Your skin mirrors your good health and youthful radiance. Clear, supple skin speaks volumes about its own hygiene and health. But how can you maintain its glow and health even as your skin ages and fights the elements daily? Good nutrition, regular exercise and the required amounts of sleep all play a part in maintaining skin health. But your skin also needs an extra boost for cellular renewal and tissue restoration – and this boost can only come from the right skin care products.

The right products applied to the skin can work wonders in repairing and restoring the skin at a cellular and tissue level. Do take care to be consistent in their use for your skin to reap their benefits for years to come.

These are the must-have skin care creams and gels you should include in your beauty kit:

#1 Cleanser. Always begin the day by cleansing your skin. In fact, you should also start to wind down for the night with a cleanser. It removes surface impurities like dirt, dried oil and moisture, dead skin cells, and unclogs the pores. Thus, it reduces the chances of the skin developing blackheads, whiteheads and acne, and helps it breathe and regenerate daily. Use a mild cleanser on a cotton pad or as directed on the product package, and do not rub excessively. It is better to get a recommendation for the right product based on your skin type and texture.

#2 Toner. A toner is a product that closes the enlarged pores of the skin with a mild astringent action. Dab it lightly over the skin after using a cleanser, and wait for a few seconds for the product to dry completely. Follow it up with moisturiser. But if your cleanser has a low pH, then a toner might be unnecessary.

#3 Moisturiser. One of the most vital skin care products, a moisturiser helps replenish lost hydration and supplies essential nutrients to the skin. It hydrates and makes the skin tissues plump, thus increasing skin elasticity and dexterity. Hydrated skin boosts the production of collagen, which keeps fine lines and other signs of aging at bay. Try a dermatologist-tested moisturiser that contains substances like Shea and Kokum butter that lock in hydration for 24 hours. You can even try a cream with a light texture that does not make the skin feel caked up and oily.

#4 Sunscreen. The relentless sunlight in the UAE can sap your skin of its youthful radiance, and make it tanned and prone to acne and dullness. You cannot control the level of sunlight outside your home, but you can certainly counteract its effects by barricading your skin against it. Sunscreen lotion or cream is the most essential skin care product to have in your bag. Apply it 30 minutes before stepping out of the house, and lock it in with a veneer of all day moisturiser. Be sure to replenish your skin with a fresh layer of sunscreen every four hours when outdoors.

#5 Anti-aging Vitamin C gel. Aging is a natural process and it cannot be stopped. But you can slow down its progress with the right product. Stop premature aging in its tracks with an anti-aging gel containing Vitamin C. The gel contains a shot of antioxidants that prompt quick cell renewal and repair daily. Meanwhile, Vitamin C combats the free radicals that cause premature aging leading to age spots, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. The gel is your biggest weapon in the fight for ageless, radiant skin for years.

Your kit will also include cosmetics and brushes to apply them. Do clean out brushes and replace old cosmetics periodically for better skin health. But these are secondary – do include the products listed above for skin that radiates good health and a youthful glow for years to come.

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