Remember the halcyon days of your late teens and early 20s, when skincare was all about preventing the signs of aging?
But then you reach your late 20s / early 30s and suddenly things aren’t looking quite as, well, glowy! Collagen production slows down and you start noticing fine lines and wrinkles developing, plus other “delights” such as sunspots and enlarged pores.
All this is a normal part of aging and nothing at all to be ashamed of, but there are things you can do to naturally maintain a healthy glow, no matter your age!
Exfoliate (but not too much!)
When you exfoliate, you rid the skin of pesky dead cells and other nasties that sit on top of the skin.
What you’re left with is smoother skin that reflects light and therefore looks more radiant. At the same time you stimulate circulation, something that slows down as we age, as well as encourage oxygen and other nutrients to the surface of the skin.
And don’t worry about exfoliating causing damage to the skin. As long as you’re gentle, it really is one of the best things you can do to get your glow on.
On top of this, exfoliating your skin and getting rid of the gunk allows other products you apply to your skin to be more easily absorbed. Result!
It’s time to drink up! Staying properly hydrated is key to getting your glow on, as when you drink water, the majority of it goes towards keeping your vital organs working.
What’s leftover gets sent to the skin to make it all bouncy and gorgeous, but if you’re dehydrated...well, you’re going to look it!
Basically, water is Mother Nature’s gift to us all. By drinking plenty of water, you plump up the skin, flush out toxins, and look gorgeously glowy in the most natural way possible!
Someone pass the water bottle, stat!
Eat the right foods!
Our skin is our largest organ and what we eat everyday affects its structure and appearance.
If we want radiant, healthy-looking skin, we need to be mindful of what we put inside our body. It’s that simple!
But what should you eat to get your glow on? Be sure to include plenty of the following in your diet:
Healthy fats: think avocados, flaxseeds, walnuts, vegetable oils and brussel sprouts
Vitamin C: dig in to plenty of vitamin C-enriched fruit and vegetables such as kiwi, strawberries, tomatoes, kale, oranges, papaya, broccoli...yum!
Antioxidants: to help decrease the effects of environmental damage caused by sun exposure and pollution, include plenty of richly colored fruit and vegetables (think berries, red cabbage, sweet potatoes, etc), plus nuts and cacao
Wearing sunscreen every day won’t undo the sun damage you already have, but it will prevent any further sun damage from happening.
So, to prevent pesky fine lines, discoloration, and age spots, don’t leave the house without putting your SPF on first. No, not even in the winter!
When you apply your SPF, don’t forget your neck and décolleté. The skin in these areas is just as delicate as the skin on your face, but it’s often overlooked.
Apply a hydrating serum
Finally, but just as importantly, find a serum packed full of hydrating ingredients to help skin retain its precious moisture, plus infuse it with more!