How to get glowing skin naturally? What is the secret to glowing skin?
In this post, I will show you 28 awesome tips to get healthy, glowing skin.
Even if you are troubled by skin issues, use some of these tips and you will start seeing improvements in your skin today.
Before we begin, it's good to know what our skin is for.
Did you know that our skin is an organ and it is the largest organ in our body?
It acts as a protective barrier against external factors. Your skin is also a sensory organ as it has many sensitive nerve endings.
The skin was once thought to be impermeable. Today, we know that this is not true.
While your skin does not allow bigger compounds to pass through, it is permeable to many substances.
Active ingredients (like hormones) and chemicals (like phthalates) can still penetrate through the skin and reach the circulatory system.
This means that the skincare products you put on are so important as it can be absorbed.
They either do good or bad for your skin and body!
How to get glowing skin naturally:
Say “No” To Harmful Ingredients
Before purchasing any beauty product, have you ever flipped to the back of the packaging and look at the list of ingredients?
Probably for most people, they would not.
We are often distracted by the marketing claims on the packaging. We wouldn’t think twice about the beneficial claims.
After reading this, I hope you do.
Many ingredients commonly found in formulated beauty products are controversial and some are found to be linked to negative health impacts.
I don’t just refer to skincare products, even shampoo and shower gel are also guilty of containing many harmful chemicals.
You must be wondering...
“If they are harmful, then it wouldn’t be sold. The health authorities wouldn’t approve it anyway.”
Yes, that is true.
Also, they can be approved by authorities if the quantities are small and will pass the requirements. However, less is known about its long-term effects with regular use.
We have also seen certain chemicals that were once approved in beauty products, but are later on banned in certain countries. This comes after research studies are able to prove these chemicals to be harmful to health.
Therefore, it is important to be informed of the ingredients that go onto your skin.
I’ve put a list of some of the ingredients to avoid. There are more, but these are the common ones I see on labels. Try to avoid them whenever possible.
Some of these irritate the skin, while others have found to be linked to negative health impacts.
Top Ingredients To Avoid In Skin Care Products
1. Petroleum-based substances
They tend to dry the skin.
This irritates the skin and has been classified as human carcinogen linked to cancer. (Source)
It is a term used for 100 over synthetic ingredients thought to trigger one third of cosmetic allergies. It is not a requirement to name all of them on labels. I get uncomfortable not knowing what it actually contains.
4. SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate)
It is a synthetic detergent also used in industrial products like car wash soap and floor cleaner. We don’t have to guess how harsh it can be to our skin.
These are added in beauty products to help lotions penetrate and soften the skin. Certain compounds have shown links to negative reproductive effects. (Source)
These are preservatives commonly found in cosmetics and they mimic oestrogen. I do see more and more products excluding this, especially in shampoos. It’s a good start. (Source)
7. DEA, MEA, TEA prefixes
They irritate scalp and eyes. It reacts with other preservatives to create carcinogenic substances. (Source)
8. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
This irritates the scalp and may cause skin rashes.
Prolonged use leaves skin feeling dry and flaky. This unnecessary stress on the skin can impede skin renewal cycle, and result in unhealthy skin condition.
These are common in lightening products. They reduce melanin in the skin and destroys skin by altering the skin.
This is linked to skin and eye allergies. It is also linked to hormone disruption in the body. (Source)
I hope this list has been useful.
So, the next time you are choosing your beauty products, remember to look at the ingredients list and make an informed choice.
Even if the product says it’s “all natural”, always check the ingredients.
How to get glowing skin naturally:
Natural Skin Care Products
By now, you may be getting skeptical about formulated products sold in the market.
This brings us to the tip #12 to get healthy skin.
12. Make Your Own DIY Skin Care
DIY skin care are friendly on your wallet. In case you aren’t aware, much of what you pay goes into the high profit margin in commercial beauty products.
They are also a safer choice, since you have absolute control on what to use in your product.
Furthermore, it gives you a peace of mind. Now you know exactly what goes onto your skin.
Lastly, DIY skin care doesn’t have to be complicated.
How to get glowing skin naturally tip:
Getting The Basics Right
I often see people having a lot of steps in their skincare routine, applying up to 5 or 6 skincare products at a time.
If you are a working mum or someone with a busy schedule, it is tempting to skip having a skincare routine altogether.
No matter how busy you are, it is important to take care of your skin.
I have simplified it to the 3 most essential steps.
Exfoliating is likened to deep cleansing. It removes the layer of dead cells. This allows better absorption of active ingredients when you apply your skincare products.
