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This past fall and winter, it seemed like no matter what I did, I couldn’t quite get my skin to cooperate. No matter how many masks or scrubs, eventually my face and body would start breaking out again. It wasn’t until I tried to really better understand my problem areas and the root causes that I was able to make leeway. To save y’all from all the trouble I went through, I’ve put together a list of my top tips to get your skin glowing, just in time for the season where you’ll be showing the most of it.
7 TIPS FOR YOUR BEST SKIN
I’d say this is arguably one of the most important things you can do if you want to have great looking skin. Water is super crucial to the balance of your body’s systems, especially because we’re up to 65% H20! Fluids help to transport nutrients in your cells, flush out the gross waste, and keep your skin from getting dry and dehydrated. If you’re not fueling yourself properly (with at least 50 ounces a day), you can’t expect your organs to be working their best to keep you looking and feeling good, right?! smartwater® has been my go to for hydration lately, because the added electrolytes really taste like I’m adding something back into my body!
2. cut dairy
I don’t wanna be that person who always talks about being non-dairy, but when I cut it from my diet, it was like my skin did a full-on glow up. I’d been using an acne map to try to target my breakouts, and most were linked to poor gut health, which is no surprise!! Dairy is a known inflammatory, meaning it totally screws with your gut (and then shows on your face). It’s also pretty full of hormones, which makes sense when you consider dairy products are harvested from pregnant cows. The natural sugars (glucose) in milk can definitely mess with your skin if you’re sensitive too. I know how good cheese is (try to find a good vegan ricotta, I dare you), but give yourself a break and see if you notice a difference.
It seems a lot of people view moisturizing as an optional step, but it really shouldn’t be. Not only can doing so regularly help with dryness (duhh), but it also can also combat oily skin! I know it seems counter-intuitive to put lotion onto skin that’s slick, but your face usually becomes oily as a response of not enough moisture. While you might feel clean every time you shower or use a face wash, you’ve stripped the natural oils, so you need to put them back! Plus, freshly washed skin has pores that are open, so they’re more likely to be properly moisturized. I use a body oil, but find what works best for you and your skin sensitivity.
4. eat flax seeds
These tiny seeds are super nutrient dense. They’re one of the richest sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, which not only help fight inflammation and heart disease, but manage the oil production in skin, protect from sun damage, and prevent premature aging. Flaxseeds are also high in B-vitamins, and can totally help reduce dryness and flakiness in skin (like you get with eczema). I’ve kinda been obsessed with these guys lately, and throw them in everything from smoothies to cookies to overnight oats.
5. use sunscreen
I know a sun-kissed glow is such a lust-worthy look, but skin cancer definitely isn’t. With our ozone layer thinning, the sun is just gonna get harsher and harsher on your skin. Making sure to use an SPF of at least 30 will help to fight premature, wrinkled skin, prevent skin damage, and help to protect you from skin cancer! I’m sure no matter how much sun screen you use, you’ll still get a little bronzed, but there’s no shame in self tanner these days.
6. dry brush
This is basically exactly as it sounds. You take a bristled brush (you want it to be firm but still soft) and brush your skin’s surface, directing the strokes toward your heart. This helps to stimulate your body’s lymphatic system, eliminating cell waste. It also helps to exfoliate, increases circulation, and can help reduce cellulite!! Dry brushing is best done before a shower, so you can wash away any dry skin you exfoliate. You’ll wanna be pink, but don’t brush so hard your skin is crazy red! (and make sure you follow #3 after!!)
7. change pillowcase
Y’all, how many times have you gone out partying with friends, or come home from a long day at work, and just passed out without tending to your skincare routine? Don’t even lie and say never. If it’s happened multiple times though, just imagine how much sweat, makeup, and overall grime has accumulated on your pillowcase! Gross, right?! By changing it regularly, you keep all the nasty stuff on your pillow (and sheets in general) from clogging up your pores, which will definitely help you sleep better at night.
I grabbed my smartwater at Target; click here to see if your local Target store carries it in house!