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16 Tips to Get Beautiful Glowing Skin

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Glowing skin that feels smooth is something we all strive for and it’s about much more than just appearance. Glowing skin signals good health. The skin is the largest organ in the body and has the important job of protecting the body from harmful, external influences. Healthy skin protects you from harmful bacteria and viruses. This is why it's essential to take care of it at all times with a good skincare routine and make healthy lifestyle choices for the benefit of your skin.


16 Tips to Get Beautiful Glowing Skin

1. Cut down on your alcohol intake as it can negatively influence your skin preventing you from achieving glowing skin
Alcohol can reduce levels of Vitamin A in your body, an antioxidant which is important for collagen production by protecting against free radicals, to keep your skin firm and smooth. Vitamin A also promotes healthy skin cell production – so if you decrease your intake of alcohol it will be incredibly beneficial for achieving glowing skin.

2. Make sure you're getting enough sleep –  skin needs to renew as you sleep if you want to achieve glowing skin
Sleeping at least 7-8 hours per night is great for your skin as new collagen can be made, to renew your supply and firm up your skin while also allowing the dark circles to become smaller. Sleep also allows for better circulation around your face, enabling for glowing skin that looks fresh and bright.

3. Avoid very hot showers as they might dry out your skin
Exchange your hot, scalding showers for warm water, which is much kinder to your skin and doesn't strip your skin of it's natural oils like hot water does. Your skin needs to maintain these oils to provide a protective barrier as well as boost radiance.

4. Be gentle with your facial skin – every time you touch it, you risk transferring bacteria
Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your face or applying any creams or facials scrubs to your face to prevent any bacteria from your hands from getting in your pores. When putting on creams, make sure to be gentle around your eye area as it is extremely delicate as well as applying cream in circular motions, making sure to wipe towards your hair line rather than to the centre of your face to promote firmer and smoother skin.

5. Stop smoking – the small particles in smoke can make your skin look dull and causes discolouration that prevents you from having glowing skin
Smoking can also clog up your pores, and create a sallow complexion in your skin. As less oxygen reaches the cells in your skin, they degenerate and become less efficient, and collagen production slows down. This thus increases the ageing process in your skin, creating wrinkles earlier and drying out your skin.

6. Keep hydrated all day long
Drinking a lot of water and always keeping hydrated will help to avoid a tired-looking complexion. It’ll even help to plump the skin for the radiant and glowing skin you've always wanted. Drinking water also promotes skin repair in the skin cells in your face, to help heal scarring.


7. Relax (to the best of your ability)
Easier said than done, we know. However, it has been proven that when your body is in stress your hormones trigger your body to produce excessive amounts of natural oil. Too much oil can clog your pores and result in unwanted breakouts. So when you can, try to make an effort to be calm and relax. Take a bath, go for a leisurely walk, or sit and read a book. Your skin will thank you.

8. Get moving.
It doesn’t have to be for an hour each time, but moving everyday will help to simulate blood flow and support your skin’s regeneration process.

9. Change your pillowcase regularly.
Your face spends 6-10 hours a night resting on your pillowcase. Even one night of forgetting to remove your make-up and cleanse can transfer pore-clogging bacteria to your pillowcase. So once a week, treat yourself to a fresh pillowcase to help prevent your skin from breaking out overnight.

10. Clean your makeup brushes
Your make-up brushes collect dirt and bacteria overtime. If you transfer these bacteria to your face it can cause breakouts. Remember to wash your brushes once a week with cleanser or shampoo and conditioner to keep your brushes bacteria free.

11. Avoid very hot showers as they might dry out your skin
Exchange your hot, scalding showers for warm water, which is much kinder to your skin and doesn't strip your skin of it's natural oils like hot water does. Your skin needs to maintain these oils to provide a protective barrier as well as boost radiance.

