How do certain people have such radiant skin? If you find yourself asking this often and that lively and youthful glow of the skin seems forever out of reach, you’re not alone. Our skin, the largest organ of the human body, demands proper pampering if we want to achieve the dazzling luminous dermal appearance we so desire.
Though everyone’s skin has different needs and challenges, there are a handful of ways to improve the overall health and brilliance of your skin. But going about finding the right way to enhance the appearance of our skin naturally can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming, so we’ve put together 5 easy steps to achieving radiant skin to help you get there!
Switch Up Your Diet to Include Superfoods
When approaching natural skincare, what you put in your body can matter as much as what you apply on it. Superfoods are ingredients that have extremely high density of nutrients and vitamins, and including more of these nutrient rich foods can help boost your skin health dramatically. Many of these will have been shown to have skin-enriching traits or benefits that boost skin barrier function and health.
Take the small but powerful blueberry or raspberry – rich in antioxidants and about 80% water, adding berries into your cereal or smoothies can help fend against free-radicals that damage skin cells. Over time, cells get damaged from oxidative stress and superfoods like blueberries and raspberries can support better skin defense. Another antioxidant superfood is green tea, extremely high in epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) green tea is a good option to switch out for a caffeine fix while supporting skin repair.
Here’s a handful of other superfoods to consider:
- Celery, Cucumber, and Watermelon: These fruits and vegetables in particular are 80-95% water and are ultra-hydrating to the skin, which will help improve color and luminance.
- Avocados: Packed with vitamins C and E and skin-enriching monounsaturated fatty acids, avocados have anti-inflammatory benefits and naturally moisturising effects and can support collagen production to keep skin firm and improve complexion.
- Walnuts: Brimming with B vitamins and antioxidants, walnuts help protect the skin against environmental aggressors and help to strengthen skin to keep it looking more youthful.
- Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, and Pumpkin: These superfoods are rich in beta-carotene and powerful antioxidants that support skin defense against free-radicals that dull or damage skin cells while helping improve skin tone.
Water and Moisture Retention Is Key if You Want Improved Skin
Over half of our body is made up of water, so of course the largest organ in our body is going to be thirsty. But our skin isn’t demanding for no reason. The more hydrated our skin is, the stronger, healthier, and more radiant it is. The level of hydration in the skin directly affects the rate at which it sheds old and damaged or dead skin cells to make way for new skin cells to form.
Think of it this way, when you haven’t given your car a good rinse in a while, what does it look like? A bit older, a bit less appealing, and overall just dry and dusty. But how does it look if you regularly take care of it? Squeaky clean and shimmery. Same for our skin, just in a slightly different way! The more hydrated you are internally, the better cell turnover which externally improves your complexion and lets those new skin cells shine through.
Another essential step to this is not only hydrating properly but keeping skin hydrated and protected. The best way to do this is to use moisturising yet breathable face creams day and night and to utilise an ultra-hydrating skin oil after to keep skin supple and smooth and reduce moisture loss. And always, ALWAYS, use SPF when you’re out in the sun no matter what the season is.
Supercharge Your Skincare Routine Naturally
One proven path to more radiant skin is to supercharge your skincare routine with effective natural skincare products. Mother nature holds a LOT of magic, and there are a plethora of phenomenally effective essential oils and ingredients that can help to completely revolutionise your skincare routine better than those harsher synthetic alternatives.
Glowing and radiant skin comes from a healthy skin barrier, which is directly connected to the collagen production in your body. Collagen makes up almost every important part of us from muscles, tendons, connective tissues, bones, and skin. Basically, it’s pretty darn important. And as we age, collagen production slows down, which directly affects things like the snappiness of our skin, clarity and colour, ability to heal and form new skin cells.
One collagen-boosting superpowered natural ingredient is rosehip oil due to the potent density of vitamin A which is vital for collagen production. Vitamin A is important to the upper and lower layers of the skin and offers essential protection from UV and environmental factors that reduce collagen in the skin, and powerful antioxidants fight against free radicals to keep skin brighter, more vibrant, and stronger. That’s why rosehip is one of the main ingredients of our Rejuvenating Ritual products scientifically formulated to keep skin more luminous and youthful for longer.
Exercise More to Achieve Excellent-Looking Skin
Did you know you can exercise your way to better looking skin? Exercise is an important everyday habit to get into for leading an overall healthier life, yet exercise positively impacts our skin health and appearance as well!
When you exercise, blood flow and circulation increase, bringing more blood and oxygen throughout the body and forces out toxins. And when you exercise regularly, blood and oxygen levels remain higher even when you aren’t working out, nourishing the body (and even our skin) leading to improved vitality and skin regeneration.
Exercise, in essence, can make you look younger and help turn back the clock. Exercise is also a regular stress reducer, helping to mitigate those hard days or surprise challenges. We already know that our mental health and stress have a direct connection to our skin health, and exercise is an effective way to feel healthier, and more positive, and improve skin complexion.
Sleep Your Way to Spectacular Skin Complexion
Can a nap a day keep the wrinkles away? Quite possibly, but we know for a fact that getting enough sleep every day is a sure way to improve your skin’s radiance. When we sleep, our body switches into repair mode where collagen production goes into overdrive to repair daily skin damage.
When you don’t sleep enough, your skin struggles to find the time and energy to keep up with the difficult job of, well, being skin. This leads to a dull, droopy, puffy, and inflamed appearance. Making sure you get the regular 7-8 hours of recommended sleep, and reducing distractions like electronics before going to bed, will lead to a much healthier skin barrier function.
Follow these 5 easy steps to achieving the radiant skin you’ve always dreamed of! For natural, scientifically formulated skincare to help you on your way to more luscious and youthful skin explore our Collagen Restore products today!