How to get glowing skin - naturally
If you want to know how to get glowing skin, the first thing you need to realize is that your skin is your first line of defense to the outside world… and it takes a beating, daily.
Your skin is subjected to weather (sun, wind, snow, rain), exposed to toxins (in air, water, and even personal care products), and pushed to its limits when you indulge in unhealthy foods and beverages. It’s no wonder sometimes skin takes on a dull, tired look when you’ve been neglecting yourself and burning the candle at both ends. Or, worse, you develop inflamed, irritated and rapidly aging skin from bad habits.
The good news is, learning how to have glowing skin is pretty simple, it’s just four easy steps.
So let’s dive into a few natural beauty tips for achieving healthy, glowing and radiant skin that is luminescent from the inside out.
HOW TO GET GLOWING SKIN NATURALLY
Step 1: Cleanse and Balance
To get glowing skin you have to start by cleansing your skin without disrupting its natural barrier. When your skin is properly cleansed, it’ll be ready to absorb all the nutrients from your other skincare products.
If you skip this step in your skin care regime though, all the great products you’re using – and healthy habits you’re following – aren’t going to be fully effective because your skin will be unprepared or unable to receive the nourishment and care you’re sending it’s way.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEANSING FIRST
If you want to prevent breakouts and blemishes, and enhance your skin’s balance and shine for lovely, sensual skin… then you must have proper daily cleansing routines, both morning and night.
Without good cleansing routines though, your pores will become clogged with makeup build-up, excess oils, dead skin, and the environmental toxins you encounter everyday. Your skin is an organ of elimination. When healthy, you naturally detoxify through your skin, but when your skin is unclean – blocked pores often result in red, splotchy patches, acne, rosacea and an oily appearance.
HEALTHY DAILY HABITS FOR BALANCED, GLOWING SKIN
With a few easy lifestyle adjustments and healthy daily habits, your skin can be well on its way to returning to a clean, balanced state.
Drinking at least eight cups of filtered water a day is a great start. It will hydrate your body as a whole and result in a youthful, fresh and vibrant glow.
Eating healthy fats such as coconut oil, avocado and nuts will nourish your body and help bring the natural radiance back to your skin. Veggies like broccoli and cabbage have cleansing properties that can help the liver. Garlic and onions are great cleansing foods as well. Antioxidant foods like kale, green tea and berries will combat the oxidative effects of the sun and increase your skin’s glow from within.
Getting a full night’s rest will also allow your body’s natural biological rhythms to fall into place, and help your face glow. Your skin will benefit from the regular zzzzz’s as your body’s healing systems kick into high gear during optimum sleep time.
CLEANSING INGREDIENTS TO LOOK (AND LOOKOUT) FOR
Cleansing your skin doesn’t mean stripping it of natural oils and moisture. You want a cleanser that gently cleanses, and replaces lost lipids, while restoring your skin’s natural pH.
Foaming and sudsing qualities in some skincare cleansers are a sign of high pH, which can be damaging to your skin. High pH ingredients can throw your skin’s natural pH out of balance which then causes your body to scramble to return much-needed moisture to your skin.
To cleanse and balance your skin naturally, use an oil based cleanser which will gently remove makeup and impurities without drying out your skin or changing its delicate pH balance.
Also, look for natural ingredients like argan oil (known as “liquid gold”), aloe, coconut oil, jojoba, and arnica flower extract which all help rejuvenate and regenerate skin.
And, you’ll want to avoid cleansers that contain synthetic “antibacterial” ingredients that disrupt your skin’s microbiome (the natural microorganisms that help your skin look healthy). Avoid parabens and synthetic fragrance as well because they have hormone disrupters, not to mention harmful chemicals, that will actually send your skin into panic mode… and possibly cause other health related issues in the long run.
In short, use a cleanser that leaves your skin feeling clean and clear without being dried out.
Step 2: Nourish and correct
Now it’s time to smooth fine lines and wrinkles for younger-looking skin. Using a natural serum or toner that lifts and firms your skin – for a youthful bounce – without throwing your skin’s natural pH into a tailspin after you just carefully cleansed it… is absolutely essential.
NATURALLY NOURISH FOR SMOOTHER SKIN
Your skin is like a blank canvas after cleansing, and it needs to be primed and rebalanced naturally if you want it to accept the nutrients and healing properties of the moisturizer that follows.
If you use a synthetic product at this step though, you’ll be applying toxins to your skin that will be quickly absorbed. Which is not only unhealthy for your body, but can trigger the opposite desired result you want. Instead of more even-toned and elegant skin, your skin can become rough and uneven in tone and texture.
