Next stop: Healthy, Glowing Skin

Next stop: Healthy, Glowing Skin

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There’s always been tons of talk and discussion about how one should go about achieving clear, glowing skin. As a youth growing up in a warm, humid climate, this seemed almost impossible especially with the onset of puberty and the unhospitable weather. However, there’s always just that one friend who has flawless skin, free of acne and pimples. When you ask them how they achieved it, they’d simply tell you that they used “normal” facial cleansers or even no soap at all!

With the growth of the beauty and skincare industry, we are exposed to an ever-growing crowd of skincare and beauty lines, all offering the same thing – achieving that perfect, clear and glowing skin. Although these products have been proven to be successful in helping you achieve good skin, it’s not always the best way to do so due to certain incorporated ingredients doing you more harm than good e.g. paraben. Following this discovery, companies such as The Body Shop have steered their skincare philosophy towards only using natural and chemical-free products.

So what exactly is this clear, glowing skin that we want to achieve? Here are some celebrities who have the perfect skin and these are some of the tips that they’ve given about how they maintain their good skin condition despite their tight schedules.

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Korean celebrities are famous for their soft, dewy looking skin. Actress Jeon Ji Hyun in You Who Came From The Star has credited her porcelain-looking skin to drinking lot of water, getting enough beauty sleep and to regular exercise. Even as an actress with a hectic and busy schedule, she will make an effort to take greater care of her skin by moisturizing it with a face mist and using facial masks where possible.

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Another Korean actress Park Shin Hye, known for her recent project Pinnochio, has beautiful soft and smooth baby skin despite her heavy work commitments and schedule. She has shared her method of facial cleansing – massaging the lymphatic vessels in her face to enhance blood circulation. She also includes honey in her diet and will drink 8 glasses of water a day especially during winter, to keep her face moisturized and hydrated.

However, even with all the skincare products in the market, you don’t need to rely on them to achieve dewy and healthy skin. There are more affordable alternatives that you can find in your everyday kitchen and in your supermarkets. Also, the key to glowing skin is created through strict following of specific regimens, a healthy diet and regular exercise. Here are some tips to help you get along with revealing your inner glow. As skin care experts say, it is critical to avoid practices or acts that harms our skin, but instead practice healthy habits that we often forget to cultivate in our daily lives.

#1 NATURAL BLENDS

The first way to soft and glowing skin without overspending on commercial products is by pulling things from your kitchen together to form a natural facemask. This is a simple recipe which only uses ingredients like extra-virgin olive oil, honey and baking soda which all have beneficial properties for your skin.

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Olive oil and honey are known for their moisturizing properties, which help keep your skin smooth and soft. Olive oil also has skin repairing properties, which help to promote elasticity and reduce the appearance of blemishes.

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Honey has anti-bacterial properties, will tighten your pores and is able to prevent skin damage from the sun and wrinkling. It also has the effect of skin hydration and gives your skin that extra boost of moisture.

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Baking soda gently exfoliates the skin, reduce redness from skin breakouts as well as increase circulation in the skin. It too removes excess oils and from exfoliation, excess dead skin cells. These beauty masks is also suitable for all skin types!

Follow these steps for your very own homemade skin mask as shared by www.top10homeremedies.com !

  1. Place one teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil in a bowl.
  2. To the mixture, add ½ teaspoon of honey followed by 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
  3. Combine all the ingredients to form a thin textured paste. This should apply evenly and smoothly on your face, without feeling smothered by the mask.
  4. You may also wish to have a thicker paste and to do this, add more baking soda to the mixture. The advantages of a thicker paste would give you heavier coverage. Remember, to each his own so do change the recipe according to your own personal preferences!
  5. Before applying the paste, start off with a clean and slightly damp face. Spread the paste across your face and neck in a circular motion so as to really work the ingredients and its beneficial properties into your skin.
  6. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Follow up with your regular skin care routine like moisturizer and toner.

YouTube Beauty Gurus often provide tutorials teaching you how to make your own masks for different effects. In her tutorial ACNE REDUCING, SCAR FADING & BRIGHTENING DIY MASK, BubzBeauty teaches you how to create a facial mask from an Orange Peel, which is filled with plenty of nutrients and is known for its ability to protect the skin from free radical damage. It also helps to boost your skin’s defence system and has skin regeneration and moisturizing properties.

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Check out her channel at www.youtube.com/user/bubzbeauty for more tips on how to get amazing glowing skin naturally!

#2 CLEANSING STYLE

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Jeon Ji Hyun has shared that her method of facial cleansing is one of the reasons to how she attains clear skin. Knowing the right way to cleanse your face is critical as this process will remove facial oils, dirt and any other waste matter that is both on the surface and underneath your skin. Here are the steps that Jeon Ji Hyun takes when washing her face, and it can be your guide to achieving that glowing skin.

  1. Start washing your face with lukewarm water and finish the washing process with cold water.
  2. Don’t rub your cleanser into your face for extended periods of time. Focus on having a fast and quick cleansing process.
  3. Tap your face gently with your fingertips to further increase circulation of blood in your face after the cleansing.

