Have you ever heard the term Glowing Skin? Do you know what glowing skin is or what glowing skin even looks like? I used to think glowing skin was a concept made up by cosmetic companies to sell more products. The fact is I think majority of women today are just like me. Sure, we’ve all heard the term, but for most of us, glowing skin is as mystical and elusive as the magical unicorn.
The good news is, I am here to tell you that glowing skin is real and does indeed exist. Once you get your glow going, you will be hooked forever and never want to let it go!
So, why is it that glowing skin has eluded so many women? With the busy lifestyles that we all (including myself) lead nowadays: working countless hours, eating on the go, and taking care of our families often before ourselves, it’s no wonder that our skin suffers and lacks that elusive glow we have all heard about. If your skin is looking dull and lackluster at times (I know mine has), then you’re likely wanting to know how to get glowing skin and what you can do to get it looking fabulous again.
Lets start with a little skin biology 101...
Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? In fact, you have 22 square feet and an incredible eight pounds of it covering your body, says National Geographic.
Your skin’s role is so important. It acts as a waterproof shield, protecting your body against harmful chemicals, the effects of the sun, and temperature extremes. Your skin also keeps your brain in touch with what’s going on in the outside world as it’s jam packed with sensory nerves. In addition, this wonder-organ sends out antibacterial substances that help to prevent your body from becoming infected. It also manufactures Vitamin D, which keeps your bones healthy.
Whew, that certainly is a lot! So, you see, to get skin that truly glows, it’s crucial to be healthy on the inside, as well as on the outside. You can add innumerable preparations into your external beauty routine, but if you’re not eating healthily or staying hydrated, the effects are not going to be what you’re hoping for —at least they won’t be as good as they could be.
This is easy enough for me to say as I know that it takes lots of time and discipline to strike that balance between a healthy inside and outside. That’s why I’ve put together these awesome tips for getting glowing skin naturally.
What is Glowing Skin?
Before getting into the specific tips and products you can use for glowing, radiant skin, let’s talk about what glowing skin is —and isn’t.
Here’s what it isn’t. Open any magazine or look on the Internet and you’ll be met with millions of images of great looking women with picture perfect glowing skin. What you need to remember is that in many cases, these actresses and models have a full team of professionals behind them, and perhaps more importantly the magic of Photoshop to enable them to look that way.
For us mere mortals, the reality is somewhat different. I have a real job, a real life, and real worries and responsibilities that sometimes gets in the way of my skincare regime. However, I know that it’s crucial to look and feel good. If my skin isn’t looking its glowing best, then I just don’t feel my best. So, what is glowing skin?
Well, to me, glowing skin is skin that looks lit from within, as if a light were underneath shooting its beams from the inside out. We all have our different ideas in terms of what looks good, however, glowing or radiant skin should look alive! Dewy and gossamer, like we’re brimming with health and vitality. It should look like it’s never been through a hard day —even if it has!
As we found out previously, your skin is a living organ, the largest in your body in fact, and when you’re stressed or feeling low, it’s reflected right there on your epidermis for all the world to see. It leaves your skin looking... Dull. Lackluster. Tired.
So, what can you do to make it consistently look its best?
Beauty from Within - Glowing Skin Food
It starts with the inside. We’re often told that we are what we eat, and glowing skin begins from within. Glowing skin food means eating a diet that’s rich in Vitamins A, C, and E. The perfect foundation for health. Eating a balanced diet that’s rich in oils from fresh foods, like coconut and avocado, moisturizes your skin from the inside out. In fact, they’re dynamite glowing skin foods.
In addition, raw red fruits and veggies, like cherries, red berries, peppers, red beets, and tomatoes will help, as well as snacking on seeds and nuts, such as sunflower, chia, sesame, almonds, and walnuts —all of which helps to give your skin a vitamin-packed boost.
Let’s take a look at some skin-friendly foods:
It’s not only rabbits that love these, your skin loves them
too. Carrots are an excellent source of Vitamin A, which help collagen in your skin to break down more slowly, and are a perfect addition to your glowing skin diet.
