Tuesday, January 7, 2014

10 Steps to Get Glowing Without Makeup

Reading about the harmful chemicals that makeup products have in them, I get scared sometimes to use makeup on a daily basis. I keep myself makeup-free on most days, unless I have to go for some event or function. However, I can understand makeup boosts confidence to a woman. We get our desired Good looks through coloured cosmetics. But thee are few steps that you can follow to get a lovely skin that can glow even without makeup.

1. Use a Cleanser

Cleansing is the most important step in your beauty routine. You need to select your cleanser wisely. One should use a cleanser that really suits her skin, and not purchase anything just getting tempted by TVCs. The things to see if the cleanser suits you or not are:

  • It should not dry your skin
  • It should not give rashes
  • It should not have burning or tickling sensation
  • It should not aggravate redness
Some of the cleansers that suit me are:
2.  Use an Exfoliant

What makes your skin look dull is the formation of dead skin cells. A weekly or bi-weekly exfoliating process can slough away the dead cells and your face can regain radiance. Black heads and white heads can also be eliminated with this process. Use an exfoliating agent or scrub to get a youthful skin. Again choose a product that is really meant for your skin. People with sensitive skin should particularly be very cautious while selecting a scrubber. Some of my favourite exfoliants are:
  • Dior Instant Gentle Exfoliant
  • Nivea Skin Refining Scrub
  • Lancome Pure Focus Exfoliator
3.  Flash Mask

Let us go into what a flash mask is. Generally a face mask has to be kept for 20-30 minutes and then rinsed off. As we have very little time nowadays, our best bet would be a flash mask that can be rinsed off just after 5 minutes. Flash Masks are meant to purify the skin and unclog pores. This gives a radiance to your face.
Some of my favourite flash masks are:
* The 1st 3 steps have been made quite easy nowadays with a lot of companies coming up with 3-in-1 products like the Nivea Pure Effects Total Face Cleanup. Even the 3 Steps Face Cleanup from Lakme is quite good.

4. Illuminating/Anti-Oxidant Serum

I am a strong believer in skin serums. Our skin loses glow due to constant exposure to the sun. A dose of anti-oxidant skin care can refine the pores on your face and can slowly remove the spots and unevenness. My favourites are:
5.  Eye Brightener

Try to use a brightening cream for the eyes before going out. There are many brands that have come up with eye brightening creams that can reduce the appearance of dark circles and make your eye area look bright and gorgeous. My favourites are:
  • Neutrogena Fine Fairness Eye Cream
  • Pond's Gold Radiance Eye Cream
  • Estee Lauder Cyber White Eye cream
6. Spot Correctors:

As we age, apart from getting fine lines and wrinkles we also face the problem of dark spots. Even pimples can leave behind ugly spots. For these it is best to use a spot correcting cream. Some of the best are:
  • Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector
  • Proavtiv Dark Spot Corrector
  • Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector
7.  Radiance Cream

Instead of using normal moisturizers, the use of a cream that helps you get a natural glow can enhance your beauty. There are innumerable such creams available in the market. You can choose the best for you from them. Some of the creams I love are:
8.  Sunscreen

Tanning leaves your skin look dark, dull and lifeless. Use a sunscreen with adequate SPF to protect your skin from the harmful sunrays. Your sunscreen should be at least SPF 15 and even if you are indoors dont forget to apply it. My favourites are:
  • Sunplay Superblock
  • Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch
  • L'Oreal Paris UV Perfect
9. Beauty Oils

When you think your skin needs an extra something apart from your regular skin creams, you can get a beauty oil. These oils can be used at night after cleansing your face and can be kept overnight. Some of my favourite beauty oils are:
  • Passion Indulge Clariance Oil
  • The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil
  • Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil for Combination Skin
10. Lip Balm

The lips are the most visible features of your face and you need to take care of them. Using a good lip balm is an essential part of your skin care. A smooth pair of lips can automatically make you look beautiful and glowing. ome of my favourite Lip balms are:
  • Nivea Caramel Cream Lip Butter
  • Maybelline Baby Lips
  • Avon Natural Strawberry Lip Balm
What is your secret to get the glow without makeup?

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