The perfect guide for those who want gorgeous skin that’s healthy, youthful and radiant, free of acne and blemishes and neither too dry nor too oily.
When we talk about how to get glowing skin, it’s important to understand what that really is and is not.
Beautiful, glowing skin is not perfect skin — if such a thing actually exists — but rather, it’s skin that is healthy, radiant and well cared for.
Seeking perfect skin — with never a single blemish your entire life — is an elusive, impossible and expensive goal. You can however, get glowing skin that’s beautiful, vibrant and youthful by nourishing your skin and treating it well. In this guide, we’ll pull together our best practical advice to help you achieve just that.
Your Beauty Routine (A Realistic Plan to Get Glowing Skin)
Our habits really do define us.
And when it comes to having a gorgeous complexion, the same is true. Certainly, there are those blessed with great genetics and those rare individuals may not think much about how they treat their skin or what their skin needs, in fact the entire concept of skincare may be foreign to them. But we’re not talking about them.
We’re talking about those of us who want glowing skin that’s free of acne, blemishes and neither too dry nor too oily. We want beautiful and healthy skin that’s youthful and radiant, and for that we need to look carefully at our daily routine, rituals and habits.
We’ll break the day into three parts and examine what you should and should not do for each part of your day
- your morning skincare routine
- your mid-morning to late afternoon activities and habits
- your evening skincare routine
How to Get Glowing Skin (Step 1: Your Morning Skincare Routine)
Morning Habit #1 to Get Glowing Skin Wash your face every single morning.
As obvious as it may sound, we’ll assume nothing since we all need reminders from time to time. Let’s start with the most basic way to ensure beautiful, healthy skin.
Wash your face. Every morning.
Seems obvious enough right? But how many times have you rushed out the door and neglected this simple little thing? Washing your face with a gentle cleanser is an easy part of a beauty regimen that can make all the difference.
Choose a facial cleanser that is soap-free. Soap products intended for the body are usually way too harsh for the face. Pick a cleanser that matches your skin type. Refer to the quick reference chart below for help choosing a cleanser.
How to Choose a Facial Cleanser for Your Skin Type
|If your skin is:||Choose a facial cleanser that is:|
|very dry||a creamy cleanser|
|dry or sensitive||alcohol-free|
|oily||an acidic cleanser (containing Alpha-Hydroxy to break up sebum)|
If you’re not in a rush, try a quick cleansing facial or “face pack” before washing. We’ll talk more about those face packs (along with some all natural options) later on in the post.
Morning Habit #2 to Get Glowing Skin Use Moisturizing Lotion.
After you’ve washed your face, gently smooth some moisturizing lotion into your face, neck and upper body. Apply the moisturizer sparingly since you can always add more but it’s difficult to remove once you overdo it.
Allow the moisturizer to set before applying your makeup. This will work as a primer for your makeup, helping it stick to your face better throughout the day while keeping your skin moisture intact.
If you’re prone to acne and breakouts, use a light lotion or gel for your morning moisturizing routine and save the heavier creams for bedtime.
Morning Habit #3 to Get Glowing Skin Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
It’s not enough to simply moisturize from the outside you need to replenish it from the inside. Your skin is thirsty and to be healthy and radiant it must be hydrated, so drink at least one tall glass of water first thing in the morning.
If you aren’t staying hydrated, your skin will suffer. Starting your day by drinking water is one of the best habits you can develop to get glowing skin.
How to Get Glowing Skin (Step 2: Your Mid-Morning to Late Afternoon Habits)
Now that you’ve started things right, let’s look at what you should and should not do throughout the rest of your day.
Mid-Day Habit #1 to Get Glowing Skin Drink water continuously throughout the day.
We’ve already mentioned that our skin needs water and one of our morning habits is to start the day with a glass of water. But that’s not enough.
Since our bodies are mostly water, it’s vital that we drink water continuously throughout the day.
It helps remove impurities from our skin that can lead to acne, and it keep the skin cells hydrated so that our skin appears youthful, plump and smooth. Given that we need at least half a gallon per day, most of us do not drink nearly enough water.
Keep in mind that coffee, tea and other beverages do not count as water. Yes, they are liquid and contain water. But it isn’t the same. You need plain, pure water. To make it a habit, keep a water bottle with you and sip on it throughout the day. As an extra bonus, this will also curb your appetite and reduce cravings for sweets!
