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Five simple steps to a glowing complexion

Last updated on: April 8, 2010 15:51 IST
Decrease excess oil secretion for a flawless face like Sushmita

Everyone wants clear, healthy skin. But how is one to keep it that way when we are out facing pollution, toxins and junk food everyday? Follow these simple steps to help achieve it.

It feels nice to be complimented for a glowing, healthy complexion. And it also pinches a little to see it on someone else, doesn't it? Well, you don't have to sail in that boat anymore -- here are five suggestions to ensure your skin stays beautiful.

Step 1: Decrease excess oil secretion

Step 2: Encourage routine shedding of the skin

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Routine exfoliation will give you fresh skin like Catherine Zeta Jones

Step 3: Minimise the spread of bacterial infections

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Keep your skin well-hydrated for Ash's fresh glow
  • Using an astringent to disinfect the skin significantly reduces the presence of bacteria on the face, limiting skin inflammation and the likelihood of pimple development.
  • Avoid rubbing alcohol or alcohol-based astringents and toners on your skin, even if it is oily. These products are known to strip the skin of its natural, protective moisture, causing irritation and making acne worse.
  • Avoid frequent and vigorous washing that can irritate your skin and worsen acne. Wash acne-prone areas twice daily with a mild soap and warm water.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin well-hydrated. It is useful -- as you sweat, your pores get washed out.
  • Step 4: Enhancing fat metabolism

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    Exercise will leave you with a healthy flush like Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Free fatty acids irritate the skin and provoke acne eruptions. Therefore, reducing the consumption of foods containing hydrolyzed fats will improve fat metabolism.
  • Remember, however, that essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 are useful -- these are found in foods such as salmon and olive oil. These essential fats aid in eliminating pro-inflammatory substances, which reduces the possibility of experiencing acne lesions.
  • Exercising burns off excess fat and energy, which can clog the skin. Exercise or a workout twice a day is good. It also helps in reducing stress.
  • Step 5: Eating smart and reducing inflammation

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    Eating smart is not only great for your skin, it can help you attain a figure like Shilpa's

    Follow these steps for two weeks and see the results for yourself -- you'll enjoy the feel of a great, glowing, healthy complexion!