Get radiant skin~
The truth is there are external things you can do to make your skin look better. In order to get a glow and radiance that stay though, getting the proper nutrients is essential, along with drinking plenty of water. (I’ll get into that on another post.)
In the meantime, or if you’re already rocking a healthy diet, below are some tips I’ve discovered over time. I’ve definitely had some trial and error! But that’s what you’ve got to do to find what works, right?
1. Oils – Coconut, Avocado, Almond, Castor
Slathering oils on your face and neck can feel pretty strange at first, but they are so hydrating and nourishing for your skin! These oils are rich in Vitamin E and contain healthy fatty acids, in addition to many other benefits. I find that a few dabs of avocado oil is very good under my eyes – keeps away creases from makeup. These power oils also help increase collagen production, which is very helpful for keeping your skin looking youthful and supple.
I like to make my own blends of these oils and massage them into my face and scalp.
2. Retinol/Vitamin A
Extremely effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Not only does it increases cell turnover, but it helps to even tone and texture. You’ll see it in a ton of products as it has become one of the top anti-aging ingredients. There is some controversy surrounding it (at this point, what doesn’t have controversy!). And you do have to be mindful about going in the sun because it makes your skin more sun-sensitive. In general it’s better to use it in a night cream.
3. Hyaluronic Acid
The “acid” in the name threw me off for a while. Putting acid on your face? No. BUT it turns out it has an unusual ability to plump skin through hydration. Skin loses moisture as we age, which in part creates the appearances of fine lines, so to keep our skin looking radiant and plump, we need to start adding in moisture. Hyaluronic Acid also helps with collagen production.
4. Vitamin C
It can help fade sun spots or other discolorations. Vitamin C also has amazing antioxidant properties, which aid in the prevention and repair of skin damage. Like other items in the list, it also is a vital component in collagen production (yes back to the collagen).
5. Switching it up!
I used to think putting the “best” product on my face every night would inevitably lead to maximum results. But it turns out that switching what you put on your skin helps to not only infuse it with a more diverse blend of benefits, but in addition, it also keeps your skin ‘guessing’, which is better for it. Your skin is forced to adapt to different elements, which is superior to just receiving the same thing day after day.
Make sure to get pure versions of these items when you buy them.
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*I am not a doctor, dermatologist or nutritionist. These are my findings, which I hope can be beneficial to you.