We can’t be the only ones who think our skin just looks better during the summer months. Whether it’s because we are spending more time outside being active (with lots of SPF!) or because we’ve adopted a strict self tanner regimen to make our skin stand out in tank tops, summer dresses, and shorts, summer usually means you can expect a healthy glow, no matter your usual skin tone. As summer starts to wind down, you might be thinking about how to take care of the lustrous look that seems to have come naturally during the warm weather. While we don’t advocate taking to the tanning bed – no. way. – there are ways to keep your skin looking healthy and glowing all year round, no sun required. Every skin tone can benefit from these tips for glowing skin, so whether you’re fair or deep, keep reading to learn how to boost your glowy radiance all year round!
Building and maintaining a healthy glow starts from within! We have all heard the saying, you are what you eat – well, that holds especially true with your skin! Living off junk food, booze, and soda is a recipe for pimples, dullness, and puffiness, something none of us are actively looking to promote. Instead, opt for foods that nourish your body and leave your skin glowing!
Fitness Magazine recommends both pomegranates and walnuts to keep you looking fresh. Pomegranates are packed full of polyphenol antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body and they regulate blood flow. Good blood flow in the body leaves your skin healthy toned and your face looking fresh. According to the same article, walnuts are packed full of the mineral copper, which is known to boost collagen production. Collagen = great skin, so get snacking! Toss both of these skin savers on top of a salad for a radiance-reviving meal.
Skin and health gurus at Goop also suggest salmon, avocados, blueberries, lemon, and turmeric for healthy skin! Avos and salmon are packed with essential healthy fats that are not just good for the brain and heart, but for the skin as well! With benefits such as protection from sun exposure, fighting free radicals, and keeping toxins out of the skin, the salmon avocado sushi roll you love to order might as well be served by your dermatologist!
Lemons provide you with a healthy dose of Vitamin C, which Goop says helps our bodies produce collagen and elastin, aka younger looking skin magic. Another miracle skin food? Turmeric, which has AMAZING anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is a no-no as far as looking and feeling healthy, and is a huge cause of the dreaded puffy face. Try mixing a cup of water with the juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric, and a drizzle of honey for a glow-boosting super drink!
Speaking of super drinks, WATER, WATER, WATER! Get yourself a cute, reusable water bottle and keep it with you at all times. Having it on hand helps when you get the urge to reach for a sugary drink to just drink your water instead. To get your water habit started, see how many times you refill your bottle on an average day and then try to double it the next. Water also has great benefits for your digestive system and your body in general, so get sippin’!
Now you’ve got your healthy diet down to a skin-boosting science, it’s time to turn your attention to the outside to help your glowy complexion shine through. The first step: Exfoliate! This is especially important to keep your skin looking radiant through the dry fall and winter months. Exfoliation should be a regular part of your routine to keep dead skin from dulling your glow on both your face and body. Try adding a gentle chemical exfoliant to your skincare regimen twice a week to help brighten your complexion, and use a dry brush before showering to rid yourself of dead skin from the neck down. Learn the best way to dry brush, as well as its other benefits beyond helping your glow, here.
Following your head-to-toe exfoliation, pat on a rich moisturizer to plump up your skin and boost radiance. Try a gentle face moisturizer with SPF under your makeup in the morning and a luxe night cream or oil in the evening to help lock-in moisture. For everywhere else, use a thick body butter, body oil, or even plain coconut oil to hold in hydration. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, and the more hydrated you are from the inside out, the healthier your skin will look. Want even more radiance while still hydrating your skin? Mix some luminizer into your facial moisturizer to create a glowing canvas, which can be worn alone or under makeup for an added boost. For your body, add some powder highlighter to a spray-able body oil and skake well. Spray over your shoulders, down your arms and legs, and anywhere else you want to catch the light. Not only with the oil help to hydrate, the added shimmer will give you megawatt glow all day (or night) long.
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