Sometimes it seems like the hallmark of health is fresh-looking, dewy skin. When our skin looks great, we feel more confident and like we can opt for less makeup. Our beauty feels natural. Unfortunately, due to environmental toxins, sun exposure, and our diets, that vibrant look can be hard to come by.However, if you start with the basics and practice consistent self-care, along with your skin care, you will see lasting results in no time! Here’s how to get glowing vibrant skin, naturally:
Start With What You Eat.
The old saying that “beauty is on the inside” is true in more ways than one. Optimal nutrition will create optimal skin – so focus on what you put into your body first! There are several nutrients that are particularly important for the health of your skin: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Zinc and Selenium. While you can supplement with these, getting them from whole food sources is better.
- Food sources of Vitamin C include fruits and vegetables like citrus fruits, broccoli, kale and parsley.
- Vitamin E can be found in almonds, avocados and sunflower seeds.
- You can get Vitamin A from most leafy greens and sweet potatoes.
- Zinc and selenium can be found in whole grains, nuts and seeds.
Remember to eat a variety of foods and opt for whole unprocessed foods whenever possible. The greater nutrient density of a food, the better!
Healthy fats are necessary for skin health! They help to strengthen connective tissues, improving skin tone, and are also necessary for the digestion and assimilation of fat soluble nutrients (like most of the ones listed above!).
Omega-3 fats in particular help to slow down the aging process and help skin to retain moisture. They also combat inflammation, which can help to speed up healing and reduce acne and other redness in the skin.
Olive oil, avocados, fatty fish (like salmon) and coconut oil are all excellent fats to incorporate into your diet.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
The easiest way to age your skin’s appearance overnight is to become dehydrated. Skin that is lacking in moisture simply does not glow, and dehydrated skin makes wrinkles and fine lines much more apparent.
Drink plenty of water, especially upon waking in the morning. You should also focus on eating your water by consuming plenty of water-rich fruits and vegetables (think watermelon, berries and cucumber). When you eat your water, it passes through your system more slowly, enabling maximum hydration.
You can also choose water-boosting skincare products that help to maintain moisture in the skin. Hyaluronic acid, which attracts water molecules and helps to lock them in, is a key ingredient to look for in these products.
Yes, one word and you’ve heard it before. Sun exposure is one of the primary agers around. Apply sunscreen daily to your face and neck, reapplying at midday or more frequently if you are spending a lot of time outside. As an added bonus, many sunscreens also help to combat free radicals in the air. This doubles up on the anti-aging power!
Keep It Simple
When it comes to skincare, don’t go overboard. Not only will this deplete your wallet, but it can also strip your skin of moisture. Invest in a quality anti-aging cream or serum, but rely on simple cleansers and one-ingredient staples for everything else.Remove eye makeup with coconut oil, which will help to keep the delicate skin tissue around the eye area hydrated.
Use a simple skin toner such as witch hazel or rose water after cleansing to help balance skin’s pH and decrease oil production. You may find these have a brightening effect on your skin as well.
Simple masks made from fruit such as strawberries and lemons, combined with a high-quality raw honey also have an amazing brightening effect. Raw honey helps to support connective tissue and reduce inflammation. It is also antimicrobial. Fruit contains enzymes that help to brighten complexion and also high levels of vitamins like Vitamin C.
Don’t Be Afraid Of Oils
When it comes to your moisturizer, don’t be afraid to use simple oils! Jojoba oil is an amazing, light-weight oil that is absorbed into the skin easily. It will help to keep your skin supple and hydrated. Coconut oil is heavier and can be used during the winter or at night for extra moisturization. You can also use oils that pack a punch, such as Vitamin E oil on areas that become raw or need some extra healing attention. Adding essential oils like tea tree oil or lavender oil to base oils, like your jojoba oil, can provide extra antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits – plus they smell great!
Exfoliation is the key to making sure that you derive the most benefit from all topical ingredients you apply. This will enable more nutrient delivery directly to your skin, and allow hydration to penetrate more deeply
Additionally, every time you exfoliate, you help to turn over the older, duller skin cells, revealing fresh new ones! Exfoliate nightly or every other day to reveal fresh, glowing skin. There are plenty of exfoliators on the market, many utilizing fruit enzymes. You may also create your own exfoliating scrub from psyllium husks or coarse grain sea salt, combined with colloidal silver and aloe. Use a scrub more sparingly than you would an exfoliating mask to ensure that you don’t create irritation.
By starting with the food you eat and the nourishment that you provide your body and ending with a simple, effective skincare regimen, you will uncover glowing skin in no time at all!
Laurie is a writer, entrepreneur, Certified Public Accountant and financial planner. She utilizes her education as a CPA to assist many new businesses including web start-ups and minority-run businesses.With her extensive experience in web start-ups, she has founded and operated several websites including vaginalbleaching.org. She also volunteers her time to help non-profit websites build out their presence and increase exposure online.While working her day job pays the bills, her true passion is writing about such topics as fitness and health, fashion, yoga and other similar topics of interest to women. When not working, writing or spending time with her family, Laurie likes to do yoga, cycle, hike and watch Game of Thrones. Not necessarily in that order.