On average, a person spends about $43 on a shopping trip to the makeup store. Not counting the time spent on the research, travel, and applying the product, self-care might seem like a bottomless pit of endless needs. As magical as makeup may be, it cannot be a miracle worker on its own. It works alongside your base, and maintaining that base is half the process, and leading Aesthetic Doctor, Maryam Zamani shares a few exclusive tips with Downtown Magazine on how to glow from the inside out.

Photo courtesy of MZ Skin.
Photo courtesy of MZ Skin.

Exfoliate

The process of exfoliation removes the dead skin cells accumulated on the top layer of the skin. There are many ways you can go through this process, either using a brush, a facial scrub, or even chemicals. Dr. Zamani recommends a Natural Konjac Sponge to slough off the dead skin cells. The iron oxide clay in this sponge stimulates blood flow, as well as adding luster to dull skin. This sponge also rebalances the skin’s natural pH levels, leaving the face with a smooth finish.

Hydration

Staying hydrated from the inside is also important to this process. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines. In addition to drinking water, it is also important to have a good moisturizer to lock it all in. Look for a moisturizer that has a good amount of SPF, as well as Vitamin C to not only protect your skin but also give it a glowing effect.

Don’t forget your neck!

While you are prepping your face, do not neglect your neck. Remember, the skin on your neck also frames your face, so be sure to take care of that as well in order to avoid unevenness. Be sure to prep your neck the same way you prep your face.

Photo courtesy of MZ Skin.
Photo courtesy of MZ Skin.

Nutritional Facelift

Having a healthy diet also contributes to your skin and hair health. A diet that is rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 fights inflammation and preserves the health of skin and hair. Eating your fruits and veggies will help your body get rid of harmful toxins that tend to make your skin look older.

Be sure to avoid salty foods, as it retains water in your body, as well as cutting back on things such as caffeine and alcohol that has a tendency of drying out your skin. Instead, increase your water intake to combat these harmful effects.

When it comes to the skin, it is a multistep process that requires our TLC in more ways than we know.

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