11 Ways to Get Glowing Skin… No Matter How Tired You Are
Ever feel like your lack of sleep is really showing on your face, or like your skin isn't looking as healthy as you want it to be? Well to make sure your complexion is glowing, we're sharing how, no matter how many hours sleep you managed (or didn't manage) to get last night.
From cleaning your makeup brushes (easy to skip, but so important to do!) to the food to avoid, we have it all covered so you know exactly how to get that much sought after glow.
1. Use Sun Screen Daily
Sunscreen is the easiest way to keep your skin healthy and glowing for longer, because believe it or not, up to 90% of wrinkles are caused by sun damage. And remember, prevention is always better than treatment. So put on sunscreen every day, even in winter and even if you're not outside much - UV can penetrate through glass windows, too!
2. Clean Your Make Up Brushes
Studies have found that the majority of women don’t wash their make-up brushes or sponges regularly enough (if at all). The build-up of dirt and bacteria that collects can cause breakouts, meaning no matter what you do to clean your face, if you use dirty makeup brushes or sponges, your skin will suffer. For powder brushes, you should wash them every 2-3 weeks and for foundation brushes and sponges they should be washed once a week. Simply mix some facial cleanser or gentle baby shampoo with lukewarm water in a cup, swirl your brushes around, then leave out to dry.
To brighten your skin, use a Vitamin C serum every night. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that will help fight off aging free radicals (UV rays, pollution etc).
Our Superfood Firming Serum is full of vitamin C, along with E, K and hyaluronic acid. By including antioxidants in your skincare routine you can make sure you're protecting your skin from pesky free radicals, preventing premature aging. Surprisingly, 90% of aging is down to sun damage, so packing vitamin C into your skincare will make the world of difference in the long run (and so will wearing sunscreen every day).
There haven’t been many studies on this one, but so many people swear that eating too much dairy effects their skin. Dairy products contain a hormone which stimulates your oil glands and pores, causing acne, so if you’re suffering with bad skin, it’s definitely worth cutting it out.
It’s called beauty sleep for a reason. If you’re sleep deprived, it lowers your blood circulation which is why your skin appears dull and washed after nights you haven’t slept properly. It’s also when your skin does most of its rejuvenation, as your cells are most active at night. Make sure you get at least 7 hours sleep a night to make sure your skin is fully recovered from the day before.
Large pores are one of the most common beauty complaints, and they grow larger when they’re filled with oil, dirt and dead skin cells. By removing these, you will notice your pores begin to shrink. You can use an array exfoliants, either chemical or physical.
7. Castor Oil
Castor Oil works wonders for your skin. As an antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal, Castor Oil nourishes and protects your skin, leaving you with an even and dewy finish when you wake up. It even fights off acne and by encouraging your skin to produce collagen, it helps fight off signs of aging, too. It's one of nature's superfoods for your skin.
Might sound simple, but it’s a step that a surprising amount of people skip. Cleansing makes sure all the oils and dirt from the day are removed before you settle down for bed and is important even when you don’t wear makeup.
9. Tired Eyes
There are a few things out there to help treat tired, puffy eyes, but have you ever tried using soya milk? It works well as an anti-inflammatory and will work to hydrate the skin around the eyes, avoiding fine lines and wrinkles. Simply soak some cotton pads in cold soya milk and place on to your eyes, or any other area of skin which is irritated.
10. Jade Roller
We often wake up with puffy eyes because fluid builds up when we lie down. The best way to reduce puffiness is to reach for a jade roller. When massaged over your face, it works to increase blood flow and drain away any fluid build-up, helping your eyes look less tired.
Water is so important for the quality of your skin. Don’t drink enough and your skin will remain dull and dehydrated. It helps clear the toxins which cause inflammation and blemishes as well as providing skin cells with the oxygen they need.
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