Properly nourishing your skin will smooth and lift your skin, rebalance your skin’s pH, and help correct discoloration caused by the harmful effects of the sun, pollutants and other toxins you come into contact with.
HEALTHY DAILY HABITS FOR NOURISHED, GLOWING SKIN
Now, nourishment is far more than just about putting creams on your skin. Achieving youthful, radiant skin requires giving your skin the proper kind and amount of nutrients it needs to stay hydrated and healthy.
That begins with your diet, and making sure you’re eating good foods that are going to supply your skin – and internal organs, including your brain – with a healthy dose of hydration to help them fight off the harmful effects of your daily environment.
Loading up on antioxidants in your diet is a great way to nourish your body – and skin – from the inside out. Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme mixture, which has an anti-inflammatory effect on your body. Colorful fruits and veggies, chia seeds, and avocado are also nutritious and cleansing foods that will have a lasting effect on the overall appearance of your skin.
NOURISHING INGREDIENTS TO LOOK (AND LOOKOUT) FOR
It’s easy to think you just need more moisturizer when your skin is dry and dull. But what your skin is most likely telling you – is that it needs a little help absorbing all the nutrients and hydration you’re sending it’s way via healthy foods and moisturizing products.
Without the proper serum or toner, a moisturizer will simply sit the surface of your skin without being absorbed. At the same time, you want to steer clear of serums and toners that contain artificial ingredients. Ingredients like formaldehyde releasers (DMDM hydantoin), parabens and other chemical toxin should be avoided completely.
Instead, try using a natural serum – such as Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum – that contains ingredients that naturally exfoliate your skin, diminish rough uneven skin texture, firm and improve your skin’s appearance without harmful chemicals.
Billberry and Vitamin C are a powerful natural antioxidant with anti-aging properties, helps nourish skin and bring back a healthy glow and also brightening and repairs sun-damaged skin. It is also scientifically proven to protect the skin against harm from free radicals that may cause cell destruction, which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Another powerful, natural ingredient that helps the production of collagen and helps skin hydration is Hyaluronic Acid which helps firm and lift loose, sagging skin for a silky smooth, and more youthful look. It’s also acids and vitamins that purify and enrich the skin.
Bottomline, use a serum or toner that nourishes and shields your skin against the visible effects of emotional and environmental stress without disrupting your skin’s natural pH balance.
Step 3: Protect and Relieve
After you cleanse and nourish your skin, it’s time to rehydrate, soothe, and reduce redness, irritation and inflammation in your skin.
Moisturizers return much needed hydration back to skin and can contain nutrients that can relieve itching, and replenish cracking, flaking, or peeling skin. However, if you’re using skincare products that contain toxic ingredients, you may be doing more harm than good.
DON’T JUST HYDRATE YOUR SKIN… SUPER-HYDRATE
A good moisturizer should actually hydrate and plump up the skin with natural actives rather than just sit on the surface like a lot of products do.
In many skincare products moisturizer contains ingredients that just sit on the surface of the skin and don’t enhance the quality of your skin. While you may get the appearance of hydration from them, it’s not everything your skin needs.
So when it comes moisturizing your skin – it’s best not to skimp. Super-hydrate your thirsty skin with quality products that replenish and protect against oxidative skin damage and dryness.
HEALTHY DAILY HABITS FOR HYDRATED, GLOWING SKIN
Again, drinking at minimum of eight cups of filtered water a day is a great for youthful, fresh and vibrant glowing skin.
Daily moisturizing is essential for building up your skin’s resistance to appearing weathered and aged. So, in the morning, moisturize your skin to prepare and protect it from exposure to the wind, sun, and the elements.
And at night, when you moisturize your skin it helps to heal, relieve, and rejuvenate it while you sleep. Allowing the active ingredients to work their magic without interference from external factors.
HYDRATING INGREDIENTS TO LOOK (AND LOOKOUT) FOR
Ensuring you’re using skincare products that don’t have harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) will transform not only your skin, but your overall health. Shockingly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only banned 11 ingredients in personal care products while the European Union has more than a thousand on its list of ingredients to avoid.
As a result, there are a myriad of known carcinogens and hormone disruptors in most moisturizing products. Avoid products with dimethicone, which is very popular in moisturizers but functions essentially as a sealant on skin, trapping moisture instead of enhancing the natural suppleness and hydration of your skin. Other ingredients to avoid are petrolatum and mineral oil, which are made from petroleum (also used to make gasoline). Yuck!
