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seemingly perfect skin

We all know at least one woman with seemingly perfect skin. And every time you see her glowing face, you think, how does she do it? What does she use? What is her routine?

We asked skin care expert Dolly Singh for her tops tips to supple and glowing skin. She has laid out a few simple things you can incorporate in your daily skincare routine to help you achieve flawless skin.

Use the correct cleanser for your skin type. For oily or acne prone skin, a salycylic gel or benzoyl peroxide wash works great. For dry mature skin, use either a moisturising glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown spots or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an alpha hydroxy acid cleanser.

Stay hydrated. Drink adequate amounts of water. Avoid caffeinated beverages. Try fresh green veggie juices. All these help oxygenate your skin and stimulate lymphatic drainage.

Maintain a healthy diet. Your skin has natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid. Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3 thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture. Eat a diet low in spices, fats and meats.

Moisturise every day and night. The best times to moisturise are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure that you find a moisturiser gentle enough for everyday use with zero irritation. Invest in a brand that is considered reliable and a product that has hydrating powers.

Do not  touch your face. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts: it can lead to scarring, increase in wrinkles, and even the flu.

Don’t use too many products. Using more than one or two all at once is a big no-no. It can be harsh on the skin, resulting in more breakouts and clogged pores.

Wear a sunscreen 365 days a year — rain or shine. Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days. But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or running errands. It’s the daily UV exposure that contributes to visible signs of aging. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every two hours.

Exfoliate a couple times per week. We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen. To fight this, you should choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates. And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.

Skin vitamins. A balanced diet is important, but there are more ways to give your skin vitamins such as topical antioxidants which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin. These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage and they also have natural sunscreen properties. The best time to apply is right after cleansing, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.

Skincare routine should be easy to follow. Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well but not always. Find a cleanser and moisturiser that you know works for you and keep it at the core of your routine.

Sleep well. It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles. Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage.

Update your makeup. Throw away old and used products at regular intervals. Make sure your makeup brushes are cleaned often. Always invest in good brands – quality over quantity.

Regular Facials. Keep your appointment with your aesthetician. Get a facial that is suitable for your skin type. Make sure that your beautician is qualified and using good quality products.

Dolly’s Exquisite Creations, Kamaladi, Kathmandu, 4445080/82