How to Maintain Glowing Skin You’ll Want to Show Off
Posted on December 30 2015
Innumerable online guides share valuable insight on everything you need to know about how to stay healthy and active. When it comes to what is externally visible, most people only end up focusing on what they can do to improve their outward appearance. While a glowing visage is paramount, those of us who wear sexy bandage dresses understand the importance of having and maintaining glowing skin all over bodies – after all, it isn’t just the skin on your face that you want to show off. From the tough skin on your elbows and knees to the soft skin covering your hands that tends to show your age easily your body needs nourishment and plenty of tender care in order to get natural glowing skin.
Why Your Skin Matters
Glowing skin is always in and a must when you decide to put on something a bit more risky and revealing. As much as we may want glowing and radiant skin sometimes getting and maintaining glowing skin is easier said than done. Beautiful skin is sometimes genetic but also influenced by the choices we make and the care we take to protect it. Radiant skin doesn’t just look attractive it is also a sign of good health. Other than being the visible outer layer of your body your skin is an organ that acts as the first line of defense for your immune system.
Like any other organ skin suffers through the wear and tear of aging, as well as exposure to the sun. As we grow older skin tends to get drier and thinner making way for wrinkles, large pores, age spots, and other unsavory issues. A number of factors such as what you eat, hormones, sun exposure, stress, alcohol, and smoking affect the quality of your skin. While you cannot put a stop to aging many other factors can be better managed to improve the radiance of your skin on a day to day basis. Furthermore, there are a number of health supplements that you can use to ensure that your skin continues to look healthy, young, and glowing. Follow these tips to maintain glowing skin that you want to show off in sexy and revealing dresses and swimwear from the shop.
Don’t Skip Sunscreen
Australian film director and screenwriter Baz Luhrmann nailed it when he said, “If I could offer only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it!” Don’t skip sunscreen but rather slather it on. You’ve probably read tons of magazine articles screaming the same line – wear sunscreen. Let us tell you why. Prevention is always better than cure and in the case of your skin preventing damage is much easier than trying to reverse the process. The truth is that more than 90 percent of wrinkles on your skin are the direct result of exposure to the sun. It does not matter whether it is summer or winter time, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects your skin against UVA and UVB rays. Stay clear of scented lotions and perfumes if you intend to spend a day in the sun as such products tend to cause blotchy skin in many people.
Keep Your Showers Short
Every woman needs a long, steamy hot shower now and then. However, if you want to maintain glowing skin it is best to keep your showers short and the water cool. Why? A long, steamy shower may be a balm for your soul but it also serves to strip your skin of layers of moisture. By washing away all the protective oils in your skin’s topmost layer, such showers have the ability to cause your skin to dry more easily and require more moisturizer and after shower care than you likely have time for. Keep the water cool to lukewarm and try to limit your shower to no more than 10 to 15 minutes.
Quench Your Skin’s Thirst
When you feel thirsty the natural response is to reach out for a glass of refreshing water. Similarly when your skin gets dry it is very important to moisturize it. A simple way to test if your skin needs exfoliation and moisturizing is to scratch a small patch on the skin of your arms or legs. If your nail leaves a white mark it is time to exfoliate and moisturize. Exfoliating removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells while moisturizing ensures that the existing skin cells are nourished. Exfoliate at least once a week. There are a number of super fine grain exfoliators that can be used to scrub off dead skin cells from your body. If you are looking for a DIY exfoliator, make a scrub with some fine grain sugar and honey; rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Besides quenching your skin’s thirst directly it is also incredibly important for you to stay hydrated if you want glowing skin that makes your dresses look twice as good. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of plain water every day to help your skin flush out toxins easily and quickly. If drinking plain water sounds boring to you, switch to herbal teas, green tea, and other beverages without caffeine or sugar now and then. Lemon water is also known to keep the body in tip top shape. However, keep in mind that good ol’ water has no real substitute.
