It’s no wonder everyone wants perfect looking skin– in today’s world, beautiful skin usually signifies youthfulness and good health. Additionally, your skin may be one of the first things people notice about you. It is in fact the body’s largest organ!

It may seem like you’ll never get the glowing skin of your dreams but it is possible. Although it’s important to remember nobody’s perfect, you can get close to perfection by following a few simple steps to boost your skin’s appearance. In today’s post, we will uncover some things to focus on if you want to improve your skin. 

Healthy Diet

Sugar and alcohol are not your skin’s favorite thing. Instead, focus on 

Implementing a healthy diet into your week. Antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries, spinach, and dark chocolate are all amazing foods for your skin. Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals that are good for your body and in turn good for your skin. 

Surprisingly, (healthy) fats can actually be good for your skin too. These include foods like avocados, olive oil, and nuts. Not eating enough healthy fats can create dryness in the skin and hair while eating enough fats can improve the cell membrane of the skin!

Protect your skin from the sun

The sun is one of the biggest causes of wrinkles and premature skin damage. Incorporate an SPF into your daily morning routine to ensure protection from the sun. Per the FDA, the minimum recommended sunscreen should have SPF 15 or above. However, SPF 30 is probably the best choice! 

If you are going into the sun for a long period of time– especially during the summer– be sure to apply sunscreen to your body too. Activities like hiking, volleyball, tanning, and swimming all usually warrant sunscreen application. 

Take care of your gut health

Scientific research proves that skin issues can sometimes stem from issues in the gut. Sugar and processed food can have adverse effects on the gut leading to skin problems. As mentioned, focusing on a balanced diet should help your gut health. Additionally, it is a great idea to invest in a daily probiotic which contains live bacteria and yeast that is beneficial for your digestive system. If you don’t want to take a probiotic pill there are other probiotic-rich foods like kombucha, kefir, and yogurt. 

Use Vitamin-C

One of the most beneficial topical ingredients for glowing skin is Vitamin-C. Yes, you can apply this topically too!! Vitamin C helps to brighten and even out skin tone. By using a Vitamin C moisturizer you can take advantage of this powerful antioxidant. 

Stay Hydrated 

Drink plenty of water and fluids to maintain healthy-glowing skin. No, it is not a myth that drinking water also helps your skin! Keep track of your water intake and remember to bring a refillable water bottle when you’re on the go!

Remain Active 

Exercise seems to be the answer to everything, huh? Understandably, exercising every day can be difficult– but try to get a sweat in when you can. Why? Because, your skin will love you for it. Exercising will increase blood flow throughout your body and bring oxygen and vitamins to your skin!

Reduce Stress 

Yes, life can be stressful sometimes. However, too much stress can have negative effects on your skin. Easier said than done. But, finding an outlet for your stress like yoga, journaling, or taking a walk can also have dramatic benefits for your skin! Finding a way to manage your stress is important but everyone is different so find what works for you!

Use a retinoid

There are over the counter retinoids or prescription-based ones, but they are all used to repair damage from the sun or environment. It is also said to improve the skin cell’s turnover. Do your research whenever you decide to add something new to your skin routine, but it may be a good thing to look into! 

Moisturize!

Last but not least, moisturize your skin to ensure you create that healthy looking glow. Moisturizing is important for both day and night. Especially after the shower when the hot water can dry out your skin! Don’t forget to find one that isn’t filled with harsh chemicals and ingredients.