If I was a magical fairy, I would hand out plump, glowing skin to all. “YOU get glowing skin, and YOU get glowing skin, and YOU get glowing skin.” That would be so cool, amiright? Until that day comes (don’t hold your breath, guys), we’re just going to have go about it the regular, human way. I don’t claim to have the answer to getting lit-from-within skin. I’m still on the quest for that one, but I’ve done a little (read: crapton) research on the subject. Want to know what I’ve found?
Sweat it out: That’s gross, I know. But my boss, who is in her fifties, does Bikram yoga and her glow is way better than mine. Body and skin benefits? it’s win-win, really.
Relax: I have generalized anxiety disorder so you can imagine my struggle with this one. But when I can chill, my skin really is less red and inflamed. If you can meditate, that’s probably not a bad idea either.
Hydrate: Water, and lots of it! I try to drink half my body weight in ounces. Not sure if that’s legit advice or where it comes from, but it sounded good. There’s also the trusty eight glasses a day rule. Bottom line, if you’re bathroom breaks aren’t interfering with life, it’s time to drink more water.
Eat Your Greens: And antioxidants. Try adding Lemons, dark leafy greens and turmeric to your diet… actually, just do yourself a favor and Google anti-inflammation diet. While you’re at it, you may want to Google alkaline diet, too.
Skincare: Antioxidants, specifically vitamin c, are needed to produce collagen. Basically just make sure you’re covered by putting them in and on your body! My absolute favorite for the face is Yuli’s Liquid Courage. It’s total skin magic. For the body, you will not be disappointed in the One Love Organics Antioxidant serum, promise! You’re also going to want to get rid of that dead skin hanging around on your pretty face. Retinols and glycolic acids will take care of that. I’ve yet to find a retinol that my skin can handle, but next up on my to-try list is Shani Darden’s Retinol Reform. Fingers crossed this is the one. The glycolic acid I’ve been using is the 5% Glycolic Toner by Sanitas. It’s gonna burn at first, but don’t panic. It’s just doing it’s thang. Dehydrated skin is not glowing skin, but you probably know that. Look for a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid like Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer. Finally, SPF… Just never leave the house without sunscreen on, like ever. After trying a million of them, Coola is the only one I have repurchased.
Highlight: So I want my skin to be plump and glowy all day, every day, IRL… without makeup. But a little illuminator never hurt anyone. If you have to go this route, RMS Living Luminizer is literally perfect.
All images via Glossier
Disclaimer: Since this is my first nutrition/beauty post, it’s only fair to let y’all know that I am not a doctor, dietician or esthetician. Basically, I’m not qualified in any way to be giving this advice. So, definitely talk to a real-life professional before changing stuff up, ok!