A good indicator of healthy skin is that natural glow. Of course the aging process, coupled with lack of sleep, stress, pollution and a bad diet can strip that glow off your skin. Just what is “glowing skin?” It’s skin that’s healthy and “awake” rather than dull and dry.
Healthy skin appears smooth with few blemishes, is well hydrated, and is even in color. Skin health may be influenced by genetics, hormones, medical conditions, the environment, and lifestyle behavior. The good news is that you can transform that skin that looks dull and exhausted to healthy and glowing skin without having to go through complex or expensive methods. Setting up a routine to prioritize skin care is key. Here are some changes you can make to help your skin get back that youthful glow:
Cleanse regularly and cleanse well. Cleansing helps remove dirt, makeup, sweat and excessive oils from the skin that can clog pores and cause your skin to look dull and listless. Wash your face in the morning and at night by massaging in a small dollop of SilcSkin Cleanser. Use circular motions and wash off gently using lukewarm water.
Exfoliating removes the skin’s outer layer of dead cells so the surface of your skin looks clearer and smoother. Use a physical exfoliant such as a face scrub two to three times a week. Avoid chemical peels. Apply the product gently using small, circular motions. Do this for about 30 seconds, and then rinse off with lukewarm — not hot — water. If you use a brush or sponge, use short light strokes. Never exfoliate if you have open cuts or wounds or if your skin is sunburned.
Moisturizers help hydrate the skin. Moisturize regularly — when you get out of the shower, in the morning after you cleanse your face, and before going to bed. (Unless you plan on wearing SilcSkin silicone pads.) Use a good quality face lotion or cream over oils or serums. Face lotion and creams are emulsions that help hold moisture in the skin’s top layers. When skin is moisturized, it reflects light, giving it the appearance of a soft glow.
Sunlight contains UV light which can cause sun damage, burning and visible signs of aging. Shield skin with a broad-spectrum SPF30+ sunscreen suitable for your skin type. Apply the sunscreen to all areas of exposed skin, including around the eyes and on the neck. Keep to the shade as much as possible, wear a broad brimmed hat and wear lightweight clothing.
If you’re a smoker, you’re rapidly increasing the chance of visible wrinkles, fine lines and crepey skin. Smoking can contribute to several skin issues such as premature aging, slow wound healing, skin infections, disorders such as psoriasis and can also increase the chances of cancer.
A healthy, well balanced diet impacts the entire body, including the skin. Regardless of a good skin care routine, you have to take care of yourself internally to reap the rewards of glowing skin. Avoid processed foods and those high in sugar, saturated fat and salt. Instead focus on fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats such as avocados, olive oil and nuts.
Studies show that both acute and chronic stress can exert negative effects on overall skin wellness, as well as exacerbate a number of skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, acne, and hair loss. Stress can have a large impact on how our skin ages. Stress hormones break down the collagen and elastin in skin and interfere with rejuvenation, which can speed up the aging process causing more fine lines and wrinkles. The hair and its growth are also affected by stress by contributing to hair thinning and hair loss.
So get your skincare routine together and go get that glowing, healthy skin.