Get Glowing Skin With Simple Tips
Do you remember when you were a child and your skin had that natural glow? Even as a teenager, skipping the pimple phase, you had beautiful skin. Then when you turned older you looked in the mirror one day and asked yourself, what happened to my glowing skin? What happened to that glowing skin is it’s not naturally glowing anymore: it needs your help. You are at the age where you have to make some type of effort to get and keep that glow. If we were smart, we would start taking care of our skin much sooner, but most of us don’t. We wait until we wake up one day and realize we don’t look like that child or teenager anymore.
Get Your Vitamin C
To be beautiful, your skin needs proper nourishment. Vitamin C increases cell turnover, helps protect against sun damage, and boosts the production of collagen and elastin. Serums often have the highest concentrations of vitamin C, and if you apply a serum first, before your moisturizer, the vitamin C will help your skin absorb the beneficial ingredients of the moisturizer.
After you stop at a skin care counter, visit the grocery store. Glowing skin blooms with a diet of citrus fruits, mangoes, kiwis, tomatoes, broccoli, red peppers, and even baked potatoes all of which contain a healthy dose of vitamin C. These fruits and vegetables can bring you a step closer to healthy skin!
Clear The Way
“Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in maintaining your youthful glow,” says Soli Davis, director and head aesthetician of Shibumi Spa in New York. A dull complexion can develop no matter what your skin type oily, congested, dry, or sensitive.
As dead cells accumulate, your skin stops reflecting light and absorbs up to ten times its weight in moisture, says Davis. If you want fresh-looking skin, you must encourage cell turnover and exfoliation does the job.
Adjust To The Seasons
If you modify your skin care routine with each season, you’ll better your chances of attaining healthy skin. Lisa Hoffman, a beauty guru and the creator of a namesake skin care line, suggests using face creams with shea butter, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and urea to lock in skin’s moisture during the harsh winter months.
During spring and summer, Hoffman recommends lightweight toners, clay masks to absorb excess oil, and eye serums with high concentrations of peptides and hydrators to help prevent fine lines. For fall, Hoffman suggests the use of hydrating masks and emphasizes lip care. A lip serum with soybean extracts and petrolatum will prevent water loss and keep your lips soft and smooth.
Ditch The Chemicals
Products that contain sulfates and parabens which include at least 50 percent of lotions and moisturizers can actually cause dryness and irritation, the opposite of the glow you’re after. Instead, choose cleansers with natural ingredients like oatmeal and olive oil.
Yoga is not only good for the muscles; it can actually improve your skin. Some practitioners swear by the anti-aging benefits of yoga’s inverted poses. The benefits are produced in two ways: First, circulation is stimulated, so that oxygen-rich blood flushes the body with good nutrients and removes toxins; second, you become more relaxed in the course of a yoga session, so there’s less tension and muscle contraction in your face. Try Downward Dog and Lion Face (just open your mouth wide and roar!).
Get a Fake Bake
Instead of exposing yourself to harmful UV rays, use a bronzer to get the look of sun-kissed, healthy skin. Celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal suggests applying bronzer on the jawline, just behind the ear, then smoothing it out to the perimeter of the face toward the nose; follow that by dusting the hollows under your cheekbones. Finish off with a dab of blush on the apples of your cheeks.
Make Face Time
Book a facial once a month to maintain your dewy complexion. “Peels increase circulation and absorption, while stimulating the skin at the cellular level to lighten, tighten, and brighten it,” says Tammy Fender, a Palm Beach aesthetician. And if you indulge in a hydrating mask containing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids, you’ll add to the efficacy of your maintenance facial.
Age spots and glowing skin don’t mix. These spots are a common, typically harmless condition, the result of excess melanin deposited in the skin. Sun exposure is an ally of age spots; maintain healthy skin by protecting it with a broad spectrum sunscreen, one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
Over-the-counter products with licorice extract or kojic acid, derived from mushrooms, often help in lightening age spots; however, if the spots resist treatment, speak to a dermatologist about creams that contain hydroquinone.
Cut The Grease
Glowing skin doesn’t mean shiny skin. You want to look luminous, not as if you’ve escaped a hot kitchen. Believe it or not, the best way to minimize oil on the skin is to use cleansers with olive oil, which cut grease and soften the skin. Want beautiful skin on the go? Always carry a light powder to absorb oils. Blotting papers work just as well for a quick touch-up.
Kick The Habit
Medical experts at the Mayo Clinic say that smoking accelerates aging, and that the damage done to skin can be irreversible. You can’t have healthy skin when your blood vessels narrow, keeping oxygen and nutrients from the outermost layers of your skin. Smoking also damages your skin’s collagen and elastin fibers.