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How To Get Glowing Skin


When it comes to glowing skin, there are those who are naturally blessed, and there are those who do everything in their power to get there. Our skin is a canvas that portrays what we subject it to. Dull skin shows an evident lack of care. Your diet, sleeping habits, and even your lifestyle can have a huge impact on how your skin looks.

To obtain glowing skin, you need to make better choices. Keeping a few things in mind can make all the difference.

How To Make Your Skin Glow

Tips

  1. Know Your Skin Type
  2. Remove Makeup Before Going To Bed
  3. Follow A CTM Routine
  4. Say No To Unhealthy Habits
  5. Eat Healthy
  6. Stay Hydrated
  7. Use Sun Protection
  8. Get Plenty Of Sleep

Home Remedies

  1. Papaya Face Mask
  2. Avocado Face Pack
  3. Sandalwood Revitalizing Pack
  4. Yogurt And Walnut Scrub
  5. Aloe Vera, Honey, And Lemon Face Mask

Tips For Glowing Skin

1. Know Your Skin Type

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The first step in taking proper care of your skin is to recognize the type of skin you have.

Your skin can be categorized into one of the following types:

Oily: You know that your skin is oily when your skin produces too much oil, and you tend to have larger pores. It is also extremely prone to acne.

Dry: Your skin doesn’t produce enough oil, and as a result, it gets flaky and feels stretchy.

Normal: The luckiest of the lot, those with normal skin are neither prone to greasiness nor extreme dryness.

Combination: When certain areas of your face produce more oil than the rest, especially the T-zone, it means you have combination skin.

Sensitive: Sensitive skin is prone to allergies and irritations, and is extremely susceptible to environmental changes and chemicals found in a lot of skin care products.

How Is It Helpful

There are products and remedies that are targeted at specific skin types. For example, products for oily skin contain ingredients that reduce oil or prevent acne, which make them a terrible choice for those with dry and sensitive skin as they aggravate dryness and cause irritation. What works for someone might not work for you, which is why you need to know your skin type.

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2. Remove Makeup Before Going To Bed

No matter how exhausted you are at the end of the day, always remove your makeup before going to sleep.

How Is It Helpful

An unwashed face is the beginning of all skin woes. Makeup can clog your pores and lead to acne. It can also cause your skin to dry out. Removing your makeup allows your skin to take a breather and heal itself while you sleep.

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3. Follow A CTM Routine

ollow A CTM Routine

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Taking good care of your skin is crucial, which is why you should have a CTM routine for your skin.

How Is It Helpful

A CTM routine makes sure that your skin is free of dirt and grime and is properly hydrated. You need to use products that suit your skin. Start off with a gentle cleanser, followed by a toner and a moisturizer. Also, exfoliate your skin from time to time to get rid of dead cells that make your skin look dull.

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4. Say No To Unhealthy Habits

It’s easy to get suckered into drinking your third cup of coffee or puffing up a cigarette or two with your glass of wine. But caffeine, nicotine, and excessive alcohol are bad for your health and your skin.

How Is It Helpful

Nicotine can make your skin look dull and lifeless. This is because it accelerates the rate at which your skin ages (1). Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics (2). They can make your body lose water and leave you dehydrated. This can make your skin look sallow, and your wrinkles more prominent.
For healthy skin, make sure that you cut back on caffeinated beverages. This includes tea, coffee, and soda.

Alcohol, in moderation, can be good for you. Especially red wine that has resveratrol, and can help fight the signs of aging (3). But, overindulgence can leave you feeling and looking terrible.

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5. Eat Healthy

Eat Healthy

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Beauty comes from within, so you should pay heed to what you eat.

How Is It Helpful

A lot of foods can make you look less than your best. Make it a point to avoid unhealthy foods that contain a lot of sugar, salt, or saturated fats. Sugar causes irreparable damage to the elasticity of your skin, while too much salt can make you look puffy and bloated (4), (5). Unhealthy fats can trigger inflammation that can lead to acne.

Fresh veggies and fruits can do your skin a lot of good. So, load up on antioxidants and nutrients by incorporating at least five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet.

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6. Stay Hydrated

Drinking sufficient amounts of water is necessary for glowing skin.

How Is It Helpful

Water, when taken in adequate amounts, improves the density and thickness of your skin. It also improves blood flow and reduces the appearance of dull skin and wrinkles. Water also helps in flushing out toxins. When your body loses water, it can have adverse effects not just on your health, but on your skin as well. So, make sure you drink a minimum of eight glasses of water daily.