Mid-Day Habit #2 to Get Glowing Skin Choose healthy foods for beautiful, healthy skin.
To get skin that glows, select foods like fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in fiber, not processed and packed with nutrients . Make sure your diet also includes plenty of essential fatty acids, or EFAs.
An example of these EFAs are the Omega 3 fatty acids found in foods like salmon, flaxseed and walnuts. Essential fatty acids are, you guessed it, essential to health. And without health, you can forget about beauty.
These nutrients, also known as lipids, help build and maintain the cell membranes that hold water within the cell and provide a protective barrier for the skin against Ultraviolet (UV) damage and pollutants. Without them, your skin is left dehydrated and vulnerable. The result is skin that is either too oily or dry, inflamed, and broken out.
The following is a handy checklist, reminder when considering your daily nutrition
- Cut back on processed food.
- Eat less sugar and salt.
- Avoid fried foods.
- Take vitamin supplements (multi vitamin / multi mineral, fish oil, vitamin C, etc.)
Mid-Day Habit #3 to Get Glowing Skin Flush Toxins From Your Body with Exercise.
Regular exercise is one of the secrets to healthy, beautiful skin.
Working out, especially cardio, is a great way to get skin that glows because it stimulates blood flow. Circulation is important for flushing toxins and supplying nutrients to the cells. And this nourishment is just as important to your skin cells as any other part of your body. That’s right, your skin craves exercise!
Think of exercise as cleansing your body and skin from the inside.
As an added benefit, exercise reduces stress. And stress eventually shows up as acnes, dark spots or bags under the eyes and wrinkles across the face.
Mid-Day Habit #4 to Get Glowing Skin Avoid Ultraviolet (UV) Damage.
We love a golden tan and are not suggesting that you avoid the sun completely. But you really should protect yourself from frequent exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) rays to avoid premature aging, wrinkling and the risk of skin cancer.
Choose sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) value of 30 (or more if you burn easily).
We like how this site sums up what you should do as:
- Slip on a shirt
- Slop on sunscreen
- Slap on a hat
- Slide on some sunglasses
- Seek shade
Mid-Day Habit #5 to Get Glowing Skin Avoid Picking at Pimples.
When your face breaks out with acne, resist the urge to pop that pimple or squeeze that blackhead. While it may seem like your getting rid of the problem, what you are really doing is making things worse.
For one thing, you are at risk of scarring yourself. For another, bacteria are easily spread to more areas of your face and skin, which can result in more acne, cysts or painfully inflamed lesions. You should also avoid biting your nails or touching your face without washing your hands as these habits easily spread bacteria.
To treat acne, use an over the counter acne cream containing Benzoyl Peroxide and/or Salicylic Acid (also known as Beta Hydroxy Acid) for minor breakouts. If your condition is more severe or frequent, you should visit a dermatologist for treatment.
How to Get Glowing Skin (Step 3: Your Evening Skincare Routine)
So you’ve had a great day and you’re getting ready for bed. What should you do to nourish your skin? Simple. Wash your face at night.
Nightly Habit to Get Glowing Skin Wash your face every single night.
Tired or not.
Wash your face.
We get it, we’ve been there too — so exhausted that just the thought of having to remove makeup and wash our face seemed like a sprint up Mount Everest while wearing clogs — remember your purpose: to get glowing skin.
So take just a moment before bed to do something that will keep the heads turning your way tomorrow, and I mean in a good way, not in a she-did-not-wash-her-face-last-night kind of way.
Why is washing your face every night so important if you want beautiful skin?
Over the course of the day, makeup, dirt, and oil build up on your face and clog the pores. It’s easy to forget that your skin had a tough day too!
Treat yourself right by loving your dermis and following your beauty regime. Make cleansing your skin a regular part of your bedtime routine.
How to Go from Healthy, Blemish-Free Skin to Not-So-Much in 30 Days
According to this article, a recent survey revealed that a third of the women questioned admitted they sleep with their makeup on at least twice a week.
These Before and After photos of 40-year-old writer Anna Pursglove show the result of a 30-day experiment to see just what happens when a person doesn’t remove their makeup each night before bed.
Sleeping with her make-up on for a month left Anna’s smooth skin looking cracked and red. Skincare experts say that Anna’s skin appears to have aged by ten years within a single month as a result of not removing her make-up at night!
