If skincare were a treasure hunt, glowing skin would be the holy grail. We all want that flawless skin we see in the movies, on the red carpet and in magazines. But we’re all different, and we all have different skin chemistry.
That means that what works for your friend might not work for you. Regardless of the specific treatments you may use, there are some skincare best-practices that everyone can implement. SiO Beauty is here to share the ten best ways to get healthy, glowing skin.
1. Eat A Skin-Healthy Diet
Healthy skin starts with a healthy diet. Your skin needs the right amount of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients to function properly. Proper nutrition can provide those essential elements. Skin that is nourished from the inside is much better able to fight free radicals and heal itself.
To maximize your intake of these essential elements, it’s important to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean protein. Eat whole foods like spinach, kale, walnuts, broccoli, apples, oranges, and fish regularly.
2. Drink At Least 8 Cups Of Water Every Day
Water helps produce glowing skin by getting rid of toxins and free radicals that can cause wrinkles, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. Water also helps strengthen your immune system which is beneficial not only for your skin, but for your whole body.
We recommend drinking at least eight cups of water every day. Start with two cups first thing in the morning to kick your day off right. Drink two more cups at both lunch and dinner, and sipping from a water bottle between meals helps you keep track of how much water you are drinking.
3. Prevent Wrinkles For Glowing Skin
The battle for glowing skin can be fought from the inside out by eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water. It can also be fought from the outside in by properly preventing wrinkles. Wrinkles can make your skin look older than you are and cause your complexion to appear dull and flat. And while wrinkles can form anywhere, those on the neck and chest can be especially damaging to both your self-esteem and your skin.
That’s why it’s so important to use a product like SiO Beauty’s Décolleté Serum on your chest and up to your neck to restore your glowing radiant skin. The combination of wrinkle relaxers, hydrators, brighteners, anti-inflammatories, and other anti-aging ingredients can produce smoother, younger-looking skin in an area with particularly delicate skin.
4. Wash Your Face Twice A Day
Washing your face too frequently can cause just as many problems as not washing it enough. Overwashing your face can remove the beneficial oils that act as a protective barrier between your skin and the dirt and grime in the air. That’s why we recommend washing your face only twice a day—once in the morning and once before bed.
Washing your face in the morning helps get rid of the pore-clogging dirt and oil that accumulated on your skin while you slept. Washing your face at night removes makeup, dirt, grime and pollutants so your skin can breathe easily and help your skin take in the best of the products you use during your beauty regimen while you sleep. Try washing your face with lukewarm water to open pores and flush out dirt. Then, rinse your face with cold water to close pores and keep out bacteria.
5. Get At Least 8 Hours Of Sleep
Your skin is one of the hardest working organs in your body. It regulates body temperature, fends off UV rays, protects the body from pathogens, rejuvenates itself, and much more. Just like you, it needs time to rest. While you dream, though, your skin is actually hard at work repairing itself and producing the collagen necessary to keep it firm, toned, and elastic.
We suggest sleeping for at least eight hours every night. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep, try turning off electronic devices like TVs and smartphones at least on hour before lights out. Reduce the temperature in your bedroom, and take a relaxing shower before turning in. All these activities will help prepare your body for a good night’s sleep. If you just can’t get the recommended eight hours, try taking a quick twenty minute nap during the middle of the day to restore your energy levels and rejuvenate your skin.
6. Apply Sunscreen As Part Of Your Daily Routine
The sun’s UV rays can do a lot of damage to your skin. They dry out your skin and destroy the collagen and elastin that keep your skin soft and glowing. Too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer as well. That’s why wearing sunscreen should be an essential part of your daily routine.
Apply an SPF 30 or 45 sunscreen to exposed skin before leaving the house in the morning. If possible, wear a hat, sunglasses, a scarf, and a long-sleeve shirt to keep UV damage to a minimum. And remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours.
7. Moisturize In The Morning And At Night
Your skin takes moisture from the foods you eat and the water you drink. But it can also get moisture by absorbing it from the outside air. This is why applying a moisturizer is just as important as eating a skin-healthy diet.
We recommend applying moisturizer twice each day—in the morning and in the evening. The best time to apply moisturizer is immediately after a shower because your skin is soft and your pores are open. So if you shower in the morning, at night, or both, follow it with plenty of your favorite moisturizer to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
8. Exfoliate Once A Week
Your skin does a great job of rejuvenating itself and getting rid of dead cells. But you can help the process by exfoliating your skin once per week. Exfoliating helps remove the top layer of dead skin cells to reveal the smooth, glowing skin underneath.
We recommend a product like baking soda or witch hazel. Both products are all-natural and are gentle on the skin so they won’t cause dryness, irritation, or inflammation. The best time to exfoliate is in the morning after your skin has had time to repair and rejuvenate. Pick one day each week and help your body achieve the glowing skin you’re looking for.
9. Relax Your Way To Glowing Skin
When you’re stressed, your body releases hormones that can increase oil production and lead to breakouts. Stress also manifests itself as dark circles under your eyes and a flat, sometimes sallow, complexion.
Avoid these issues and keep your skin glowing by taking some time each day to relax and unwind. It could be as simple as listening to your favorite music or reading a book. Meditation is also a great way to relax and unwind. Sit in a comfortable position, focus on taking deep breaths, and let your thoughts flow.
10. Stay Active
Exercise is essential for losing weight and staying healthy. It’s also essential for flawless, glowing skin. It increases blood flow to the skin cells which helps remove waste products and other toxins. Exercise also increases oxygen levels in the skin which help to neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals.
We recommend at least thirty minutes of exercise every day. Try going for a walk, dancing, digging in your garden, running, or lifting weights. Just choose an activity you enjoy and start exercising. If you’re new to the activity, start out slowly and gradually increase the duration and the number of times each week that you exercise.