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How To Make Your Skin Glow Naturally

Naturally glowing skin is the ultimate sign of health and sometimes stress, or lack of sleep can get in the way leaving you with dull, lifeless skin. Luckily, if you’re willing to invest a little time and energy, you can get back on the path to healthy glowing skin!

Below are 10 remedies to incorporate into your skincare routine to help your skin glow naturally. The best thing about it is that you probably already have most of them at home! If you are looking to find out about your skin type, consider taking our skin type assessment.

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Water

Water is your skins best friend! Staying hydrated ensures your skin cells are working at optimum level and improves your skins elasticity. Maintaining your skin elasticity reduces your chances of developing wrinkles and fine lines and also improves your skin’s ability rejuvenate. A study conducted in 2015 shows that those who have a higher water consumption more positively impact their skins physiology compared to those who drink less. Having said that, drinking excessive amounts of water can do more damage than good. According to the NHS, you should drink 6-8 cups of water per day.

Coconut oil

Virgin coconut oil is great for your skin. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and is packed with antioxidants. These are all properties that will help reduce redness and irritation making it a brilliant natural remedy for sensitive skin types. Virgin coconut oil is also acts as a great natural moisturiser giving you a healthy glow as well as improving your skins health below the surface layer.

Coconut oil is however not recommended for acne prone skin as it can clog up the pores leading to more breakouts. Check out this this link for more info.

Olive oil

Olive oil is another great remedy for glowing skin. Just like Coconut oil, it is rich in vitamins and antioxidants making it great for overall skin health. In addition, oils are very hydrating for the skin and good hydration prevents and treats scaring and stretchmarks.

Olive oil is not recommended for people with sensitive oily skin, more info here.

Using oils on your skin

Oils can be quite heavy on the skin, so you don’t need to apply much! Excess oil can clog your pores and cause acne and blemishes. Apply a few drops onto the tips of your fingers and massage into the face and neck before bed. Use a towel to pat off any excess oil.

Turmeric

Turmeric has been used for cosmetic purposes in south and east Asian cultures for hundreds of years. Scholarly text also supports the benefits turmeric has to offer for skincare. Most of turmeric’s skin health benefits come from the substance ‘curcumin’ which is what gives turmeric it’s golden yellow colour. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that will help clear your complexion of blemishes giving you a luxurious natural glow from within.

Using Turmeric on your skin

Mix one part turmeric to two parts milk or water (you can also use a few drops of raw honey to thicken the mixture). Apply to the face and leave to sit for 20-30 mins (or until it has dried down). Turmeric is known for staining materials so instead of wiping it off with a damp towel, you’re better off rinsing your face in the shower!

Honey

Honey is very hydrating and moisturising for the skin. Not only that, but its anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-microbial properties make it great for acne or blemish-prone skin. Honey is a natural humectant allowing it to slow down the effects of ageing giving the skin a natural youthful glow.

Using honey on your skin

Apply the honey onto a cleaned and dampened face and neck. Leave to sit for at least a few minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Be sure to always use raw honey when applying to the skin!

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is very soothing for the skin. You may see aloe vera listed in the ingredients for cooling gels for sun burns and this is because it is highly anti-inflammatory. The benefits of aloe vera don’t stop there. It’s high in antioxidants, enzymes and vitamins which help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, calm irritation and sensitivity and helps restore your skins natural glow.

Using aloe vera on your skin

You can get aloe gel straight from the leaves of an aloe vera plant! Simply scrape out the gel from inside the leaves and apply directly to clean skin. Leave the gel on the skin for 20 minutes and rinse off with cold water.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen shields your skin from the harmful UV rays that the sun emits. Over-exposure to these UV rays can cause skin cancer, sunspots, and premature wrinkling so it’s important to wear an SPF 30 sunscreen every day to protect your skin. Check out colorscience total protection product here.

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Applying sunscreen

Many people think you should only apply sunscreen when it’s sunny, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! UV rays can penetrate through clouds so It’s important to wear sunscreen even on cloudy or rainy days.

Good nutrition

Ever heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’? Well… it’s true! What you put into your body is reflected on the outside. With your skin being your body’s largest organ, the food you choose to ingest influences your skin’s appearance. There are numerous articles and studies advocating the benefits that natural foods that are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and healthy fats can give to your skin. Contrarily, highly processed foods are bad for the skin as they accelerate the effects of ageing.

Examples of nutritious foods

  • All fruits and vegetables
  • Oily fish such as salmon and mackerel
  • Healthy fats foods such as nuts and seeds

Examples of non-nutritious foods

  • Highly processed foods such as ready meals, cakes, and meat products
  • Food high in preservatives

Cleanser

Cleansers are used to remove pollutants from the skin such as dead skin cells, excess oil, dirt, or even makeup residue. They help keep your pores clean which helps to prevent acne therefore keeping your skin looking clean and fresh. There are lots of cleaners out there each pertaining to different skin issues. Taking our Skin type quiz will tell you which cleanser is best suited to your unique skin type.

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Using cleansers on your face

Your cleanser will come with ‘how to apply’ instructions, but a rule of thumb is to cleanse your face once in the morning and once at night. This is to cleanse away pollutants that may have built up when sleeping and throughout the day.

Moisturiser

After cleansing, it’s always good to moisturise your skin. Cleansing can strip your face of not only pollutants, but also your skins natural sebum so moisturising after cleansing restores the hydration your skin needs. Keeping your skin well-hydrated will reduce the appearance of blemishes and prevent wrinkles and other effects of ageing ensuring your skins health and glow.

Using moisturiser on your skin

With clean hands, massage your moisturiser into your skin after your cleansing routine. Try to massage in upward circles, not to pull downward encoring skin sagging.

Summary

Your skin is one of the first things people notice when they see you so it’s natural to want your skin to look it’s best. Implementing these remedies into your skincare routine will help you to get that natural glow but it’s important to note that everyone’s skin is unique and will therefore react differently to each remedy. Patch testing each remedy on the neck or forearm will ensure you don’t experience adverse reactions to any of the ingredients listed above. Better yet, completing our Skin Type Quiz will provide you with a skincare routine that’s designed for your specific needs and will give you the natural glowing skin you desire.

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About the Author: Anna Puri

Dr Anna Puri is an Aesthetic doctor and GP with over 14 years experience in both the medical and aesthetic fields. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of St Andrews and University of Manchester. She continues to work both as an Aesthetic doctor at her clinics in Ascot and Kew and as a GP. Dr Anna brings her holistic approach to all aspects of the care she provides with a strong focus on advice and treatment that is specifically tailored to her patients expectations and needs. She has worked with cosmeceutical skin care brands and treated a wide range of skin concerns for over a decade. Dr Anna has a special interest in Antiaging skincare and procedures . Dr Anna's work has been featured in various magazines including Lux and The Aesthetics Journal. You can follow Dr Anna on the SkinoraUK instagram page and Skinora YouTube channel.

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Last update: September 25th, 2021

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