Glowing has come a long way since its popular status of yesteryear in lava lamps, disco sticks and those awesome stars you used to stick on your ceiling as a kid. Nowadays, all anyone really wants in the way of a glow is in their face – and with good reason.
Sure, you can drop hundreds of dollars on various cosmetics promising to give you a Kim Kardashian filter, but if you really want a naturally dewy look, you need to get the source of the issue: Dull skin.
The thing about dull skin is that – unlike many other skin conditions – it can hit anyone, due to the numerous everyday factors which bring it on, such as sleep, stress, age and bacteria. Here, we discuss what can be done about it, in the last of our (sob) Handy Tips series. Luckily for you, however, there’s so much information we want to pass on we’re going out with a bang in yet another two-parter!
Dull skin remedies
One of the most important things you can do for a healthy glow is embarking on a regular cleansing routine. Wash your face morning and night to keep dirt, oil and bacteria away from your skin. Aim for a double cleanse – the first will remove dirt, debris and makeup while the second will purify your complexion. And while we’re on the subject, make sure anything that comes near your face is always kept clean, too – such as your phone, pillowcases and hands.
This process – when done gently – removes the outer layer of dead, dirty and dull skin, and all the impurities which everyday life locks inside it, in turn providing a better canvas for light to reflect off of, so is an absolute must in your quest for the glow and should be done at least once a week. An added bonus? It also helps products to better penetrate the skin, too, so you can achieve a doubly luminous glow! We offer a range of face peels at Lovoir Beauty for a whole host of different skin concerns, helping to create a strong and healthy structure – check them out here.
Say yes to SPF
Daily – whether you deem it hot enough or not. It is, quite simply, the easiest route to healthy, flawless, glowing skin, and it’s so much easier to prevent any damage than try to fix it afterwards.
Yup, it’s true – exercising your body helps deliver essential nutrients to your skin, such as iron and Vitamin C (vital for things such as collagen production and blocking a pigment-producing enzyme which, in turn, helps to brighten the skin.). While this alone can contribute to dull skin, it also has an effect on blood flow which, in turn, can negatively affect the lymphatic system, too (the body’s drainage system composed of tissues and organs, primarily tasked with transporting toxins and impurities away from the skin.). As if that wasn’t enough, sweating is also nature’s way of eliminating toxins from the skin, too! So, go on, drop a few more squats, spend an extra few minutes on the treadmill or go for a run to get your blood pumping and skin glowing.
It’s hardly breaking news that smoking is bad for you. However, when we talk about the effects it can have on the skin specifically, you may be surprised at just how detrimental it can be. As well as damaging organs, tobacco also worsens circulation and depletes the body of Vitamin C – the effects of which we’ve just discussed above. The chemicals in cigarettes are also responsible for breaking collagen down, leaving the skin yellow, wrinkled and sagging. If you are a smoker, you can help to reduce the damage by taking a Vitamin C supplement every evening, and we offer an amazing New-Zealand based one from Koru Nutrition.
As a side note, while we’re on the subject of unhealthy lifestyle choices, you should also give sunbathing and tanning salons a miss, too.
Improve your diet
Again, no longer news – especially if you’ve been following our Handy Tips series – however, it would be remiss of us not to point out the importance of increasing the presence of antioxidant-rich foods in your diet, such as leafy green vegetables, brightly coloured fruits and any and all sources of protein, such as nuts and macadamias – full of high quality oils and fatty acids that help the skin to both repair and rejuvenate. On the flip side, keep away from salty, processed foods, as these can contribute to the swelling of tissue through fluid retention, which negatively impacts the reflection of light. Not getting enough from your diet? Think about taking some supplements, too.