Each of us secretly desires a glowing face. It is not surprising that the market is flooded with cosmetics claiming to make your skin glow. Healthy and glowing skin is not an overnight effect but a result of daily persistent efforts. Here are a few simple lifestyle steps to follow that can make your face glow naturally.
- Hydrate yourself well: Your skin needs a standard level of hydration to stay glowing and soft. Water keeps the skin cells hydrated and moisturized that will prevent blemishes, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Drinking 8 ounces of water daily will ensure this.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: Fruit and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins that help protect your skin from free radicals and sun damage, which keeps the skin looking more radiant.
- Eat nuts such as almonds and walnuts: The high levels of antioxidants naturally present in almonds help hydrate the skin and keep it glowing.
- Consume good fats such as fish oils: Fish oils contain an abundant amount of omega-3 fatty acids that help in keeping your skin supple and glowing.
- Eat vitamin C–rich fruits such as Indian gooseberry: Indian gooseberry is well-known in Ayurveda as a rejuvenating fruit that can help your skin to glow and stay young. Kiwis, strawberries, and oranges also contain a high amount of vitamin C.
- Ditch the processed foods: Processed foods are high in sugar and lack the nourishment that your skin needs. You may have to stay away from excess coffee as well.
- Avoid smoking: Smoking causes a lack of oxygen supply to skin cells that results in an uneven skin tone. When you quit smoking, normal blood flow to skin cells gets restored. This brings oxygen and nutrients where they need to go making your skin get back its lost glow.
- Follow a cleansing routine: Avoid washing your face often. Wash your face only twice a day. Wash your face after getting up in the morning and before going to bed with a mild, fragrance-free cleanser.
- Moisturize adequately after the shower: Moisturizing after the showers ensures replenishment of the skin’s moisture lost during bathing. This applies to dry and oily skin.
- Wear a sunscreen: When outdoors, do not forget to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Reapply your sunscreen every two to three hours.
- Splash your face first with hot water followed by cold water: Taking long hot showers can strip oils from your face and make your skin dry. Instead taking a warm shower (lasting less than three minutes) followed by a cold shower will boost the circulation in your skin and keep your skin glowing.
- Exercise: Regular exercising increases circulation and the flow of nutrients to the skin.
- Sleep adequately: Regular sleep of seven to eight hours optimizes the natural secretion of hormones and chemicals, which promotes cell turnover and collagen production. Collagen boosts the skin's hydration and imparts the skin its radiance.
- Destress yourself in between: Do anything that acts as your stressbuster. It could be going for long walks, especially among nature, listening to music, etc. Activities such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga also help to declutter your mind and help you to manage your stress. Activities such as gardening and meditation help keep stress in check, which in turn reduces the release of stress hormones that worsen conditions such as acne, eczema, and rosacea.
- Make use of natural skin moisturizers, such as virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, and aloe vera: Dry skin makes the skin look dull. Applying natural skin moisturizers such as virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, and aloe vera before going to bed can help maintain the skin’s hydration and help in preventing and healing dry skin.
If you have additional concerns about your face and want to make your face glow with cosmetic treatments, consider visiting a skin specialist or dermatologist. The dermatologist can guide you more as per your skin type and suggest treatments to give you a gorgeous face. Chemical peels containing lactic acid, glycolic acid, or vitamin C can give you an immediate glow.
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