No one wants dull skin. No. What we all want is to make our skin glow naturally. Is it too much to ask for, though? Flawless glowing skin? Apparently so, judging on how harsh the weather is and, how little changes can result in pimples breaking out everywhere.
Not that we do not like the snow. We do. It is our skin that disagrees. Our skin would also like us to dedicate hours to our skincare routine. Here, it is us who disagree. Sorry, busy business women got no time. But we still want glowing skin though.
So, how do you get the best of both worlds? You follow our tips below to have a glowing skin naturally all year round.
Sleep 7 hours a night
Life is stressful these days. For a lot of reasons. So we get that sometimes, it may be hard to get enough sleep. Yes, if you want a glowing skin, that is what you need. You do not call it “beauty sleep” for no reason.
Did you know? Sleep deprivation results in skin pigmentation. And that causes dark circles under your eyes. Which, of course won’t make you look like you are on top of your shape. But worry not. There are plenty of ways to improve your sleep quality.
First of all, turn off all devices an hour before bed at least. Yes, that includes your phone too. Screens are very bright. Plus, movies and such are adrenaline inducing. Not the best to go to sleep. Herbal tea and a good book will help you fall asleep fast.
Wanna have glowing skin? Well, clean it. Regularly. Remove anything that may make it dull and lead to outbreaks. Be thorough. Your skin will thank you for that. During the day, your skin goes through a lot.
Debris like dirt, oil and pollution particles will deposit themselves during the day. They can clog pores and cause dullness. Cleansing is straightforward and does not require an extensive routine.
Wash your face morning and night. You can massage it with a face cleaner in circular motions. Work from the inside of the face out for full coverage. Choose a cleanser for sensitive skin that is natural and that does not contain fragrances or alcohol.
Exfoliate your skin
Wanna brighten your skin? Give it a good glow boost? Both immediately and in the long-term? What you need is exfoliating. As we said earlier, a lot of dirt can deposit itself into the skin. This can clog pores.
And what happens when pores are clogged? Black heads and pimples. Dead skin cells accumulating over the pore can have the same consequence. That is why you need to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. The process removes the outer layer of dead cells.
Then, the skin looks smoother and clearer. Plus, it reflects the light. Which gives it a natural glow. You can apply a physical exfoliant like a face scrub or use chemical exfoliation. A face peel once a week will do. What is important is that the exfoliant suits your skin and will not cause harm.
Hydrate and moisturize
First of all, drink a lot of water. Hydration goes through water intake. So drink your 4lbs of water a day. It is just a good habit to have that keeps the skin healthy. Soft and radiant we may add. Water that is enriched with magnesium and bicarbonates will help your skin keep its glow.
Having trouble drinking water or remembering to drink water? You can eat fruits that are rich in water, such as watermelon cucumber, orange, strawberry, grapefruit and cantaloupe. Rose water can also help prevent eye puffiness in the morning. It maintains pH balance and naturally hydrates your skin if you spritz it on during the day.
Next step? Applying a topical moisturizer. Lack of hydration makes your complexion dull and even accentuates wrinkles. Face lotions and creams are generally more hydrating than oils, serums, and other formulas. Apply a moisturizer morning and evening to replenish hydration.
Remove your makeup before bed
We cannot stress this enough. Do not go to bed with your makeup still on. Sleeping with makeup on can cause extensive damage to your skin during the night. It is not just you that needs your beauty sleep. Your skin does too.
Why? Simply because the skin renews itself while you sleep. If you leave your makeup on, you are preventing that from happening. The skin then ceases to breathe. That is when fatigue signs start to appear.
Most makeup is made of oily substances. That will stay on your skin and can clog your pores. Which will lead to acne or blackhead breakouts. Cleanse your skin before bed with a gentle micellar water. Apply some moisturizer afterwards to help your skin renew itself during the night.
Shield against the sun
Don’t we love to stay in the sun and feel its warmth on our face? Yes, we do. The thing is, like many other things, too much sun is not good for us. For our skin, for our head, for our health. UV rays from the sun can damage your skin.
The most obvious consequence of too much sun is a sunburn. They can have different degrees and some are very close to actual burns. While some will fade with time thanks to proper care, others will leave permanent marks.
Too much sun speeds up skin aging, changes in pigmentations and dryness. Worst comes to worst, it can lead to skin diseases. Thus, it is essential you apply a physical sunblock with a strong SPF. If you stay in the sun, make sure to renew that protection every two hours.
Eat antioxidant rich fruits
One last tip to get a glowing skin naturally? Antioxidant rich fruits. Who knew? Research has linked that antioxidants in fruits combats free radicals to help protect skin cells from UV damage like hyperpigmentation.
This is why you should load up on grapes, berries and nuts like pecans and walnuts. They are rich in polyphenols such as ellagic acid and resveratrol. Aim to incorporate them into your diet daily in meals, like breakfasts, salads, or desserts, or alone as a snack.