In the first article of this 2 part series on how to have glowing skin we looked at simple adjustments you can make to your diet, as well as vitamins for glowing skin that are worth focusing on.
This time round we’ll be taking a look at the all important skin care aspect. Taking care of your skin with the application of topical creams or lotions shouldn’t be just an afterthought. The skin care you choose to use can make a big difference in the results you achieve.
Over the years, due to my disillusionment with the big brand name skin care products commonly found on store shelves, I’ve shifted my focus to lesser known natural skin care brands. It was one of the best decisions I made.
Common harmful ingredients in most cosmetics and personal care products you buy include parabens, synthetic fragrances, dioxane and mineral oil. There’s a healthy debate raging between cosmetics giants and the natural skin care industry about just how harmful these actually are. Try to find out more about them and make up your own mind. Personally, I decided to avoid these when possible.
So, what exactly should you be looking for in skin care products if you want glowing, radiant skin?
Natural oils and emollients
First, you want natural moisturizing oils and emollients that are accepted to be non-comedogenic. In other words, they don’t clog pores. An example is avocado oil, which deeply moisturizes the skin, as well as providing additional nutritional benefits not found in the common mineral oils used in big brand cosmetics.
Shea butter is a great example of a natural emollient. It has anti-inflammatory properties, moisturizes and even provides a small measure of natural sun protection.
Collagen and elastin
These two proteins are the fibers that keeps your skin firm, supple and strong. As their levels drop with age, your skin becomes thinner, less resilient and more prone to wrinkling and sagging.
Collagen cannot be supplemented with a topical skin cream, despite what some products that contain collagen would claim. The molecules cannot penetrate the skin.
Yet it is crucial for smooth, glowing skin that you increase and maintain the levels of collagen and elastin in your skin. Fortunately ingredients like a functional keratin called Cynergy TK has been shown to stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin in the skin.
To increase your skin’s moisture retention, you need to raise the levels of hyaluronic acid. The best way to do this is to inhibit the breakdown of this natural substance in your skin. An ingredient like the Japanese kelp derivative Phytessence Wakame has been proven to naturally combat the breakdown of hyaluronic acid, leading to plumper, smoother, better moisturized skin.
Topical vitamins for glowing skin
Just as it is important to ingest vitamins, it is important for glowing, radiant skin that you also topically apply vitamins, in particular C and E. However, one of the most potent antioxidants you can put on your skin is CoenzymeQ10, a natural vitamin like substance present in all our cells.
So, here’s how to have glowing skin with the correct skin care:
1. Use natural products without harmful ingredients
2. Should contain natural, nutrient rich oils and emollients
3. Should increase collagen and elastin
4. Should increase moisture retention
5. Must provide potent antioxidants like Q10
Find skin care that provide all of this and you’ll be well on your way to having beautiful, glowing skin.
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