When it comes to putting your best foot forward, it’s no mystery why having beautiful, radiant skin is such a big deal. For starters, you’re covered with it, from head to toe. It’s what people see when they look at you. Your face, your arms—whatever you dare to bare. If first impressions are everything, your skin is the first impression your entire face and body makes!
It’s no wonder why the skin care industry pulls in billions of dollars each and every year. From miracle creams and scrubs to chemical peels and “youth pills,” people will try just about anything to get that radiant, Hollywood glow all the stars have. But not only are these expectations unrealistic (thanks to all the airbrushing that goes on in movies and magazines) but buying expensive skin care products that promise the world but only deliver a pebble is foolhardy.
Five Secrets to Getting Younger Radiant Skin
Here are five super-simple tips that you can use right now to get younger looking and feeling, radiant skin that is soft, supple and most of all, alluring:
1. Drink Plenty of Water. While it might not seem connected, there’s a simple reason that you should drink plenty of fluids like water for your skin. When you put moisturizer on, what are you doing? Moisturizer. What’s the moisturizer mostly made of? Water. Why not just drink the water for free and get it through every layer of your skin over your entire body? Drinking water is crucial to having soft, smooth, radiant skin because your cells become fuller and bouncier when they have enough water.
2. Stay Away from Caffeine, Alcohol, and Cigarettes. Similarly, putting things in your body that dehydrate you also dehydrates your skin. Cigarettes are known to dry out your skin, leaving it leathery, wrinkled and yellow. Remember Kramer in Seinfeld when he had the cigar-smoking club in his apartment?
Caffeine also has a dehydrating effect (part of the reason why if you drink too much coffee, you get the jitters and become shaky). Alcohol is the ultimate dehydrator, taking up all the electrolytes in your body—this is what causes the hangover. I’m sure I’m not the only person who has woken up with flaky skin on my face after a night of heavy drinking! Avoid these and other dehydrators to keep your skin radiant.
3. Boost Your Vitamin C and E Intake. Two of the best vitamins for your skin (especially when taken together), Vitamins E and C can be obtained through eating a healthy, well-balanced diet or by taking supplements. Here are some foods that are rich in Vitamin C: oranges, lemons, limes, watermelon, kiwi, raspberries, strawberries, guava, leafy greens that are dark, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, bell peppers, celery, pineapple, and broccoli. The fresher and rawer these foods are (meaning not cooked or over-cooked), the more Vitamin C there is. Foods that are rich in Vitamin E include: guava, papaya, mango, pumpkin, corn, asparagus, broccoli, leafy green dark veggies, sweet potatoes, berries, avocado, pomegranate, tomatoes, kiwi, and asparagus.
4. Use Virgin Coconut Oil on Your Skin. Coconut oil is fabulous for your skin, leaving it naturally refreshed, silky smooth and feeling as if it was bathed in milk—coconut milk! Be sure to only use virgin coconut oil as the refining process takes out some of the powerful antioxidants that are so important to fend off the free radicals that are the cause of skin damage. Free radicals in the dermis have been directly linked to the aging process, causing more fine lines, wrinkles, bags under the eyes and dark marks, than stress.
5. Massage Your Face. Finally, treat your face to a massage, just as you would any other part of your body that needs attention. Begin by using your fingers to gently trace upward circles on your cheeks, lifting the jaws from the bottom of your jaw up to your cheekbones. Don’t press too hard, but just enough to feel that the massage is reaching past the outer layer of skin (epidermis) into at least some of the muscle tissue. This will help move the older cells out of the skin and make way for rejuvenated tissue. This also brings more oxidation to the dermis, allowing for springier, younger looking and feeling skin.
Continue to life sections of your face in upward circular motions: your eyebrows, your jowls, the corners of your mouth and nose, your smile lines—even pinch your lips to bring more blood flow and oxygen towards the surface. This will leave you with radiant, Hollywood glam shot-ready skin.