How to get flawless skin naturally? or How do I get glass skin like that? Queries like these have barraged the internet for quite some time. It points towards the unhealthy obsession for flawless skin that we have mindlessly idolized. Anything other than that unreal image of perfection needs to be improved. But before you join this insurmountable quest for perfect skin, take a moment to question what exactly it is that you are pining over, and more importantly how did we end up here? Even though the pursuit of luminous skin is not new, its definition and magnitude have significantly changed over the years. Social Media has magnified the desire for better skin and turned it into this mad race for perfection. Flawless skin is a myth. No matter how many layers of expensive products you layer yourself under you can never achieve that Instagram filtered beauty standard, simply because it’s not real. If anything, what you should strive to achieve is healthy skin, which, unlike flawless skin, is an attainable goal. Healthy skin v/s Flawless skin Flawless skin is defined as skin that is free of acne, wrinkles, hair, texture, pores, scars, pigmentation, visible veins, discoloration, and so on. Whereas healthy skin is a skin type that is hydrated and protected. Healthy skin is strong and capable of protecting itself against the intrusion of foreign elements into your skin. Improving your skin to reach its best version is the kind of ambition we can get behind. We find beauty in perfect imperfections and not flawless skin. So, even if you don’t have glass skin it doesn’t mean your daily skin care routine is not working or that your efforts are in vain. Because your skin can be healthy even if it’s not “flawless.” But how do you know if your skin is healthy? Signs of Healthy Skin Just like a healthy body, healthy skin is the result of a proper daily skin care routine. You don’t have dry skin Well-hydrated skin is the first sign of healthy skin. If your skin feels hydrated and supple even without the help of a moisturiser then you can safely label your skin healthy. So naturally, lackluster and cracked skin could use some help. Your skin needs a stronger humectant and moisturizer to help recover its glorious silky feel. So if your skin routinely feels dry then it’s an indication that your skincare efforts for dry skin are falling short and it’s time to make some changes. Hydrated skin not only looks fabulous but feels amazing too! Neemli’s Ultra Hydration AM & PM (Mini) Argan & Rose Day Cream + Hibiscus & Saffron Night Cream are the super duos that work around the clock to hydrate your skin. Add this hydrating morning and night cream to your skincare arsenal and you will never have to worry about dry skin ever again. Your skin has a consistent texture People often mistake bumps and peaks on the skin to be signs of unhealthy skin. Whereas in reality, when you closely look at healthy skin, the surface appears to be regularly irregular. This means that the skin is not completely smooth like glass, but has tiny peaks around hair follicles and pores, and tiny valleys in between the peaks. So not having pore-less reflective skin doesn’t necessarily mean you have unhealthy skin. On the contrary, the notion that you need to shrink your pores or get rid of them is downright silly. Pores play an integral part in maintaining skin health and function. They are openings to hair follicles and house the all-important oil-producing sebaceous glands. And thanks to our genes, it’s impossible to change the size of our pores so the belief that bigger pores are unhealthy doesn’t really sit right with logic or biology. However, it’s possible to make them less visible with the help of pore-refining toner and serum. Neemli’s Witch Hazel & Vetiver Pore Refining Facial Toner helps reduce the appearance of pores over time. Your skin doesn’t feel like anything- it just is. If your skin doesn’t feel like anything when naked then it’s a sign that it’s doing alright. Any unusual sensation like itching, dryness, tightness, or irritation on your skin is cause for concern. It could have been caused due to the skincare product you used or a reaction to something you ate. In either case, it should be immediately taken care of. Your skin color is uniform all over A consistent skin tone is an indicator that all is well as far as your skin health is concerned. However, excessive redness, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and discoloration could be a sign that something is not okay under the layers of your skin. Skin concerns like eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea could be the reason, contact your dermatologist if the redness on your skin progresses. For acne-related pigmentation and scars, experts trust Neemli’s Glycolic Acid & Hydrolyzed Collagen Pit Repair Concentrate that effectively targets pits, redness, and uneven skin texture. If the above-mentioned signs indicate that your skin indeed is healthy then it’s important that you keep following your skincare routine religiously. However, if you are facing one of the issues we discussed then it’s not a cause for alarm as with a few of our healthy skin tips your skin health will be back on track. Healthy Skin Tips Healthy