A healthy glow is more than the sum of the the products you put on your skin. It’s a reflection of your whole being, beginning with what you eat and including your state of mind. A natural, healthy, radiant glow – that “sun kissed” look – is something we all want in the summer months. If you take care of yourself properly, however, it is something you should pride yourself of having all year long.
Your complexion is one of the first things people notice about you. The condition of your skin reflects what you put in your body so the healthier you are on the inside, the better you appear on the outside. We’ve all heard the many benefits of eating a healthy, plant-based diet. We often forget the positive affect it will have on your skin. Foods that produce healthy looking skin include healthy carbohydrates such as fruits, veggies, beans, and whole grains, along with nuts, seeds, and fluids.
Eat brightly coloured fruits and veggies
- Most deeply colored fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of vitamin A, which is needed to help your skin cells reproduce. Many fruits and vegetables are also good sources of vitamin C, which your body needs in order to manufacture collagen. Vitamin A and vitamin C act as antioxidants to help fight the formation of damaging free radicals. Free radicals accelerate skin aging.
Snack on nuts and seeds
- Tree nuts like almonds and walnuts, and seeds like flax and chia, provide healthy omega-3 fats. Certain nuts, Brazil nuts in particular, are excellent sources of selenium, a mineral that acts as an antioxidant.
Drink lots of fluids
- In order for nutrients to move in and waste to move out, your skin cells (and all cells in your body) rely on fluids. Water is great, and so is green tea since it’s also rich in antioxidants. It’s important to stay hydrated when it’s hot outside. When you sweat, your body relies on fluids to help remove waste products from your skin. Drinking lots of fluids will keep your skin healthy and will create a natural, radiant glow.
Most people don’t realize that exercising can also help your skin look and stay healthy. Exercise is a natural way to help improve your acne, wrinkles, dull skin, and more. Studies have recently indicated that exercise may help reverse skin aging, even for people who don’t start exercising until later in life. Aerobic exercise allows your body to reproduce CO2 in exchange for oxygen molecules in your lungs. The skin is filled with blood vessels that lie close to the surface, so when working out the vessels expand and give the skin a healthy, sparkling appearance. Your skin will instantly start to glow more and that glow is maintained for hours after a workout.
Exercise also helps your body to produce collagen, a protein that helps to keep your skin supple, firm, and elastic. You probably already know that exercise helps you rest and sleep better. Your body also uses sleep time to repair skin cells and heal itself. Getting enough exercise and sleep are essential to having healthy skin. The more regularly you exercise, the faster your skin can repair itself, all which will produce glowy and radiant skin.
Your skin is the the largest organ in your body. It serves as a protective barrier between your organs and the rest of the world. Taking care of your skin on the outside is just as important as taking care of your skin through the inside so, it’s important to set up a proper skin care routine. A good skin care routine will ensure that toxins are cleansed from your face and that your skin is receiving the moisture it needs. Skin needs moisture to survive, so avoid using hot water when you wash your face, as the heat draws moisture away from your skin. Use warm or cool water instead. Also, avoid harsh or chemical-heavy soaps as they strip moisture from your skin while adding unnecessary chemicals into your system. Keep your skin moisturized by applying lotion within a few minutes after bathing. If you have dry skin, try using an oil-based lotion several times a day.
Now that you have achieved a natural glow, it’s time to enhance your look with some dewy luminizers and powder highlighters. When applying glowy products to the face, make sure to pinpoint the areas you want the sun to reflect off, otherwise you’ll just look oily. Some people worry that if they set their highlighter with powder it will get rid of the glow, but it actually just helps the product sink into your skin ensuring that it will last all day, and prevent it from getting oily.
What are your tips for getting glowy, radiant, and healthy skin for summer?