Who wouldn’t want that ageless appearance that only comes with a well-nourished, healthy, glowing skin. Unfortunately, these days, the market is saturated with expensive and ineffective skincare products. In fact, some of their ingredients can even be damaging to your skin.
Luckily, there is nothing quite like the healing power of nature and a healthy lifestyle when it comes to injecting new life into your skin. If your skin isn’t looking as well polished as it could be, these simple tips will help you to transform your appearance, so you can radiate positivity inside and out.
Cleanse Your Face Regularly
A regular face cleansing routine both clears the pores and gets rid of skin blocking bacteria that can cause skin irritations. Aside from the fact that our skin is constantly producing oils, you may have noticed that for some reason your hands are constantly finding their way to your face. Whether it be reaching across your forehead to brush the hair back from your eyes, or cupping your hands under your chin as a way of relaxing, whatever surfaces our hands have come into contact with are being placed directly onto our face. As such, cleansing the face at least twice a day (in the morning and at night) to get rid of dirt and excess skin oils is a good habit to get into at a young age and carry on throughout our lives.
Use Gentle Exfoliants and Face Masks
Beauty lines love to promote skin products that remove any dead skin cells from
the face, revealing a new layer of healthy glowing skin. Many exfoliants these days contain natural oils and ingredients with a gritty texture, such as sea salt, to give you a moisturizing scrub that won’t irritate or damage the tiny blood vessels underneath the skin. Alternatively, you can easily make your own face scrub at home from ingredients such as olive or avocado oil, honey, oats, coffee or brown sugar. Face masks are another product that can have a beneficial effect on your skin, provided that you opt for one that doesn’t contain any toxic ingredients. Most masks are designed to both moisturize and deep cleanse your skin, and some are even infused with ingredients to help decrease wrinkles or shrink pores. Just like face scrubs, you can make your own face mask at home using ingredients such as avocados, honey and oat bran.
Hydration is key to a healthy body and skin. Drinking eight glasses of water per day not only flushes out toxins from the body, but also ensures your skin cells to stay full and supple. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and just like the rest of you, it can’t function appropriately without a sufficient level of water. Skin that doesn’t get enough water can become dry and flaky, both conditions that can lead to premature ageing. Water increases the elasticity of the skin, which means fewer wrinkles and fine lines, and can help to alleviate skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Water is also a great antidote to puffy eyes. When we don’t drink enough water, our bodies start to retain water to protect us from possible dehydration. Increasing your water intake can counteract that, reducing swelling and puffiness.
Eat Clean Foods
You’ve probably heard this phrase too many times, “you are what you eat.” Eating
antioxidant-rich foods and cutting down on processed products, is a great way of filling up on the vitamins and nutrients that encourage cell growth, promote a brighter complexion,
and reduce the amount of swelling and puffiness in the face. For best results, it is recommended that you eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to keep free radicals, which can cause age spots and wrinkles, at bay. Eating food rich in vitamin C and E, such as oranges, blueberries, avocados and pine nuts, are also great ways of promoting radiant skin and keeping it blemish free. After all, there is a good reason why so many people incorporate a vitamin C serum or a vitamin E cream into their daily skincare regimen.
If you’re using all these tips on a regular basis, your skin will most definitely be looking its
best. But a little extra glow never hurts to help accentuate your complexion. Lotions and face moisturizers help your skin retain the moisture that it needs to look its best. As such, regularly moisturizing your skin should be on top of your list of priorities. This said, it is best to avoid lotions with artificial ingredients. Look for moisturizers that contain vitamins C and E, which are packed with antioxidants, and vitamins A and B5 to increase your skin’s firmness. If you spend a lot of time out in the sun, be sure to opt for a moisturizer that contains sunscreen to stop premature fine lines and wrinkles in their tracks.