How to get glowing skin – the fast and easy way
How to get glowing skin - the fast and easy way
Cindy Luken, Luk Beautifood
I’m of the belief that we all deserve deliciously glowing skin that exudes pure vitality and radiance, but achieving complexion nirvana is not always an easy feat. Thankfully all you need is a bit of a boost, some healthy balance and the right nourishing practices to master a flawless canvas and heal your skin from the inside out.
Below, I’ve thrown together all of my best tips and tricks to help you supercharge your skin to optimum health and keep it glowy and gorg, without the need for pricey facials or dermal fillers. These quick steps are easy to squeeze into your daily routine and require minimal effort (amen). Read on natural beauties!
1. Always, ALWAYS wash your face at night – even if you’ve worn no makeup.
Over the course of the day, makeup, dirt, and oil build up on your face. Make cleansing your skin with an all-natural, nourishing formula part of your bedtime routine so you can clean and prep your canvas for lotions and potions that go on top. You might also want to apply a toner (free of alcohol, astringents and fragrances) which removes any product residue and will also help close your pores. Make your own healthy DIY concoction with 2 Tbs. of Apple Cider Vinegar and 4 Tbs. of distilled water. Combine in a bottle and shake well before each use. Apply using a cotton ball, being careful around the delicate eye area. Voila! Easy.
2. Smooth on some moisturiser and serum.
Moisturising your face morning and night with either either a lotion or serum (or both!) helps your skin repair itself and wards off wrinkles. Reach for natural, organic formulas that contain fortifying vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that feed your skin at a cellular level and are free of any chemical baddies that could potentially strip the skin and absorb into the pores. Don’t forget your neck and décolletage! These areas can get super dry and irritated not to mention wrinkly if you never moisturise them. For best results, apply to freshly washed skin to lock in hydration.
3. Get your sleep.
It’s called beauty sleep for a reason! Sleep deprivation lowers circulation and can make your skin look lacklustre and dull. Amp up your body’s cellular renewal system by getting a minimum of 8 hours per night (7, if you’re super time poor, should do the trick!).
4. Snack on nuts.
Healthy foods like Brazil Nuts and Walnuts are rich in selenium and omega-3 fatty acids to lower inflammation and put the brakes on breakouts. Macadamias are similarly full of high quality oils and fatty acids that aid in skin repair and rejuvenation, so don’t be afraid to keep a handful somewhere close by for when it’s snack time.
5. Keep hydrated.
Water helps clear the toxins that cause inflammation and blemishes, and is fab at transporting nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells which helps deliver elasticity, softness and smoothness. Aim for 2 litres per day, and if you struggle with this, set a reminder on your phone to drink every hour. You might also want to squeeze a bit of citrus in with your h20 which is a great little skin detoxifier. For a bit of flavour, try sipping on skin-soothing teas like chamomile or mint.
6. Exfoliate once a week.
If your skin tends to be dry and flaky, a weekly exfoliation can clear out dead skin cells. That’s because your complexion looks radiant when it’s smooth enough to reflect light. Find a natural exfoliant that has super fine grains, and use light pressure and gentle motions. To make your own, combine yoghurt, organic coconut oil and natural oats. Scrub on your face in a circular motion, let sit for 15-30 minutes, rinse, wash as usual. You’ll be luminous in no time!
7. Clean your makeup brushes and your pillow cases.
Our makeup brushes and pillows tend to collect dirt and bacteria which can cause breakouts so make sure you’re giving your brushes and bed linen a good wash at least once per week.
8. Have a healthy, balanced diet.
A diet high in fats and carbohydrates can actually cause more wrinkles. To keep your cells revved up and rejuvenated, stick to plenty of fresh fruit and veg, lean protein like fish, white meat poultry, tofu, beans and lentils etc. Here’s a list of more skin foods and their awesome nutritional benefits.
9. Enhance your glow with makeup.
One you’ve gone a healthy skincare routine downpat, what better way to add that little bit of pizzazz to your beautiful features than with skin-enhancing makeup that won’t clog your pores. If your skin is normal or dry, apply 100% Pure’s Tinted Moisturiser Creme which is jam-packed with antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetable pigments instead of synthetic dyes and features a hydrating formula to even out skin tone and gently blur imperfections. Using your fingertips, tap up and down your cheekbones, and dab whatever is left over on your brow bones, the center of your chin, and the tip of your nose. If your complexion is oily, dust a powder formula over the same areas with a small fluffy brush using 100% Pure Flawless Skin Powder Foundation. For a healthy, fresh-faced flush, dab the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pot Rouge into the cheekbones until fully blended. You’ll appear lit-from-within in no time!
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