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7. Use Sun Protection

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Nothing can cause more damage to your skin than the sun. Skin darkening and premature aging are both the effects of the damage caused by UV rays. To maintain your glow, you should make it a point to protect your skin from the sun. No matter what the weather, you should always use a broad spectrum sunscreen when you step out.

How Is It Helpful

Broad spectrum sunscreens that have an SPF of more than 15 protect against both UVA and UVB rays. This helps in preventing redness, sunburns, and wrinkles.

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8. Get Plenty Of Sleep

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Sleep deprivation can leave you exhausted and unable to function properly. It also takes a toll on your skin, and you end up with dullness, dark circles, and wrinkles.

How Is It Helpful

Lack of sleep can sap the glow right out of your skin. This is because when you are sleep deprived, your body releases the stress hormone called cortisol that interacts with collagen and makes your skin lose its elasticity (6). So, for better skin, you need your eight hours of beauty sleep.

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Home Remedies For Glowing Skin

1. Papaya Face Mask

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You Will Need

  • ¼ cup ripe papaya, diced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend till there are no lumps present.
  2. Apply the paste on cleansed face.
  3. Keep it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
  4. Splash cold water on your face to close your pores.

How Often Should You Do This

This face mask can be used once or twice a week.

Is This For You

This mask suits all skin types. However, you need to adjust the amount of lemon juice and honey that goes into it. Those with dry skin should add more of honey and less of lemon juice for added moisture. Those with sensitive skin should perform a patch test before applying the face mask.

Why This Works

Papaya contains an enzyme called papain that helps remove dead cells (7). It also helps your skin regain its elasticity and makes it smooth and supple.

Lemon is clarifying and removes excess oil from your skin. It also helps clean out pores, which helps reduce the occurrence of acne (8). Honey acts as a humectant and infuses your skin with moisture (9).

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2. Avocado Face Pack

Avocado Face Pack

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You Will Need

  • ½ avocado
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons warm water

What You Have To Do

  1. Mash the avocado, dissolve the honey in the warm water, and mix thoroughly to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this paste on your face and keep it on for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse with cold water.

How Often Should You Do This

You may use this pack once a week.

Is This For You

This face pack works well especially for those with dry skin.

Why This Works

Avocado is rich in vitamins C and E. It helps in fighting free radicals that damage your skin. It also helps boost your skin’s elasticity (10).

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3. Sandalwood Revitalizing Pack

Sandalwood Revitalizing Pack

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You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder
  • 2 tablespoons rosewater

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the sandalwood powder and rosewater so that they form a thin paste.
  2. Wash your face with a mild cleanser and apply the face pack.
  3. Keep it on for 15 minutes and wash it off with cold water.

How Often Should You Do This

This face pack can be used on alternate days.

Is This For You

Sandalwood works well for all skin types, but those with dry skin might want to follow up with a moisturizer post application.

Why This Works

Sandalwood has been used for centuries for various skin ailments. It is soothing in nature, and helps with acne and dry skin (11).

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4. Yogurt And Walnut Scrub

Yogurt And Walnut Scrub

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You Will Need

  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup walnuts

What You Have To Do

  1. Grind the walnut into a fine powder.
  2. Mix the walnut powder and yogurt.
  3. Dip a washcloth in warm water and place it over your face for a few minutes to open up the pores.
  4. Apply the scrub on your face and massage using gentle circular motions.
  5. Wash it off with cold water.

How Often Should You Do This

Use this scrub once a week.

Is This For You

The scrub works well for all skin types. Just make sure that you aren’t allergic to the ingredients.

Why This Works

Yogurt has lactic acid, which helps in exfoliation. Lactic acid is an AHA (Alpha Hydroxyl Acid) that helps remove the layer of dead cells on your skin (12).

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5. Aloe Vera, Honey, And Lemon Face Mask

Lemon Face Mask

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You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the aloe vera gel, honey, and the lemon juice.
  2. Massage the paste into your skin using gentle, circular motions.
  3. Keep it on for 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

How Often Should You Do This

This can be used on alternate days.

Is This For You

This works for all skin types. Those with dry or sensitive skin might want to skip the lemon juice.

Why This Works

Aloe vera gel has moisturizing properties. It hydrates your skin but does not leave any greasy residue behind (13). Hence, it is an ideal moisturizer for all skin types.

Great skin requires effort. But in the end, it is worth it. So, make the little changes, show your skin some love, and say hello to a glowing you.

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