Hydration. It's the first word that pops into my head when I think of beauty, and it should be the first word that pops into your head, too. We're made of around 60% water. That's more than half, gals and pals! It's of utmost importance to drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day, even if you're not the most thirsty human being. For my part, Baxter, my beagle, drinks water like a professional athlete. And, Snowflake, my exquisite Siamese feline even has her custom hydration schedule.
So, why should we humans not pay attention to our hydration too? More hydration means a radiant complexion, plumper skin, and fewer wrinkles. Imagine being a walking, talking prune due to dehydration, scary idea, right? Plus, staying hydrated can benefit your overall health, from improved metabolism to better digestion. Not just that, but your hair and nails grow stronger too! Heck, even water bottles these days come in such fancy and chic designs, it makes hydration an addictive routine.
We may not openly discuss it amongst ourselves, but men exfoliate too. It's a secret ritual that we, in the male fraternity, have been keeping from the public eye. The best part is that exfoliation is like a magic eraser. It can erase years of neglect and all that dirt and grime to reveal your true glow. The first time I exfoliated, I felt like I had uncovered an ancient relic, that relic being my skin.
Exfoliation removes layers of dead skin cells and unclogs pores, providing a perfect canvas for your skincare products to work their magic. In the same way I find it satisfying to see my beagle, Baxter, shed his old fur and reveal his shiny new coat, women can find satisfaction in unveiling fresh layers of skin. Trust me ladies, a weekly exfoliation ritual can make a huge difference. But remember, don't go overboard with it because too much can irritate the skin.
I once went on a sun-soaked vacation and forgot to pack sunscreen. The result was a red, painful mess that made me look like a walking advertisement for sunburn awareness. It's no wonder that dermatologists any many healthy skin enthusiasts consider sunscreen the holy grail of skin care. It’s the armour against the biggest beauty enemy – UV rays. It’s the shield that prevents premature ageing, blotchy skin, and the most dangerous of all – skin cancer.
It's a must, come rain or sun. Yes, even when it appears to be cloudy outside, your screen guard should be on. And it’s not just for your face! The back of hands, neck, and other exposed areas crave for this shield too. Believe me, as someone who has learned this lesson the hard way, you don't want your skin to become a visual representation of an ancient Egyptian scroll!
While growing up, I thought face masks were only for superheroes, wrestlers, and robbers. Fast forward a few years, and I was introduced to a different kind of face mask, one that promised the superpower of flawless skin. One Sunday afternoon, I saw Snowflake, my poised and elegant Siamese cat, silently judging me as I slathered a green concoction all over my face. It was a sight, I tell you.
Face masks are a fantastic way to treat your skin with goodness. Whether it's a clay mask to fight oiliness or a hydrating one to quench the thirst of your skin, each mask has its unique benefits. A weekly masking routine can improve skin texture and even out skin tone, leaving you with a radiant, healthy look. Look out for masks with natural ingredients – a small step towards sustainable beauty.
Remember, dry skin is as happy as a fish out of water – and I mean that literally! Even if you consider your skin type to be oily, don’t skip this step. A good moisturizer is that perfect friend who complements you, keeps your skin balanced, not too oily, not too dry, just right. I learned the importance of moisturizing during a harsh Canadian winter when my skin started mimicking the looks of the arid desert.
Getting the right moisturizer for your skin type and using it consistently keeps skin soft, improves texture, and slows the ageing process. A skin well-moisturized is a signal of healthy skin. Baxter, my faithful beagle, has his coat moisturized regularly so why shouldn’t you?
Quite literally, sleep is the elixir of beauty. It’s during these sleepy townrides when the body’s repair soldiers get to work. It’s when the damage of the day is reversed, toxins are thrown out, hormones that influence your skin’s health are released.
When sleep is compromised, it shows on your face. Dark circles, anyone? Keeping a steady sleep schedule can show immense improvement on your skin. Try and chalk out those 7-9 hours because, as they say, every good thing has a right time, the magic for your skin happens between these hours. With my sometimes nocturnal pets – the early-rising Baxter and night-prowling Snowflake, I know all about wonky sleep schedules and the impact they can have. So, sleep tight and wake up right!