skin tips like following a consistent skincare routine, eating healthy, exercising regularly, staying hydrated, removing makeup before going to bed, and using sunscreen are crucial to maintain the health of our skin but that’s not a revelation to you, is it? You already knew that thanks to all the information you have access to on the Internet. But even when you are eating healthy and consistently following your skincare routine, your desired skin still seems out of reach. What’s that about? More often than not, because of our ignorance or misinformation, we end up hindering our skin’s progress. Here are a few common mistakes and some uncommon healthy skin tips that will help you crank up your skincare efforts a notch. Use your Toner as it was intended We have grown accustomed to using toner as a second cleanser as we take a few drops on a cotton pad and use it as we do with makeup remover. It’s a common mistake that people make while using a toner that diminishes its effectiveness. Use a good skin-specific cleanser or pivot to double cleansing to clean away all the dirt and makeup off your face. But when it comes to the toner, take a little amount on your clean palms and gently press it all over your face. That’s the ideal way to use toners and absorb all its skin-improving benefits. Neemli’s Glycolic Acid & Apple Cider Vinegar Exfoliating Toner works diligently to deeply cleanse through deeper layers of our skin, while gently exfoliating the outer layers revealing clearer and smoother complexion. It’s time to introduce this exfoliating glycolic acid toner to your daily skin care routine. Apply skin products properly This is one of the most needed tips for healthy skin. If I ask you which part of your face you first touch when applying a face serum or cream, would you be able to answer? Maybe not at first. But it’s something you do every day, shouldn’t you remember the answer? It’s because you do these tasks on autopilot, the same way every day. You instinctively focus on the nose, cheek, chin, and forehead giving them all your attention and care. While parts like your jawline and corners of your face go unnoticed leaving them unarmed with skin-threatening dirt, oil, and gunk. Hence, even as we follow a good skincare routine, clogged pores and breakouts keep showing up. Thanks to these tiny neglected nooks which end up filled with impurities and bacteria. Apply your products properly and evenly all over your face giving special attention to the neglected areas to get healthy and radiant skin. Give up poor sleep hygiene practices The devil is always in the details, isn’t it? We are so meticulous when it comes to our skincare routine but conveniently neglect the various other channels of germ transfer. For example, your pillow sheets are one of the major ways through which your skin is exposed to dirt and bacteria. So when you are off gallivanting in your dreamland, these buggers are undoing all the hard work you put into your skincare routine. Poor sleep hygiene is one of the most neglected aspects of your daily skin care routine. Wash your sheets every couple of days to prevent that nightmare from turning into reality. Speaking of washing, laundry detergents with strong fragrances can also irritate the skin so make sure you use mild detergents to wash your bedsheets and pillows. These minute changes can have a colossal impact on your skin’s health. Replace skin whitening products with a Vitamin C serum In Your Daily Skin Care Routine We are often drawn to skin whitening products that claim to treat our dark spots and pigmentation and brighten our skin tone. However, if you want visibly better results then you must include a Vitamin C serum in your daily skin care routine. This power-packed nutrient is a complete game-changer for your skin which will help brighten dull skin when used religiously. It also helps fade dark circles and get rid of blemishes. If that wasn’t enough, it also helps get rid of all the free radicals while healing your skin from sun damage. The list keeps going. Neemli’s Hyaluronic & Vitamin C Serum is a light non-greasy gel-based daily use serum that helps your skin retain moisture. It brightens and plumps skin tissue to keep it soft, and dewy smooth. Conclusion Healthy skin is the manifestation of small healthy habits followed consistently. While flawless skin or glass skin is an unearthly expectation based solely on outer appearances, healthy skin is taking care of your skin’s needs which eventually starts manifesting on your radiant skin. Following your skincare routine consistently is of utmost importance – a practice that will always pay off. Frequently Asked Questions Do I need both serum and moisturizer? Serums and moisturizers are both important for a holistic skincare routine. Moisturizers moisturize the skin and create a protective layer around the skin. Whereas, serums are concentrated skin-boosters that are known to improve your skin from within. What comes first in a skincare routine? Cleansing must be the first step in your skincare routine. Neemli’s Tea Tree & Salicylic Face Wash is a powerful face wash for oily and acne-prone skin whereas the Hyaluronic & Ceramide Face Wash is an effective cleanser for dry and combination skin.