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Skip the Dermatologist: How to Get Naturally Glowing Skin

Updated on April 11, 2013
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It doesn’t always require a trip to the dermatologist to figure out why your skin looks lackluster and dull. The solution might be a simple, natural remedy that you’re missing. To get naturally glowing skin, you have to feed it with the right nutrients, provide adequate hydration, encourage cell turnover, promote collagen production, and more. It may sound like a lot, but the following beauty regimen is an easy and natural way to get radiant, healthy-looking skin.

Drink 6-8 Glasses of Water Daily

It couldn’t get simpler than this. Drinking plenty of water helps flush toxins from your liver and intestines. These toxins not only cause skin to appear dull, they can also cause breakouts. Remember to drink a glass of water with every meal and in between meals.

Get Regular Cardiovascular Exercise

Any dermatologist will tell you that working out stimulates blood circulation, thus delivering much-needed nutrients throughout the body. This includes the skin. Additionally, cardiovascular exercise makes you sweat, which helps rid your body of toxins. If you exercise outdoors, wearing sunscreen is important for maintaining healthy skin.

Eat the Right Foods

Skin health is influenced by diet just as much as our other organs. Eating fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein promote skin health. In particular, try to consume foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant vitamins, like vitamin C. On the flip side, avoid salty foods and try to keep your sugar intake below 45g per day. If you’re not getting the proper nutrients from your diet, supplement it with a multivitamin.

Cook with Garlic Frequently

Garlic is a tasty herb that creates a flavorful meal, while also providing some health benefits. It encourages glowing skin through its antibacterial properties and an also works as an immune system booster because of its rich vitamin A content. Garlic also helps improve circulation, so your skin gets oxygen and nutrients aplenty to make it look its best.

Exfoliate Once or Twice Per Week

Gently exfoliating will help eliminate the debris and dead particle build-up that’s making your skin dull. Be sure not to rub too hard and don’t exfoliate too often. You don’t want to cause damage.

Moisturize Your Skin Daily

Everyone’s skin needs to be hydrated to encourage a radiant glow. Furthermore, any dermatologist will also tell you that proper moisture discourages the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Use a moisturizer that contains alpha-hydroxy acids and skin-repairing humectants like glycerin and propylene glycol. Alpha-hydroxy acids speed up skin cell turnover, while humectants attract water for optimal hydration.

Take a Bath in Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a staple of healthy eating. But it also makes a great addition to any external beauty regimen. Oatmeal is a skin protectant that can soothe irritation and seal in moisture. One cup of finely ground oats mixed into a warm bath will help promote a healthy glow.

Get Enough Sleep

They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. People underestimate the power of a good night’s rest. Most cell repair and regeneration takes place while we’re sleeping. Missing out on ample, steady sleep will impair skin renewal.

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      Missbeautyguru 4 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      Interesting hub! Reading your hub made me want to start jogging along the beach. Circulation is very important for clear skin. Do you think that garlic supplements will also work? I've started drinking garlic recently.