This summer’s biggest trend is healthy-looking skin, and it’s no secret that it starts from the inside out. Uncovering the roadmap to summer glow can be a challenge, so we’ve got some tips to make sure you’re beaming all year long.
Skin cells, much like your other cells, are made up of water. Without it, skin can becomes dry, flaky and lacklustre. Dehydration, the effect of not drinking enough water, can weaken your skin, making itless resilient to toxins, and playing directly against your goals of having healthy, glowing skin. It can be hard to tell how much to drink, and how often. Since the water you drink will reach all of your internal organs before it hits your surface organ (yes, your skin is an organ), it’s important that you drink at least 8 glasses a day to ensure your cells are being well nourished.
You owe a lot to your moisturizer. A good one keeps your skin quenched and nutrients a-flowing, which can help you achieve more radiance overall. As the seasons change, so do your skin’s needs, so it’s important to switch them up throughout the year. While thicker creams may suit dry, cracked skin through the winter, this may give you more coverage than needed during the hotter months. There are many moisturizers on the market, some including ingredients that promise an instant plump or perk, but our advice for the summer months? Opt for a water-based formula with SPF. It’s the perfect antidote to envelop your skin with moisture, leaving it happy, healthy and protected. Alternatively, a hydrating gel like this one to help restore radiance to your skin tone and promote skin elasticity and firmness.
Eat your greens
You are what you eat, and when it comes to skin care, there is no exception. Foods high in vitamin C and antioxidants work hard to support your immune system, but they also fight free-radicals and infection, ultimately aiding in blemish-healing. Vitamin C is also crucial for collagen production, strengthening the blood vessels that support your skin, resulting in a healthier, more youthful glow. Try this smoothie for a great lift in beauty-boosting nutrients.
Your skin is in a constant state of renewal. This means dead skin piles on dead skin, leaving you with a buildup, resulting in dull, rough, dry-looking skin that could use a buff. Exfoliation, or the removal of that dead skin, is an important part of any anti-aging routine and should be a mainstay in the routine of anyone experiencing blemishes or clogged pores. Though this may sound like something you should leave for the experts, it can be just as easily done at home. For instant glow, a sugar scrub can do the trick! Grab half a cup of organic brown sugar, ½ a cup of coconut oil and a couple of drops of the essential oils of your choice. Mix ingredients up and store in an airtight jar. Use 1 tablespoon once a week in the shower. Scrub skin and rinse well. We promise, your skin will thank you!
Beauty sleep is anything but a fairy tale. Your body does so many things while you rest, including making sure you look your brightest for the day to come. Your skin creates collagen while you sleep, so skimping on the z’s can invite more wrinkles than are welcome. Ever notice those bags under your eyes when you’ve had less than 20 winks? That’s no accident. Sleep allows your body to reset its hydration levels. When you don’t get enough, your skin pays the price. Make sure you’re getting at least 8 hours of shut- eye to make sure you beam all summer long. If the sandman isn't quite sweeping you away, try supplementing for sound, restful sleep.Sources
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- The BBC Good Food. (2016, March). Eat your way to fabulous skin. Retrieved from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/eat-your-way-fabulous-skin
- Jacob, S. (2015, November.) WebMD. The Truth About Beauty Sleep. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/beauty/features/beauty-sleep#1