When you exfoliate, you are telling the skin layer that it needs to be repaired and new cells are needed. This accelerates the renewal of cells in the skin’s top layer known as epidermis.
As your body ages, so does your skin. Cell renewal does not happen as fast as it used to.
Exfoliating helps to reinvigorate the repair process, giving you a healthier and younger skin.
It is also likened to a gym workout. When you work out, your blood circulates faster to deliver oxygen in your body.
Likewise, exfoliation causes arterial capillaries to dilate, allowing more oxygenated blood to pass through the blood vessels.
This causes your skin to flush and gives you a rosy glow.
Oxygen increases metabolism in skin layers and starts a chain of cellular activities to renew skin cells and produce collagen.
How often do I exfoliate?
The frequency of exfoliation depends on your skin type. You can start with alternate days and adjust accordingly. If you have sensitive skin, try once a week.
There’s a wide range of exfoliants available, from synthetic (contain microbeads) to chemical (with salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids/ AHA) to natural (fruit-based or plant-based enzymes).
What is the best exfoliant?
I personally prefer fruit-based ones as they are gentler on skin and less likely to cause skin reaction.
Avoid those containing walnut shells as they can be sharp and hurt your skin in the process of exfoliating.
Always test it out before purchasing. Scrubs should feel comfortable on your skin and they should be very fine.
Don’t forget your neck too.
Cleansing removes any makeup, sunscreen, oil and dirt from the skin. It prepares the skin for the next step to receive nourishment.
As our skin also provides natural sebum to keep our skin from drying, a cleanser may remove it and strip away moisture from skin. It is important to get a good cleanser.
A good cleanser should not leave your skin feeling squeaky clean and taut. If it does, it is probably too strong.
Always try the product before purchasing. Rub it under your arm to test the product. If it doesn’t irritate, it should work fine on your face.
Don’t overdo cleansing. Do it at most twice a day – once when you get up and once before you sleep. In fact, the one at night is the most important as it gets rid of all the dirt accumulated in the day.
So, no matter how tired you are, never skip this step before getting to bed. Your skin needs to be clean and nourished while repair work happens during you sleep.
Cleansing in the morning is optional. Out of habit, I still wash my face in the morning to feel fresh.
Remember that your face is exposed to pollution, dirt and bacteria, pollutants throughout the day.
Keeping your skin clean will reduce buildup of toxins over time, giving you healthy glowing skin.
After cleansing, the next step is to moisturize. Nourish your skin by keeping it hydrated.
Sun is one of the factors that contribute to aging skin. They damage skin fibers like elastin. When damaged, your skin starts to lose its firmness and form wrinkles.
Even if you have applied serums or lotions, sun exposure without protection can make these skincare products ineffective.
UV rays can stop the nourishing effects and benefits of antioxidants or other active ingredients in your skincare products.
It is important to apply sunscreen as part of your morning routine.
Is Toner Necessary?
You must be wondering. This is a common question I receive.
Well answer is, it depends on your skin type.
The primary function of toner is to bring your skin back to pH balance.
Did you know that the skin on our face is slightly acidic in nature?
The skin’s acidic nature prevents bacterial growth which helps to prevent acne.
It also maintains skin’s protective function.
Skin that is alkaline is more prone to aging lines, wrinkles and sun damage.
If you have normal skin, and your daily skincare products does not remove moisture from you skin, you should be able to maintain a good pH balance.
How to get glowing skin naturally tip:
Don't Forget The Inside – Diet
There’s a saying “You are what you eat”.
So, if you want to get glowing skin, then it’s important to look into diet and ensure that you are getting the right nutrients for your body. If you have a healthy diet, it will eventually show on your skin.
We live in a world today where everything is about speed and convenience. The internet, social media, instant messaging are all about getting things and information quickly.
More so than before, we are seeing more and more convenience foods or processed foods making their way into our daily diet.
It’s time for a change.
This brings us to the next tip to get healthy skin.
17. Stop Eating Processed Food
Refined and processed foods would have lost most of the nutrients, minerals, enzymes, fibers in the process of making. Much of what is left is simple carbohydrates.
So, what you are essentially eating are empty calories that will give you a boost of energy.
However, simple carbohydrates get digested quickly.
It often leaves you feeling hungry quickly and craving for more sugar.
In addition, processed foods are made to look good and last longer. High amounts of coloring, preservatives and artificial flavoring are added to achieve that.
Unhealthy fats, salt and sugars are also added to preserve the food and add flavor.
