Written in collaboration with Emily Jones.
Everyone would like to have healthy and glowing skin, especially this time of year. With the hot weather, glowing skin and light makeup (if any) is the goal and feeling good in your skin gives you the extra confidence boost to go au naturel.
Here are some tips on how you can keep your skin happy, healthy and glowing:
Cleanse and exfoliate
We all know how important it is to cleanse the skin appropriately, especially at the end of the day to remove sunscreen, makeup, and any buildup or pollution on the skin. Using the right cleanser for your skin needs, without stripping your skin will help to keep it clean and protect your skin barrier.
But another key step is to exfoliate for that glow. There are two types of exfoliators that you’ll find on the market: physical and chemical. A physical exfoliator can be too harsh on the skin and tug and pull at the skin, creating redness and irritation. A chemical (or natural) exfoliator will help to brighten the skin and boost the glow by removing the outer layer of dead cells. Whichever you choose to use, opt for gentle and effective products like the Blue Lagoon masks and scrubs for example- these natural products will safely exfoliate your skin and help you get that desired glow.
Proper hydration is essential to good health and glowing skin. The recommended amount of water is eight 8oz glasses of water, but this will vary depending on caffeine intake, weight, etc. If you have a hard time getting that much water in, include herbal teas and fruits and vegetables with a high water content into your diet.
Apply a serum
A serum is what you apply before your moisturizer, and if you look for ‘brightening’ ingredients you’ll benefit from an even skin tone and an overall brightening effect. Vitamin C is a popular ingredient in serums that blocks an enzyme that produces pigment and contributes to a more even skin tone, and Retinol (or vitamin A) gives your skin that glow. Just be careful to not use the two ingredients at the same time. Instead, opt for vitamin C in the morning and retinol at night, as your skin can tolerate.
Eat antioxidant foods
They say you are what you eat and eating foods high in antioxidants will show via your skin. Some foods high in antioxidants are: blueberries, pecans, strawberries, kale, beans and red cabbage.
Incorporate nourishing foods in your diet, such as leafy greens, fresh fruits, and vegetables, so you benefit from all the essential vitamins (such as vitamin C and A) and minerals.
Regular exercise gets your blood pumping and your body moving. You get that post-workout glow from boosting oxygen to the skin and increasing the natural production of collagen.
Always wear sunscreen
The most important thing to remember for glowing skin is to apply sunscreen every day. Especially when you are using acids and targeted products, sunscreen is essential because if this step is skipped, you’ll be more prone to dark spots, freckles (which is a sign of sun damage) etc. Don’t undo the benefits of the rest of your skincare routine by forgetting to apply sunscreen!
There is a lot we can do for our skin on our own, but it is important to acknowledge when it’s appropriate to consult a dermatologist, especially if you’re dealing with issues like acne scarring or hyperpigmentation.