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Highly acclaimed beauty guru Michelle Phan has shared on www.michellephan.com/the-proper-way-to-wash-your-face/ what is the proper way to wash your face. She highlights the necessity of washing your face before you sleep and the importance of the right facial cleansing technique since your skin is extremely delicate and may be harmed instead of benefitted by your cleansing routine. She also reiterates the importance of following up your cleansing routine with lotions, oils to achieve glowing and moisturized skin. Do check out her post for more details on how to get the perfect skin, where she focuses on the use of lukewarm water, gentle massage and drying your face by dabbing your face softly to avoid any harm to your face.

#3 BALANCING YOUR DIET

One of the main reasons why we get hormonal acne or pimples is due to of courses our monthly menstrual cycle, but in fact our diet largely contributes towards the condition of our skin. As my family and friends say, “the more heaty you are, the more pimples you will get.” Therefore, in consideration of your own skin type, you should custom your diet to a balance of “cool” and “hot” foods, and to reduce “hot” foods as you approach your monthly menstrual cycle to avoid increased occurrences of pimples.

Here are some examples of “hot” food and “cold” food that you can choose to include and exclude from your diet: –

Cold

Bamboo Shoot Banana Bittergourd
Clam Crab Grapefruit
Lettuce Persimmon Salt
Seaweed Star fruit Sugar Cane
Water Chestnut Watermelon Lotus Root
Cucumber Barley Bean Curd
Chicken Egg white Oyster Pear
Peppermint Radish Strawberry
Tangerine Yoghurt Broccoli
Cauliflower Zucchini Corn
Tomatoes Pineapple Turmeric

Hot

Pepper Cinnamon bark Ginger
Soybean oil Red and green pepper Chicken
Apricot Seed Brown sugar Cherry
Chestnut Chive Clove
Coconut Coffee Coriander
Date Dillseed Eel
Garlic Grapefruit Green onion
Guava Ham Leaf mustard
Leek Longan Mutton
Nutmeg Peach Raspberry
Rosemary Shrimp Spearmint
Sweet basil Tobacco Vinegar
Walnut Jackfruit Durian
Leek Shallots Spring Onion
Blackberries Apricots Blackcurrant
Mangoes Peaches Cherry
Mandarin orange Grape

Neutral

Honey Corn Abalone
Apricot Beef Beetroot
Black fungus Carp Carrot
Celery Chicken egg yolk Cuttlefish
Duck Fig Kidney Bean
Lotus fruit and seed Milk Olive
Oyster Papaya Pork
Potato Pumpkin Radish leaf
Red Bean Plum Sunflower seed
Sweet rice Sweet potato White fungus
Yellow soybean Brussels sprouts Snow peas
Sweet potato Taro Dates
Figs Raspberries Raisins
Sag Rosemary Thyme
Brown rice Apple

In general, foods that are heaty are grown under the sun, are sweet, are filled with fats, rich in sodium and are hard, dry or spicy whereas cold foods are opposite. They are grown in little sunshine, are salty, lean, rich in potassium and soft and wet. Pimples and outbreaks are associated with heaty foods and in general having a lot of “heat” in your body. Thus, it is necessary to strike a hot-cold balance in your diet by complementing the heaty part of your meal with cool foods like watermelon.

#4 EXERCISE

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Dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman’s Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin and associate professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine says that physical activity has the benefits of promoting healthy blood circulation in the skin whilst helping to keep it healthy and vibrant.

Increased blood circulation during exercise nourishes skin cells and keeps them vital. The science of this lies in the fact that as blood is responsible for carrying and transporting oxygen and nutrients, as well as carrying away waste products and free radicals from working cells. Increased circulation helps to flush toxins from the skin and it is in fact cleansing you and your skin from the inside.

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Of course although exercising has its benefits, it is important to also take good care of your skin when doing outdoor exercise. Excessive exposure to the sun raises the chances of contracting skin cancer whilst rapidly aging the skin and neutralizing any benefits that you attained from exercise. Apart from taking care to avoid exposure to the sun between 10am to 4pm, take care to apply sunscreen to your skin and wear long-sleeved clothing whilst exercising.

#5 NATURAL SLEEPING BEAUTY

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It is a well-known fact that beauty sleep is an essential step towards the attainment of good skin. Sleep, especially non-REM sleep, is considered the time where our skin repairs and rejuvenates itself with studies showing that skin cell rejuvenation doubles during night time especially during 11pm to 4am. Not only does sleep deprivation prevent optimum cell rejuvenation, it also imposes stress on our skin, greater water loss, as well as the slower detoxing of your skin, which ultimately results in faster skin aging and your skin being more prone to breakouts.

Regular and sufficient sleep is vital to our skin’s natural cycle of repair and promotion of healthy sin. Before you sleep, do avoid caffeinated drinks and engage in activities that will induce sleep, of course according tailored to your own body’s needs. With good sleep, you’ll be bound to see that healthy glowing skin in no time!

CONCLUSION

It’s not that difficult to get good skin. It’s not unattainable but just requires a bit of effort, time and dedication to maintaining a good sleep, diet and exercise routine coupled with DIY beauty treatments that you can do at home. Regardless of the appearance of your skin and as cliché as this sounds, it really isn’t your outer beauty that defines you but rather your inner beauty. Don’t get too caught up in achieving a perfect appearance, but rather strive to let your skin be the medium that reveals your true inner self – the beautiful girl you are.

 

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I'm Claire and I'm currently in my third year of university in the UK! I love sports, music, travelling, fashion and beauty. I'm passionate about life and can't wait for what lies ahead of me. Come and join me in my journey!

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