7 Tips for Glowing Skin
Radiant, glowing skin can be a sign of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, but pollution, the weather and even stress can make it hard to keep your skin looking its best. Just like any other organ, our skin works best when we look after it. A healthy skin care routine protects and nourishes your skin, ensuring it stays looking and feeling healthy. Here are seven simple skin care tips on how to get glowing skin.
Wash away excess dirt and grease
Washing the skin gently with warm – rather than hot – water cleans away dirt and grease without getting rid of the natural oils that keep it healthy and glowing. Try to steer clear of using harsh soaps or alcohol-based products that can have a drying effect.
Protect against the sun’s UV rays
Because the sun dries and ages skin, always remember to slap on plenty of sunscreen to protect from damaging UV rays. An SPF of 15 or more is essential for your face, and SPF15 for your body will allow you to top up on vitamin D without affecting the appearance of your skin.
Exfoliate to keep skin healthy and fresh
Regular exfoliation with facial peels, masks and scrub removes old skin cells and encourages new ones, leaving the skin healthy and smooth. Liquid exfoliants containing glycolic acid from sugar cane are quickly absorbed by skin and work in a similar way, while microdermabrasion crystals made of aluminium oxide are also good for promoting the turnover of skin cells.
Kick the cigarette habit
Collagen and collagen production are vital for maintaining the skin’s elasticity and complexion. Smoking cigarettes can age the skin and leave it looking leathery. Research shows this is because smoking accelerates the breakdown of collagen as well as reducing its production.
Moisturise to keep your skin hydrated
Air-conditioning and central heating can both affect the skin’s moisture levels. Moisturising oil or water-based emollients improve the texture of the skin by ensuring skin cells remain hydrated. Other products containing vitamin A, bionic poly hydroxyacids and amino acids work by assisting the formation of collagen fibres, acting against the visible signs of aging.
Enjoy a balanced diet
Prevent your skin from drying out and ensure it’s well-nourished by eating drinking plenty of water and eating well. Both will help your skin to do its job, and will leave it looking and feeling good. There are also certain foods that are known to be good for the skin. Nuts and seeds, for example, provide essential fatty acids that help to keep the skin glowing.
Get a good night’s sleep
If you’re burning the candle at both ends, this will show in your complexion. Sleep deprivation and stress can make your skin look tired and older than it should, while washing off any make-up will reduce the risk of blocked pores and infection. Sleep regularly and deeply and your skin will stay healthy.
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