Healthy Skin: Having radiant, smooth and healthy skin is everyone’s dream. The entire beauty industry thrives on this very idea, but nothing works better than resorting to a good diet and consistent skincare regimen.
statesman Explore more with Dr. Nitika NegaraConsultant Dermatologist, BLK-Max Multi Specialty Hospital, New Delhi, in a frank conversation, about factors affecting the skin; A self-reliant skincare regimen and a healthy diet are key factors.
How is healthy skin recognized?
A smooth, glowing face who has never had a pimple in his life may be the common goal of every skin regime, however, it is not the only criterion. Healthy skin should feel comfortable and hydrated. This means that the skin should have an even tone and complexion. It’s not about being pore-free or being flawless.
What is the role of dieting in skin care?
The importance of nutrition is of paramount importance, because we know that the skin is nourished from within and that an incorrect diet is reflected in the external appearance and on the skin as well as on the hair and nails. To have firm skin, we need collagen and elastin and we should consume proteins like chickpeas, eggs, lean meats, etc. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant and helps prevent premature wrinkles. To moisturize the skin, you should eat foods rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene such as carrots, yellow and green vegetables, and whole milk. Finally, vitamin E fights free radicals that cause aging of cells and skin. Therefore, it has anti-aging power. Foods rich in vitamin E are sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, and walnuts.
How to cause pimples and how to protect them?
Pimples/acne is caused by overactive sebaceous glands in the skin and a buildup of oil, dead skin cells and bacteria, which leads to inflammation (swelling and redness) in the pores. One can prevent pimples by washing the face regularly with a foaming cleanser, and looking for skin care products that do not clog pores, which means that they do not clog pores. We should focus on using gel/water based skin products as well as avoid rubbing the face.
What is the role of CTMP in skin care?
The CTMP is generally known as cleansing, toning, hydrating and protecting. I recommend the CMP (Cleanse, Moisturize and Protect) regimen. It involves cleansing with a cleanser based on your skin type, followed by a moisturizer. The last step in your skin care routine is protection with sunscreen. The importance of this system lies in keeping the skin’s pH under control, replenishing moisture and delaying the visible signs of aging.
How do you maintain healthy skin during aging?
The aging process may be inevitable, but adding some preventative measures to your skincare routine can boost the health of your skin for the rest of your life. In old age, we should focus on using a gentle, non-irritating cleanser and using a high-viscosity moisturizer as the skin tends to dry out. Sun protection is paramount at any age, and retinol and vitamin C enhance skin elasticity in old age.
Common makeup mistakes that damage the skin
There are many makeup mistakes that damage the skin. First, not understanding your skin type and not choosing products accordingly. For example, someone with oily skin prone to acne should use gel-based products. Sleeping while applying makeup or wiping it with facial tissues is a sin. Another mistake people make is not washing their makeup tools regularly (brush/sponge blender, etc.) which leads to infection. In our makeup routine, we usually underestimate the importance of moisturizing and using sunscreen.
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