Women always want healthy, glowing skin. I can’t say I disagree either, since it’s something I also aspire to! However, the busyness of modern life can unintentionally cause your skin to get worse over time. Sun might make you darker than you want to be, and air pollution and stress cause your skin to look older. Changing the color of the skin naturally can’t be done in a day or two, but it takes time and effort on your part. I want to give you some tips on what you can do to help your skin from the outside in. (Yes, you read that right!)
If you’re looking to keep a lighter complexion, you first need to know what causes the skin to darken in the first place. Let’s look at a few of the main things that cause unintentionally darker skin.
What Makes Your Skin Become Dark?
The color of your skin is defined by skin pigmentation. If there is increased secretion of melanin, the skin will be darker. Here are a few of the culprits for increasing the melanin in your skin:
· One word: sunlight. Sunlight contains a lot of UV rays that not only stimulate melanin production, but may also cause permanent skin damage leading to skin cancer.
- Genetic factors can cause lighter or darker skin.
- Your skin may darken because your diet is not suitable. For example: eating a poor diet with fewer vitamins and not enough water causes your skin to dry. Dry skin darkens more easily.
- In rare cases, your skin is darker because you are suffering from an illness: Hormonal disorders, accumulation of iron, kidney failure…
- Staying up late and working with computers for a long time. This is maybe a factor that people don’t think about as much, but it’s worth looking at. Did you know the time 11pm – 4am is the period your health recovers fastest after a long day? Being on the computer during that time may lessen your body’s ability to heal itself.
- There are bad habits that can darken your skin. Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption both contribute to darker, duller skin over time.
Now that you’re aware of those factors above, I will focus on answering your main question – How to make your skin glow. There are two treatments from inside to outside.
Excepting genetic factors, you could overcome all factors above by living healthy, eating clean, and eliminating bad habits.
Keeping in mind the principle of No. 8
A good sleep of 8 hours per day helps you escape from a state of fatigue. As a result, your skin will look fuller and more youthful. Furthermore, 8 glasses of water a day is recommended when it’s hot outside for the right levels of hydration. You don’t have to drink plain water, but can mix in some natural juices, green tea or herbal tea, or milk to bring some extra vitamins and nutrients to your body. Tea is an excellent substitute for water if you want a hot, flavorful drink. Try to avoid taking in too much sugar.
Focusing on breakfast
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day! It provides energy for a new day to work effectively. If you skip breakfast, you are not only faced with a lack of energy, but you will start to lose some of the radiance of your skin. Eating a heavier lunch to compensate for breakfast will also make your body accumulate excess fats that will be kept under the skin and may cause sagging.
Additional antioxidant nutrients
It is good for the body to drink beverages containing Glutathione, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Pine Bark Extract. Those help users get skin whiter and smoother. However you should ask for and follow your doctor’s guidelines before taking any of these supplements.
Doing exercise regularly
Exercise is an important method to support your health and enhancing the immune system. This in turn strengthens resistance to harmful agents in the skin as the bacteria dermatitis, sunlight, smog, pollution, and chemicals come in contact with you every day.
External treatments for your skin
Normally, people used to apply cream to limit melanin and try to lighten the skin unnaturally. However, it’s very expensive and the long treatment may lead to skin irritation. There are no shortages of raw materials containing an abundance of vitamins and nutrients that can control the secretion of melanin and stimulate of collagen regeneration simultaneously. Some of the ingredients that have the greatest effects are tomatoes, eggs, honey, and milk.
Here are some ways to glow the skin at home that you can refer to when needed.
Mix tomato juice and cucumber juice and apply to your sunburned skin within 15-20 minutes. You can apply it to both your body and face. Then rinse with cold water, you will see the difference before and after using this method. Recommended for use 3 times per week.
All you need are ground orange peels mixed with honey and oats. When bathing you will rub all this mixture on the skin and massage gently. Essences found in oranges helps to blow away dead skin cells and exfoliate your darker skin away. The citric acids also help to lighten your skin.
Fresh milk contains many nutrients such as proteins, lipids, vitamins, and minerals that will protect your skin from the environment. Making a milk recipe is very easy, but it brings many benefits. Wet your face with regular milk, lightly massage until the milk dries. Then wash with warm water. Try to do this every day and you will see your face becoming whiter naturally.
Lemon contains a lot of vitamin C – an important antioxidant, preventing over-pigmentation, removing your tan and lightening some freckles. In addition, the lemon contains natural acids with skin bleaching effects. So many types of cosmetic whitening are usually extracted from lemons. To decrease the acidity of the lemon, you should mix it with egg whites or honey then apply them for 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
So now, you know how to make your skin glow! You should take care for follow all the steps from the inside to the outside by keeping a good diet, relaxing, exercising, and using a natural treatment I mentioned above. Another small tip you might not think about is to use an epilator to remove your hairs more efficiently and keep your skin smoother. Read our top epilator reviews to find out which epilator might fit you best.