Would you like to have lovely radiant and young looking skin? Are you fed up to wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and seeing a lacklustre dull skin? If your answer is yes then this is the right post for you to read! Here you’ll find many tips on where and how to start to have the youthful looking skin that you have dream of and how to protect it, correctly keeping it hydrated and toned. I will guide you step by step in order to not only reach good lasting results but also to make them a habit in your everyday life in order to become a healthier and happier person.
Before starting with the remedies let’s have a quick look below where you’ll be able to find a list of all the factors which cause your skin to look dull, tired, dry and unhealthy.
· Climate conditions (for example dry skin in the winter)
· Unhealthy diet
· Not keeping hydrated
· Building up of dead skin
· Not moisturising
· Not exfoliate
· Not enough sleep
· Not selecting the right cosmetic products ( especially for the face)
· Lack of exercise
· Showering with high water temperature
Let’s now discover the best part of this article by reading the below steps on how to gain that lovely toned glowing youthful looking skin:
One of the main and underestimated methods to keep your skin nice and toned is to exercise! Keeping your body active will increase blood circulation which will promote collagen production, nourish the skin and release feel-good endorphins which reduce stress. Gentle form of exercises such as yoga, Pilates, swimming and walking can be great to keep your body not just active and fit but giving you healthy looking skin. Another way of keeping your blood flowing is to massage your body and especially your face as particularly in this area wrinkles and skin issues are more visible. There are many ways to self-massage your body and myself I usually just tend to do a circular motion massage and just press my thumb in areas where I can feel that there’s more tension for 10-15 seconds. How to massage your face and exercise it of course will be different in the way you massage the rest of the body. Of course you can also have someone massaging you like your partner or if you can afford it you could have it done from a massage therapist. Down below I have a list of some face yoga exercises which will help to keep your skin toned and slow down the ageing process.
· Fill your mouth with air and shift your air from one cheek to the other for about 30 seconds
· Do a pout pose 15 times
· Do a surprised face and raise your eyebrows
· Press both of your lips together like when you apply a lip balm and then smile and repeat this two movements 15 times
· Stick your tongue out and repeat 10 times
· Place your hand in the middle of your forehead and thrown while looking up about 15 times
Drink plenty of water! Your skin is the largest organ in your body and if we do not drink enough water it will start to look dull, tired and unhealthy. Water gives elasticity which will make it appear tighter, helps healing faster from sunburn, decreases acne and blemishes and reduce puffiness on your face which is a sign of dehydration. So always keep a glass of water next to you and if you are going out bring a bottle as that will remind you to drink during the day.
Eat a healthy diet! A diet rich of sugary, fat, salty and fried food can give you a lacklustre unhealthy looking skin. Instead go for a diet which contains food rich in Vitamin C ( orange, lemon, papaya, spinach, kiwi, strawberries etc.) as that is known to increase the level of collagen which helps to keep your skin firm and toned and delays the ageing process. Food rich of lycopene found in tomatoes act as antioxidants which will protect your skin from the sun. Also as part of your healthy diet don’t forget to include food which contains Vitamin A (eggs & dairy products) which helps to keep the elasticity of the skin and Vitamin E (wholemeal bread, dried fruit, olive oil etc.) which is an antioxidant which contributes to the health of your skin. You might also be interested in reading the post "Secrets of longevity and how to look and feel younger"
Choose the right moisturiser! We all have different types of skin and to make sure that we see good results we need to choose a moisturiser suitable for dry, oily or combination skin depending which categories we fall into. Especially the ones that contain Glycolic acid can help to treat acne, spots, wrinkles and scars and acts as an exfoliator revealing a glowing and healthier looking skin. Ensure that you moisturise your skin morning and night to keep it well hydrated.
Control the shower temperature! While having a warm shower can bring lots of benefits to our skin such as improving blood circulation, moisturise it, relaxing it and keeping it clean, if the temperature of the water is too hot it can actually do the opposite. Hot water can remove the natural oils of your skin and it can make it more prone to irritations as it can make it dry. Make sure that when you come out from the shower or bath that you dry yourself with the towel by tapping it gently to avoid irritating it especially the face area. As soon you finish to dry yourself, moisturise straight away as if you don’t do that it will cause your skin to dry and potentially become itchy.
Have the required amount of sleep! It has been proven by many researches that sleeping for 7-8 hours is enough to keep your body, skin and mind healthy. But in my personal experience and by reading many health books I believe that it depends from your lifestyle. If you have been on your feet all day, cleaned the house, worked, looked after children, had an all day workout ( for example a ballet dancer), had a very stressful day, felt sick and lethargic 7-8 hours sleep might not be enough. So make sure that you are generous with the quantity of sleep time because at the end of the day if we don’t get enough of that our skin will look tired, unhealthy and will encourage inflammation.
Exfoliate your skin! As part of your skincare routine you must exfoliate 2 or 3 times a week to keep your body and especially your face skin nice and smooth. What exfoliating does is to remove dead skin cells from the surface allowing new healthy skin to appear on the surface. This process will leave your skin with a healthy, bright and younger looking skin. There are different tools and products that you can use to exfoliate your face and body skin such as a body brush or scrub, facial exfoliation device, silicone brush etc.
There are also some quick solutions to have a glowing and even looking skin but don’t forget that these come last as basically it is almost like cheating and not really looking after our skin. Make up such as concealers, foundations or tinted moisturisers can help to make our skin look even and cover blemishes, spots and skin discolorations so if you need those as a fast remedies these can be a life saver. Personally I never use any of these apart from special occasions as I feel that I am wearing almost a mask and that my skin can’t breath. But if it does happen that I need to use for example a tinted moisturiser I tend to mix it with my moisturiser as I feel that usually they have such a thick density that it is too much for my skin and it is noticeable. I also like to apply a lit bit of blusher on my cheeks but this is the only make up that I use on a daily basis.
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