When I think about summer I picture flowy dresses, pools and glowing skin. I have very dry skin and to make it glowing it’s a lot of work. I quickly realised that getting glowing skin it’s not about getting the right cream but more of a change of lifestyle. Glowing is important to check that your body doesn’t have any underlying problems, usually, they show for the inside out. Having glowing skin means that is aesthetically pleasant not too dry and not too oily, a perfect balance, that makes you look healthy and well-cared. It’s important to know what factors are making your skin dull or having frequent breakouts and try to correct them.
Hydration. I think that this is one of the most important things that usually tends to be overlooked, but I promise you it makes a ton of difference. The body is made of 60% of water and when we hydrate we help our organism to reduce sugar cravings, sometimes helps also getting rid of headaches.
Not getting enough vitamin C. Applying a Vitamin C serum in the morning before moisturiser is important for the skin to boost collagen production, which helps in reducing fine lines and giving the skin a more youthful look thus the “glowing skin” we want to achieve, also fades dark spots from sun exposure. Be careful if you are using retinol or niacinamide because the ingredients do not mix well.
Stress. Stress is the principal cause of many skin problems, from blemishes to redness. Living a life stress-free is almost impossible but there are methods to reduce it if you have a lot of stress in your life may be important for you to follow them with more care. Yoga is the most appreciated stress-relief of all methods, a daily routine may be beneficial. If it’s not for you exercise may be another great activity. Consider also reducing your caffeine intake.
Not getting enough minerals. Vitamins are always mentioned for health but sometimes minerals get left out, they are key elements for bright, glowing skin. Be sure that you get enough: Zinc, found in meat and chickpeas which provides antioxidants and mineral sunscreen; Silica, for skin elasticity and you can find it in face mask which will even skin tone and heal inflammations; Manganese, found in leafy greens like spinach and kale, it repair and soothes damaged skin speeding healing times. Sulfur and selenium. To get them you just need to have a well-balanced diet.
Exfoliate. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cell, a good chemical exfoliation can do wonders to your skin, try to avoid physical scrubs on your face because they can be quite harsh and look for chemical peels which are very mild and give better results on the long run.
Cleanse. Cleansing is as much as important as exfoliation. You need to remove every dirt, pollution and product before going to bed so you can avoid build-up and clogged pores which they highlight dull skin.
Wear Sunscreen. Be careful to always wear sunscreen before going out, not only when going to the beach, because the sun may create dark spots and uneven skin tone (as well as major health problems). It’s also right to note that 90% of premature wrinkles come from UV light exposure.
Use your skincare in the correct order to get the most benefits. The thinner of your products goes first which are water-soluble to your thicker creams finishing with your SPF.
Keep your phone clean. There are a lot of bacteria nesting on the screen of your phone, make sure it’s always clean especially if you make a lot of calls.
On the same note, do not touch your face, now more than ever. Your hands get in contact with a lot of objects during the day and while we are all trying our best to wash them often they still may carry bacteria that may provoke acne in your face.
Look for brightening ingredients like niacinamide, retinol or ceramides in skin care products to help give you a boost of glow.
Clay mask. If you have acne the best mask you can use is the clay mask that I’m sure you have seen everywhere Bentonite Clay mask. It absorbs excess oils and sebum from pores leaving the skin matte and clean.
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