12. Exfoliate
Exfoliating once or twice a week using a good facial scrub will remove dead skin that can often build up on the skin's surface and become flaky. What’s more, it’ll stimulate blood circulation in your face and this leaves you with glowing skin as it leaves your skin with a more youthful, rosy complexion when there is good circulation.

13. Cleansing and toning
Cleansing is a key step to any skin care routine and essential for washing away impurities that may be preventing you from achieving glowing skin. Make sure to cleanse daily, especially if you live in the city to remove dirt as pollution levels are higher and the air is much less clean here than it is in the countryside which will result in more build up on the skin's surface throughout the day.

14. Moisturising
Much like anywhere on your body, if your skin is dry and not moisturised it will appear flaky and dull. Apply a moisturiser twice a day and you'll notice an improvement in achieving glowing skin. Not only does moisturiser help to prevent dry skin, it also boosts circulation as you massage it into your face and help to even out wrinkles.

15. Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage

Damage from UV light can affect your complexion, causing premature ageing, dark spots and wrinkling your skin. UV radiation can penetrate your skin if there isn't a layer of protection to stop the rays from reaching your skin cells, damaging the upper layers which can be long-lasting and in the short-term, sore and painful as the dead skin peels off leaving your skin raw and vulnerable.

Sunscreen protection
If you can't avoid being in the sun, use a sunscreen to help protect your skin while you are in the sun.
Be sure to read the information on the sunscreen label about its SPF value and how much protection it gives your skin. Follow the directions on the label for applying the sunscreen so it is most effective in protecting your skin from the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Choosing a sunscreen
Sunscreens come in lotions, gels, creams, ointments, and sprays. Use a sunscreen that:

  • Has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 or higher.
  • Says "broad-spectrum" that protects the skin from ultraviolet A and B (UVA and UVB) rays.
  • Use lip balm or cream that has SPF of 30 or higher to protect your lips from getting sunburned.
  • Take extra care to protect your skin when you're near water, at higher elevations, or in tropical climates.
  • Some sunscreens say they are water-resistant or waterproof and can protect for about 40 minutes in the sun if a person is doing a water activity.

16. Healthy Foods That Give You Glowing Skin


MIXED NUTS

Mixed nuts should be part of any diet for glowing skin. They contain omega-3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation and blemish-prone skin. Furthermore, they're easy and convenient to snack on throughout the day. Cashews, walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts and macadamias are great for your skin as they are full of Vitamin E and B2, which can slow down signs of ageing as well as maintaining collagen levels for youthful, glowing skin.

WATERMELON

Watermelon is rich in lycopene, which has been shown to reduce UV damage from excessive exposure to the sun, as well as reducing free radicals, to prevent signs of ageing. With a high-water content, watermelon is also extremely hydrating for not only your body but for your skin as well, to keep your skin soft and supple. Packed full of Vitamin A, which helps to regulate oil production, you can keep your skin clear as day, and fight off acne.

CARROT AND CELERY STICKS

Vegetables like carrot and celery contain antioxidants, which are responsible for stopping free radicals from causing damage to the skin. The beta-carotene also aids in reducing inflammation in the skin, while luteolin is antioxidant whilst also being an anti-inflammatory. Snacking on these crunchy sticks will keep hunger at bay, whilst keeping giving you glowing skin.

BERRIES

Berries are full of Vitamin C, which helps to produce collagen to strengthen the skin and help it to stay plump and radiant for longer. Vitamin C also help prevent melanin production in your skin that can cause dark spots on your skin, creating an even complexion. While being incredibly nutritious, they're quick and easy to munch on or pop in a smoothie if you'd prefer, and see your complexion transform into glowing skin.

CHICKPEAS

Try roasting some chickpeas in olive oil for a glowing skin snack. They're rich in protein and magnesium, which is great for skin as it lowers cortisol levels, reducing oil production, while stabilising the hormone levels in your body that can often contribute to acne. Plus, they won't leave you feeling guilty

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