 months, however, the results are amazing! This post is purely based on my personal experiences.

  • First of all, what you eat reflects. If you eat junk, you will look like junk. I cook all my three meals at home. I love Indian cuisine, and that is what I eat everyday. Chapati, Curry, Rice, Salad, Green vegetables – everything.
  • I do not smoke, drink alcohol or any kind of carbonated beverages (even the ‘diet’ or ‘zero calorie’ ones are toxic). I limit my coffee intake to just 1 cup a day.
  • I don’t eat deep fried food. And if I do, it has to be cooked at home (by me 😉 ). So no chips, wafers etc. for me. And trust me I don’t crave for it either!
  • I have ‘doubled’ the amount of water I drink. This has made a HUGE impact on making my skin look supple (which you can see here). 🙂
  • I cook most of my food in good ol’ classic mustard oil. And I generously smear Desi Ghee (clarified butter) on my chapatis! This is very important for digestion and keeps my skin hydrated from inside.
  • I have massively reduced sugar intake. Now I drink my coffee and tea without sugar. Yes – it took me a good two weeks to get used to the taste, but now I love it so much that I can’t imagine putting sugar in my coffee/tea.
  • I eat an apple and a banana everyday. I make sure I eat at least two kinds of fruits every day.
  • Thankfully I don’t crave for sweet or sugary stuff. I hate candies and also not a big fan of desserts. But I love dark chocolates. I eat one small piece every other day.

These were my dietary changes. Now comes the cosmetic part –

  • I chucked out all foaming face washes from my bathroom. The foam strips the face from its essential oils, makes it look dry and patchy. It’s very bad for the skin (even oily skin). Now I wash my face only with balms or cleansers which do not foam. (Read more on how to cleanse skin properly).
  • I apply a very generous layer of sunscreen all over my face and neck before going out. SPF 30 is the minimum and SPF 60 is the maximum that I use.
  • I don’t touch my face all day. And if I have to, I make sure to use a fresh tissue instead of tocuhing it with my bare hands. The idea of transferring all the germs from my hands to my face just grosses me out! But yes, this has helped reducing my breakouts.
  • I scrub my face only once in 3 weeks. Srubbing irritates the skin,  which is not good. And I use a very, very mild scrub whenever I do.
  • At night, my face ritual takes 15 minutes (sometimes even more). First I cleanse my face twice, and then tone it with a salicylic acid toner. Toning is very important – as the toner will stop the breakouts even before they pop up!
  • Then I apply an under eye cream following with a serum all over my ace and neck. After that using 2 -3 drops of a facial oil, I massage my face and neck for 30 seconds and leave it on for the skin to absorb it completely.
  • Then after 30 minutes or immediately before going to bed (which ever happens first), I apply a night cream all over my face and neck. This ‘time gap’ gives the facial oil and the serum to absorb completely, so that my night cream can sink in as well!

So that’s it! Oh yes, and I workout – the sweat is also important! So I have been doing all this for 2 months, and frankly I love the results.

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8 Ways to Instantly Boost Energy

I don't want to get up

Are you feeling tired/exhausted/low today? Do you feel like running back to your bed under layers of sheets? Are you not as energized today as you would like to be?

Well, I have a few suggestions which may help you feel your ‘peppy self’ again..!!

  1. Spray your favorite perfume.. or… try a lemon perfume. It will help awake your senses and make you more aware of the surroundings!
  2. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on your morning cup of tea or coffee. Surprisingly the fragrance of this very famous spice will instantly make you feel good.
  3. Wear Yellow. Trust me.. this color will make you feel alive and kicking! Whenever you feel dull and you have to go out, reach out for that lovely yellow blouse or a yellow blazer!
  4. Snack Snack! Usually our energy levels are low if we don’t fuel our body timely and properly. So munch a handful of almonds or cashews.. or eat a banana! It will help you feel content and give you the energy you are looking for!
  5. Extended Beauty Steps – Put 5 extra minutes in to your daily beauty regimen. Scrub your face and neck with a mild scrub and apply a glowing mask. And then apply your usual make-up. I do this all the time for those last minute parties and after work drinks!
  6. A quick cardio workout helps. Okay, may be this is not what you expected on this list, but there is no harm in giving it a try? Jump ropes? Cycling? Running? Or just a frisk walk near your neighborhood! Anything will work just fine.
  7. Put on that promising mascara! Long and lengthy lashes will make your eyes look fresh and wide open!
  8. Play your favorite dancing numbers and sing with it! This one works like a charm each time!

Do you have more to add to this list!! Well.. keep ’em coming..

Cheers!
Ritika
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