Dull and lifeless skin isn’t the image you want to see in the mirror. Where did the skin’s healthy skin radiance go? Healthy glow depends on numerous factors ranging from your skincare routine to lifestyle habits.
We take it for granted and expect the glow to remain in our skin forever, but that’s not how it works. Just like life in general, to retain something you do have to make some effort. Luckily, getting (and retaining) healthy glowing skin isn’t a complicated task.
You can easily achieve it when you know what to do and this post will demonstrate how you can do the same.
1. Choose the right cleanser
Everything starts with regular skincare routine which involves cleaning and nourishing your skin twice a day (morning and before bedtime). The fundamental part of your daily skincare regimen is a cleanser. The role of cleansers isn’t to eliminate impurities, but to improve absorption of products you will use later on.
In a perfect world, any cleanser would work, but this world isn’t perfect (duh!) and you have to choose the ideal product for your skin.
Here are some tips that will help you find a perfect cleanser for your face:
- Know your skin type – this is basically 80% of the decision-making process when buying cleansers. Good thing is, brands usually make products for different skin types so regardless of your skin be it dryness or oily appearance, you’ll still find the ideal item
- Ingredients – don’t skip the ingredient list on the label. Instead, use the perks of WiFi access to find out what those substances actually do. Generally, go for the product with more natural ingredients rather than potentially harmful chemicals
- Alcohol – if you have dry skin don’t even consider buying a cleanser with alcohol. These products are typically made for persons with oily skin, but they could cause a counterproductive effect. This is something you have to decide based on your preferences, but it is possible to find a cleanser for oily skin without alcohol
- Multipurpose – nowadays we are swamped with products that do many things at once and you should, definitely, use that opportunity (it’s like paying for one product and getting two). For example, if apply makeup every day, you may want to look for a cleanser that also works as a makeup remover
2. Moisturize regularly
Does your skincare routine consist of cleanser only? If so, include moisturizer into the regimen today. The role of moisturizer is to trap and hold water in the skin to keep it hydrated and nourished. Without moisturizers, there is nothing to preserve hydration from the previous step. This leads to anti-aging benefits. Youthful skin requires hydration to slow down the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
No, the importance of top moisturizers isn’t exaggerated by skincare industry to sell more products. Their benefits are scientifically proven! For example, a study whose findings were published in the British Journal of Dermatology revealed that a cosmetic moisturizer regimen improves wrinkle appearance in participants with moderate to severe wrinkles around eyes.
Apply the moisturizer gently, in circular motions onto the skin after you’ve washed your face. Make sure you apply the product on your face, neck, and cleavage area. Allow it to set for a minute or two before you proceed to apply makeup.
3. Drink water
Adequate intake of water is one of the best anti-aging tips for the radiant and youthful skin. It goes hand in hand with regular skincare regimen, one doesn’t go without the other. To restore skin glow and make it last, the skin has to be hydrated from inside and out.
Unfortunately, we don’t drink enough water and wait until we’re really thirsty to have a sip or two. By the time you feel thirsty, the body already experiences some consequences of dehydration, and it shows on your skin. One of the main reasons your skin is dull and lifeless is because of insufficient intake of water.
It’s never too late! The Skin Research and Technology published a study which discovered that skin changes resulting from dehydration are reversible. Furthermore, a research from the Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology found that higher input of water in regular diet positively affects skin’s physiology. Start drinking more water today!
Exfoliation is an important part of your skincare regimen, but it is performed in weekly instead of a daily basis. The role of this process is to eliminate dead skin cells and accelerate skin renewal process. Additionally, exfoliation has brightening effects and it tightens your skin to make it appear younger. Since it ensures brightness and evens out skin tone, it comes as no wonder why exfoliation is one of the most important things you can do for healthy skin glow.
Also, this process can decrease the appearance of skin hyperpigmentation i.e. age spots and dark patches by making them look brighter. Just like with cleanses, exfoliation also improves absorption of other skincare products.
5. Eat fruits and vegetables
Heavily processed foods and overall unhealthy diet have a major impact on your skin, even though we think otherwise. When you’re working toward the goal to restore skin radiance in order to look younger, happier, and healthier, you also have to reevaluate your eating habits.
Instead of junk food and sugar-laden beverages, opt for green tea and water as your drinks of choice. Replace unhealthy foods with healthier alternatives. Ditch French fries and opt for carrot sticks, options are endless. Enrich your diet with fruits and vegetables which are abundant in antioxidants and protect your skin from oxidative damage. They also deliver much-needed vitamins and nutrients your skin needs to remain healthy.
Healthy skin goal is possible to achieve and maintain and the process is incredibly easy. Establish a regular skincare regimen with an ideal cleanser for your skin and regular use of moisturizers. Exfoliate once or twice a week and stay hydrated. Don’t forget to consume healthy foods. Essentially, healthy lifestyle benefits both your body and skin. The much-desired vibrant skin is just a few smart decisions away.