How To Get A Glowing Complexion
If you have been searching for the secret to glowing skin you’re not alone.
I’m not talking about finding the right makeup or primer to give the illusion of a glowing complexion i’m talking about finding solutions so that you can finally be happy in your own skin.
18 Amazing Beauty Tips For Glowing Skin
Clean Your Makeup Tools
How often do you clean your makeup brushes or sponges (be honest)? A study found that an astounding 72% of British women never wash them!
Why do you need to wash your makeup brushes I hear you ask?
Over time they become riddled with bacteria and dirt which mean you’re only applying these nasties to your skin, resulting in a dull complexion.
So, how often should you clean your makeup tools?
Takeaway Beauty Tip 1: Opt to clean your makeup brushes and sponges every 2-3 weeks. Mix some facial cleanser or shampoo in a cup and give your brushes a good clean, pat them dry and leave to fully air dry.
Go Nuts For Nuts
Stock up on Brazil nuts, Walnuts and Macadamias, they’re all powerhouses of skin nourishing nutrients.
Rich in selenium, brazil nuts increase the skins elasticity levels and may even decrease your risk of cancer according to recent studies.
Loaded with omega-3-fatty-acids, walnuts help to prevent breakouts and decrease inflammation.
Loaded with quality oils and fatty acids, macadamias help repair and rejuvenate skin.
Takeaway Beauty Tip 2: Add a sprinkling to your cereal or snack on a handful throughout the day
Face masks are a great way to give your skin that extra TLC it needs.
There are loads of masks that cater for different skin types, after all if you’ve got oily skin then lathering it with more oil is not a good idea!
Matcha face masks are a great option for all skin types that you can make at home.
The antioxidants soak into your skin, helping protect it from UV radiation and free radicals. It’s also has powerful anti-ageing properties, helping promote skin cell regeneration and protecting tissue.
Clean Your SmartPhone
When was the last time you cleaned your smartphone? It’s something that easily gets forgotten about until 6 months go by and you drop some Chinese takeaway straight on to it (yes, that happened to me).
The truth is your phone is riddled with more germs than a public toilet.
Your phone is essentially a virus spreader, it’s just as bad as someone sneezing in your face.
Wonder why you’re getting more breakouts along your cheeks and jawline? Blame your phone, every time it touches your face you’re asking for spots & irritation.
Takeaway Beauty Tip 4: Get some bacterial wipes and give it a good wipe down once a day.
Ditch The Dairy
High fat dairy products (even organic options) contain cow hormones, these stimulate the oil glands in your pores which results is breakouts.
Watch out for hidden dairy that can be lurking in cereal bars and sauces for instance.
Takeaway Beauty Tip 5: I’m not saying cut out dairy completely but it could be the culprite of your breakouts. Instead try sticking to skimmed milk which has the least amount of hormones in.
It’s doesn’t earn the name for no reason. Beauty sleep is real! In fact the main reason why you look a little pale/grey is down to sleep deprivation.
Sleep is a time for the whole body to take a rest bite, your skin is the largest organ in your body after all so it needs all the TLC it can get. While you sleep your cells begin to renew themselves, regular sleep deprivation can make you age faster and no one wants that!
Takeaway Beauty Tip 6: Pack in some extra hours by hitting the hay an hour earlier. Try it tonight and see how you feel.
Pores are no ones friend (especially big ones) and they’re one of the most common beauty annoyances.
When pores are filled with gunk they appear larger, by removing the dirt that’s built up you can actually shrink your pores.
Try and limit your skins sun exposure, sun breaks down the collagen in your skin which can make pores bigger.
Takeaway Beauty Tip 7: To keep pores at bay exfoliate daily, followed by a cleansing routine.
Pour A Glass Of Red
Red wine contains a powerful antioxidant called polyphenol which is present in red grape skins.
Research has show that it has anti-ageing properties that help prevent skin elasticity from diminishing and ward off wrinkles too. We’ll drink to that!
Takeaway Beauty Tip 8: Don’t feel too guilty about enjoying a glass in moderation, red wine also goes perfectly with a yummy cheese board 😉
Cleanse. Tone. Moisturise
This 3 step ritual has been part of my skincare regime for years (thanks mum).
