Love the skin you’re in. Many women are interested in losing weight to feel fit and healthy, but just as many people ask me how they can get glowing, youthful skin.
Whether you’re spending a pretty penny to look like a dime or going heavy on the hydration to up your skin game, it’s important to remember that your skin is your largest organ.
Your skin isn’t just here to make us look good, but it exists as a protective barrier that keeps everything inside us together. It contains sensory receptors for things like heat, cold, pain and pleasure. It goes through a lot of wear-and-tear, from cuts to sunburns and more. So, why not treat your skin to as much pleasure as possible by treating it right?
Going luxe on your skin doesn’t mean you have to buy spendy creams. Before you invest in expensive products, invest in your diet! Good skin boosts your self-esteem. When your skin is good, you feel like you literally woke up like this…flawless!
Junk food, processed foods and soda will not help you feel flawless. Cut those out of your diet as much as possible and you’re already going to notice a difference. Eat a generally healthy diet and follow these tips and tricks in my skin arsenal. You’ll definitely start to shine—in a good way!
When it comes to water, I am your tough love disciplinarian. I will never stop hammering home the necessity of drinking water. I feel like every time you take a sip of something else, you should take a sip of water.
Drinking coffee? Great! Now take a sip of water. Juice? Have some water.
Water is vital to have juicy, sexy skin. If you’re dehydrated, your skin will look that way. If you drink at least three liters of water a day, your moisturized skin will glow. When I say water, I don’t mean tea, coffee, juice or smoothies. I am talking straight, unadulterated water. Well, you can squeeze some lemon juice in there if it helps you drink the water. That itself has added skin benefits. But try to keep your water as pure and refreshing as possible.
There’s a reason why Sleeping Beauty was so highly sought after by all those unfortunate princes—girl had a dream complexion from all that dreaming. Beauty sleep is called beauty sleep for a reason.
If you don’t get enough sleep, you are going to look tired. Also try to get at least seven to eight hours. But, for the days you can’t enough zzzz’s, you can use one of my favorite under-eye masks—Rodial’s. There’s also an amazing product by Guerlain called Midnight Secret. Thanks to these products and a healthy diet, my favorite bags are thankfully not my undereye ones.
Girls, I hate to break it to you but I am here to keep you honest. Plastering make-up on your face is probably contributing to your breakouts. You need to give your skin a chance to breathe.
Like I said before, your skin is a living organ and it’s probably not feeling all those chemicals. If you can’t go totally bare, try tinted moisturizer. I basically live in the stuff and only wear foundation on special occasions. Chantecaille is my favorite from all the ones I’ve tried, but go to a Sephora, Ulta or even a Whole Foods and take some of their many tinted moisturizers for a test drive. Some of them even have skin-restoring vitamins, minerals and sunscreen so tinted moisturizer can be the perfect go-to all-in-one for that daily dewy skin look.
Sweating makes you beautiful. You can’t debate the allure of that post-workout glow! Regular exercise makes you sweat and it also boosts circulation, bringing more blood flow and oxygen to your skin. Sweating can also clean the pores of congested skin, helping to reduce acne.
Sweat it out at the gym, hit the sauna for a few minutes, take a shower and treat yourself to some luxurious rose petal witch hazel for a workout plus facial combo.
Look, But Don’t Touch
Coy is cute, but don’t flirt by touching your face. And don’t ever pick your blemishes! If you touch your face, you’re transferring all those germs onto your skin.
Can’t get rid of this bad habit that leads to breakouts? Make sure to wash your hands on the regular.
This is a jam-packed way to get your daily dose of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. The more nourished you are, the more nourished your skin will look. I have this beauty-boosting juice every single day on an empty stomach and created this recipe specially to keep me glowing on the go.
All you need is two cucumbers, two celery stalks, a handful of spinach, a handful of kale, a handful of parsley and two whole lemons. This juice combination is detoxifying, refreshing and low in sugar.
Lemon juice is high in vitamin C and a serving of slightly less than two lemons provides you with 53 milligrams of the vitamin. That’s 88 percent of the daily value! Vitamin C is amazing for your skin. It functions as an antioxidant, helping to destroy free radicals in your body that might otherwise cause damage to your cells and also aids in the production of collagen.
Collagen is so important in the way our skin looks and feels because it is the main structural component providing firmness and shape. In other words, drink right and keep it tight!
There’s no definitive link between dairy and acne, but if you go off theories and personal stories, milk is really damaging for your dreamy skin goals.
In an article he wrote for a medical journal in 2008, skin expert F. William Danby, MD explains that the two may be related. Milk contains components related to the hormone testosterone. These hormones might stimulate oil glands in the skin, which sets the stage for acne. If you’re suffering from acne, especially hormonal acne, give up milk for a few weeks and see if your skin looks better.
Sun-kissed skin can really compliment a light dress and a summer day, so let’s all be eternally grateful for the magic of modern beauty. That’s right. From here on out, I recommend you don’t get that bronzed glow from baking in the sun.
Tanning and long-term beauty do not mix. Most of what you call aging is really years of sun damage. Dermatologists with the Skin Cancer Foundation estimate that 90 percent of visible aging comes not from the number of candles on your birthday cake, but the hours you’ve spent in the sun. Wearing sunscreen daily saves your skin from years of visible damage later.
But if you’re doing all of the above and not noticing a difference, then you need to start eating more foods that contain skin boosting nutrients.
Sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, butternut squash, romaine, dried apricots, cantaloupe melon, mango, tuna fish and sweet red peppers are full of vitamin A. This vitamin helps the skin rebuild tissue, smooths rough skin and reduces acne.
Yellow bell peppers, guavas, dark leafy greens, kiwi, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papaya are full of vitamin C. As noted above, this vitamin is a very strong antioxidant that fights aging and stimulates the production of collagen to keep skin soft and youthful.
Meat, fish, cheese, tofu, beans, lentils, yogurt, eggs, nuts and seeds are full of protein. Protein is the building block that helps our cells function normally. Without protein your skin will lose its natural glow. Experiment with what sort of proteins work with your skin.
Oh My Omega
Don’t fear the fat. Skin loves to glow from the inside out with healthy fats rich with Omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 sounds like a superhero for a reason—it’s a skin super-nutrient!
Fans of a Mediterranean diet are probably getting a decadent dose of Omega-3 in the form of cold water fish like tuna or salmon, plus nuts and seeds such as walnuts and flax. You can also get your Omega on in oils like olive and avocado.
Daily intake of this acclaimed inflammation buster can help decrease problems like hormonal acne, overall dryness, psoriasis and keep skin (and hair!) supple.
Remember—your skin is a reminder and reflection of what’s going on within.
Pamper every cell in your body for the ultimate beauty boost.
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