We all aspire to have that healthy glowing skin but achieving it can often be a challenge in itself. When our skin is at its healthiest state and functioning its daily processes properly, there is a luminous glow to the complexion, however there is often a huge amount of skin damage that occurs throughout the day to prevents this happening. From free radical damage caused by exposure to UV rays, pollution and other environmental aggressors. All of these can build-up over time and cause the face to appear dull, lack lustre and show signs of premature ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles.
But before you throw the towel in a give-up on your dreams of glowing skin, then all is not lost, as today I am going to be sharing with you how you can get radiant skin naturally using a number of different methods and helpful tips and top ingredients to use to make your face appear radiant.
How can I make my face glow naturally?
There are a number of different ways of helping the face glow naturally, without the help of any makeup products. Here are some of the easiest lifestyle swaps you can make to help your skin glow.
- Avoid smoking or second-hand smoke
When you expose your skin to the fumes of cigarette smoke you are unknowingly coating your skin with a multitude of chemicals and toxins. This causes oxidation of stress to the skin which is known as an imbalance between free radical and antioxidants in your body, the number of damaging free radicals being a lot higher than skin protecting free radicals the face begin to show signs of premature ageing to the skin with wrinkles appearing and collagen production breaking down. If you manage to quit you can begin to reverse the signs of damage restoring the balance and giving you back its glow.
- Wear sunscreen
I know, I’m expressing the importance of wearing sunscreen to you all again, but it really is that important! Protecting the skin from excessive UV exposure will not only help prevent the development of skin cancer but will also combat any hyperpigmentation or dark spots found on the skin from overexposure to UV rays without wearing a daily SPF of 30 and above. It is probably one of the easiest steps to make but will have the highest impact on the appearance of the skin.
- Drink enough water
There are some mixed opinions on how water can affect the appearance of your skin, but simple fact is, your cells need water to function well and with a number of studies proving there is a strong connection between drinking enough water and having healthy, glowing skin. Try your best to aim for 8 full glasses a day to ensure you are getting enough hydration as this will not only help with your complexion, but brain function and overall health.
- Think about your time in the shower
Steam and heat from a shower are great for helping to clear out any toxins and unclog the pores but staying for too long in a hot shower can result in the skin becoming stripped of all its vital oil leaving it feeling tight and comfortable and looking very dry and dull. Why not try turning the temperature down on your showers will not only keep your skin happy but will improve the circulation, boost the immune system and make the skin firmer and more youthful looking. Remember to avoid putting your face under a hot shower as this can cause the skin to become stripped of oil and show signs of redness, flaking and irritation.
There you have some lifestyle swaps you can make to help you gain the naturally glowing skin you are dreaming about! With just one of these swaps you will notice quite a positive impact on your complexion, why not give it a go!
What ingredient makes skin glow?
Of course, I would be lying if having glowing complexion has nothing to do with a well-established skincare routine. Using the right ingredients on the skin will benefit it in more ways than you may initially think, here are the best ingredients to include into your daily skincare routine that will give you that beautiful glow.
- Vitamin C
Renowned for its glow inducing skin benefits, vitamin C should be top of your ingredients must haves. Rich in antioxidants it not only helps produce collagen it promotes skin cell turn over resulting in the build-up of dead skin cells are sloughed off the surface of the skin. Photodamage such as dark spots and hyperpigmentation are reduced and the uneven skin tone are treated, this in itself gives the face an all over glowing appearance.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)
These ingredients perform an impressive skin renewal process by chemically exfoliating the skin and sloughing away a build-up of dead skin cells that often collect on the surface and result in a dull, dry and sometimes grey looking complexion.
Admittedly one of the more complicated skin ingredients to introduce into your everyday skincare routine (which is probably why I’d suggest checking out our dedicated blog post all about the skincare benefits of retinol) but it not only has the ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but offers skin cell renewal and brightens the skin, all in all, a powerhouse ingredient if it is luminous skin you are after.
- Hyaluronic Acid
Applying a daily dose of hyaluronic acid to the skin will have a marked improvement on the overall look and feel of the skin. It works as a humectant meaning it can lock in moisture from the air surrounding the face and other skincare products applied hydrating and moisturising the skin leaving you with a radiant, healthy finish to the face.
There are of course many different ingredients you can use that will suit your routine and skin type best of all, if you ever have any concerns it is best to consult a dermatologist or trained beauty professional for more advice.
How can I make my face glow in minutes?
Here is a quick and easy routine you can perform to have your face glowing in minutes:
- Cleanse the skin with a nourishing cleanser, the bonds holding dead skin cells to the face will be loosened making them easier to remove
- Use a chemical exfoliant to slough away build-up of dead skin cells, bacteria, dirt and debris leaving you with a clean (but not stripped) skin
- Apply a serum enriched in vitamin C to boost the luminosity to the skin and combat any free radical damage
- Add hydration to the skin with another serum containing hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture leaving your skin looking healthy and glowing
- Don’t forget to use an SPF of 30 and above for long lasting skin benefits and brightened complexion
- Throughout the day you can mist the skin with spritz and other hydrating water sprays.
There you have some advice on how to get glowing skin naturally, although it may seem a little like hard work you’ll be happy to hear you can expect to see results in less than 3 weeks if you stay consistent with your daily skincare routine, introducing the right ingredients for your skin type and making some small lifestyle swaps that will benefit you and your skin for a long time, by giving these ago you’ll be glowing in no time!