There’s many roads to healthy, glowing skin and I believe it’s about what you’re doing on both the inside and outside. I’ve compiled a list of things that I turn to on a regular basis to improve, maintain and repair my skin’s health for the sharing.
1. A facial moisturizer that works for you
From personal experience, the combination of these oils and ingredients are excellent for maintaining elasticity (a.k.a. avoid those wrinkle and fine lines) by keeping your skin moisturized. As much as I love my Julep moisturizer, I know it may not be for everyone. What I suggest is to keep an eye out for these ingredients in a potential facial moisturizer for you:
- Jojoba oil to heal skin and seal hydration
- Aragon oil to repair and replenish with essential fatty acids
- Coconut oil to calm skin via natural anti inflammatory properties
- Olive oil to keep skin soft and supple
- Squalane (plant derived) to help all of the key ingredients above absorb rapidly
(above description cited from julep.com)
Personally I like a lighter moisturizer to let the skin breathe a little easier. Try a few different types of moisturizers until you find what works best for you.
Bonus: Lip Moisturizer. Just as important as the facial moisturizer, especially if you ever wear any lip makeup. Similarly to skin, if left unmoisturized your lips can end up dry and cracked, only to have lipstick, lip stain, etc. emphasize their poor state of hydration.
2. Matcha (or your preferred antioxidant-filled morning beverage)
I swear by my matcha these days. If you’re not familiar with this seriously buzzy beverage let me give you a few key points:
- Full of mega doses of antioxidants which are great for preventing cellular damage and keeping that skin nicely hydrated, read: healthy and clear
- Ten-times the normal cup of tea’s worth of health benefits due to you actually ingesting the tea leaves via their ground down powder form
- Green tea is widely known for its contributions toward improved brain function, fat burn/loss, and lowering your risk of cancer, to name a few
Matcha is also a great source of energy for your day – each serving has about 1/3 as much caffeine as a cup of coffee (honestly, it feels like more, it’s a great source of natural energy). I have always been a bit caffeine sensitive so this lower serving works well for that.
Want to try a quick, tasty recipe? Try my Easy Matcha Latte recipe to start.
Pro tip: if you’re looking for an even bigger dose of antioxidants give try white tea, the only tea with more antioxidants than green tea (thank you Teavana for my extensive knowledge of tea). While it is lesser known than its green tea counterpart, Starbucks seems to be getting on board with a new white tea option, which I speculate is in part due to their acquisition of Teavana on December 31, 2012.
3. Cruciferous Vegetables
Kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, and more. We all don’t get enough of these because (in my opinion) you don’t find these as commonly in salads or on sandwiches, so we need to be more cognizant of working them in to our regular diets. Once in a routine, these veggies can act as an internal skin moisturizer and are great frontline defenders for acne.
For more insight, this article from Well + Good does a good job of talking about these skin friendly veggies a little more in-depth.
4. Take your makeup off as soon as you can
One of the first things I do when I get home for the night is take off my makeup. I used to wait until it was time to wash up for bed, but why? If you’re just kicking back around the house let your skin do the same.
5. …or don’t wear makeup at all
Okay, so this may not be an everyday solution, but most weekends I don’t wear a drop of makeup from Friday evening when I get home until Monday morning. Same goes for days I work from home. And guess what? If you’re doing the best by your skin you won’t have a reason to wear makeup (or at least as much) because you will likely feel more and more comfortable in your beautiful, hydrated, clear skin.
Yes, it’s the oldest trick in the book, but there’s a reason it’s still being reprinted over and over – its still the most important (and preventative, especially if you love summers like I do) – piece of skin care advice. SPF isn’t just for summer though, you really should have it incorporated into your daily routine, at least for your face (i.e. in your moisturizer, concealer, makeup setting spray, etc.). Your face is far more sensitive and exposed to sun the most, year-round, so it is important to be proactive about sun damage.
7. Aloe Vera
And when the sun inevitably sneaks through a missed sunscreen spot, or you commit to planting mom’s garden for Mother’s Day and forgot your SPF (womp womp), you will want to have some Aloe Vera on hand. I use this twice a day when I have a burn, morning and night, to keep my skin from peeling and drying out. Aloe Vera is the first aid kit tool in your glowing skin arsenal.
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