9 Deadly Skin Care Crimes

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I wish I looked so beautiful! We say this to ourselves so often. Many times we are our own worst enemies! Ignoring skin care is a self-inflicted punishment. Just applying a lot of anti-ageing cream is not enough. These are 9 deadly skin care crimes we usually commit:

Emotional stress

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Stress is the main trigger for hormones that cause wrinkles! Skin afflictions like eczema and acne are directly related to stress. Indirectly, stress also leads to other horrible habits like smoking, excessive drinking, over-eating, etc that result in early ageing.

Forgetting sunscreen lotions

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UV rays are healthy in limited doses as they help to produce vitamin D essential for the bones. But too much exposure to the sun’s rays messes up the skin proteins and can sometimes cause skin cancer. So don on plenty of SPF 30+ or higher potency cream when you want to stay out in the sun for a long time.

Compromising on product quality

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Going for a low priced product is not a bad thing in itself. But check the ingredients for two reasons:

The cream may contain an ingredient – to which you are allergic,

The product may not contain anti-oxidants – which you need.

Insufficient water intake

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Insufficient water intake leads to flaky, itchy, scaly and our enemy – wrinkles! It may not always be possible to drink the recommended 2-3 litres of water per day. To compensate, we can add watery vegetables and fruits that also have anti-oxidants.

Smoking and drinking

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Cigarette smoke damages the collagen (protein) of the skin and destroys its elasticity. And what are we left with – dryness of skin leading to premature ageing, wrinkles despite anti-wrinkle creams, blemishes, and some more irreversible ugly signs! Smoking also causes horrible diseases like cancer of the lungs, throat, mouth, etc. So if you are smoking you already know that you have to stop.

Drink a glass of wine daily. It is good because it has anti-oxidants. Alcohol in small amounts is fine but excessive drinking dilates the blood vessels under the skin leading to early ageing.

Forgetting anti wrinkle cream at bedtime

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This is another deadly skin crime! At 40plus we really need to use a good quality anti-wrinkle cream. Throughout the day air pollution and the sun’s radiation play havoc with your skin. At night, our skin cells focus entirely on repairing the damage caused during the day. Anti-wrinkle cream is your bestie and will keep your skin soft as a baby’s.

Excessive exfoliation

When we don’t have time for a complete facial, we sometimes use a face scrub. It makes our face look tighter, smoother and glowing. But let’s not go overboard with the scrubbing. Use a scrub just once a week and apply it gently with fingertips in a circular motion, the keyword being “gentle”.

Not checking expiry date

Whether you are using creams for acne, wrinkles, blemishes, or to stay beautiful; the cardinal rule is to check the expiry date before buying the cream. The chemical composition of the product changes over time and this can really harm the skin.

Switching products too often

Once you have bought a cream, it may take a few days or weeks for the condition to improve. A pimple will take time to dry and heal. Skin takes time to smooth-out. Losing patience and switching the product for another one may actually cause harm than good, because each cream has a different chemical composition.

Nine points to remember! It may seem like a lot of things you have to avoid in order to look beautiful. In reality, these nine points are very easy to follow. And ladies, you owe it to yourselves. Stay beautiful…

7 BEAUTY ESSENTIALS WHILE TRAVELLING

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While travelling, many times after reaching a tourist destination I have realised that I had forgotten to pack something. It is not necessary to compromise on your looks when you are travelling. You can look as well groomed as you usually do even during a vacation. I have kept a separate kit of travel beauty essentials so that I won’t forget anything. Here’s what I always carry:

1. SUNSCREEN LOTION CUM MOISTURISER

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This comes at the top of the list, whether you are vacationing in a tropical country or otherwise. In warm climes the sun is hot and bright even in the winters. Why wait for tanning and freckles to occur before you take corrective action? It is best to prevent any problems, apply sunscreen lotion thrice a day and maintain your marvelous looks.

2. DRY SHAMPOO

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A dry shampoo is the most practical thing to carry while travelling. Liquids may spill and ruin your clothes. A dry shampoo is in the form of a powder. To use, gently rub the shampoo on your scalp. It will absorb all the oiliness from your hair and leave it looking freshly shampooed.

3. CLEANSING LOTION

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Never fail to take your cleansing cream along. After a long day of sightseeing you must cleanse your face, neck and arms too. Just washing will not remove all the grime that’s stuck in the pores.

3. EPILATOR

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If you are are on a short trip an epilator or razor is not really necessary. But you might need one if it extends beyond a week. Hairy arms and legs look terribly sloppy!

4. DEODORANT

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if you smell good, you feel good. You will naturally go around seeing the popular tourist attractions of the holiday destination. If you are in a hurry and there’s no time to shower, a deodorant will come in very handy.

5. COTTON BALLS

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You are going to need these for cleansing as well as for removing makeup. Always keep some handy in case you need to do some damage control of the makeup you have applied.

6. LIP BALM

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The lip balm will effectively prevent cracked lips due to dryness. While travelling we don’t pay much attention to touching up our lipstick. Apply lip balm at bedtime and your lips will remain soft and luscious. If you are visiting dry or tropical countries a lip balm is a must.

7. NAIL FILE, NEUTRAL NAIL COLOUR AND REMOVER

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Good grooming also includes a good manicure and pedicure. I have already mentioned in my earlier post how well-maintained nails are a very important part of grooming. But what happens if you break a nail or the colour chips. Carrying this trio will come in handy. At the end of the day while you are lazing in your room, quickly file the nails, remove colour and apply a fresh coat. This whole process should not take more than 10 minutes.

These are a few of my favourite beauty essentials while travelling. If you can add some more I’ll be glad to update my kit. Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments below…