Our skin, the largest organ (yes, really!) of the body, gives us an impression of our overall health. It also serves as a vital protective barrier against exposure to things such as infections, bacteria and other environmental toxins. Many of us keen for a healthy glow and there are simple tricks that can help you achieve that everlasting shine. Our doctors have rounded up our top six secrets for glowing skin. Consult with a specialist for the remainder of the top ten.
1. Follow the rules of CTM (Cleansing, Toning, Moisturizing)
A proper skincare routine is the best way to encourage clear, luminant skin. A simple routine that takes just few minutes each day is enough to see a significant improvement. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing—in that order—get rid of makeup, dirt, dead skin cells, oil, and other pollutants that build up on our skin throughout the day. CTM also rebalances the pH levels of your skin and rehydrates your cells, leaving your skin feeling soft and supple.
2. From fluids to foods
Looking good on the outside starts with taking care of the inside. It may sound straightforward, but you can’t underestimate the impact diet has on your skin. If you eat processed foods and drink alcohol, it takes a toll on your skin and your complexion will reflect that lifestyle. The best solution is to maintain a balanced diet that consists of lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts, and drinking half around two liters of water every day.
3. Exfoliate two or three times a week
Exfoliation is the removal of surface dry skin cells. While over-exfoliating (every day) can lead to skin irritation, dryness and accelerated signs of aging, exfoliating two to three times per week (or just once if your skin is sensitive) can help keep pores from becoming clogged and leave the skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. It can also improve the overall strength and health of your skin, even out the tone and clarity, stimulate collagen production and revive the appearance of dull skin.
4. Massage your face daily
A daily massage improves facial muscle tone, enhances product absorption and improves blood circulation, all of which can help increase your skin’s glow. So next time you’re winding down at the end of a long day, grab some lovely oil— argan or jojoba are good options—and give your face a well-deserved massage.
5. Treat yourself to facials
A facial provides nutrients to the skin, working to repair any damage, and perking up the overall tone and appearance of the face. It also clears your pores, allowing your skin to breathe. If you’re prone to conditions like acne, psoriasis, melasma or wrinkles, visit the Siriroj Cosmetic Skin Center in Phuket to discuss treatment options.
6. Get enough sleep
It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason, and without enough of it, you can exacerbate existing skin conditions and accelerate the aging process. Between 7-9 hours of restful, regenerative sleep each night contribute to better health and beautiful skin. Focussing on your health and wellness is a beautiful thing, and when you take care of yourself, it shows.