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September 20, 2019
Everyone wants glowing skin, but can we achieve this through our lifestyle? The answer is yes you can and it’s actually pretty easy. By following these four steps you can transform your skin from dull to glowing: develop an effective skincare regime suited for your skin type/concern, avoid sun exposure, stay hydrated, and eat the right food. Here’s the breakdown to achieving your best glow ever.
Developing a skincare regime that is suitable for your skin type/concern is so important. Your skincare regime should include cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. Cleansing twice a day with a water-based cleanser suited to your skin type is a vital part of removing make-up, dirt and oil that builds up on your skin. I use Fresh Beauty Soy Cleanser because it cleanses my skin thoroughly and leaves my skin feeling hydrated. The next step should be exfoliation. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells which keeps your skin fresh and vibrant. I love using Summer Friday’s Overtime Mask to get the job done because it is gentle on the skin and leaves it feeling smooth. Moisturizing at least twice a day has its benefits: it can help keep your skin clear, smooth and glowing. I’ve been using Summer Friday’s Jet Lag Mask as a daily moisturizer, it’s a multi-purpose product that delivers long lasting hydration. In addition to those 3 steps, I like to use a face oil to give me extra glow and hydration as I suffer from dry skin. I’ve been enjoying Rosé Toronto’s Organic Face Oil. It contains rosehip oil, which hydrates and brightens the skin. I’ve noticed a difference in the way my skin looks and feels after continuous use of this oil.
Most of us want a gorgeous tan, but it’s important to remember to protect ourselves from getting sun damage. Sun damaged skin will increase your chances of developing pre-mature wrinkles, it dries out your skin, and has health implications as well. The key to glowing skin is applying SPF daily. I use Neutrogena’s Sheer Water-Light Face Sunscreen as a final step in my skincare routine. I apply a quarter-size amount for my entire face and then for the rest of my body I apply Sun Bum’s Sunscreen. Wear sunscreen no matter the time of year.
Staying well-hydrated is key to improving your skin. The best way to stay hydrated is by drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Hydrating your skin from the inside out will help keep your skin nourished, healthy and beautiful. When I’m not drinking a lot of water, I notice that my skin appears flaky, dry and dull. Another way to hydrate is by eating fruits and vegetables that have hydrating properties such as cucumber and watermelon. Staying hydrated not only has amazing benefits for your skin, it’s also necessary for a healthy body.
An article from Healthline.com states that lactose, a natural sugar present in milk, is difficult for humans to break down and digest, therefore, causing breakouts due to sensitivity to lactose. Eliminating or reducing foods such as milk and cheese, for example, is a great way to give your skin a boost. Personally, I have reduced my dairy intake significantly (I went from 6 glasses of milk a day to just a splash for my Tim Horton’s coffee, but who’s counting) and have definitely noticed a change in my skin. Although I’ve had pretty clear skin my entire life, I would get the odd blemish and I would have super flaky skin. Since reducing my dairy intake in combination with other changes I’ve made, I rarely develop a blemish and my dry skin is now manageable.
Eating foods that contain potent antioxidants such as Beta-carotene (found in carrots, sweets potatoes and pumpkin), and Lutein (found in kale and spinach), can help with normal skin cell development and a healthy skin tone. Another antioxidant you should be eating a lot of is Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful superfood and the best sources are strawberries, blueberries, oranges and kiwi. Vitamin C is known to help sustain a strong immune system and healthy, radiant skin.
Beautiful, glowing skin is something we’re all born with, but something we all need to work on as we age. The steps are easy and the results will be positively glowing.
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