Glowing skin is one of those things that is difficult to explain, but you know it when you see it. It’s one of the things that all of us want to have, but few of us are born with. While there are many makeup tricks that you can use to get temporarily perfect skin, having skin that’s always radiant and clear is much more difficult. The main thing behind many women’s glowing skin secrets is a combination of genetics, products, and practice. Here are our best tips for healthy skin.
1. All Water, All the Time
You may have heard this before, but water really is the secret ingredient in getting skin that is plump, full of life, and glowing with health. Water is incredibly important in making sure that your skin gets all the oxygen and nutrients it needs while washing away all the toxins that leave it feeling dull and lifeless.
Water also interacts with hyaluronic acid, which is widely used in the beauty industry to plump and firm up aging and wrinkled skin. What happens is that the hyaluronic acid that’s naturally in your skin will hold onto the water and draw it into the skin, which then makes your skin look smoother and plumper. This can only happen if you’re getting more than enough water since only excess water will get trapped by the hyaluronic acid.
So, how much water is enough? That depends on both your skin type and the climate in which you live. If you live in a warmer climate or you’re active and running around a lot, more water is better. Aim for at least eight glasses per day and more if you find your skin looking tired. Try to avoid coffee since it can dehydrate your skin. Instead, stick to un-caffeinated infusions such as mint or chamomile. They’ll give you a flavor boost in addition to meeting your water requirements for the day.
2. Avoid the Sun
The sun is your skin’s worst enemy. Both UVA and UVB rays are damaging to your skin and lead to serious consequences. UVB is the UV ray that causes sunburns and skin cancer as it can only penetrate the first layer of your skin. You can block UVB rays by something as simple as wearing a T-shirt or staying out of direct sunlight. However, this doesn’t work for UVA rays, which are the ones that cause skin aging. They penetrate deeper into your skin, and they can penetrate through glass or material with ease.
That’s why it’s easier to wear a good sunblock that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. By preventing the damage early, you can avoid having to use costly treatments to repair your skin later. Also, the less time your skin is repairing itself, the more time it has to look its best.
3. Facial Peels
No matter what you do, your top layer of skin is going to get exposed to all sorts of damage, whether it’s from the sun, the environment, or even from your makeup routine. A superficial peel is a great way to get rid of this damaged top layer without actually harming any skin underneath. A facial peel can also stimulate collagen production, which results in healthier, younger-looking skin.
Also, modern facial peels are much gentler than those of days past. They don’t damage any healthy skin, and you can leave the spa looking radiant instead of bright red. However, before you go for a bleach, read this article about skin conditions where bleaching is not advisable.
4. Streamline your Routine
If you’re doing all the right things by avoiding the sun and drinking plenty of water and your skin still doesn’t look great, take a look at your skincare routine. All the products are designed to be used in a certain order to be most effective, and some products can block others from working.
Ideally, you should always start with the serums that contain the most active ingredients, since they benefit the most from being directly in contact with your skin. If you’re using multiple serums, apply the thinner one first and then the thicker, creamier one. This will ensure that as many active ingredients reach your skin as possible.
5. Check Your Diet
There are plenty of ways in which diet can affect your skin condition. For instance, dairy has often been linked to bad skin, so if you experience breakouts, try to avoid dairy as much as possible. There are hormones even in organic products that can negatively affect your hormone balance and impact the condition of your skin.
Instead, snack on berries and nuts. Berries are full of antioxidants that prevent skin aging and help your skin retain its natural glow. Nuts contain selenium that helps increase skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Many nuts also contain fatty acids which can also help plump up your skin.
You could be ruining your skin with your daily habits. Diet, sun exposure, and not drinking enough water are just some of them. Remember that it’s easier to prevent skin problems than to treat them.