No amount of make up can beat that natural gorgeous glow. When your skin is glowing, you look instantly and effortlessly beautiful and radiant, more alive and ready to face the day. I am not saying you have to be dripping in sweat or bright red, but we all want that certain glow that makes them look healthy, well rested, and youthful. And guess what – there are quite a few ways you can get that glow without a lot of effort. You are not alone in wanting that glow and these tips can help do it for you. Let’s go!
1) Aim to eat more soy
You might be thinking how the hell do I incorporate soy into my diet? You may also be nervous to try soy because you’ve heard reports that some say it could be linked to breast cancer. The conclusion is that most people can enjoy moderate amounts of soy without worry. And this is good news for all of us on the hunt for that natural glow because soy boosts collagen production, vital for helping to keep your face healthy looking and glowing. Substitute, where possible, your usual milk for soymilk, try tasty tofu or moreish edamame beans.
Did you know that raw food is also really beneficial for your skin? Read more in our blog ‘The benefits of a raw food diet‘.
2) Use cool rather than hot water
Ooooh there is nothing I love more than a hot and steamy shower but do you know what, I bet my skin would beg to differ! It’s probably no surprise and you’re likely to have heard before that a hot shower isn’t a good idea. Reason being, hot water strips the skin of all of its natural oils, the very ones that give us that dewy look and instead leaves you dried out and dull. If you really crave that inner and outer glow ladies, it’s time to take a trip over to lukewarm.
3) Don’t forget your neck
Image: Cecilia S. (Stockholmsgruppen) Photography by Anton Östlund.
Why is it we always forget about our neck? I mean it’s there on show, just like our face and isn’t the easiest to cover up unless you’re a fan of the polo neck… The truth is it has the same thin, delicate skin that your face does so therefore we should aim to care for it the same way we do our face. If you give your neck the attention it deserves, your face will stand out with even more of a glow. It’s easy enough to look after your neck, just make sure you apply the facial products you use on your face, to your neck as well.
4) Try oils
Oils are the next ‘big thing’ as skincare experts continue to sing their praises. Why are they so fabulous? Well, when applied, they absorb into your skin, leaving it amazingly hydrated. And time for the brucey bonus – some oils are loaded with nutrients that give your skin an amazing dose of all the good stuff it needs to be healthy. We’d recommend coconut or olive oil for great results and that oh so dewy glow you’re after.
5) Get moving!
So you’ve just finished a spin class or a big walk with the dog. Fair enough you may look a little hot and sweaty but you can’t deny the glow and radiance it leaves your skin with afterwards. Your body eliminates toxins through your sweat when you exercise and not only that but it also gets your blood flowing and boosts your circulation. Undoubtedly the most natural way to get your glow going.
Just as important as moving more is ensuring you get enough rest. Sleep can work wonders for the skin. We explored this further in a previous blog ‘6 ways to make sure you wake up with better skin‘ – enjoy!