Maintaining a Natural Glow

Highlighting, or strobing, is the current obsession of the beauty world. Who doesn’t want more luminous, glowy skin? While there are tons of incredible highlighting powders and liquids, you can achieve glowing skin without having to apply any cosmetics. To get and maintain a natural glow, you need to properly care for your skin taking a whole-body approach to health. Below, find four of the most important things you can do to maintain a natural glow.

Woman exfoliating skin

Exfoliate
The number one thing you can do for your skin to maintain a natural glow is to exfoliate. Your skin cells are in a constant birth, growth and death cycle known as desquamation, or cell turnover. Your skin cells begin in a deep layer of your skin, then they work their way up to the surface. When dead skin cells begin to accumulate on the surface of your skin, they dull the appearance of your skin. Exfoliating removes this built up mass of dead skin cells to reveal more radiant and healthier skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids, like lactic acid, and beta-hydroxy acid (salicylic acid) are chemical exfoliants that very gently break the bonds holding dead skin cells together and then slough them away. Exfoliate two to three times a week to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Woman moisturizing skin

Moisturize
Hydration is essential for skin that glows from within, so you need to be diligent about applying moisturizer. Look for moisturizers that contain moisture-boosting humectants to get and maintain naturally glowing skin. Humectants are moisturizing agents that are able to draw moisture out of the surrounding air and attract it to your skin. Once the moisture is in your skin, humectants hold it in your skin to keep it hydrated. Three amazing humectants to look for in your moisturizers include hyaluronic acid, glycerin and honey.

Woman drinking detox water

Eat Right
What you put into your body is just as important as what you put onto your body. Being mindful of the foods you eat and the beverages you drink is crucial for glowing skin. To add some instant glow to your skin, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a cup of hot water. The detoxifying that water does will be greatly enhanced by the lemon juice, and your body will rid itself of toxins that can keep your skin looking dull.

Woman sleeping

Sleep
Lack of sleep is another component that can keep your skin from looking radiant. Experts at the National Sleep Foundation recommend that adults receive between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Your skin goes into extra repair mode at night and depriving it proper rest can alter its appearance. Put on an intensive treatment before you go to bed (or before 10:00 PM) for maximum skin health and glow.

Glowing skin is associated with overall health and youth, and you can have your own radiant complexion by following a few guidelines. A healthy lifestyle and the proper skin care techniques will help you to get a gorgeous glow and to keep it all year long.

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