Exfoliate- Sure, you've heard that exfoliating your skin is important, but to achieve glowing skin, it is a must. Try exfoliators that contain alphy hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid. At-home peels are another effective path to smoother, more even-toned skin and generally contain up to 30 percent glycolic acid, whereas a dermatologist can use up to 70 percent concentrations for more dramatic results.
Detox your body- It is true: the outside of your body reflects what’s going on on the inside. Skin conditions develop when the skin can’t do its job of eliminating toxins efficiently, which happens because the other eliminative organs are overloaded as well. Talk to a natural health care professional to find a detox program that works for you, or take a load off your system – and benefit your skin by doing the following:
- Drink warm lemon water each day to help flush toxins from the body
- Up your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables to boost the amount of skin-saving nutrients you’re getting.
- Limit salty snacks which can cause swelling and water retention.
Eat and apply antioxidants- Antioxidants help fight free radicals and protect the skin from environmental damage. Some popular topical antioxidants include vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10 and green tea, and there are many more. They can counter the damaging effects of the sun, reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone. Eat fruits and vegetables that contain these vitamins, as well, so you get them internally and externally. Fill your grocery cart with the following:
- Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
- Dark, leafy greens (kale, spinach, collards)
- Orange fruits and vegetables (mangoes, squash, sweet potatoes)
Try coconut oil- Virgin coconut oil has the ability to restore and rejuvenate damaged skin. It heals, repairs and leaves your skin radiant. Coconut oil has excellent antioxidant properties and helps to destroy free radicals. It can also even out your skin tone, giving it a more healthy-looking texture and a subtle glow.
Use radiance-boosting makeup-Try the celebrities’ secret to glowing skin and that “lit from within” look: Apply an illuminating cream under your makeup. Bronzers are also excellent for creating a healthy glow. Choose an illuminating rather than matte shade and apply everywhere the sun hits your face: forehead, nose and cheeks.
Be radiant and shine on, Barbizon of Akron!