Glowing skin is the holy grail of beauty; and we define it as perfectly hydrated, blemish free skin with a smooth even complexion. It’s achievable, so follow these 5 steps to glowing skin to say goodbye to dull skin, and hello to a beautiful glow.
- Follow A Good Natural Skincare Routine
- Stay Hydrated & Eat A Diet Rich In The Right Vitamins and Oils
- De-Stress & Get Good Sleep
- Exercise To Detox & Flood Skin With Oxygen and Nutrients
- Love Your Look & Be Happy With Your Skin
Get Glowing Skin From A Good Natural Skincare Routine
One of the best ways to achieve glowing skin is to have a good natural skincare regime, and to follow it religiously morning and evening. When we say good regime, we do not mean complicated. Overloading your skin with products will not always deliver good results and can cost a fortune. Instead at Nakin Skincare we promote a simple natural beauty regime of cleansing, toning, moisturising and treating skin with a Natural Face Serum, and Natural Face Oil. The only addition to this is to exfoliate once a week to remove dead skin cells, that can cause dullness. Exfoliate with a Natural Cleansing Milk like our Nakin Advanced Cleansing Milk and remove with a muslin cloth. Follow with Nakin’s Natural Face Toner and then moisturise with either a Natural Face Cream for Oily/ Normal skin or Natural Face Cream for Normal/ Dry Skin. Then before using the oil and serum treat eyes with our Natural Eye Cream; which is the best eye product for getting rid of dark circles, puffing and wrinkles. Finish with the Best Lip Balm to heal dry lips, like ours which is 100% natural goodness.
As well as following this basic routine we always recommend keeping it natural with plant derived skincare products. Some conventional skincare can be toxic, clogging or harsh on skin. Instead natural face products like Nakin’s plant-based range work in harmony with skin, so it can flourish and thrive.
The other important aspect of good skincare is to always ensure skin is protected from the sun. We love sunshine and being out in the sun and nature is hugely beneficial for us. All we need to do is make sure that we are using a good SPF cream with the best UVA and UVB protection. Sun cream has a star rating, so always go for the five-star option. We always recommend a separate sun cream instead of using it as part of your face cream. This is because you don’t want to put sun care on your skin unless you are actually going to be in the sun. Likewise, when you are going out in the sun, we need effective protection just before going out, and not from a cream that we might have applied a few hours ago.
Before purchasing new skincare products, we recommend carrying out an assessment on your skin. Do this when skin is clean plus straight after cleansing and when you wake first thing in the morning; then work out what your skin type is. You can read our full article on assessing your skin type here. Assess your skin type and then work out any particular skin issues that need addressing and correcting. This might be spots, discolouration, dark circles or wrinkles. Then use products to correct these specific concerns. Nakin’s natural youth boosting skincare products are specially developed to reduce the signs of ageing on skin, and they contain everything you need for a face care regime. If there are any skin issues over and above the more common skin complaints, then we recommend seeking advice from a dermatologist or doctor.
As you follow the steps in this article, you will start to see an improvement in your skin, and it will be glowing in no time. So now is the time to have a bare face when possible and go make-up free. Removing make-up before bed is essential as this gives skin a break every night, during those very important beauty sleep hours. Where possible also go make-up free in the day, or keep it as minimal as possible to let skin function naturally and allow the skin products to be as beneficial as possible.
When you change your make-up and skin routine sometimes people find that they can breakout a little. This is nothing to worry about and usually just the skin detoxing. If of course you use a new product and there is any irritation, then stop using it immediately as your skin is not reacting well. As well as keeping a bare face when you can, it’s beneficial to help to keep skin clear by washing hair regularly and keeping towels and bedding clean. This really assists in keeping the pores of the face fresh and clear, which is a precursor for glowing skin.
Get Glowing Skin From Diet & Hydration
The skin is our bodies biggest organ, so when you're eating healthy skin loving foods then it will flourish through your skin. The good news is that the food which is good for your skin, is also good for weight and our mental wellbeing. We will look at the science of how different food groups help our skin below; and how they help to achieve glowing skin. The great thing is that when we look and feel good, we release feel good hormones that benefit our overall health. So, improving the skin will also improve our energy levels, weight and overall wellbeing. As well as the fact that when we look good, we feel good. Let’s look at the food groups that will help to achieve glowing skin below.
Water is hard to beat for its skin glow ability, partly because it is mostly free and just so good for our systems. Being well hydrated gives bounce and health to our skin and bodies, as everything can function properly with the right hydration. We know this is true as we only have to look in the mirror on a day when we have drunk lots of water. Then compare this and how we feel to another dehydrated day without drinking much water. We researched this and like the information provided by Women’s Health Magazine (1). Before we get to the dermatology explanation, they write that celebrity Gabrielle Union has drunk a gallon of water a day since her mid-thirties. We did not know who Gabrielle Union was, so immediately Googled her and conclude that she does have superb stunning glowing skin. From the images we assumed that she was still in her thirties but found out that at the time of writing she is 47 years old! This is the sort of proof that we like, where we can see the results of an action. We were shocked at the amount being drunk and would suggest that no-one ever drinks a gallon of water in one day, as it’s important not to drink too much water, as this can be dangerous. The recommended amount of water to drink a day is 8 glasses.
Women’s Health Magazine also consulted dermatologist Dr Nazarian who states that water makes a big difference in skin health; as without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent. That may be because water plumps up the skin, causing wrinkles and pores to get filled in. Dr Julius Few further contributes that a variety of structures in the skin that work to support collagen actually require water to work effectively. In addition if skin is hydrated, plump, and elastic, it’s less likely to crack and let in external particles that can cause irritation and blemishes.