A great source of Vitamin E, avocado oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids that help boost collagen levels. It also helps to protect your skin against free radicals. Avocado oil and avocados are one of the best ways of boosting collagen levels in your skin to help it maintain its youthful look. Personally, I swear by this super-food.
Another super glowing skin food that’s rich in collagen,
coconut oil is also filled with skin-smoothing and tightening Selenium. Another great tip I have is to use it around your eyes as an anti-aging cream, or alternatively, all over your face as a moisturizer.
Walnuts and flax seeds
Both walnuts and flax seeds are a rich source of Omega 3's, and these aid brain function as well as assist in upping your collagen levels while reducing your skin cancer risk.
Filled with Vitamin E and Selenium, snacking on a few handfuls of these every day ensures your skin is brimming with vitality.
These wonder seeds are thought to be one of the most nutrient dense foods known to man and are packed with protein and antioxidants.
Found in fruit and vegetables, Vitamin C is essential for providing collagen to your skin. So the next time you’re at the grocery store, be sure to stock up on as many fresh, Vitamin C-packed foods as possible.
For a list of my Top 10 Vitamin C Foods, click anywhere on the box below for your free download. I still find myself referring to it on a daily basis to make sure I am getting my Vitamin C the real food way.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are needed for the construction of new blood cells, enzymes, body tissue, antibodies, and hormones. To ensure you get enough skin-boosting protein as you need to give your skin that elusive glow you love, it’s a great idea to eat animal products like cheese, eggs, fish, and poultry. Triple K is also a good choice as it contains up to 10 to 20 times more collagen boosting amino acids than whey, soy or other plant proteins.
Collagen Protein is special.
Collagen protein is derived from gelatin, which has amazing total body benefits. Gelatin is collagen protein. Both have benefits in terms of making your skin glow. You can only get this from animal-based foods. Or, if you don’t fancy that, you can buy capsules or powders containing collagen protein or grab a bag of Triple K, a high protein supplement you can drink. Triple K's formulation contains a nutrient dense collagen protein specifically designed to address skin beauty and weight management. You really can sip your way to youthful glowing skin! Simply add water, stir and go. You can even put sprinkle Triple K on your granola or in a nutritious skin-boosting smoothie! The choice is yours.
Last, but certainly not least is water, and the importance of being properly hydrated. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), up to 60 percent of your body is made up of water, with your skin contains about 64 percent of that figure.
Good hydration is one of the most crucial gifts you can give your skin, as water flushes out toxins lurking in your system.
I know water can get a little boring after a while which is why I have made 7 Flavored Water Recipes to break up the monotony. I like to mix it up a bit and they do say variety is the spice of life, right?
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Products and Skin Care
Although beautiful skin comes from within, you can help this along by treating your skin to some TLC in the form of glowing skin products. And you don’t need to break the bank to do so.
One of the cornerstones of achieving that elusive glow is correctly cleansing and exfoliating on a regular basis. You should never use old-fashioned soap and water on your face as it’s far too harsh, and will only strip your skin of its natural oils. A far better choice is to buy a gentle moisturizing cleanser instead.
When it comes to getting glowing skin, exfoliation is key. It’s crucial to keep in mind that your skin regeneration slows down as you age, so by removing dead, dry skin you’ll look less tired and worn out. I find that exfoliating invigorates my skin and promotes new, healthy cell growth, making me look instantaneously younger and fresher.
Many moons ago salt scrubs were very much the “in” thing for exfoliating your skin. If you’ve ever had one though, you’ll know that they could make your face feel pretty darn sore. If, like me, you just worked through the pain for the sake of your looks, you’re not alone!
Thankfully, nowadays sugar scrubs are a far gentler alternative. They help get rid of the outermost layer of dead skin, making your skin feel far smoother and softer without any pain whatsoever! You will get a glow on with sugar scrubs!
