How to get glowing skin with 8 easy tips. These simple tips will help you learn how to get healthy, clear, radiant and glowing skin naturally in no time!
I've never really had “problem” skin. I mean sure, when I was a teenager I had some acne, but I also wasn't taking care of myself and that's a totally normal thing.
But about 3 months ago, I started getting breakouts. I would get tiny little pimples across my forehead, larger ones on my chin and I just didn't know what was going on! And kept thinking to myself, “I'm 30 years old and I'm still getting zits!?”. I just didn't know what was going on.
So as I normally do, I started doing some research. I wanted to figure out not only how to clear up my skin, but also how to get glowing skin that made me feel confident and beautiful. I found some really interesting information and put some practices into place. And guess what? Withing out 2 weeks my skin completely changed!
How to Get Glowing Skin
And now I'm here to share my tips with you. Because I know this is a problem that lots of people struggle with and I want to share what's worked for me.
I've got 8 tips for you (plus a little bonus at the end), and I think each one of these can make a positive impact on your skin. I've been doing all 8, but if that feels like a little much, pick a few and try those. I would start at the top and work your way down as I've kind of put them in order based on impact. The first few will have the most impact and then ones farther down the list will help to boost what you're already doing.
So let's dive in!
1. Eat More Nutrient Dense Foods
Since my philosophy on our skin is what's going on inside, shows on the outside, it only makes sense that tip #1 is all about putting the GOOD stuff into your body.
Looking at your diet is a good first step. Are you eating a lot of nutrient-rich foods or are you putting a lot of junk into your system? I recommend focusing on eating whole, real foods, with an emphasis on high nutrient, antioxidant-rich foods. I've been making sure to add in lots of the foods that are good for detox, and also foods that nourish my gut.
Other things I'm including are berries, lots of greens and healthy fats like avocado and nuts/seeds.
2. Reduce Your Sugar & Processed Foods Consumption
Once you've got the good stuff coming in, it's time to think about removing some of the things that could be causing breakouts. The top two things for my body are sugar and processed foods.
I notice that when I'm eating more dessert, baking more, and having more fried food, I break out. Too much sugar can cause stress on your liver which is responsible for detoxification. When we have a build up of toxins, the natural place for our body to try to push them out is through our biggest organ: our skin. Those toxins get pushed to the surface and result in breakouts.
Too much sugar, as well as refined carbohydrates and overly processed/fried foods, also impacts your endocrine system which again can lead to breakouts. When our endocrine system is out of balance (i.e. our hormones aren't regulated), you might notice that you get breakouts along your jawline or chin.
My rule of thumb: remove all processed sugars and foods from your system, limit natural sweeteners as much as possible and focus on getting most of your sugar through healthy forms like fruit and starchy vegetables.
3. Reduce Your Alcohol Consumption
Next to go is the alcohol. I noticed an almost immediate difference in my skin when I took a break from alcohol.
There are a few reasons why alcohol is detrimental to the skin:
- It's dehydrating: which makes your skin look dull and dry
- It builds up toxins: which leads to your liver flushing them out through your largest organ (your skin)
- It's still sugar: and just like we said last time, we want to avoid excess sugars in the diet
- It causes cravings: which can ultimately lead to poor eating habits like greasy fried food and/or sugar
- It affects your hormones: which can create imbalances in the body and lead to breakouts
Not to say that you can't enjoy a glass of wine here or there, but excess drinking will definitely cause breakouts.
4. Manage Your Stress Levels
We've talked about stress a few times on the blog before, but as it relates to your skin, stress is one of the leading culprits for breakouts. Our body deals with stress through our endocrine system (our hormones) and how we respond to stress is directly based on hormones.
When we're in a constant state of stress, which many of us are these days, our stress hormone (cortisol) is elevated. When cortisol is elevated it can affect our skin because the glands in our skin produce more sebum (oil) which ultimately causes more clogged pores and breakouts.
5. Get 7 – 8 Hours of Sleep
We all know how important sleep is for our health, but still many of us feel like we're getting by with 5 – 6 hours. While you might “feel” fine, internally your body isn't happy. Sleep deprivation creates more stress on the body, again, elevating your cortisol levels and increasing your skin's oil production.
But is sleep going to magically cure your breakouts? Probably not, but if you combine a good night's sleep with these other tips for how to get glowing skin, it's only going to help things clear up and leave you looking radiant!
6. Stay Properly Hydrated
Oh, hydration… One of my absolute favorite topics! Did you know that nearly 75% of the population is chronically dehydrated? That's 3 out of every 4 people! And dehydration causes ripple effects throughout the body.
When we're dehydrated…
- our cells get clogged up with toxins
- our metabolism slows way down
- we feel tired and lethargic
- we get constipated
- and our skin gets dry and dull
How does that relate to acne? Staying properly hydrated helps to flush toxins from the cells and helps to hydrate your skin from the inside out. When you're properly hydrated, you'll notice that your skin looks more bright, it's “bouncier”/plump and it's absolutely glowing!
7. Daily Movement
Exercise is another way to reduce stress in your body. But working out also improves circulation and blood flow which helps to carry cell waste away.
Another benefit of exercise is that you sweat which is a way for your body to detoxify. Just make sure that when you are sweating, you wash your face immediately after your workout. Sweat residue can end up clogging your pores if you're not careful!
Aim to get at least 30 minutes of movement in every single day. I like to mix things up with some spin classes, hot yoga, at home workouts and lots of walks with little Miss Trevi!
8. Switch to Non-Toxic Skincare Products
I've been on a mission the last few years to completely transform the products I'm using on my skin. I'm someone who focuses a lot on what I put INTO my body but wasn't even thinking about what I was putting ON my body. And for the longest time, I just wasn't making the connection.
Now I realize: most skincare products are FULL of harmful chemicals and toxins that are causing major impacts on our health. Not only are they toxic to our systems, but they're also disrupting hormones, causing gut issues and so much more.
I have a few favorite brands, and many of the products I've already put in my shop, but here are some of my absolute favorites:
- Primally Pure (use code “simplyquinoa” for 10% off)
- Tata Harper
- Andalou Naturals
- Avalon Organics
- 100% Pure (for makeup)
- RMS (for makeup)
Bonus: Add Beauty Superfoods
Last but not least, one of the things I've recently changed in my own routine are the adaptogen powders/superfoods I add to my morning matcha latte. I've shared how to use adaptogens before, but I recently started using two new ones that are beneficial to your skin's health:
Jasmine Tocos: an adaptogen powder from Sun Potion to support radiant skin, healthy tissue, gentle detoxification, and muscle tone.
Pearl Powder: an adaptogen powder from Sun Potion that has been used for centuries to promote inner and outer radiance. Pearl powder helps boost natural collagen production, it's packed with minerals and antioxidants and can even help clear your skin.
What Else Do You Want To Know About Natural Skincare?
And that's pretty much it! I hope you found these tips for how to get glowing skin helpful!! If you have any questions for me, let me know in the comments! I'm here to help you any way that I can.
I love talking about skincare, so if there's anything specific you want to see from me next, make sure to share as well ????