5 Uncommon Ways To Get Glowy Skin
If you’ve ever battled breakouts, you know the struggle is more than skin-deep. Irritated skin can diminish your confidence and make you think that everybody is staring at your flaws. Coming from someone who’s been through the ups and downs of adult acne, I have learned the hard way that expensive topical treatments aren’t necessarily the cure your skin is searching for. Changing lifestyle habits, keeping a close eye on anxious tendencies, and making up my own skincare routine completely transformed my skin in a matter of months. No longer feeling shameful for stepping out of the house sans-makeup is extraordinarily freeing and I want you to feel free to do the same. Let’s get glowing...
1. Manage stress and remain calm.
Start taking note of how you deal with stress. For the longest time, I dealt with stress by intense workouts, overeating, or staying busy until I fell into bed at night. It wasn’t until I went on a trip and those habits were removed from my life that I realized how negatively they affected me and my body. The best thing you can do when you feel stress build up is the exact opposite of what you want to do - pause. You have to switch out of fight or flight mode and tell your body there is nothing to run from. Take a seat, go wash your face, read a book, or step outside and just breathe. Make sure you are getting enough rest everyday and consider trying out meditation or yoga to lower stress hormones.
2. Reduce inflammation from the inside out.
Your breakouts are your body’s message that something is out of balance. Foods that cause gut irritation are a common culprit for acne. In general, dairy and gluten often play a role in poor gut health and you might find it helpful to try eliminating them - at least while you heal your gut. Build a stronger gut by incorporating fermented and cultured foods (my favorites are coconut yogurt, kombucha, and fermented veggies like sauerkraut and kimchi). Once your gut is feeling fierce, you will better absorb skin-nourishing nutrients from what you eat! Add anti-inflammatory boosters to your diet such as avocado, salmon, berries, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, herbs and spices.
3. Exfoliate everyday.
We all have a unique skin cell turnover rate, which means some people need exfoliation more than others. If skin is left unexfoliated, dead skin cells pile up and your skin will appear more dull. Gently unclogging pores and removing the layer of dead cells everyday will allow your skin’s natural oils to release and naturally moisturize your face. If you do choose to apply serums and creams, they will better absorb into your skin. Two ways I like to exfoliate are washing my face with a silicone face brush and finishing by massaging hyaluronic acid into my skin.
4. Love yourself.
By stressing over your skin, you won’t make it clear up any faster. Our flaws are magnified in our eyes and more than likely, others aren’t even aware that your skin is especially bad this week. Give yourself grace and even thank your body for sending you signs that it needs more love! When you walk up to a mirror and want to pick at the little imperfections. Stop. Stare into your eyes and say to yourself, ‘Emily, I love you at this moment, just as you are.’ Be patient and trust the process. Clear skin is coming your way.
5. Develop your own routine and make it enjoyable!
Make up a skin care routine that is a) easy for you to follow and b) is something you look forward to. Previously, I would read a ridiculous amount of blogs, articles, and books to try and find the best skincare routine for me. And you know what? The one that I came up with myself is the only one that worked for me. Simplify your routine and you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Find products that smell good, relax you, and make it into a relaxation ritual. I love using my botanical face wash and massaging this watermelon sleep mask into my skin every night. Once or twice a week, I treat myself to a new face mask or pickup a sheet mask and dedicate those 30 minutes to rejuvenate with a book and a cup of tea.
Learn to love taking care of yourself, rather than seeing it as something you ‘should’ do and you’ll shine from the inside out.