We all dream of flawless baby-like skin, and to get that we are willing to try all skincare products in the world. Yes, beauty products may play a great role in making you look prettier and younger but this will only happen if you care about your beauty from the inside.
There are many things that you can easily add to your daily routine that will make a huge difference and give your skin a natural glow.
1 || Hydrate!
Chronic dehydration may cause premature aging and this is the last thing your youthful glowy skin needs. To avoid this make sure you keep your skin hydrated by using water-based strong hydrating moisturizers, face masks, facial sprays, or if your skin is craving more hydration, it might need a little extra something. Look for a hydrating serum to take things up a notch.
As you might already know your cells are nearly 70% water. Staying adequately hydrated helps to keep your cells plump and healthy, plus aids in circulation— all-important for glowing skin.
2 || Cut Sugar
If you are a sugar consumer, then you may need to consider quitting it for at least a while to see the difference. When you eat sugar, insulin levels rise, which subsequently increases the inflammation in the skin. And since inflammation is a key component in the formation of acne, you end up seeing flare-ups and an increase in the amount of acne on your face. Add to that, sugar produces advanced glycation end products, aptly referred to as AGEs. These AGEs break down collagen and elastin; the most important components for youthful and healthy skin. Too much sugar can also exacerbate skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis so if you have any kind of inflammatory issues, it is best to avoid excessive sugar intake. Try to cut sugar for one month, your skin will thank you for it.
3 || Boost Collagen
Collagen is the secret behind youthfulness, it is the foundation of healthy skin. This is why it is so important to keep its levels high. You can stimulate the production of collagen in your body by eating rich collagen foods such as bone broth, chicken, and consuming foods that are high in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, broccoli, and red peppers. If you these foods are not enough you can add collagen supplements to your routine. Recent studies show that collagen can even help reduce the signs of UVB-induced photoaging (the specific sun rays that wreck your skin). Though it is better to take these supplements on an empty stomach and with vitamin C, you can still take them alone any time of the day.
4 || Manage Stress
It is not new that there is a strong connection between stress and bad skin condition. Stress increases cortisol production from the adrenal glands, which in turn increases sebaceous gland activity, to produce more oil and sebum, the result can be acne and increased sensitivity of our skin. Cortisol also weakens the skin’s immune system, leading to oxidative stress which manifests itself as wrinkles, lines, and lackluster skin. It also increases inflammation on the body and conditions like eczema, rosacea and psoriasis can flare-up.
Though feeling stressed sometimes is normal, you need to learn how to manage it. Give yourself time to relax and practice self-care every day away from what’s bothering you. You can go for a walk, meditate, have coffee with a friend, or practice yoga.
5 || Eat Fat
Healthy fats are the building blocks of healthy skin cells. keep your skin plumped, hydrated, and youthful by eating foods such as avocado, whole eggs, grass-fed beef, and wild salmon. Also following a diet rich in healthy fats can help reduce inflammation and balance blood sugar levels, helping to reduce those AGEs.