Fats are good for your skin because they contain omega fatty acids, which are the building blocks for your cell membranes. When we talk about fats, we mean the good fats found in healthy foods like Avocado. When we eat lots of good fats it helps to hydrate and plump skin with a natural radiance. Oily fish is great, and plant foods with good fats include nuts like walnut, almonds, cashew and peanuts.
Antioxidants are found in abundance within fruits and vegetables, and they are extremely youth boosting. They work by moping up those skin damaging free radicals, to keep the skin cells in good condition.
Protein is one of the building blocks of skin and it is filled with amino acids that assist collage production. Collagen is youth boosting and glow giving to skin; as it helps with the structure, so more collagen equals plump, firm hydrated skin. Meat, fish and dairy are high protein sources, and for a vegan diet eat lentils and nuts.
Probiotics are one of the wonder nutrients, they are thought to help massively with many health areas including gut health, the brain and of course skin. Probiotics get skin glowing by reviving the skin’s microbiome and helping to reduce inflammation. Natural organic yoghurt is easily available and one of the best sources of probiotics.
Vitamins and minerals boost skin immensely and are essential for good general health. They are found in all the food groups discussed above, and in fruit and vegetables. The recommended standard is to eat five a day, as fruits and vegetables are essential to good skin and general health. So, ensure that you are getting the right amount of all the essential vitamins and minerals. Then if you do have any skin conditions, or struggle to eat a certain food group then it might be worth seeking medical advice to ensure there is not a vitamin or mineral deficiency.
Finally, as well as eating the above food groups try to avoid too much sugar, gluten and alcohol as they can dehydrate and irritate your skin.
Get Glowing Skin From Sleep & De-Stressing
Stress has a dramatic effect on our health, and our skin. Web MD (2) say that this is because stress causes a chemical response in the body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive, and even makes it harder for skin problems to heal. When we are stressed our body produces more hormones like cortisol, which can make skin produce extra oil, speed up skin ageing or aggravate conditions such as rosacea and eczema.
If you have an issue that doesn't heal or keeps coming back, rethink how you handle stress. We all have stressful lives, so the key is to manage the stress and take time to relax. There is lots you can do to help de-stress like meeting up with friends, reading and listening to music. But the best thing to do is to get to the root of the problem to try and stop the stress. Many situations can be improved is we assess the problem and look for solutions to help the situation, even if we need professional advice. Sometimes life events happen and there is nothing that can be done to stop this, but we can help by addressing the issue, and talking about it and spending time looking after ourselves. Getting a good nights sleep always help to refresh and relax us.
Sleep is also hugely important to achieving glowing skin, it’s called beauty sleep for a reason, and this is because our skin repairs more when we are asleep than during the waking hours, and cellular turnover increases. The skin works very hard during the day stopping things like particles, bacteria and UV rays from being absorbed. Then at night it is time for it to rest and repair.
We know that our skin does not look great when we have not had much sleep, and in contrast how great our skin looks after a long deep sleep. When we sleep the body increases the DNA repair helping to build good skin. The other important process that happens during sleep is the amount of the hormone melatonin goes up. What is lovely about melatonin is that it helps to fight UV damage, from the suns UVA and UVB rays absorbed during the day. We know that the sun is a huge cause of prematurely aged skin as the UV rays cause cellular damage from the free radicals. So, the melatonin helps to keep skin youthful, fresh and glowing. Also, during sleep there is an increase in human growth hormone. This really helps healthy cellular function, keeping lines and wrinkles at bay and improving natural collagen. The collagen is really important to get skin glowing as much as possible, and it also improves the look of hair and gives healthy nails.
The other benefit of sleep is that our body temperature raises a little. This means that skin really benefits from the skincare products applied at bedtime. So, if you apply Nakin’s anti-ageing skincare before bed, then as skin becomes more permeable during sleep, it means that the products are absorbed more effectively. This allows the high performing natural actives to work as best possible.
Get Glowing Skin From Exercise
Exercise is sure to make your skin glow, but the good news is that it does not need to be an intense workout; even a walk, swim, cycle or yoga will help to get skin glowing. Women’s Lifestyle Magazine (3) nicely explain how exercise makes your skin glow. They ask, “If after you are finished working out, do you notice that your skin gives off a certain natural glow”? Apparently, our eyes are not deceiving us as when we work out, our blood circulation increases and delivers oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells. The oxygen and nutrients repair damaged skin, increase collagen production, and produce natural oils. Add to this that the oils produced by our skin when exercising act as natural moisturisers. So, skin feels supple and hydrated, and ends up glowing. The other big benefit of exercise says Women’s Lifestyle Magazine is sweating - as it is one of the best ways to detoxify the body, and the skin can flush out toxins, as these may cause clogged pores and breakouts. Once those toxins have been purged to the skin’s surface, they need to be cleaned off for the best effects.
Get Glowing Skin From Loving Your Look
At Nakin we believe in loving our look and skin and focusing on the parts we like. Focus on the good things about your look, and don’t worry about any bits that you might not be so happy with. Be grateful for the things we have, as being happy and confident is one of the sure ways to make skin glow. So, take a look in the mirror and smile.
We hope that you found our tips on how to get skin glowing naturally helpful. We believe in these methods as they are natural, affordable and so good for our overall health. To find out more about our award winning cruelty free skincare visit us at www.nakinskincare.com Our face care is natural, youth preserving and glow boosting; for beautiful skin at every age. Nakin’s philosophy is to have natural and beautiful skin at every age. The range is made in the UK, and suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.