You can’t prevent the aging process. But you can have some control over how this natural process affects your skin—just look at Jennifer Lopez.
Age gracefully with young, firm skin by following these tips for how to get glowing skin naturally:
1. Use natural face serums.
Don’t want to pay for cosmetic surgery? We don’t blame you! You shouldn’t have to when you can get a natural and cheaper facelift in a bottle via face serums.
Look for serums with ingredients that brighten the complexion, even skin tone, plump and smooth skin, replenish lost moisture, and boost collagen production. Retinol, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid are all good natural ingredients for more radiant, younger-looking skin.
2. Wear sunscreen every day.
The sun may make you happy, but it’s not your skin’s best friend. Its’ UVA and UVB rays can cause premature aging, among other sun damage. Applying sunscreen should be the last step in your morning skin care routine after moisturizing unless you use a moisturizer that has at least an SPF of 30 in it.
3. Wash your face every night.
When you touch your face, you get oil on it. When you go outside, dirt and pollution particles get on your face. Makeup looks great on, but leaving it on overnight is terrible for your skin.
Oil, dirt, pollution, and makeup can clog your pores and cause your face to look dull and increase your chances of a breakout. Clean skin equals healthy, young skin, so gently cleanse your face every night. If you find yourself too tired by the time you go to bed, keep face wipes on your nightstand.
4. Pull your hair back at night.
Hair is a magnet for dirt, dust, and pollution. When you sleep with your hair down, it can fall onto and rub your face and pillowcase, making your clean face more vulnerable to dirt, oils, and breakouts. Protect your freshly cleaned face by pulling your hair into a loose ponytail, braid, or bun before going to sleep.
5. Sleep on your back.
Are you a stomach sleeper? Time to change positions. Sleeping on your stomach pushes your face into your pillow for hours at a time. Over time, that causes facial lines and wrinkles. The same goes if you’re a side sleeper, especially if you tend to sleep on the same side every night. The best sleeping position for your face is sleeping on your back.
6. Become a yogi.
Yoga is great for your body. It improves your strength, posture, and flexibility. But did you know it’s another way to get glowing skin? Yoga can reduce inflammation. Inflammation causes your skin to be red and dry.
Yoga also helps relieve stress. When your stress hormone (cortisol) levels are high, it can lead to acne, thinning skin, and a flushed face. Yoga, and exercise in general, also get your heart pumping and increases your blood flow, which ensures oxygen and nutrients are carried to your face. Try these six yoga poses for glowing skin.
7. Get plenty of sleep.
Ever been told to get your beauty sleep? It’s a real thing. Your skin repairs itself as you sleep. Lack of sleep will have you waking up to a dull complexion, not to mention dark bags under your eyes. So put down your phone, watch the next episode of your show tomorrow, and get your beauty sleep!
8. Eat nutrient-rich foods.
What you eat and drink affects the structure and appearance of your skin. Here are the types of foods (and a few examples of each) to eat for healthier, younger-looking skin:
- Antioxidant-rich foods — fresh fruits, especially berries, and veggies
- Omega-3 rich foods — wild salmon, walnuts, chia seeds, leafy greens, Brussels sprouts
- Protein-rich foods — nuts, seeds, whole grains, leafy greens
- Vitamin C rich foods — oranges, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, kiwi, tomatoes
- Vitamin A rich foods — carrots, mangos, sweet potatoes, squash, dark leafy greens
- Vitamin E rich foods — avocados, spinach, almonds, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds
A diet high in artificial sweeteners, refined sugars, trans fats, caffeine, and other foods can make you age faster than you want.
9. Stay hydrated.
Along with what you eat, make sure you stay hydrated. We’ve all heard some variation of that phrase since we were kids. But your parents, doctors, dance teachers, coaches, etc., they weren’t wrong. Water is so important for your well-being. And it’s one of the best natural glow skin care tips we can give you. So drink several glasses of water and/or eat certain foods with high water content. When you’re dehydrated, you don’t just have a dry mouth; you’re more prone to having dry, wrinkly skin. When you’re hydrated, your skin is healthier and has that natural glow.
As you get older, your body may not be as quick to rise and shine each morning, but after consistently following these secrets for how to get glowing skin, you can at least start waking up loving the skin you’re in.