Eat Well and Look Good
The food you eat has a direct and quick impact on the quality of your skin. Getting glowing skin is often just about ensuring that you are eating the right things and cutting out bad food from your diet. Here are a few things you need to add or avoid to your diet if you want to see quick and lasting effects on your skin:
- Found in fish and walnuts, omega-3 fatty acids are great for your skin. Add these elements to your diet or consume the required amount in the form of capsules, as per your physician’s recommended dose.
- Add a few servings of citrus fruits and strawberries to your diet to ensure that you get a good dose of Vitamin C, a pre-requisite for glowing and radiant skin.
- Fiber-rich foods such as fresh vegetables, spinach, unprocessed fruits, and nuts help create a happy gastrointestinal routine which lends itself to clean and glowing skin.
- Did you know that eating tomatoes helps keep your skin from looking like one under the sun? Tomatoes contain substantial amounts of lycopene which offers 25 percent more protection against sunburns, helps create more collagen which prevents skin sagging, and increases the levels of antioxidants in your skin so you end up with less wrinkles, fine lines, and furrows.
- Consuming a handful of almonds every day if enough to boost the levels of Vitamin E in your body. Not only does this offer antioxidant benefits, it also increases the amount of moisture in the skin keeping you well-moisturized naturally.
- A half a cup of dark chocolate cocoa helps to increase the circulation in the body, and results is smoother, supple, and hydrated skin.
- Cut down on your sugar and salt consumption. Keep the amount of sugar you consume per day limited to just 45g. Excessive salt in your diet also make your face and body look bloated, so it is best avoided (particularly on date night).
If you feel like your body isn’t getting the required amount of nutrition, vitamins C and E, etc. from your diet add a daily multivitamin which contains essential minerals and vitamins to your routine.
The Need for AHA Compounds
While selecting a moisturizer for your skin look for one that has skin-repairing humectants. When applied to the skin a humectant attracts moisture, improves skin hydration, and speeds up the turnover of old skin cells. Good skin products contain humectants as well as glycerin, urea, propylene glycol, and alpha-hydroxy acids or AHAs. AHA compounds are naturally found in food items such as apples, citrus fruits, grapes, yogurt, and buttermilk. They serve to make skin look younger by getting rid of old skin cells quickly.
Use Your Loofah Daily
While showering, rub a loofah in gentle circular motions all over patches of scaly skin (on your elbows, ankles, knees, etc.) to get rid of dead skin cells and ingrown hair. Sprinkling some alpha-hydroxy product on your loofah before you begin to scrub is the perfect way to get extra-smooth glowing skin that you will love to show off in your dresses.
Invest in Room-Darkening Blinds
There is a reason why a good night’s sleep is called “beauty sleep”. Sleep is extremely critical for the good health of your skin. This is because most of the cell regeneration and repair happens during your down time. Ambient light is quite a deep-sleep killer so invest in room-darkening blinds or drapes that are designed to keep ambient light out. It will keep the sleep disturbances to a minimum and solve your insomnia woes. For your skin to regenerate and renew itself getting adequate sleep is paramount.
You Need to Sweat
Sweating is the easiest and most natural way to eliminate toxic chemicals from under your skin. Any form of exercise benefits your skin because it helps you detoxify naturally. Get on your bike, step out for a run, do some gardening – there are many ways to work exercise into your daily routine even if you do not hit the gym regularly. The post-workout glow is real! Try to include a workout to your morning routine, so you can spend the day showing off your healthy and naturally-glowing skin.
Get a Natural Tan
Who wouldn’t like glowing, radiant, evenly tanned skin? There are a number of spray-on tans and tanning booths available out there. However, these could do more harm than good. You are also very likely to end up with an uneven skin tone that you would want to cover up rather than show off in your new sexy bandage dress. The easy alternative is to invest some time in getting a natural tan. A natural tan allows you to show off healthy-looking and radiant skin with pride. However, it is important to keep these 4 safe tanning tips in mind while you work on your tan.
The key to gorgeous glowing skin lies in good health and beauty habits that are followed consistently. Nothing works to boost your confidence as much as having radiant and glowing skin that you can show off. Put these simple tips to use in your daily routine to get and maintain a look that is fresh and fabulous. When you step out of home wearing your favorite dress and showing off your smooth and supple skin, it will all be worth it and totally kewl.
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