An important element in natural moisturizers – is that they contain a high level of potency in active, pure nutrients. Some magical properties exist in a few natural skincare ingredients that have been used for centuries by ancient cultures.
Look for turmeric, a powerful anti-inflammatory that improves your skin’s microbiome and has a balancing effect on your sebum production. Another great natural ingredient is ginseng root extract, an adaptogenic herb that balances and helps de-stress, revitalize and recharge tired looking skin.
Instead of synthetic fragrance – which is extremely harmful due to containing ingredients with EDC properties – use a moisturizer that contains a blend of essential oils rich in bergamot oil, ylang-ylang, and mandarin peel oil. Black, white and green tea extracts also help reduce puffiness and inflammation, combat oxidative effects of UV radiation, and release toxins.
In essence, use a moisturizer that visibly soothes and reduces redness, calming as it works, and naturally absorbs into your skin without leaving a greasy residue.
Step 4: Revitalize & Enhance
In the last step to get glowing skin you want to stimulate cell renewal to maintain fresh, naturally, beautiful skin by using natural antioxidant-rich oils.
Natural oils have become a lot more popular in both healthy diets and skin care regimes these days, and for good reason. Today, high-quality oils are the finishing touch for when you want skin that glows so beautifully that you get compliments from strangers. (yes please!)
It’s the ‘skincare secret’ that takes your skin’s outer glow from ordinary to extraordinary.
REVITALIZE YOUR SKIN WITH NATURAL OILS
Your skin naturally produces sebum, which is a natural oil that waterproofs and lubricates your skin and hair, but if your skin is stripped of this oil your skin can become dull and unhealthy.
Natural oils can help balance the sebum production in your skin. People once thought using oils would clog pores and cause break outs. However, finishing your skincare routine off with a blast of healthy oils not only keeps your skin in peak condition… it can make all the difference in boosting your outer glow. Checkout - All Bright Brightening Facial oil from Beautycounter
HEALTHY DAILY HABITS FOR REVITALIZED, GLOWING SKIN
One way to improve your skin and overall health is by consuming a healthy dose of essential fatty acids in your food.
Omega 3s, specifically, have anti-inflammatory properties that help your body and skin. However, a lot of people tend to eat too many Omega 6s (cereals, vegetable oils, etc.) in relation to Omega 3s (fish, walnuts, chia seeds, etc.) in their diet. Fish, like salmon, and walnuts can do wonders for introducing Omegas into your diet that can affect your skin by rejuvenating and enhancing its appearance… nourishing your skin back to looking fresh, healthy, and radiant.
REVITALIZING INGREDIENTS TO LOOK (AND LOOKOUT) FOR
Not all oils are created equal. Although mineral oil is supposed to be purified for skincare products, it’s really a petroleum byproduct that can contain contaminants. So avoid mineral oil if you can, and opt instead for high-quality, cold pressed natural oils, such as apricot kernel oil and rosehip fruit oil.
With these oils, your skin can benefit directly from the curative properties they provide – helping revitalize dulling skin.
Argan, rosehip, and evening primrose oils are absorbed easily without blocking pores – they contain omegas and antioxidants like Vitamins E and A to help protect the skin.
Look for skincare products that have nutrient dense oils that replenish, restore, and renew your skin. And, while one natural oil is better than none, it’s best to see a combination of several, high-quality oils.
Avoid oxidized oils in your skincare entirely, though, since they can cause more harm than good. If you take a sniff and it smells rancid, throw it out!
In a nutshell, use skincare products that contain high doses of skin-loving, antioxidant-rich oils for vibrant, glowing skin.
LASTLY, 3 KEYS TO QUALITY SKINCARE PRODUCTS
There’s a lot of variation and subjectively about what makes a quality skincare product, but if the products you’re considering don’t meet these three criteria… don’t buy them.
First, you want to only buy clean products that contain zero harmful ingredients, like parabens. Parabens are used as a preservative, but they also have estrogenic properties, and they’ve actually been found in breast tumor tissue. This is not something that you want to be putting on your skin because we know the body can absorb the ingredients you put on your skin.
Second, make sure you’re using skincare products that are formulated with a mildly acidic pH (that is to say, they’re pH balanced in the mild acidity range of 4.5-5.5) to help ensure your skin stays healthy and ages gracefully.
And third, make sure the skincare products you use have natural actives from natural ingredients that actually work to help improve the quality of your skin in the short term and the long term.
And there you have it, how to get glowing skin in 4 easy steps.
Pretty simple, right?
And the best part is, if you follow these 4 steps daily, you’ll see your skin’s radiance improve – making your skin look and feel sublime.
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