We all want to glow like a fleet of Victoria’s Secret angels, (or, you know, J.Lo). But since the majority of us don’t have a team of professionals at our disposal, we have to make do with the available. below are six tips to help achieve the glowing skin you’ve desired.
Take a Supplement
Your mom probably nagged you about taking your vitamins and she was right. A good hair, skin, and nail formula—which includes vitamins, minerals, and amino acids specific to skin health—will improve its overall quality and appearance. Skin products work externally to try to create the desired effect of glowing skin, but while these products may help a bit, the real change takes places from the inside out. A supplement works at an internal level to correct any deficiencies or imbalances.
Drink Green Juice
Full of minerals, chlorophyll, and antioxidants, fresh green juice is like a powerful multivitamin. The nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream and reach skin cells quicker thanks to the lack of fiber in the juice. Drinking green juice is the number one skin fix for girls who want clean, clear, glowing skin. It’s a great replacement for afternoon coffee and it will literally transform your skin in a matter of days. It helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage so it’s de-puffing too.
Stay away from green juices that are high in fruit (to avoid the extra sugar), and instead looking for ones that are mainly greens with low-sugar additions like lemon and ginger.
Exfoliate and Dry Brush
Though it’s often skipped in people’s at-home beauty routine, exfoliation is a critical step on the road to glow-dom. I recommend all-over exfoliation in the shower to make skin fresh and bright. Dry brushing is multi-tasking – it’s actually incredible as a cellulite treatment and increases skin’s elasticity, too.
Start at the tops of the feet and brush upwards towards the heart. Spend extra time on areas that tend to be more stagnant, like the inner thigh, and don’t forget to include the backs of the arms and the back. Dry brushing immediately increases circulation, so you will feel warmer when you are done. Try it before you get into the shower for two minutes in the morning, and you will see a difference in your skin quality in days.
Eat more Avocados
Our skin needs fat in order to stay hydrated and glowing, and avocados supply the skin with healthy fats and phytonutrients to do just that. Avocados are nature’s own moisturizer, rich in healthy fatty acids, which will keep your skin supple, moist and glowing. Add avocado to your salads, or throw half an avocado into your morning smoothie. It provides a rich, creamy texture and you won’t even taste it.
Make a Natural Mask
In addition to eating avocados, apply an avocado face mask to get the glowing benefits both inside and out. Mash half of a soft avocado with a fork. Stir together one tablespoon of raw honey with two tablespoons of hot water, and add the mixture to the avocado to create a rich mask. Apply to your face (avoiding the eyes), let it do its magic for ten minutes, and enjoy a refreshed face.
Another rejuvenating and anti-aging mask can be made from grape seed oil, rose oil, honey, and ground almonds. The grape seed oil is an awesome antioxidant, while the rose oil will restore that amazing glow we’re all looking for. The honey will hydrate the skin and erase fine lines, while the ground almonds will gently exfoliate. It’s great for anyone who feels their skin looks dull and tired. Combine six teaspoons of grape seed oil, two drops of rose oil, one teaspoon of warmed honey, and five of teaspoons of ground almonds to form a paste. Leave on the skin for 20 minutes, then rinse.
Snack on Cucumber
There is no glow without hydration. In addition to being low-calorie and delicious to snack on, cucumbers have a high water content. Cucumber is both hydrating and cooling for the body, and staying well hydrated is rule number one for great looking skin. Try snacking on cucumber every chance you get, and for an added dose, look for green juices that contain the ingredient.
Do you have any tried-and-true tricks for getting glowing skin without fancy treatments? Share them below!