A new dress or outfit may make you feel attractive, but nothing makes you feel more confident than knowing your skin looks healthy and radiant.
There are many things you can do to give your skin a gorgeous, luminous glow. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend much or any money to make this happen. It simply requires patience and consistency on your part.
Remember, it’s never too late to make lifestyle changes that will lead to a healthier and more attractive you.
So, here are some easy-to-follow beauty habits for glowing skin.
Protect Your Skin from the Sun
The World Health Organization reports that overexposure to the sun over time weakens the skin’s elasticity. In fact, they say exposure to UV rays of the sun is responsible for almost 80% of visible facial aging.
The sun emits two different types of UV rays. UVA rays prematurely age the skin by damaging its elastic and collagen tissue. UVB rays are a common cause of skin cancer.
Always wear sunscreen whether you are outdoors, driving in your car, or even working by a window to prevent this damage. (UVA rays penetrate glass.)
Also, it’s never too late to benefit from wearing sunscreen. Studies have found that people who wear sunscreen continuously over 18 months see significant improvements in their skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology (ADA) recommends that people use a sunscreen that:
- Has an SPF of 30 or higher
- Is water resistant
- Protects against UVA and UVB rays
Drink Lots of Water
Drink 8 glasses of water every day for glowing skin and optimal physical health.
We need water to:
- Hydrate the skin
- Help transport nutrients and oxygen to cells
- Aid digestion
- Help maintain a healthy weight
- Flush out toxins from the body
Drinking plenty of water will help keep your skin looking radiant, younger, and smoother. Pores will shrink. Skin inflammation and breakouts will occur less often. Premature skin aging caused by dehydration will slow.
You Are What You Eat
Your skin looks younger when you eat a healthy diet.
- Fried foods
- Alcoholic beverages
- Berries, including raspberries
Alcohol causes dehydration—an enemy of glowing skin.
Nuts, like Brazil nuts, increase skin elasticity. Walnuts, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, help stop inflammation and skin breakouts. Macadamia nuts have high-quality oils that help the skin repair.
Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants. They protect the skin from cellular damage.
If you have trouble getting enough veggies, fruits, and berries in your diet, why not enjoy a delicious smoothie every day?
Juicing is a great way to achieve beautiful and more glowing skin. Read all about how juicing can help your skin.
Take Your Vitamins
It’s difficult to get all the vitamins you need for healthy skin solely in the food you eat. Consider taking vitamin and mineral supplements.
Vitamin C helps the body create collagen, absorb iron, and have a functioning immune system. It will give you more radiant skin and faster healing skin. Find Vitamin C in citrus fruits and broccoli.
Vitamin A protects your skin from the sun’s damaging rays and helps with collagen production. It also slows the skin’s aging process.
Vitamin E, an anti-inflammatory, helps the skin heal and protects against UV damage.
Vitamin D has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and helps prevent acne.
For a comprehensive guide on what to eat and what not to eat to get glowing skin, read “Delicious Foods for Glowing Skin and What to Avoid.”
Cleanse Your Skin Daily
Daily facial cleansing is the key to a flawless complexion.
Cleanse your face at night to remove all the dirt, sweat, and pollution that has gathered during the day. Free radicals left on your skin overnight damage the skin’s collagen which can contribute to premature wrinkling.
Never leave on make-up overnight. Your pores may clog, and nighttime skincare treatments won’t be able to reach deep into your skin. Old make-up my cause your skin to dry out and break out.
Also, gently wash your face every morning. Never scrub your face. Scrubbing causes irritated, inflamed, and dull-looking skin.
Finally, be sure to use a cleansing product made specifically for your skin type.
Make Good Sleep a Habit
Aim for 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. We need sleep to let skin cells renew collagen, repair damage, and fight against wrinkles. Also, your entire body needs sleep to rest and repair.
Yes, You Can Reduce Stress
Stress shows on your skin. In fact, researchers have linked stress to premature skin aging. It also makes skin more susceptible to infection and breakouts.
All people experience and manage stress differently. Read about easy ways you can reduce stress and anxiety.
Exercise for Glowing Skin
Exercise helps all systems in your body function at optimum levels; this naturally means healthier and more radiant skin.
Exercise improves your body’s blood circulation. Nutrients have an easier time reaching and nourishing the skin.
Shower after exercising to remove excess sweat that can contribute to skin breakouts and allow bacteria to breed.
Use the Right Skincare Products
Today, there are many outstanding skin care products available. They can:
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Fade areas of hyperpigmentation
- Promote healthy hydration
- Stimulate cell turnover
Consult with an aesthetician to find out which products will work best for your skin type.
Always use a moisturizer to prevent skin dryness. Properly moisturized skin is smoother, brighter, and younger looking. Thirsty skin is dry and dull.
There are moisturizers for all skin types. An aesthetician can tell you the best type of moisturizer for you. Here’s more about caring for your sensitive skin.
Avoid Long Hot Showers
Your skin loves hydration but not hot showers. Hot showers strip skin’s natural oils. If you like hot showers, keep them as short as possible.
Now that you know how to get glowing skin, follow your new routine consistently and be patient. Results will take a while but know that you’re on the right track.
Read about the foundations of a healthy skincare routine.
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