Another awesome aspect of having a sugar scrub is that it hydrates your skin, as the sugar is combined with oils that often have extra beauty benefits. You can even make your own scrub at home by combining sugar with coconut oil, honey, or olive oil, and adding in a drop or two of Vitamin E. Keep reading as I am giving away this DIY sugar scrub and 2 more sugar scrubs for free!
Another favorite sugar scrub of mine is made with real grapefruit! Watch me making Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub in the video below.
Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub
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A natural ingredient derived from sugar cane, Glycolic Acid can also be produced synthetically, and is known to be one of the safest forms of alpha hydroxy acids around.
Glycolic acid is an exfoliator that removes the outer layer of your dead skin cells, and is excellent for you if you want to look a little younger. An additional benefit of using the acid is that it can help lighten skin discoloration, as well as help you with blemish-prone skin.
Glycolic acid comes in various different forms, such as facial peels, eye creams, serums, moisturizers, and cleansers with peels being available both in beauty therapist’s offices, as well as at home kits.
Note, the FDA says creams containing AHA’s go deeper and work better than a watery liquid AHA and that if using an at home product, 10% AHA is the strongest concentration for safe at home use. You can read all about it here.
My top pick for a glycolic acid corrective treamtent is ReNuture's Crepey Skin FX, formulated for the face, the body and eyes. It contains 10% glycolic acid in a cream base and is filled with organic/natural botanicals and essential oils, plus an additional 7 Alpha Hydroxy Acids for a full spectrum beauty treatment.
Have a look at some before and afters below. 30 days is all it took.
How to Make your Skin Glow Naturally
There are many other ways you can make your skin truly glow without even having to spend a cent. These include:
We all know that exercise is good for our bodies. What you might not know however if that it’s an excellent way to get your skin looking good too. Exercise promotes your circulation, and a welcome side effect of this is making your skin look vibrant and healthy.
Exercise increases your blood flow, which in turn, nourishes your skin cells. Your blood carries nutrients and oxygen throughout your body as well as whisks away waste products, like free radicals. With this in mind, participating in regular exercise is akin to cleansing your skin from the inside. So if you’re wondering how to get glowing skin, exercise!
Don’t think you have time to exercise? Try Yoga at your desk. Not only does it get your body and blood moving, it also diminishes stress. Click anywhere on the box below to receive your free PDF.
Another important aspect of exercise is that it eases your stress levels —and we know that when you’re stressed, your skin is the first thing to suffer. In fact, studies have shown that when you’re stressed, your sebaceous glands that produce oil in your skin are directly affected.
Regular Bowel Movements
You might not even have considered it, but ensuring your body is “regular” in terms of your bathroom habits plays a big part in the health of your skin. I want you to imagine this: if you are full of it, how are you ever gonna get that lit from within glow? Which is one reason why you should never hold it in when you need to go, and should eat a diet with plenty of fiber. It’s just another reason why good nutrition and hydration is crucial to the health of your skin.
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We’ve all heard the term “getting your beauty sleep”. But how true is it? Does sleep actually help your looks?
Of course it does! If you’re like me, any time you miss even a few hours out of your regular sleep routine, your eyes will appear bloodshot, and your skin with appear gray and dingy-looking. You might even have dark circles under your eyes as well as bags. Which is one reason I love to nap!
There is a real medical reason why we need to get a good sleep every night. When we’re asleep our cells repair, and rebuild themselves, and if you don’t get enough shut eye, this function becomes impaired.
Sleep on Your Back
Another amazing beauty tip for glowing skin and to rid your face of those nasty puffy eye bags and dark circles that so many of us wake up with is to sleep on your back to prevent fluid from accumulating overnight. If you find sleeping on your back to be difficult, try propping your head up with a pillow at night as this has the same effect.
Through following all the hints and tips above, you’ll have beautiful, well-rested skin in no time. There’s only one problem, however.
Now that you know how to have the skin of your dreams, you’ll probably end up wondering how to get rid of glowing skin as your friends and work colleagues will constantly hound you as to your secret! It’s a tough life!
Until Next Time
Growing Younger Everyday