A Healthy Glow is the New Botox

For a while, plastic surgery was admirable. People with the money to pay for smooth skin at an old age seemed to beat the system. They aged but their neck and facelifts hide all the proof. However, the fact that so many elderly women started taping back their skin, a tight and wrinkle free face is now associated with being old. Young celebrity icons like Bella Hadid and Kylie Jenner went through full face transformations.

In the beginning, their enhancements were subtle, but now they look plain silly. When it comes to skin, it looks like Alicia Keys is the new role model. Her natural glow is everything anyone can hope for. She may have a super long skin routine, but dermatologists say that a simple one is good enough to look beautiful naturally. If you’re just jumping on the road to the healthy glowing skin, here are the basics.

1) Exfoliate

Exfoliating smoothes and refines your skin. It takes off all the dead cells that are hanging on to your face for dear life and dulling up your look. The trick with this one is not to overdo it. Some people have the misconception that the harder you scrub the cleaner your face is going to get.

Natural is in, Plastic is Out: A Simple Guide to Healthy Glowing Skin

Scrubbing hard will only cause damage. Light and gentle circles on your face with a sugar scrub or a luffa get the job done fine, without painfully peeling off layers of your face. Exfoliate once or twice a week depending on how sensitive your skin on your face is. When it comes to the skin on your body, you can exfoliate two to three times.

2. Pay Attention to Your Face

Most people think a skin care routine is a 30-step process. Some people do take their method to extreme levels, but dermatologists say that a simple one is good enough to get the job done. You’re best friend might be spending hours doing some weird rituals for a good glow on her face but don’t let that scare you.

Natural is in, Plastic is Out: A Simple Guide to Healthy Glowing Skin

All you really need to do is cleanse, tone, and moisturize both mornings at night. Yea, just three simple steps are all that’s needed! Be sure to start finding the right products for your face. If you have oily skin and end up with products for people with dry skin, you’ll be sorry! If you’re someone who’s always out in the sun, you might knock out an extra step by buying a moisturizer with sunscreen already in it.

If you’re going to get some color, you better do it the healthy way!

Natural is in, Plastic is Out: A Simple Guide to Healthy Glowing Skin

If you’re looking for that “post-island- vacation” glow, you need to make sure you’re responsible. There are loads of ways to get tan and fast, but the damage is irreversible. Avoid the sun and tanning beds. They increase your aging process and can even cause cancer.

Keeping out of the sun seems counter-intuitive for someone who wants to tan, but the sun isn’t the only way to get color. Gradual self-tanners work wonders without increasing your risk for wrinkles and melanoma. Be sure to distribute your tanner evenly, AFTER you showered. Self-tanners gradually darken your skin tone and make you naturally tan no matter what time of year it is.

3. Hydrate!

The body carries a load of different toxins that interfere with our skin. The easiest way to clean them out is to drink water, and a lot of it too! It will help flush out the waste that causes all kinds of skin issues. Some dermatologists recommend drinking two liters of water a day. It may be hard to drink this much at first, but it is so worth it. Naturally, we lose this much water in our bodies a day by sweating, going to the bathroom and even breathing!

Natural is in, Plastic is Out: A Simple Guide to Healthy Glowing Skin

So, try to think of it as replacing the water we lost. Additionally, when we are hydrated so is our skin. Dry skin easily creases and thins. Once we add the right amount of water, our skin plumps right back up.

4. Detox

Water is great for detoxing; it flushes the toxins out of the body. However, when you stop adding toxins to your body, it’ll be easier to clean it out. In a nutshell, the fewer toxins that go in, the less work that water needs to do, and the cleaner your skin will be. Stick to natural foods and avoid all the processed crap that tastes so darn good. The sacrifice is worth it!

Natural is in, Plastic is Out: A Simple Guide to Healthy Glowing Skin

5. Eat Fruits and Veggies

Scientists from the University of St. Andrews found that eating fruit and vegetables is the best way to get your skin glowing.  They also found that it makes you more attractive to the opposite sex. They discovered that people who ate more fruits and veggies had a more golden skin tone! 

Natural is in, Plastic is Out: A Simple Guide to Healthy Glowing Skin

The team of scientists measured how the skin absorbs light. They realized that those who had a healthy glow absorbed more red and yellow antioxidants (found in fruits and veggies). They also discovered that a healthy face is more attractive than an unhealthy tan! So skipping out on the sun is worth it after all.

6. Relax

More often than not, we are our own worst enemies. Life is stressful, and when we don’t take the time to relax our skin is punished. Stress sends your hormones into overdrive and results in pimples and worries marks. The cycle is just not fair. We stress out; then we break out, then we stress out once more. The only way to protect our skin is to find out what makes us “chill.” For some people, a bath or a journal entry does the trick. Find out your niche and break that cycle!

Natural is in, Plastic is Out: A Simple Guide to Healthy Glowing Skin

7. Include Omega-3’s in Your Diet

Omega three fatty acids are great for a lot of reasons. They help with brain functioning, depression and so much more. What most people don’t know is that omega-3’s are good for our skin! If you’re not into taking supplements, you can get omegas in food! Some of the greatest sources of omega-3 fatty acids are oily fish such as salmon, chia seeds, walnuts, flax seeds, and mackerel.

Natural is in, Plastic is Out: A Simple Guide to Healthy Glowing Skin

8. Get Active!

Have you ever heard of exercise is a bad thing? Unfortunately not. Using our precious free time to go to the gym is hard, but once you’re moving, you won’t regret it. Working out helps us release toxins and relieve stress. When you’re on your feet, you’re lowering the risk of clogged pores. 

Natural is in, Plastic is Out: A Simple Guide to Healthy Glowing Skin

A pumping heart increases blood flow and allows oxygen and other nutrients to flow to your skin. Also, increased blood flow along with the increased production of natural oils gets your skin looking naturally supple and shiny in a good way.

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