Back to Basics: Beautiful Skin

30 March 2016

One thing that never goes out of fashion is, glowing, radiant skin. When the skin is happy and healthy, you look your best and you radiate confidence- an irreplaceable foundation for every stylish person. Taking care of your skin should not just be a priority for the ladies, either; the skin is your body's largest organ, and therefore a significant outlet the body uses to release toxins, and it reflects the state of your health. Taking care of your skin is also an important element of personal hygiene because of the oils, dirt and bacteria your face comes into contact with. If you're a makeup lover, it's even more important that you work with a clean, healthy canvas.  Remember these simple skincare rules to put your best face forward:

Drink Water!
Very few people get their 2 litres of water per day: step 1 of any skincare regimen. Water flushes out toxins which your skin would otherwise work hard to release. Drinking a sufficient amount of water will help fight pimples and acne while giving you a healthy glow. If you struggle to drink water, take advantage of technology! There are a variety of mobile apps available, specifically designed to remind you when it's time to drink some water. If you need some flavour, try adding a bit of fruit to your glass- lemon slices and cucumber slices are popular favourites. Experiment and find what you like!

Mind the Small Stuff
Some of the seemingly insignificant aspects of your day-to-day life affect the health of your skin. For example, when was the last time you cleaned the screen of your mobile phone? Few people do this regularly, yet we place our phones on all kinds of surfaces and take them to a lot of places- including bathrooms! All this bacteria sits on the surface of your phone- which you place directly in contact with your skin regularly. Make it a point to disinfect your phone once or twice a week. If you suffer from breakouts on the sides of your face, you will see the difference. If you sweat heavily in the middle of the day, rinse your face, pat dry and moisturise to avoid irritation.

Nail Your Regmen
Your daily skincare regimen needs to take into account the needs of your skin. Before you dive into buying products, take your needs into consideration. Do you have oily or dry skin, or a combination of the two? Is it sensitive? Most skincare ranges vary their options accordingly. Assess carefully- oily skins tend to produce even more oil when you useharsh products to try and control the oiliness, for example. Visit the cosmetics department of a department store and talk to someone about your skin's needs. Remember to include the 3 basic elements: a cleanser, which will clean the skin, as well as a toner, which removes dead cells and balances your skin's pH- an essential element if you suffer from acne. Finally a moisturiser will nourish the skin- and don't forget to regularly use sunscreen!


Stephanie Taderers is the Communications Liaison Officer at Edgars Stores Ltd. Contact her via email on s.taderera@edgars.co.zw.

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