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12 Hacks for Radiant, Healthy Skin

Krysta Shannon
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See you later alligator. After a while crocodile. If you never want to be referred to as either of these animals when someone is describing the condition of your skin, you need to take care of your skin today. To counteract being referred to as a reptile or another wrinkled or rough-skinned animal, pay attention to the needs of your skin.
 
If you want to look your age (or younger) and remain youthful and radiant, there are many things you can do for your skincare regimen, to your diet and even your sleeping habits.
 

Here are 12 easy, at-home tips to give you healthy, radiant skin:

 

1. Exfoliate

Dry skin looks matte, flaky and dull. To smooth your skin and keep it healthy, exfoliation is important. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, dust, dirt and impurities and smooths your skin so it reflects light and looks polished. Regular exfoliation clears out clogged pores and hair follicles to prevent acne. It also allows your skin to more easily absorb moisturizers and other skincare products.
 
Try a dry brush or an exfoliating scrub.
 

2. Skin Care

Appropriate skin care is essential. Be sure to avoid over-washing your face (no more than twice a day), as it removes your skin’s natural oils. If you have a blemish, apply a topical treatment and let nature take it’s course. Popping a zit will just cause redness, inflammation and even scars.
 
Always completely remove makeup before bed, as it can clog your pores and promote the growth of yeast on your skin. Also, be sure to use a separate body and face towel so you don’t transfer bacteria from your body to your face.
 

3. Ice Water Challenge

For a temporary poreless look, you can submerge your face in a quick ice bath. The cold water forces the rest of your body to increase circulation and warm up, causing your face to have a rosy flushed look. Even after you wash your face, give your face a quick cold-water rinse to close your pores and prevent bacteria and dirt from entering your pores.
 

4. Tone

Applying a toner after you wash your face is an important step that you should not miss. Toners restore your skin’s natural pH balance and create a fresh, smooth and youthful appearance. They also clean deep down in your pores, preventing blackheads and reducing the size of your pores.
 

5. Moisturize

Whether you have dry, oily or in-between skin, you should moisturize each day. Using a high-quality organic moisturizer or facial serum is vital to improving and maintaining the way your skin looks and feels. Moisturizers are meant to help your skin hold in moisture, and also reduce the appearance of rough, dry or cracked skin.
 

6. Sun Protection

You have heard this one time and time again: beware the sun’s harmful rays. The sun is great for achieving a bronzed look and soaking up doses of vitamin D. However, UV rays are harsh and damage the texture of your skin and can even lead to skin cancer. Slather on the SPF (above 45 year round), wear a hat and sunglasses, and sit in the shade whenever possible.
 
Even little exposures to the sun’s harmful rays can cause irreversible harm and age you prematurely. Be sun smart and say goodbye to sunspots.
 

7. Eat Fat

Good skin doesn’t just come from a great cleanser and moisturizer. It also comes from a healthy diet with good-for-you fats. Good fats promote radiant, glowing skin. You can integrate healthy fats into your diet easily by tossing in some ground flaxseed and coconut oil in your smoothie, slicing avocado on your salad, and cooking your veggies in extra virgin olive oil.
 
Stay away from bad fats, including vegetable oil and processed foods high in trans fat, as they are known to age your skin and increase inflammation and free radicals.
 

8. Drink Water

Drinking water first thing in the morning awakens your body and encourages blood flow. Throughout the rest of your day, try to drink half your bodyweight in ounces (so if you weigh 140 pounds, drink 70 ounces of water). This will hydrate your body and provide adequate moisture for your skin. Water also helps your body flush out toxins and remove excess oils and dirt.
 

 

9. Juicing

Juicing is a great way to rid your body of chemicals and toxins that you accumulate from the environment and the foods that you eat. During a juice cleanse, your body detoxes your liver, colon and kidneys to improve their functions. A “detox diet” that consists of fruits and veggies (without alcohol, sugar, salty and processed foods) helps your body maintain a pH balance and improves your complexion.
 
For juicing, we recommend the Vitamix blender.
 

10. Reduce Stress

Signs of stress can literally show on your face. When your body feels stress, your stress hormones will cause you to produce excess oil, which results in whiteheads and other skin imperfections. To reduce stress, practice yoga, take a warm bath, meditate, read a book or do whatever you can to calm your body and mind.
 

11. Sleep

They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! Sleep is essential for your health. Sleep gives your body time to rest, recover and rebalance hydration. Sleep deprivation causes your body to produce cortisol – a stress hormone – which increases inflammation in your body, negatively affects the quality of your skin, and causes skin conditions such as acne. Make sure to get your beauty sleep (at least 7 hours each night).
 

12. Physical Activity

Stay active in any way that you like, whether it is yoga, walking, running, weight training or anything else that gets you up and off the couch. Physical activity increases your blood and oxygen flow to help your skin heal itself and counteract the harmful effects of environmental contaminants and free radicals. Exercise literally cleanses your skin from the inside out, allowing your cells to flush out toxin and debris through your sweat.
 
 
When it comes to your skin, it is just as much about what you put on your body as it is what you put inside your body. Integrate some or all of these skin-brightening tips and you will soon see flawless, glowing skin when you look in the mirror.
 

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Krysta is a staff writer and product review guru at YogiApproved. She believes in the powers of healing crystals and essential oils, and never leaves home without them. Krysta is a true Jersey girl (in the best sort of way) who embraces a non-toxic and all-natural lifestyle.

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