Healthy skin, the kind that glows from inside out, can seem impossible to achieve, especially when we see hundreds of ads a day with airbrushed models. Lucky for you though, you don’t need to resort to airbrushing. Here’s a list of 8 simple ways to get that healthy, glowing look you crave!
- Eat whole, natural and unprocessed foods
You just can’t beat the amount of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants you can get from fruits, veggies and whole grains. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and you just can’t get the nutrition you need for it in bottles and creams. Your skin is a reflection of your overall health; what you eat won’t just affect your waistline, but can cause breakouts, aging, and inflammation. Omega3 fatty acids can battle all three; try incorporating salmon, tuna, or even anchovies a few times a week into your diet and notice the difference!
- Be careful what you touch
One of the biggest culprits of breakouts and oil is unconscious touching. Find yourself resting your head on your hand when you’re tired, or running your fingers over your face? This can transfer any number of germs onto your face and neck without you even realizing, which can result in breakouts and clogged pores.
- Use products with ingredients you can pronounce
Ever pick up a cleanser or moisturizer and there’s all kinds of scary sounding chemicals in it? Try using organic and natural products on your skin. Opt for cosmetic products and makeup from top brands. Sure, some may be a little more expensive than your usual $5 foundation, but you’ll save a bundle on what you don’t spend on anti-aging creams later on.
- Put down the drink
Alcohol can cause inflammation like nobody’s business; ever notice how when you drink your skin gets puffy and flushed? Read this article on the direct effects of alcohol on skin aging and inflammation, and you might think twice before next time you’re about to pour your second glass of wine.
- Pick up your water bottle
Water is your best friend when it comes to your skin; your skin is mostly made of water after all! Swap juice, extra cups of coffee, soda, and alcohol for plain old water. You WILL notice an immediate difference and your skin will thank you. An easy way to keep yourself hydrated is to carry around a water bottle with you, and set hourly goals on how much of the bottle to finish. Before you know it, you won’t even miss juice or soda.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Did we mention moisturize? Figure out what brand and type works best for your skin, and moisturize every time you shower or wash your face. We love this day cream that hydrates and illuminates, while healing damage at the same time!
- Use sunscreen
Try incorporating sunscreen into your daily routine to help protect your skin against premature aging and burning. A makeup or cream with SPF built in is usually the easiest option and you’ll be protected for your morning commute! Check out these other tips for staying healthy in the summer.
Everyone looks healthy and glowing when they smile. Remind yourself to smile frequently, even when you don’t have to, and pretty soon people will start commenting on your radiant glow!