Updated: Feb 22
We all want glowing and dewy skin but not everyone is keen to sacrifice hours or even minutes out of their ever- busy lives to commit to arduous skincare regime to get the results desired. I know, because I definitely don’t have the time, but what if I tell you that it is indeed possible to achieve that “glow” without impinging on your ever-busy schedules? Read on to see easy tips or steps you can follow to get the “glow going”
Easy-Peasy steps to glowing skin
* Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
I know, we’ve all heard it before but it has been long established by science that drinking at least 2 litres of good old water a day will not only help to keep your internal bodily functions in optimal condition, but will also improve your skin health and appearance. It’s a must for your overall body and skin health. Taking a simple conscious step such as setting yourself a mini goal of keeping well hydrated as you go through your daily tasks will certainly keep you on the right track.
*Look away from the tempting sugars and processed foods!
Yes! I said it and I know it’s hard, very hard, especially if you’ve got a sweet tooth. How can one possibly resist the temptation to have “just a tiny bite” of that delicious-looking cake or other treats which we know are packed full of sugars? But these beautiful tempters do us much more harm than good in regards to not just our skin but our overall health.
Likewise with processed food, the not-so-desirable result of gorging on processed foods is dull, tired, dehydrated and dry skin! Needless to mention the tolls that smoking and excessive alcohol consumption take on the body and skin.
This blog isn’t about healthy living specifically although they’re connected somehow. Another positive consequence of sticking to these skin-glowing tips is that your waistline will likely get slimmer, so it’s a win-win situation for you. When we follow a healthy lifestyle, our skin begins to radiate on a completely different level. We’ve often heard the saying that goes ‘‘you are what you eat’’ which may sound a bit cliche, but it is true in every way! Whatever we ingest or consume even in secret shows up in our body both internally and externally. Little wonder why it is said that one of the first signs of good health is a glowing skin.
*Eat Colourful Foods!
If you haven’t been doing this already, then why not try incorporating more colours into your diet. By this I mean eating those colourful veggies and fruits that you probably once thought that your momma only used as a trick to get your attention to last a bit longer in the dining table. Moms are smart! Colourful vegetables and fruits are nutrient-dense and are rich sources of essential vitamins and minerals you need to keep your skin and body healthy. They are super-rich in antioxidants that prevent free radical damage, maintain optimum hydration levels, and ultimately improve overall health of the skin and body. These rich-in-antioxidant superfoods not only help to minimise inflammation but they are also rich sources of Vitamins A, C and other nutrients that give your skin a healthy glow whilst also tackling other issues such as acne, hyperpigmentation and other skin blemishes.
* Exfoliate your skin
Whilst tweaking your lifestyle and diet choices is crucial to getting your skin Glowing in a healthy and sustainable way, you can also improve your skin radiance from the outside by exfoliating 2-3 times a week in order to get rid of dead skin cells and reveal glowing skin. Physical exfoliators such as coffee, sugar, oats, salt and other scrubs are great for this task. If you are comfortable with chemical exfoliators such as AHAs and BHAs, then choose the ones that are suitable for your skin type and start small if new to them, like once a week first, then build up gradually once your skin is happy with it. Also remember to cleanse your skin at least morning and night to get rid of dirt, impurities, excess oil and germs in order to reveal a more beautiful and glowing skin.
* Moisturise your skin
We know from experience that dry skin tends to appear tired, aged and dull but moisturised skin appears supple, smooth and youthful. So slap on a good facial oil or moisturising cream at least twice daily to maintain that supple, dewy and glowing look. If using serums, be sure to use the ones with moisturisers, otherwise our may apply some on top of your serum once absorbed. Check out the Superfood Facial Oil and Serums with brightening actives and moisturisers in NatureCares range of skincare products.
* Wear sun protection!
This is a routine you don’t want to miss out on if you really want a healthy glowing skin. The damage caused by UV rays, environmental pollution and even the free radicals from within our bodies impact adversely on the look of the skin. This is why a good sun protection with a factor of at least 30 is your best bud to top your regular serums or face creams, regardless of what weather you’re facing.
So it is absolutely possible to get the “glow going” for whatever skin type you have.
Author: Claire Collins-O.
(Fashion & Beauty Enthusiast, Blogger, Health Clinician & Entrepreneur ).