To clean your face properly at night and avoid waking up to surprise acne, use makeup remover. A clean face will prevent bacteria build up on your pillow and a bacteria-free pillowcase will not cause acne breakouts like a contaminated one will. Remember, nighttime should be restorative to your skin not damaging to it. It’s also important to change your pillowcase every four or five days with a clean one.
Another pillowcase tip for beautiful skin is a secret for reducing wrinkles and lines. If you have not already switched to a satin pillowcase, you really should. Why? The smooth, silky texture of the fabric is gentler on the face so you won’t wake up with forehead creases and lines that weren’t there when you went to sleep. This becomes increasingly important as you age and lose collagen and skin elasticity, which simply means your skin cannot bounce back like it did when you were younger. Sure, cosmetic injections can help but before you go the route of Botox and dermal fillers wouldn’t you rather avoid as many lines and wrinkles as possible in the first place?
Better Sleep Equals Better Skin
I’m sure you’ve heard the term, “beauty sleep” and probably even said, “I need my beauty sleep,” without giving it much thought. But sleep is vital for healthy, vibrant skin. It is our body’s way to restore and replenish itself. Deep sleep allows your skin to restore its natural balance and replace cells. Not only that but it increases the effectiveness of some skincare ingredients.
If you’re not sleeping well or if you have been neglecting sleep, you are doing your skin (and your entire being) a disservice. Lack of sleep can result in all kinds of problems.
Without Regular Beauty Sleep, This is what Happens to You
- stress hormones in the body increase, which can cause increased inflammation
- your body can become more sensitive to chemical and environmental pollutants
- your skin can become more prone to acne breakouts
- your skin can age at a faster rate than it would with adequate sleep
- your skin can become more easily irritated (your mood can too, but that’s a whole different issue!)
- your skin’s ability to stay hydrated can be impaired and hydration is important to prevent wrinkles, premature aging, etc.
- physically you just won’t look your best: puffy eyes, dark circles, and a dull complexion
- you will have less energy, which makes it difficult to workout, which then leads to fatigue, which then makes it tempting to skip your nighttime beauty routine to get glowing skin like you want (you get the picture)
To improve your sleep and get the most from it, follow these beauty sleep habits:
Go to bed at the same time each night. We’re not saying you have to be fanatical and rush home at precisely the same time like Cinderella to avoid becoming an old, wrinkled pumpkin, but have a regular bedtime and do your best to stick to it.
Also avoid caffeine, energy drinks fat-burners and any type of stimulating medications late in the day. If exercising late in the evening is keeping you up, change your routine so that you can workout earlier in the day.
Allow yourself time to unwind and relax. Avoid watching television and surfing Internet just before bed too. This means putting your phone down earlier. Trust us, the world won’t stop if you don’t make one more social media status update.
Lastly, sleep with your hair tied back to limit the amount of oil from your hair that is transferred to your pillow and skin.
Other Things You Can Do To Get Glowing Skin (Little Things That Make All the Difference)
Exfoliate once a week.
Exfoliating your skin once per week will do wonders for invigorating your skin cells. It boosts new skin cell production while smoothing and softening your skin. It is especially helpful for dry and flaky skin conditions.
For best results you’ll want an exfoliant with a super fine grain. You can purchase one if you prefer or create your own natural scrub with sugar, honey and olive oil.
To create your own natural exfoliant, mix one-half cup of sugar (either white or brown will work fine) with enough olive oil and honey to make a paste. This concoction is safe to use on both face and body.
When applying use light pressure with gentle circular motions to massage the mixture into your skin. Avoid rubbing roughly. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Meditate to Reduce Stress.
Stress increases the hormone cortisol, which can slow collagen production and promote wrinkles in a hurry. However, Yoga and meditation are great ways to combat stress by reducing worry, anxiety and stress which can age you prematurely and cause all kinds of skin problems. Studies suggest that how we feel on the inside can affect to a large degree how we look on the outside. Our emotional well-being plays an important role in the condition of our skin, hair and nails.
Apply a Mask or Face-Pack for Deep Cleansing.
Sometimes a deep clean is in order. For that, face-packs or mud masks are great. There are all kinds on the market but you can also make your own by using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.
Here’s a quick natural mask for combination skin (which simply means that some areas of your face are oily and others are dry): Combine one tablespoon of room temperature natural yogurt (not low or non fat) and one tablespoon of warm honey. Leave the mask on your face for 10 minutes before washing it off.