Once your taste buds are used to it, you will become addicted to highly flavored foods and lose appetite for natural foods.
Here on some food tips to get glowing skin.
Other Food Tips To Get Glowing Skin Naturally
18. Give Me The Protein
Protein is essential for growth and repair.
Hair, skin, nails, muscles, bones and organs need protein for growth and repair.
In fact, the most abundant protein in your body is collagen. A drop of collagen in your body will lead to wrinkles and weakened joint cartilage.
Proteins are made up of 22 different amino acids. Eight of them are known as essential amino acids which cannot be produced by the body. It has to come from your diet.
Some good sources of protein are:
- Lean meats
- Fish like salmon and tuna (also high in omega-3 fatty acids)
- Egg whites
- Lentils and beans
- Whole grains like quinoa
19. Go Organic
Foods and produce usually contain hormones and pesticides.
Try as much as possible to choose organic produce or organically raised poultry to limit chemical effects it can have on your body.
20. Drink Enough Water To Hydrate
Staying hydrated is important for healthy skin.
Some functions of water include flushing out toxins and blood circulation.
Getting enough water makes your skin barrier stronger, keep skin more moisturized and allow cell renewal and collagen production.
Without proper hydration, your skin becomes dry and brittle. So, substitute your sugary drinks for plain water.
21. Say "No" To Sugar
A high sugar diet quickens aging process.
Sugar interacts with proteins and fats in the body to form free radicals and advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs damage protein fibers of collagen and elastin, causing wrinkles and saggy skin.
Sugar is also found to weaken the immune system. A poor immune system is not good at fighting bacteria which the latter is a main trigger for acne and skin inflammation.
Sugar is the enemy of the digestive tract. It creates an acidic internal environment that is favorable for bacteria and yeast to proliferate (think yeast infection).
Sugar is also linked to constipation. With all the bad bacteria in your gut and constipation that builds up more toxins in your body, it affects health of your skin.
Sugar also reduces microcirculation to the skin. It affects cell turnover.
This includes white sugar and also refined sugar like rice and pasta.
22. Reduce Salt Intake
Salt or sodium is required in small amounts to maintain fluid balance.
Too much salt intake can irritate lining of skin pores and worsen acne.
23. Avoid Fried Foods
Fatty foods made with saturated fats and trans fats produce free radicals when they are heated or deep fried. Like AGEs, free radicals damage elastic fibers causing skin to age prematurely.
24. Consume More Antioxidant Food
The way to fight free radicals damage is to consume more antioxidant foods. Examples of food high in antioxidants are blueberries, cranberries, kale and spinach.
25. Avoid Inflammatory Food
Keep your skin healthy by avoiding food that can cause inflammation. This is especially so for those with acne and sensitive skin. These include fried foods, refined grains, red meat, sugar, salt, food additives and gluten.
If you have sensitive skin, try these 7 amazing and easy DIY skin care for sensitive skin.
26. Consume Collagen Protein
Collagen helps to keep skin elastic and firm. Therefore, it is important for your skin health. With aging, your body produces less collagen. As a result, you find your skin sagging and more wrinkles appearing on your skin.
Collagen also reduces the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.
While you can apply skin care products that contain collagen, it is more effective if collagen is taken internally. This is because collagen is too large to penetrate through the skin and does not absorb readily into the body as if it were consumed.
Try consuming food that are a source of collagen. For example, making cartilage/ chicken bone soup or through egg yolk.
Another great way to introduce collagen into our diet is through collagen supplements. By the way, they are becoming a very popular skin care supplement today.
Supplements may derive the collagen from different sources. If you choose to consume collagen supplements like I do, opt for supplements that contain fish collagen peptides. They are best absorbed due to their smaller size compared to collagen from other animals.
When I started consuming collagen, I saw fine lines faded. My skin also looked more radiant and firmer than before!
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27. Promote Healthy Gut
There are some studies suggesting that poor gut health is linked to skin issues like acne and rosacea. One clinical study showed that a correction of bacterial overgrowth in small intestines led to clinical improvement in rosacea patients.
People on Western diet (typically high in sugar and fat, low in fiber) are associated to risk of acne, while having lower levels of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
Learn more on above findings here.
If you face skin issues, check with your doctor on how you can promote a healthier gut. Or consider consuming probiotics supplements.
How to get glowing skin naturally:
Getting sufficient quality sleep is important for healthy skin. Sleep allows body to rest and channel its energy to growth and repair, including repairing your skin cells.
It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason.
28. Get At Least 7 to 9 Hours Of Sleep Daily
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