We can safely agree that most women want glowing skin. No matter where you are, clear and radiant skin turns heads. So we spend a lot of time and money searching for the best skincare products. The truth is there is no single magic product to achieve glowing skin. Even the most expensive products won’t work if you miss the fundamentals. Imagine you build a beautiful house, but the foundation is poorly executed. You will have to deal with a lot of issues later on. The same thing applies to our skin. There are a few necessary steps, which I consider as a foundation of glowing skin.

You might not know how to define the term glowing skin, but you definitely know what it looks like when you see it. Glowing skin is healthy, clear, moist, with a flawless complexion. Our skin is also a strong indicator of our health and lifestyle. While we may not be able to change some things about our skin, such as skin type or certain genetic skin disorders, we can make many lifestyle choices to maintain healthy skin.

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In this article, I will be sharing ten tips to help you on your glowing skin journey.

1. Drink plenty of water

The skin is the largest organ of our body. Like any other organ, it is made up of cells that need water to function correctly. Drinking enough water also improves the blood flow and helps the nutrients reach the skin adequately. Without proper water intake, the skin tends to become dry, flaky, and more susceptible to wrinkles and age spots.

” Water is your skin’s best friend.”

2. Moisturize your skin

Once you hydrate your skin from the inside, the next step is hydration from the outside. That is where a moisturizer comes in to rehydrate the top layer of skin cells and helps your skin retain moisture. Make sure you’re choosing the right moisturizer for your type of skin. You can use your moisturizer twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.

Side note: Dry air during winter sucks out the moisture from your skin. A humidifier can help alleviate this problem.

3. Rely on the ingredients in your kitchen

There are so many skincare products these days, and you can easily get lost, especially if you want to make sure that your skin products are safe and cruelty-free. Fortunately, you can find some of the best and safest skin-nourishing ingredients in your kitchen. With just a few products like carrot, cinnamon, papaya, mango that are already sitting on your kitchen shelves, you can make the best beauty products for your skincare routine. And if you prefer readymade natural skincare products, the handmade soaps from the all-natural skincare brand Origine Terre are an absolute must-try. My favorite are  Mango Cinnamon Soap, Cocoa Papaya Soap, Carrot Turmeric Bearberry Soap.

If you have sensitive skin, make sure you ask your dermatologist before trying a new product on your skin.

4. Avoid smoking

Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes trigger the destruction of collagen and elastin. These proteins are responsible for the skin’s strength and elasticity. As a result, smokers are more susceptible to deeper wrinkles and sagging skin, breasts, and arms. Over time, smoking deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients and leads to poor skin tones.

Check CDC’s quitSTART App, a free smartphone app that helps you quit smoking with tailored tips, inspiration, and challenges.

Related Post: 8 Worst Habits for Your Skin

5. Eat antioxidant-rich foods

Free radicals are responsible for breaking down our skin’s collagen and lead to skin flaws such as wrinkling, dark spots, sagging skin. (1)
Antioxidants protect the skin by neutralizing free radicals caused by exposure to the sun’s UV and other environmental factors. You can increase your blood antioxidant levels by adding antioxidant-rich foods to your diet.
Here are a few healthy antioxidant rich-foods:

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Pecans
  • Berries
  • Green tea
  • Matcha green tea
  • Kale
  • Salmon
  • Artichokes

Related: 12 Best Foods For Glowing Skin

6. Exfoliate your skin

Exfoliation is removing damaged and dead cells from the surface of your skin using a chemical or scrubs. When you remove the dead skin, it improves the skin color and texture. It also flushes out the blocked pores. As a result, there are fewer breakouts and better absorption of moisturizers and other skin treatments.
Ideally, you should exfoliate your face and whole body at least once a week.

7. Stop touching your face

Touching your face spreads germs on your face and can trigger breakouts or worsen preexisting skin conditions. You probably touch your face a lot and do not even realize. Not touching your face is one of the most challenging steps you will have to take to achieve glowing skin, especially if it is a serious habit.

In the meantime, please wash your hands regularly to minimize the number of your bacteria you might put on your face when you touch it.

Related: Sea Salt for Skin: Benefits, Side Effects, and Best Practices

8. Always remove your makeup before bed

I know you are exhausted after a long day, and you are more than tempted to leave your makeup on and go to bed. Don’t make that mistake. You should remove your makeup every night before bed. Your skin repairs and renews itself while you sleep, so you prevent that from happening when you do not remove your makeup. Sleeping with your makeup on can clog your pores and lead to breakouts and a dull-looking complexion.

This brush is very helpful for deep cleansing and removing all makeup residues from your face.

9. Clean your makeup brushes

Over time, your brushes accumulate many dead skin cells, bacteria, and oils that can clog your pores and cause skin blemishes. If you use your brushes often, you should clean them at least once a week.

Try this fragrance-free EcoTools MAKEUP BRUSH SHAMPOO to clean your makeup brushes.

10. Wear sunscreen every day

When it comes to your skin, it is easier to prevent damages than repair it afterward. One of the most important steps for glowing skin is to wear sunscreen. Sun exposure can cause a lot of damage to the skin. Sun’s UV  gradually causes most of the wrinkles and age spots of the skin. Besides, too much sun exposure can also increase your risk for skin cancer, including melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer). (2)

Make sure to protect your skin from the sun every day with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, even in winter.

Final Thoughts

Glowing skin is a result of small steps we take daily to take care of our skin. Achieving healthy skin doesn’t happen overnight. You need to be consistent and patient. And always remember, when it comes to your skin, keeping it simple is the best.

References

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22505880/
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/risk_factors.htm
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Hermione M.

My name is Hermione. I am the founder of WomenH and I write about women's health, wellness, mental health, and personal growth. I created this platform to inspire women to take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally to become their best selves. Thank you for stopping by.

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