Give Your Skin a Break and Make it Glow

Would you like glowing skin this winter?

Glowing, beautiful skin is not only about what products you buy. It is about how you use skin care products and how you feed your skin. It very easy to implement a couple of routines that will help your skin glow. It is not expensive. These ideas might even save you some money.

 11 Tips For Glowing Skin

  1. Clean your skin twice a day – Use a gentle product that cleans the skin without stripping it from its natural oil and dehydrating it. Don’t wash your face more often if you have acne. Facial blemishes are not caused by dirt. Frequent washing can actually irritate pores and cause them to become clogged.
  2. Choose one product and stick to it – Your skin cells do not like change. It is a common misconception that your skin becomes gloomy if you use the same products year after year. This is true about your hair. Your skin, on the other hand, prefers one set of products and a daily routine. So choose your skin products wisely.
  3. Moisturize – Use a moisturizer to nourish and hydrate your skin. Just like the food you purchase, check the ingredients. It can be pretty challenging to read the labels of a skin care product but just use this rule of thumb: The more ingredients that sound like you are in a science lab the less you want the product.
  4. Leave it alone – Despite what the commercials may say skin exfoliation can actually stress your skin, especially if you have fair skin. Avoid peeling, skin exfoliation and other harsh skin treatments.
  5. Protect your skin in the sun – Yes, even during winter your skin needs sun protection. Sunscreen is not the only way. You can raise your body’s natural sunscreen with food. Lycopene is stored in your skin and works as an inner sunscreen. Eat plenty of tomatoes and watermelons. For snack choose Brazil nuts. They are one of the best sources of selenium that protects your skin from UV damage.
  6. Eat Your Spinach – The lutein found in spinach is like a wrinkle cream. It makes your skin more elastic and less dry. On top of this it makes your skin less likely to burn.
  7. Avoid cigarettes – Pollution and cigarette smoke have a very bad effect on your skin. Pollution might be hard to avoid, but cigarette smoke is not. Whatever you do, don’t smoke.
  8. Avoid sugar – Sugar, the new scapegoat. Excess sugar in your blood binds collagen and breaks it down. Collagen gives the skin strength, flexibility, and resilience. Less collagen means more wrinkles and less glowing skin. Some doctors even call sugar “your skin’s worst enemy”.
  9. Hydrate – When you hydrate your body, you hydrate your skin. Make sure to drink plenty of water. You need a quarter to half a gallon a day, on top of what you drink during your meals. Raw fruits are excellent for your skin as most of them contain 90% water.
  10. Add Omega-3 to your diet – Omega-3 fatty acids do wonders for your skin. They help reduce acne, skin inflammation and eczema. They make your skin soft and radiant. The downside is that it can take several months before you see any visible results. Omega-3 capsules are expensive but flaxseeds on the other hand are not. A whole seed will just pass through your body. The most effective way to get to those healthy oils is to grind whole flaxseeds in a basic coffee grinder. It only takes a couple of seconds and you know that you have fresh, potent oil in front of you, even if you can’t actually see it.
  11. Antioxidants – You can't talk about glowing skin without mentioning antioxidants. They repair your skin and they slow down your aging process. Top sources of antioxidants are: red beans, blueberries, pinto beans, cranberries, blackberries, prunes and apples.

The way to healthy glowing skin does not have to be expensive. Instead of trying out all the latest products give your skin a break and feed it with fabulous nutrients.

Written by Carolin Koppenaal of Ann Arbor, MI. – November 2009

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