Most of us long for a glowing, healthy complexion and some of us may even be willing to fork out cash on products that promise to make our skin glow, but did you know that a beautiful, radiant complexion goes a lot deeper than merely what you apply on the outside?
Have you ever overindulged on a greasy meal or had one too many drinks and woken up to a less than glowing complexion? Or have you ever had a stressful day, and noticed that your skin seems a little stressed too? This is because how we feel, what we eat and how we treat our bodies all has an impact on our complexions.
Here are little things you can do that can help you achieve radiant skin.
Get moving every day
Exercise is not only wonderful for your health, it has a positive impact on how you feel too. When we exercise, our body releases endorphins, which are feel-good hormones that motivate us to be positive and cope better with challenging situations, and help ease stress (which can be harmful to your skin). Exercise also boosts circulation throughout the body, leaving the skin with a healthy, radiant flush. Exercise is something that needs to be done regularly though, so our advice is to find an activity you actually enjoy, even if it’s running around outside with the kids!
Eat fresh, whole foods
This is one of the most important tips for both health and beautiful skin. Most foods in grocery stores these days are loaded with chemicals, which apart from being terrible for your health, wreaks havoc on the skin. Opt instead for organic, fresh foods, such as leafy greens, berries, fresh fish and vegetables to feed your skin from the inside out. All these foods are loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats that contribute to a glowing, plump complexion and prevent the signs of aging.
Meditation doesn’t have to be hard. Even if you can give yourself just 5 minutes a day to sit quietly on your own, take some deep breaths with your eyes closed and give gratitude for the good things in your life, you will slowly start to see a positive change in yourself. It’s no myth that stress has a negative impact on the skin, so by meditating when times are challenging (and even when times are good!) you can help reduce the amount of stress in your life that can potentially have a negative impact on your skin.
Always use an SPF
Come rain or shine, always be sure to be wearing a sunscreen of at least SPF15 or higher (but SPF30 is ideal). Nothing ages the skin faster than the UV rays of the sun. A tan may look wonderful, but a tan means that your skin has been damaged to some extent and the effects will show up later as dry, dull and aged skin. Protect your skin early on to prevent this, and don’t forget, it’s never too late to start.
Drink enough water
This is something all of us know, but many of us find hard to do. Water is essential for all the bodily processes and a lack of it can show up as dehydrated, dull looking skin. Struggling to drink enough? Try making your water more exciting by adding some lemon, mint, cucumber or berries, it’s your chance get creative. Or use another source and reach for water-rich foods such as watermelon, cucumber, and most other fruits and vegetables.