Easy Treatments for Glowing Skin
We all want glowing, radiant, clear skin. Aside from genetics, there are so many major factors which make your skin dull and dry: stressful lifestyles, hectic work schedules, inadequate sleep, lack of nutritional diet, city pollution, and harmful sun rays. Here are some simple and effective remedies so your skin will reflect more light providing you daily confidence.
You Are What You Eat. One can start by removing or cutting back on breads, pasta, sugars and any processed food and adding in lots of lean protein, greens and healthy fats into their diet. Not only will you notice an improvement in your complexion, but your energy levels will be increased naturally. Consuming fresh greens, such as kale, arugula, spinach and cucumbers provide oxygen to your body that is second to none and better than topical creams. As we have discussed before, protein provides the building blocks for skin cells that are needed to retain hydration.
Put Down the iPad in Bed. Sleep plays a significant role in anti-aging. Let’s be honest we are all guilty of neglecting shuteye. Without the proper amount of sleep, fresh cells can’t repair yesterday's damage leading to the accelerating of aging. While asleep, the skin rejuvenates the cells including the production of collagen and elastin, which is the connective tissue responsible for tone, firmness and elasticity. Reading from an iPad before bed not only makes it harder to fall asleep, but also impacts your mood, energy and alertness the following day. Instead try reading a printed book or magazine before bed.
Eyes Wide Open. How many times have you heard your eyes are the windows to your age? As we approach 40 our skin begins to lose its elasticity and thins, which can provide a tired appearance. A great at-home beauty treatment to perk up puffy, tired looking eyes is using tea bags. The caffeine removes some of the puffiness by shrinking underlying dark blood vessels and forces out some of the liquid. Begin by soaking the tea bags in hot water for 90 seconds and then dip them into ice water for a few seconds to cool them off. Lie down and apply them directly to your eyes, and you’ll begin to look younger in just 12-15 minutes.
Ice, Ice Baby. Have you ever tried icing? No, not that kind!! A little known (and practically free) DIY tip to keep your skin looking radiant is icing. Ice has the benefit of reducing swelling, inflammation and redness, so put it on a breakout if one occurs. Icing also eases the signs of wrinkles and slows the creation of new wrinkles. This type of cold therapy sends the nerves into temporary hibernation allowing muscles to relax and wrinkles to disappear. Believe it or not, but ice can also be used as a natural exfoliant. Expert tip: when making your ice cubes add a little aloe vera or coconut oil into the water for added benefits.
Use Protection. Summer is almost here and we have plans to enjoy the nice weather at the beach or pool. The sun gives off ultraviolet (UV) light that can cause damage to the skin, including abnormal discoloration, wrinkling or skin cancer. In the morning, apply antioxidant serum followed by broad-spectrum of SPF 30 or higher sunscreen. Sunscreen needs to be applied 30 minutes before going outside and reapplied every two hours. And if you plan to swim, make sure to use water-resistant sunscreen and reapply when getting out of the water. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and seeking shade under an umbrella—especially during 10 am and 2 pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest—are wonderful ways to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays.