The term ‘glowing skin’ is often thrown around in certain skincare commercials, as if it’s the holy grail of aesthetics; something people desire but never truly find. We are often bombarded with expensive products that include incomprehensible chemicals within them, and we are reassured by conglomerates that they are healthy and essential for our skin. But what does ‘glowing skin’ actually mean? More importantly, how can you achieve it without breaking the bank and potentially harming your skin? Luckily for you, we are here to give you 10 tips to achieve glowing skin without the jargon or confusion.
What is glowing skin?
In order to distinguish whether you have glowing skin, it is important to notice these key features. Signs such as having a bright complexion, a smooth and plump surface upon the skin and small pores are significant and desirable aspects of glowing skin. Moreover, it is vital that the skin must by hydrated, meaning that it is not flaky or dry. It can be quite overwhelming to see all of these desirable aspects of glowing skin and feel that it may be quite time consuming to even out all of your skin’s imperfections. However, the traits of glowing skin can be achieved in just a few days.
How to get glowing skin in one week?
With just a few simple changes to your daily skincare routine, you can see a change in your skin in just one week. Minimising the appearance of pores, particularly around your nose, can be achieved by cleansing your face twice a day. It is important to use a gentle cleanser, such as a water-based cleanser, both in the morning and evening to ensure that your skin is clean, clear and unclogged. Adding on to this, using an exfoliator can help to remove oil, dirt and other impurities from the skin, helping to further reduce the appearance of large pores. Many over the counter exfoliators contain a small percentage of salicylic acid, which, in high doses, can further aggravate the skin, so it is vital to consult a dermatologist, if you believe that a certain product is hurting your skin. Furthermore, in order to achieve soft and hydrated skin, it is important to moisturise daily to allow the sebaceous glands to secrete more oil deeper into the skin, rather than just the surface layer. If you have an oily skin type, you may benefit from using an oil-free moisturiser to help prevent an overbearing amount of moisture within the skin.
How to get skin glow naturally?
There is a multitude of natural remedies for glowing skin, many containing benefits for other parts of the body, not just the skin. It goes without saying that a balanced diet and frequent exercise does wonders for the skin. For example, regular cardiovascular exercise, such as running, cycling or swimming, helping to increase our heart rate, leading to more blood being pumped around our body. In turn, this increased blood flow helps to nourish vital skin cells, helping them to produce collagen and prevent the appearance of ageing.
The food we eat also heavily influences the health of our skin, so it is important to consume foods that are rich in nutrients to help nourish our developing skin cells. Various studies show that yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, such as carrots and yellow peppers, are instrumental to developing glowing skin. Moreover, many institutions say that processed foods, such as simple carbohydrates, fatty foods and sugar, are detrimental to the skin, so try to incorporate more complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, into your diet. As always, every person’s skin is unique, so some foods may irritate the skin further, meaning that a sense of trial and error must be implemented when experimenting with new diets.
Top 10 Skincare Tips for glowing skin:
If you have made changes to your normal skincare routine, have started exercising more and have begun a new diet and your skin is still dull and lifeless, it may be time to start some cosmetic treatments and perhaps make some further changes to your lifestyle. So, here are 10 tips to further improve your skin and get your skin glow:
1: Vitamin C Serums
You have probably heard of the many benefits of Vitamin C for your immune system, but it can also drastically improve the quality of your skin. Many Vitamin C serums boost the accumulation of collagen and antioxidants within the skin, helping to produce a brighter and more youthful appearance with healthy glow.
2: Regular Face Masks
Face masks have become increasing popular and more accessible in recent years, even prompting a successful trend of creating your own personalised face mask at home. With many products on the market, it is essential to sought out the correct ingredients for glowing skin. Face masks containing hyaluronic acid retain moisture within the skin, creating a plumper and smoother effect. As a result, the skin becomes brighter and more youthful with regular and frequent use.
3: Products with Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has been a key component in many skincare products for many years, due to its ability to remove dead skin cells and deeply moisturise the skin. It is advised to use an aloe vera gel twice a day in order to support the skin’s elasticity, which allows the skin to glow naturally.
4: Essential Oils
Although essential oils are often connotated with holistic therapies and perhaps bogus claims to cure any illness, there is no denying their powerful effect on the skin. Many essential oils have made their way into high-street stores, proving that many consumers do believe in their health benefits. In terms of achieving glowing skin, almond oil is packed with nutrients, such as Vitamin E, which again helps to boost collagen production. Moreover, Almond oil can be used as an exfoliator, helping to remove dead skin cells and allow your skin’s natural glow to shine through.
5: Jade Rollers and Lymphatic Drainage
Jade rollers are another successful trend with many people using them for lymphatic drainage, a type of massage treatment which uses soft and gentle pressures along the skin to increase the flow of lymph around the body to help fight infections and improve your immune system. Since jade rollers are commonly found in high-street beauty stores and online, this treatment can be done easily at home, creating an inexpensive way to achieve glowing skin.
6: Regular Facial Treatments
On the topic of facial treatments, it may be beneficial to visit a professional to experience a more in-depth treatment. For example, a treatment such as microneedling, uses a sterilised needle to puncture microscopic holes into the skin to help boost collagen production deeper into the skin. Although this may sound like an archaic form of torture for some, many patients praise the procedure for its ability to shrink the size of pores and create a smoother texture.
7: Regular Exercise
As mentioned previously, regular exercise is vital for a healthy body and in turn, healthy skin. Although many of us many have busy work schedules and family commitments, it is easier than you think to incorporate exercise into your daily life. Just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day will increase your blood flow, helping to reinvigorate your skin cells, keeping them healthy for a more youthful appearance.
8: Healthy Diet
For some people, even the word ‘diet’ brings up immeasurable amounts of anxiety, concerning weight loss, calories and ridiculous rules to follow. However, maintaining a healthy diet can be simplified by incorporating more beneficial foods into your meals. For example, eating at least five portions of fruits and vegetables a day, having more lean meat options and substituting dairy products occasionally. Over time, these changes help to prevent your skin from sagging or appearing dull, creating a more desirable complexion.
9: Reduce your Stress
Stress has become a common aspect of daily life for and has created a collection of detrimental health issues for many people. Physiological stress can lead to many skin problems, such as eczema, psoriasis and acne, leaving us feeling insecure and hopeless. Thankfully, as more research is conducted into the effects of stress, many practical solutions have been discovered. Activities such as meditating, yoga and journaling can help to ease our worries and alleviate our bodies of the physical effects of stress. If your anxieties are becoming unmanageable, you may be eligible to receive a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from a certified healthcare professional.
10: Drink More Water
Water is the prominent life force of most living things, yet we as human being, choose an artificial fizzy drink over this pure and natural substance. It is recommended that we should drink around six to eight glasses of water per day, to help hydrate our bodies and maintain their natural functioning. By reaching this recommended goal every day, we can fully hydrate our skin and maintain its optimal temperature to reduce dryness and allow the skin’s natural glow to radiate further.
Although the term ‘glowing skin’ may always be perceived as an unattainable asset, these tips show that with a few simple changes and additions to our skincare and lifestyle, our skin can naturally produce these benefits. These treatments are often inexpensive, easy to use and actually work, proving that we are in control, so we must implement certain treatments to care for our skin and, indeed, wider health.
This article is written by Melody Day