A sign of healthy skin is having a radiant glow. While a lot of makeup products say they can promote radiance, nothing beats a natural glowing complexion. By following some simple skincare tips that can be done by anyone, you too can have wonderful healthy skin which exudes radiance – whatever your skin type.
Everyday pollution and naturally produced skin oils can clog up your pores, leaving skin looking dull and tired. A good cleanser will wash away this grim and will leave skin looking brighter and feeling fresher.
Having smooth, spot free skin, greatly contributes to a natural glow and so avoiding blemishes is important. Cleansing once in the morning and once at night will help prevent any breakouts caused by clogged pores.
Look for cleansers that have glycerin or essential oils to help keep your face hydrated.
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. By exfoliating your skin regularly you help reveal new skin cells by scrubbing away old ones, making skin appear more radiant. Freeing the epidermis (top) skin layer of dead cells also means other skin products like moisturisers and cleaners are more easily absorbed.
For oily skin, look for exfoliators that contain alpha or beta acids, salicylic or glyolic acids.
A proper cleansing and exfoliating routine goes a long way, but to get healthy glowing skin at home requires a triple threat – that’s where moisturiser comes in. It seems an obvious way to get naturally radiant skin, but using the right moisturising cream in conjunction with a good cleanser and exfoliator is the key for fresher feeling skin that glows.
If you have sensitive skin than get moisturisers which contain soothing ingredients like aloe.
Dealing with spots and blackheads
You should never squeeze spots or blackheads as this will just irritate the skin, increase redness, and prolong the inflammation. Using cleansers and exfoliators as part of your daily skincare routine is important in keeping your face blemish free.
But if you already have an outbreak then drying lotions can massively reduce blemishes overnight. For a quicker solution, day drying creams can be applied allowing you to apply makeup over the blemish without irritation.
Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays damages the elastin and collage in your skin cells, causing a range of common skin complaints like premature wrinkles and age spots. It can even lead to cancer and other serious medical conditions. So taking care in the sun isn’t just important for the appearance of your skin but is vitally important for your overall health.
The NHS provide the following sun safety tips:
- spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
- make sure you never burn
- cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
- use at least factor 30 sunscreenThey recommend using sun creams that are at least factor (SPF) 30 and have a UVA protection rating of 4.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking plenty of water has many beauty benefits for your hair and nails, and it’s also a big help in getting a natural looking glow. Staying hydrated contributes to normal blood circulation helping all of your body function as it should. When your organs have all the water they need it then allows your skin to get the hydration it needs. Hydrated skin is firmer, suppler, and smoother.
Experts suggest eight glasses (2 litres) throughout a day is enough for the average person to stay hydrated.
Think about your diet
The food you eat has a huge effect on your skin’s health. BBC’s Good Food has a handy overview of the best foods to add into your diet for radiant looking skin:
Other excellent foods for your skin include:
- Fatty fish or foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- Nuts and seeds
- Sweet potatoes
It’s important to eat a well balanced diet of fruit and vegetables that are rich in a wide range of vitamins and minerals to ensure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs.
Take the right vitamins
There are four main vitamins that will keep your skin looking healthy, radiant, and youthful:
Vitamin D: One of the most important vitamins for your skin. The main way people intake vitamin D is through sunlight and getting as little as ten minutes a day is enough for your skin.
Vitamin C: This vitamin contributes to collagen production which helps skin stay firm and tight. It also helps repair damaged skin and prevent dry skin. It is commonly found in a range of fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin E: This helps the skin absorb harmful UV rays from the sun and helps prevent early signs of aging which are caused by sun damaged skin. It is found in nuts and seeds.
Vitamin K: This has the vital role in blood clotting which helps the body heal wounds, cuts, and bruises. It is found in a variety of green vegetables like spinach, lettuce, and kale.
There are of course supplements also available to top up your daily intake of these vitamins.
Getting advice from a dermatologist can help you better understand your exact skin type and they will be able to offer advice that’s right for you. Here at the Light Touch Clinic, our qualified skincare experts have all the knowledge and treatments they need to get your skin glowing.
Clinic lead Dr Natalie Geary has been featured in the Daily Mail, BBC, Surrey Life, and Now magazine for her expert advice on skincare, and as she says “90% of us are using the wrong products for our skin type: we’ve removed the guess-work”.
With our Advanced Skincare treatment we only use products with proven results including Mesoestetic, IS Clinical, ZO Skin Health, and Dr Levy. We carefully pick a skincare program tailored for you that will see rapid and dramatic skin rejuvenation results.
Other skin rejuvenation treatments at our clinic:
INTRAcel: an award-winning combination of fractional micro-needling and radio frequency heat energy to stimulate new tissue growth and collagen/elastin production.
LED Phototherapy Light Therapy: Dermalux is one of our favourite treatments here. It is able to kill blemish causing bacteria to leave skin looking radiant.
Tixel Skin Resurfacing: another award-winning treatment which uses heat to rejuvenate the skin by stimulating collagen production.