The dust and grime of everyday work and commute take a huge toll on your skin. Add to that the stress of routine life and the running around to achieve the proper work-life balance. In such a situation, it is a tough task to keep your beauty game on point and how to make your face glow and have a Glow Face. The skin is the first organ affected by pollution, and the regular cleansing, toning, a moisturising routine is not sufficient to maintain facial skin health. You have products galore to choose from in the market, but developing simple techniques and using easily available ingredients to work on your face will make a whole lot of difference. Read on for more.

Tips To Make Glow Face : Always remove makeup

This is a must, a golden rule. No matter how you get back from your late-night shenanigans, if you want a glowing face, you need to clear it of every makeup item you have applied on it. The skin needs to be free of any compound and needs to breathe overnight. Makeup clogs the pores, which leads to dust collection and causes blemishes and acne.

TIP: Use a clean cotton pad dipped in virgin olive oil or cold-pressed coconut oil to remove your makeup instead of a makeup remover.

Tips To Make Glow Face : Exfoliate for face glow

This step is imperative to get rid of layers of dead skin, to provide a healthy shine to your skin. This can be done with a variety of home remedies, or you can choose from a variety of off-the-shelf products. Exfoliation will lead to brighter skin. An effective homemade scrub can be made with walnuts. Mix two tablespoons of coarsely crushed walnuts with two tablespoons of thick yogurt into a paste. Apply this on your face and leave it on for about 30 minutes until it starts to dry out. Wash it off with lukewarm water. The antioxidants in the walnuts will lead to the further glowing of the skin.

TIP: You can substitute the yogurt with honey or fresh home cream (malai).

Tips To Make Glow Face : Adequate sun protection

In a tropical country like ours, the sun can wreak havoc on the facial skin, whether it is visible or not and can lead to damaging effects in the long run. Sunblock with the appropriate SPF, as suggested by an expert is absolutely necessary. Ensure your sunscreen blocks both, UVA and UVB rays. This will help prevent wrinkles, age spots and pigmentation. Also, if possible, cover your face with a scarf during harsh summer months, and visits beaches and high altitude places.

TIP: Apply sunscreen even if you are going to be indoors since the harmful rays effect there as well.

Tips To Make Glow Face : Eat right

This is true for all health-related issues. There are certain foods that help improve skin glow and provide all the necessary vitamins that the body needs. Fresh fruits and greens are a must on a daily basis. Also, load up on protein during the main meal, and ensure you use minimal fats and sugar. All of these steps will promote skin health. At every meal, ensure half the meal consists of salad components with no or minimal dressing.

TIP: A diet low in sugar will allow the skin cells to promote a healthy balance, making your face glow.

Tips To Make Glow Face : Hydrate

As simple as drinking at least two litres (eight glasses) of water every day. Also indulge is fruits that have a high water content like melons, cucumbers, citrus fruits, greens and the like. Flavoured water is a good way to trick yourself into drinking more water every day. You can flavour with a variety of things—strawberries, oranges, lemon and mint, cucumber etc.

TIP: Add chia/ sabza seeds to your flavoured water every day, since they have numerous health benefits.

Don’t: Ignore rose water. It helps prevent and reduce eye puffiness in the morning, maintains pH balance and naturally hydrates your skin if you spritz it on during the day.

Tips To Make Glow Face : Exercise is key

Sweating it out on a daily basis is a necessity. Indulge in whatever works for you—indoors or outdoors, perhaps a mix of both. Mix it up with running, jogging, cycling and yoga. Exercise promotes blood circulation and helps the process of cleaning your body inside out. It regularises bowel movement which leads to a glow on the face and skin. Even when you are short of time, a 15-minute brisk walk will do the trick.

TIP: Ensure you apply appropriate skincare products before your workout and moisturise after your post-workout shower.

Tips To Make Glow Face : Get your beauty sleep

Yes, all the recommended eight hours are needed if you want your face to glow. Getting adequate rest and sleep is not only necessary for the body and mind, but it is also necessary for the skin. The skin is an organ that gets just as tired as any other, and when you don’t get enough sleep this tired organ sags. It will lead to puffy cheeks and bags under your eyes. Take off your makeup and follow the CTM routine before going to bed.

TIP: Try to avoid any screen time (including tablets, phones, TV etc) at least 30 minutes before going to bed.

Tips To Make Glow Face : Prevent acne

Regular cleansing and a skincare routine will ensure you prevent acne to a great extent. But, wash your face with lukewarm water at least once or twice a day, and massage the cleanser on your face in a circular motion for deep cleansing. You can also use natural face packs once a week which provides a face glow.

TIP: Avoids scratching or popping pimples, or it will lead to swelling, redness, and scars.

Which natural products can I use on my face?
Apply honey on your face twice or thrice a week to naturally soothe and heal your skin. Rosewater is excellent to soothe and heal the skin. Keep a spritz bottle filled with equal parts of rose water and regular water hand, and spritz this a few times on your face daily. At home, you can also keep this bottle chilled in the refrigerator and use chilled water. You can also use raw milk on your face, to lighten the skin and reduce blemishes.

How can a treat a pimple naturally?
The rule is not to pop any pimples. If you see a pimple developing, clean the surrounding area with a clean cotton pad dipped in rose water. Place a soaked, chilled and drained green tea bag on the pimple for 10 minutes. It will make the pimple subside. Also, ensure you clean face regularly to prevent clogging of pores.

Is there an effective facial mask recipe for a glow?
Since time immemorial, Indian mothers and grandmothers have asked girls to use natural solutions from easily available kitchen ingredients. Mix two tablespoons of chickpea flour (besan) with half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and a pinch of sandalwood powder. This needs to be converted to a smooth paste. You can use rose water, raw milk or honey to make the paste. Apply this as a mask on your face and neck and leave it for 20 minutes until it starts drying. Once dry, rinse it off with regular water. Follow this ritual every week.