Keeping your skin clear and glowing is one of the most important things that any beauty-lover tries to achieve. One of the reasons that we’re so obsessed with doing this is because it’s actually so hard to get glowing skin all of the time. If you go out for a few drinks with your friends (and maybe eat some food that you wouldn’t usually eat in the process) then you wake up in the morning to skin that looks… well, not great. Getting it back to normal is one of the most difficult things ever.
However, getting glowing skin isn’t too difficult when you know how. In fact, once you’ve got a good skincare regime (and diet) then you’re pretty much good to go. We’ve put together 8 simple tips, for those looking for beautiful skin all of the time. It’s not as hard as you think, we promise!
- Water, water, water
Water is one of those things that always comes up time and time again in discussions about beauty. Suffer from acne? Drink more water. Dry skin? Drink more water? Oily skin? Drink more water. OK, so you get the point here. But there is actually something to be said for drinking 8 glasses of the good stuff a day, and if you make sure to do this, you’ll see the difference in your skin pretty much immediately. Don’t overdo it here (and this isn’t the only way to get clear skin) but make sure that you carry a water bottle around with you everywhere you go, and you’ll be glad that you did.
- Remove your makeup before bed
Some of us are guilty of this one, but making sure that you remove your makeup before bed is pretty much the golden rule of skincare. If you don’t do this, your skin won’t be able to breathe at night, and you’ll also be leaving a layer of dirt and makeup in your pores. Even if you don’t wear loads of makeup, this one is still really important. Using a cleanser and a toner is a good idea, and it only really takes 5 minutes to make sure that your skin is as clean as possible before you sleep. We know, you’re super tired, but trust us on this one, this is vital for that glowing skin you want.
- Use an SPF moisturiser
Sometimes, your skin just looks a bit flat and tired because you’ve been exposed to the sun too much, and it’s having a detrimental impact upon your skin. We know what you’re thinking, and we hardly see many sunny days around here, but this doesn’t matter when it comes to skincare. Your skin can still be dried out by the sun whether it’s cold and rainy, or whether the summer has come around in full force. It’s good to do some research on dehydrated skin: what you need to know if you want to check out what the sun’s rays can actually do to your skin.
- Don’t overdo the moisturiser
OK, so we know that we’ve just told you to moisturise. But if you take this too far, then it can make your skin prone to breakouts and greasiness, which is really not good news on the skincare front. Sometimes, your skin doesn’t have that natural glow because you’re piling too many products onto it, and there’s no space for it to breathe. If you really want to have clear, glowing skin, try to use a little bit of moisturiser, maybe when you come out of the shower. Too much can really spell skincare disaster, and it just feels greasy and sticky, too. Not today, thank you.
- Stick with what you know
When you see a new skincare product out there, your initial reaction is that you just have to buy it and try it out. We all get sucked into this, and it can be easy to get pulled in by the beauty pages in Vogue and Cosmopolitan. However, sometimes it’s just best to stick with what you know when it comes to skincare, as changing up your products all of the time can really make your skin lose its natural glow. In worse cases, it can cause really bad breakouts, too. Try out new products sometimes, but find a good skincare regime, and try to stick to it if you can, and you’ll see the benefits.
- Don’t forget about diet
If your skin isn’t looking at its best, you may want to think about the reasons why this could be. So you’ve tried out every possible skincare regime that you can, and your skin still looks dull and dry… what now? The truth is that your skin and your diet are very closely linked, so you should really think about the types of food that you’re incorporating into your meals. Processed foods are bad news for those looking to get glowing skin, and fruit and veg is always a good go-to if you want to improve it. Of course, you don’t need to go onto a salad-only diet, but try to cut out the fast food if you can.
- Exercise more often
Another thing that we often forget is linked to clear skin is exercising, and getting in a bit of a workout each day will really do the world of difference for your skin. Apparently, hitting the gym can help your body to clear out all of the bad stuff, which in turn gives you that glowing skin that you’re looking for. You don’t need to go all out if you don’t want to, and a jog or walk could do the trick here. If you’re in doubt, though, the best thing to do is sweat it out. Sorry, beauty lovers who aren’t exercise lovers, we don’t make the rules! But walking is a good option if you really don’t want to go to the gym.
- Get in some shut eye
So, if you didn’t like the last one, you’ll definitely be OK with this one. Sleeping is both extremely enjoyable (we’re getting tired just thinking about it…) and good for your skin, so it’s definitely the best of both worlds. One of the main things that makes your skin look dull is a lack of sleep, because, you guessed it, it gives your body time to rejuvenate itself overnight. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing, you know! Sleep is one of the best things for glowing skin, but of course, don’t forget to take your makeup off beforehand. Apart from that, you’re all good to go, ladies.
If you want to make sure that your skin is glowing, then remember these 8 simple tips. From drinking more water and making sure that your diet is on point, to making sure that you take your makeup off before bed, there are many ways to ensure that you’re looking great, without the need for a whole lot of highlighter. As any beauty lover will tell you, skincare heaven is a mixture between your lifestyle, and how well you clean and maintain your skin aside from that. Not too difficult now, is it?
Good luck making your skin glow for years to come, and saying goodbye to breakouts, and other skin-related problems. However, it’s important to remember that everybody has their skincare trials and tribulations sometimes, and there will be days where you’re wishing that you totally didn’t have those extra few cocktails last night. Sh… we won’t tell anybody.