It’s so important to fully take your makeup off at the end of the day. Sleeping with it on is a very bad idea, it clogs pores and causes dryness.
Don’t forget about the eyes either, make sure you get all of that mascara and eyeliner off, you don’t want to be waking up with irritated skin around the most sensitive part of your face.
Takeaway Beauty Tip 9: Get into an evening routine of cleaning, toning and moisturising before bed.
Steer Clear Of Hot Water
There’s something about a hot shower that’s so relaxing but washing your face with it is one of the worst things for your skin.
The hot water strips your skin of essential oils. Ever come out of the shower all red faced and wonder why it’s taking so long to dye down? Here’s your answer…
Hot water against skin causes your blood vessels to dilate in order to cool down your skin, this caused the redness which can make you appear flushed.
It also takes longer for the skin to return to its normal shade the older you get.
Takeaway Beauty Tip 10: Wash your face with cold to luke warm water to avoid looking flushed.
Watermelon contains lycopene which gives it the rich red colour. Lycopene rich food (tomatoes and pink grapefruit too) can help reduce the redness caused from sun damage.
Sun damage causes the skin to age faster making wrinkles form faster.
Takeaway Beauty Tip 11: Eat your way to glowing skin. Munch on fresh watermelon or add it to smoothies and even salads!
Slip On Your Shades
Obviously wearing sunglasses protects your eyes from the glaring rays of the sun but it also provides mighty protection to the skin under your eyes too.
The skin around your eyes is so delicate and thin that the tell tale signs of ageing usually start here. Every repeat squint from the blinding sun is slowly but surely creating a bed for wrinkles to lye.
The perfect excuse to go and buy those shades you’ve been longing for!
Takeaway Beauty Tip 12: Choose some of the popular Audrey Hepburn style shades to cover more area.
Drink More Water
Did you know that dehydration can cause premature ageing? It sure can.
Keeping hydrated can make skin appear fuller and blemish free too. Water also helps to clear out toxins that can cause inflammation.
Takeaway Beauty Tip 13: Try and aim to drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Keep water in your bag and at your desk to remind you to have a slurp every so often.
Zinc It Up
If you’re diet is highly processed or restrictive then it’s highly likely that you’re not getting enough zinc.
Zinc helps to give you a glowing complexion by repairing damaged skin cells and other irritating skin conditions.
Takeaway Beauty Tip 14: You can either take a zinc supplement or eat more zinc rich foods like shrimp, pumpkin seeds and kidney beans.
Put Down The Burger
Fast food is not your skins friend. A diet high in fats and simple carbohydrates has been shown to cause more wrinkles.
The main culprits are beef and fatty cream cheeses but the processed kind reeks havoc on your skin.
Takeaway Beauty Tip 15: Opt for lean proteins like fish, poultry, tofu and legumes.
Veggies Are Your Friend
Vegetables are your skins friend.
Organic skincare ranges that are plant based are extremely effective in combating premature ageing.
Plants naturally contain anti-cancer properties when eaten so imagine the wonders they can do for on skin?
Takeaway Beauty Tip 16: Wherever possible I opt for natural skincare ranges because I know what’s gone into them. I don’t like putting crazy chemicals on my face that I can’t pronounce.
Hands Off Your face
Think you’ve got a spot coming? Hands off! DO NOT TOUCH IT.
Just by touching a spot you’re spreading more germs inside the pore and irritating it even more. The result? More breakouts and inflammation.
Takeaway Beauty Tip 17: Try and leave spots alone but if you must pop one then make sure you get all of the gunk out at the root. Then dab a little tea tree oil over to sanitise the area and help reduce inflammation.
Raspberries are crammed with an antioxidant called ellagic acid, research supports that it can prevent wrinkles when applied topically.
Raspberries help to protect our skins collagen levels, keeping skin plump, youthful and glowing.
Takeaway Beauty Tip 18: Mash up a handful of raspberries in a bowl and add a little greek yogurt or honey, paste over the face and leave for 15-20 minutes.
Why not start by treating yourself to a DIY matcha face mask?
Have you got any questions or tips on how you achieve a glowing complexion? Share your glow in the comments below!