Simple, no-nonsense tips for good skin

Beauty is only skin deep. I’ve always believed that being comfortable under my own skin is all that matters. But to have unhealthy skin, that’s no excuse.

I had the most annoying persistent pimple once. It took over half my nose and wouldn’t.go.away. It was never just that it changed my face. It was also about how it felt: not very good. I guess it didn’t help that I’m already pretty insecure, but it completely made me feel out of control. Here was this thing that wouldn’t go away, no matter what I did: a warm cloth over it, a cool cloth over it, staring at it weepy-eyed… It was also a symptom of all the junk food I was eating and how little I took care of myself.

But here’s the deal: unhealthy skin is not something anyone has to live with. It is aggravated by unhealthy diet, hygiene, lifestyle and environment. Having good skin involves reversing a the junk-food-eatin’ idling-in-front-of-the-tv way of life; which is, in turn, a sure fire recipe to feeling good.

You don’t need foundation to make blemishes go away. You don’t need cosmetic products to manufacture a “natural” glow, or even a facial. All that’s needed is consistent good health. Here are some of the natural no-nonsense tips I followed when my face started to spot up:

-Eating right

Fresh vegetables. Fruits. Every day. I didn’t completely cut out junk food, I can’t, but I made sure I didn’t stock up too much of junk food during the trips I made to the supermarket. When there was less junk food to eat, I ate less of it. I wasn’t going to make another trip for a refill. I am too lazy.

I also started drinking a lot of water, lot more than I usually drink. A close friend of mine suggested that I make sure there was a jar of water in my room every day, so my laziness wouldn’t come in the way of drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. She also asked me to buy a fancy goblet to drink water in, which did work! It made drinking water more fun, somehow.

-Sleeping right

The dark circles were less prominent and I looked less tired when I made up my mind to fall asleep by midnight in the month of December. Long nights always made me look tired

-Washing my face twice a day

I was always negligent in this. I’d go out, soak in the humidity and pollutants and not do anything about it. Washing my face in the evenings, after a long day, didn’t just make my face less spotty, but also made me feel more energetic.

-Exercise

I didn’t have to join a gym. Instead, on my way back from my internship, I made it a point to get down one bus stop before my actual bus stop. I’d walk the rest of the way home, which was enough to make me feel pumped up! And physical exercise does wonders for the skin.

Simple, but easily neglected ways of life that I now swear by.

This post is courtesy #ComeCloser by VICCO Turmeric Cream

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