Beauty is more than just skin deep. It would be unfair to restrict the term to just the glow on your face or the blush on your cheeks. Beauty comes from within, and it is time we started appreciating it for what the term truly means.
In this day and age, where beauty bloggers are in abundance and articles that preach skincare and haircare rituals can be found everywhere, it is normal to feel the pressure of looking a certain way closing in on us. However, it is important to understand the concept of beauty as an umbrella term.
There is so much more to it than just hair, skin, and perfectly aligned teeth. Also, while scrutinizing the term, it is essential that we view it through cultural filters. ‘Beauty’ as a concept is subjective. It differs across cultures and ethnicity.
What might hold good in the Orient might be different from what the West perceives of beauty. Therefore, we must be flexible in our values so that we are inclusive enough to appreciate the broad spectrum of the said concept.
Speaking of skincare routines and hair care regimes, we could take care of how we look on the outside and still bust the beauty myths. There is no harm in wanting to look and feel a certain way while also advocating for being inclusive of all body types and definitions of beauty.
In the light of this topic, we shall now try to look at how we could take some time out from our busy schedules and take care of our skin to lend it a healthy glow.
Skin Care Rituals To Follow Religiously:
We have spoken a lot about how important it is to understand and acknowledge the term beauty through various cultural filters. But inclusivity and advocacy for the right thing do not have to mean that you have to quit taking care of your skin or the way you look. You could do both and with much gusto. Let us now see how!
Mornings Are Important For Your Skin-
We understand how busy you might be every morning. Waking up to the loud alarm, running errands, getting ready for the hectic schedule ahead- there are several shoes to fill in. But, your skin requires care in the morning more than what it does throughout the day.
The moment you happen to let loose and throw caution to the air, there are chances of premature aging of your skin. Dermatologists advise washing your face with a mild face wash right after you wake up in the morning.
Also, avoid washing your face with hot water or icy cold water. Extreme conditions do not work well on the skin, which is why it is essential to maintain a balance.
Soon after you wash your face, apply a light moisturizer (depending on your skin type) to keep your skin hydrated and fresh all through the day.
Be Careful With Your Body Hair Removal Routine-
Body hair is important. It protects us from several infections and keeps viruses at bay. But, the point that we are trying to make here is not how body hair is vital for us, but how some people might not want body hair on them.
It is your body, and therefore, the agency to do whatever you want to do with it lies with you. If you are someone who does not encourage body hair, there are a few things you must keep in mind while removing the hair.
You could opt for laser hair removal or the classic waxing. Whatever you do, make sure that your skin is capable enough to bear the pressure you put it through.
Always use products that suit your skin type, or you could do horrible damage to your skin.
Apply aloe gel or natural aloe vera after you shave or wax to ease any discomfort on the skin. And in case you require more help or guidance regarding the same, you must read OGLF’s article here to gain a clearer and better understanding.
You Need To Maintain A Strict Night Care Skin Regime Too-
Skincare routine is not only restricted to washing your face in the morning or once after you come back home from work. You must also follow a routine before you go to bed so that your skin gets ample room to breathe.
You must make it a point to remove your makeup before you go to sleep, no matter how tired you feel. Makeup on your skin tends to clog the skin pores, and this is what gives rise to acne. Therefore, if you want your skin to breathe and look young in the years to come, you must quit being lazy and do what needs to be done.
Maintain A Healthy Diet-
More often than not, people associate skincare rituals with extrinsic actions and forget about an extremely crucial element. The element that we are talking about here is maintaining a healthy diet.
It is essential to eat healthy because if we are not healthy from within, it shows directly on the quality of our skin and hair. Washing your face a hundred times a day will not do you any good if you do not ingest the right fruits and vegetables.
This might start seeming like an article that emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet and perks of drinking the right amount of water. But you must understand that a healthy diet with the right intake of water is imperative to keep your body organs from collapsing.
You have to drink at least three liters of water each day to ensure that your skin, as well as your body organs, are working optimally. Your skin needs water to stay hydrated and keep wrinkles and premature aging at bay. Thus,
Our skin is more complicated than what we assume it to be. Your ideals and philosophy might not allow you to treat the concept of beauty in a way society treats it to be. However, at the end of the day, the onus of taking care of your body and health falls on you.
It is essential to follow a basic routine of self-care and self-love, in a world that has forgotten how to greet a known face in a crowd of unknown ones. Therefore, remember to be kind and do right by yourself. That is the only way to live a happy, healthy, and wholesome life.