Every girl dreams of glowing skin. Don’t you love it when you look into the mirror and see your face naturally dewy?
Sunshine is the best natural source of Vitamin D. Unfortunately, not everyone lives in climates warm enough to get the look effortlessly. Not to mention, stress, pollution, and bad beauty habits all lead to dull looking skin. But there’s no need to panic because I’ve gathered some information for you on how to achieve glowing skin. Read on!
Drink plenty of water. We all know this is basic information and it’s the first thing you have to master to get that glowing, gorgeous skin. But when I drink plenty of water, you have to understand that this is for the long haul.
Our water intake should be 8-10 glasses of water a day, but let’s face it – we almost never achieve this on a daily basis. But remember, our skin is 64% water (not literally of course) so maintaining this level is only reasonable.
Collagen production requires water so when we drink the right amount, our skin looks plumper and fine lines and wrinkles less visible. Regularly achieving your water intake requirement also improves blood circulation in the skin which keeps it oxygenated and youthful in appearance.
Pro tip: Keep a refillable bottle of water by your desk if you don’t find enough time to drink a lot of water. And remember that the water in coffee, tea, and even food counts too.
Serums are more concentrated that moisturizers, so consider starting using them now if you haven’t tried them yet. It’s been said that results appear a lot faster compared to only using a toner or moisturizer. Choose a serum that’s rich antioxidants because they fight off free radicals. Also, find one with hyluronic acid which is an ingredient that is believed to hold a thousand more times its weight in water. For best results, still apply a moisturizer after using the serum to lock in moisture even better. Needless to say, you’ll get that healthy glow in no time.
Apply products in the right order. The order in which you use your products is just as important as the products themselves. Apply the product directly onto the skin right after you wash your face especially if it has “active” ingredients. Active ingredients are those that are considered ‘biologically active’, and this term includes the usual retinol, salicylic acid, and hyaluronic. Using a creamier, heavier product before ones with active ingredients just hinders the absorption of the lighter product which makes it useless.
Soy is your friend on days after you’ve had a sleepless night. It will show on your skin if you’ve had a bad night’s sleep. You know the drill – pasty skin, dark circles, visible wrinkles, and others. Reach for a carton of soy milk the next time you’ve had little sleep. Soy milk has anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties. The results will be plumper looking skin which would mean less visible wrinkles and fine lines. Another way you could use soy is to apply it topically by dipping a cotton ball and holding it over your eyes and the surrounding area for five minutes.
Exercise is always boring advice, but it’s one of the most effective ways on how to achieve glowing skin. There is scientific proof that exercise increases blood flow and shift toxins around, leaving your skin appear fresher and brighter. And that’s not just the skin of your face.
If you like saunas and hot baths or showers, unfortunately, those will only lead to a reddish complexion. Hot temperatures leaves the skin stressed, hot, flustered, because blood vessels are being dilated. Skin can recover from this state in about an hour but the skin loses its ability to revert to its natural state. If you really like a hot shower though, keep it between lukewarm to warm, max.
Proper hydration is not only managed by skin care products, but hydration starts from what you eat and drink. Eat fruits and vegetables known for high water content, and make sure to include food with lycopene. Lycopene is a component which triggers collagen strength and fights off the effects of UV rays. Chow down on cooked tomatoes and watermelon for starters.
Wear sunscreen. Applying sunscreen regularly – and I mean on a daily basis – may seem like a hassle, but it’s one of the most important tips on this list. It not only decreases your chances of getting skin cancer, but it also maintains the skin’s elasticity thus lessening your chances of getting wrinkles and fine lines. And like the first bullet on this post, this is also for the long haul, so keep this a regular thing in your skin care routine. And remember – the order is serum, moisturizer, and then sunscreen.
If you have any tips on how to get glowing skin, let me know in the comments!
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