Let’s face it, we’re all searching for the secret to glowing skin. Although there is no magical pill or formula that we can take, there are things you can do to get that beautiful glow!
The environment, as well as your skincare routine and lifestyle are all contributing to your skin not looking its best. In order for your skin to shine, it needs to be protected from harmful environmental factors, and needs to be healthy enough to continue to produce new cells to replace the old.
The good news is, that while there is no one size fits all regimen, a few simple adjustments can put you back on the fast track to a radiant, glowing skin.
LIFESTYLE AND SKINCARE UPGRADES
Wash your hands
Research indicates that we touch our face up to 23 times every single HOUR. Given that your hands touch absolutely everything throughout the day, they are covered with tons of bacteria. Wash your hands often to ensure cleaner skin that’s not so prone to acne and breakouts.
Try face oils
A quick pro tip for immediately visible glowing skin is using a good face oil. Face oils nourish and help supplement and balance natural oil production. They also help repair the protective layer of your skin that keeps moisture in. Popular face oils are made from jojoba, maracuja, coconut, argan, and tea tree oils. You can apply these directly after you’ve washed your face up to twice a day, or mix them in with a tinted moisturiser.
Speaking of moisturisers, a great natural product you can add to your skincare routine is aloe vera. It’s healing properties will give your cells the boost they need to reproduce and shine, without clogging your pores. Quick tip - do a patch test before applying to large parts of your skin, as some people have a reaction to it.
Consider a humidifier
Another great external way that can help your skin retain its moisture is through the use of a humidifier, especially during the harsh winter months. If your skin is feeling dry, red and uneven, turning a humidifier on at night can help regulate the moisture levels that your room may be lacking.
Add some vitamins
Adding specific vitamins directly to your skin will rejuvenate it, help with new cell growth and keep your skin protected from all outside harmful toxins.
- Vitamin A: Both Retinoid or Retinol alternatives are derived from Vitamin A. When used correctly, they help with new cell and collagen production, and clear your pores. Use with caution, as it can cause your skin to dry out, become red and irritated, and have pigmentation issues.
Give your face a proper treat!
Since your face is usually most exposed to outside factors, it’s important to treat it to some extra love and attention.
- Face masks: Keep your skin hydrated and moisturised with facemask, which you can purchase or make your own. If you are buying one, keep an eye out for active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, and vitamin E.
- Face peels: These exfoliate and smooth the skin’s surface and help boost collagen and skin cell production. All key things to help with glowing skin.
- Facial massages: Keep your skin looking young and fresh, increase blood flow and circulation, while additionally relaxing after a long day. You can try a gua sha routine, or purchase a jade roller. Just a few minutes a day and you will begin to see results in no time!
- Ice: not only is it a natural exfoliant, but it also helps reduce redness and inflammation.
Every day our skin faces so many environmental contaminants that have negative effects. Let your skin heal itself through exercise! While you are moving and sweating, you are increasing your blood and oxygen flow and your skin is cleansing itself from all the toxins and debris that you have come in contact with. So stay active and keep moving, whether it’s through yoga, walking, running, zumba, crossfit or anything that gets you off the couch.
Wash your face after your workout!
Because while you are exercising, your body is cleansing itself, and all of that dirt, oil, bacteria and toxins are then released through your pores and sit directly on your skin. If you don’t properly wash your face and body, you are creating the perfect condition for breakouts and clogged pores.
In addition to washing your face, we recommend exfoliating 2-3 times a week to keep your skin extra clean. As exfoliating removes any dead skin cells and dirt, your pores will remain unclogged, and hair follicles clean. This helps keep acne and breakouts at a minimum, and your skin looking smooth, clean and fresh.
A great physical exfoliator that you can use for your body is a simple loofah or body mitt! If you want to amp up your exfoliating routine to the next level, we recommend taking a look at the Kalinni Microdermabrasion kit.
KEEP IT CLEAN
Wash your makeup tools regularly
This includes brushes, bags, sponges… basically anything that comes into contact with your face or skin. These surfaces are a playground for bacteria, oil, dead skins to remain and resurface back on your skin if they are not cleaned often and properly. How often? Ideally every other week!
Replace pillowcases weekly
They call it beauty sleep, but that’s not always the case! You can wash your face as often as you want, but if you don’t replace your pillow case regularly, whatever leftover residue you may have missed during your night time routine will come back to haunt you. Dirt, oil and bacteria easily transfers over to our pillow cases, and can cause breakouts and acne.
Switch to a silk pillowcase
The material your face comes in contact with every night when you sleep makes a difference. Silk doesn’t absorb moisture, so that your skin can keep it all to itself! It’s naturally hypoallergenic material doesn’t allow bacteria to sink in and build up like other materials do, which will help keep your skin clearer.
Change your towel
Just like a pillow case, your towel can be another way to keep transferring old dirt back onto your skin and face. Replace your bath towels at least once a week!
Keep your phone clean
This is a silent and sneaky one that we often forget about. Most of us use our phones all day long, after touching a million things a day. Germs easily transfer from your phone screen right onto your face, especially the cheek and jawline area if you tend to make a lot of calls, or touch your phone and then your face. Make it a habit to wipe down your phone often.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Your lifestyle and diet play a big role in your skin’s glow. What you eat and consume, how you manage stress and rest, contribute to your skin’s ability to look refreshed and healthy.
When you’re stressed, many things happen to your body that affect your skin directly. Lack of sleep and hormonal imbalances are the biggest culprits, causing your skin to produce more sebum or oil. Practice self-care in whichever form makes you relax best, whether it’s reading a book, taking a walk, doing yoga or taking a kickboxing class.
Get your beauty sleep!
How long you let your body rest, and recover will affect how it regulates itself, and most importantly rehydrates. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body makes more of the stress hormone cortisol,which can negatively affect your skin and cause acne.
Hydrate hydrate hydrate
Your daily water intake is so important for your skin! It is the first and most important source of hydration for your body. Aim for AT LEAST 2 litres of water a day, plus a litre for every hour spent exercising.
Healthy fats are good fats
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables will give your body a boost of vitamins and antioxidants, which in turn result in better looking skin. Remember, healthy fats such as fish oils, nuts, flaxseeds, and avocados, are great for you and your skin, in moderation! They help your body replenish and make healthy and new cells, which protect your body and skin from environmental damage while restoring your skin’s natural protective barrier.
Add grapes, berries, and nuts (like pecans and walnuts) to your diet. These foods are full of antioxidants, which have been shown to protect your skin from UV damage.
Like you needed another reason to ditch the cigs. Smoking contains toxins that damage collagen and elastin which keep your skin looking tight, firm and young. It also restricts the oxygen supply your body naturally supplies to your skin. The nicotine in cigarettes affects your immune system directly, causes skin inflammation, and affects new skin cell growth.
One glass a day...
They say having a glass of wine with dinner is fine, but try to keep your alcohol intake minimum. Alcohol deprives your skin of Vitamin A, which we mentioned previously is good for your skin, and helps new cells to reproduce. You may also remember how thirsty you often feel after a night out. Alcohol also causes you to become dehydrated, so remember to balance that glass of wine or bottle of beer with plenty of water!
Protect your skin from the sun
We all love to have that beautiful summer glow and sunkissed look! But don’t forget the sunscreen. Whether you are laying out on the beach, or walking to the grocery store (even in the winter) keep your skin protected from harmful UV rays.
By taking care of your body from the inside out, you can protect yourself from the harmful contaminants that cause your skin to lose its elasticity. Keep it hydrated, replenished and remember to get plenty of rest.
Remember, that glowing skin is ALWAYS in.