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DIY: How To Get A Healthy Glow For Your Skin




When I was younger, my mom used to tell me that it is important to care for my skin. At first her words would not sink in, but when I got into my teenage years and became more aware of my physical appearance, I found that she was right. 

I like to think of my skin as a reflection of what’s going on with myself internally. When I’m stressed out, I get blemishes and break outs on my face. If I’m under the weather, my skin tends to get dull and dried out. With time, I noticed that, as I started to take more care of myself, my skin improved as well. A well nourished skin has an even color throughout, no blemishes, no redness, no under eye darkness. It’s smooth to the touch and it’s hydrated. Sometimes it seems that a healthy skin glows, which is something that most people want to achieve. So, today I wanted to share with you some of my easy tips and tricks that I use to try to maintain a healthy skin throughout all seasons.





Stay Hydrated

As you go through your day, water is lost from your body in various ways. For example, doing physical activity causes you to sweat and increase you breathing rate, making you lose some water in the process. Thus, it is important to replace the amount of water lost throughout the day. Drinking water can be a great form of hydration that can be beneficial not only for your skin, but other organs as well. It can be as simple as that, but not all of the people do it, myself included. Personally, I either end up misplacing my bottle of water or not drinking it at all. To get me to drink more water, I’ve come up with different juices and drinks that are easy to do and delicious to drink :P Here is one of my favorite, which is a refreshing lemonade recipe with a twist.

Lemonade with mint and honey:

The juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of fresh mint leaves
300 ml of water

Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender. Enjoy :D






Nourishing Your Skin

Taking your time to pamper your self is a great way to relax and have a little me-time, but also a great time to spend nourishing your skin. I like to start by exfoliating my face and body. This way I can do an in-depth cleanse and get rid of dead cells, improve my skin tone, and brighten up my skin. I usually use St. Ives Smoothing Apricot Body Wash, which is amazing and smells great! Sometimes, if I run out of this product, I like to make my own exfoliant. Here is my recipe:

Mix:
2 teaspoons of honey
1 teaspoon of sugar 
A few drops of either almond oil or coconut oil

After exfoliating my skin, I like to apply a facial cream. Most are rich with vitamins and minerals that help provide the essentials for your skin to absorbe and maintain it’s healthy complexion. During the daytime, I use Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream that has an SPF of 30. This product has helped my skin feel softer and smoother. Also, because of both, it’s hydrating action and nutritional input, I think my skin has brighten up. At night, I use a little sample of Kiel’s Ultra Facial Cream that I got after one of my shopping trips. This cream is very soft and incredibly soothing. I think it’s light weight formula is perfect for applying it before going to sleep. I’ve been planing on getting the original size product after I’m done with the sample. 




Protecting Your Skin

Last, but not least, I think it’s very important to keep in mind that part of having a healthy skin means protecting it from the sun. Sun rays can be harmful to your skin if exposed for prolonged hours and unprotected. The damages may not even be noticeable at first, but with time you may experience accentuation of your wrinkles and facial lines, patches of different skin tones and colors, freckles, dryness, and can even lead to the formation of tumors.

Nowadays, most makeup products come with sunscreen included. It might range from an SPF of 15 to 30, even more. After applying my moisturizer, I use one of these two products, Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream with an SPF of 30 or Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Sunscreen with an SPF of 70. If you are like me and dislike sunscreens because of their thick consistency and heavy formula, Neutrogena’s sunscreen is for you. This product is very light, to the point of being liquid. It’s absorbed very fast by the skin, leaving it feeling soft as if you hadn’t applied anything. Maybelline’s BB cream is perfect for an everyday makeup look. It provides a light to medium coverage and allows you to have a uniform color throughout your face. It’s soft and easy to blend.


I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think :) 



Bibliography:

Brannon, Heather. "How Healthy Is Your Skin?" About.com Health. N.p., 03 July 2014. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.

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