No matter your skin type, there's one thing that everyone is after: glowing skin. While makeup is fun and can help us to feel and look our best, there's nothing better than natural and healthy skin. Unfortunately, countless people struggle with issues like acne, rosacea, dry skin, and much more. There are so many things that play a role in our skin health, from diet to sun exposure, skincare, and genetics. Some people are lucky and just have good skin (jealous!) but most people struggle in one way or another and are always looking for ways to work on their skin. There are so many supplements and products promising to give you perfect skin. The truth is, it takes time, sometimes a LOT of time, before you get your skin where you want it. There's also a lot of trial and error when figuring out what works for you, and that's ok. The best place to start is always your dermatologist or doctor, to address your major concerns. Sometimes it could be simply switching one product, and sometimes it could take something like Acutane to resolve the issue. Whatever you need to do, and whatever works for you, we feel your pain! We know it's stressful and sometimes downright depressing to struggle with skin issues. Thankfully, there are some tried and true methods that can at least give you some help and relief until you finally get your skin healthy and strong. Read on to learn how to get glowing skin!
What to eat for glowing skin?
So many people have different opinions on what works and what doesn't, but there's no debate here: diet is the most important aspect of healthy, glowing skin. What you eat directly impacts almost every skin-related issue you can name. Acne? Try cutting out dairy. Rosacea? Avoid alcohol and inflammatory foods. Dry skin? More water and antioxidant-packed vegetables. Of course, these are not shortcuts to great skin, and there are many other issues that can contribute to skin flare-ups. Many people find that gluten and dairy are huge triggers for their skin issues. However, there isn't a lot of strong evidence to suggest that gluten is harmful for you unless you have a sensitivity or allergy. Dairy, on the other hand, is a known inflammatory that can wreak havoc on your skin, digestive system, and even your immune system. Eating a diet that is filled with fruits and vegetables is your best bet. Foods rich in fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants are essential for glowy, radiant skin. Not to mention, it's great for the health of your entire body. Also, eating these foods will help to combat against free radicals, which can be especially damaging to your skin. Foods that are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E are great for strengthening and repairing your skin from the inside out. Similarly, foods with healthy fats and proteins like avocados, olive oil, and nuts (especially cashews and almonds) are great for healing the skin and creating a healthy skin barrier. Collagen supplements and collagen-rich foods are a great option for helping your skin glow. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body, and it helps with skin elasticity, brightness, barrier function, and glow. Foods that are naturally rich in collagen include meat, seafood, and bone broth. Bone broth is the best because you get collagen from the animal skin and bones. Another option is to take collagen supplements. There are several varieties of collagen supplements, including hydrolyzed collagen, collagen pills, collagen powder, liquid collagen, and more. Our Kalumi BEAUTYfood bars offer an easier, more efficient option. Each of our bars contains 12 grams of marine collagen (a full daily serving) as well as 15 grams of protein. They also contain beauty-boosting ingredients that help to naturally increase your collagen production. Things like sweet potato (rich in vitamin A) and lemon (rich in vitamin C) are essential for our skin health.
How can I brighten my skin?
There are a lot of ways to brighten your skin. Most people like to exfoliate and use a face mask. Removing dead skin cells is the best and most promising way to get brighter skin. Hydrating your skin is also important, especially if you are exfoliating. There are also many brands that make brightening serums, with potent blends of antioxidants. One thing to watch out for is if your products contain essential oils or added fragrance. Even if you have strong skin, these things can be damaging and irritating over time. You can use a chemical exfoliant like glycolic acid and retinol, which are two scientifically proven ways to promote cell turnover and the exfoliation of your skin. After using an exfoliator, many people use toner to get brighter skin. Be careful of how many products you use, as they can sometimes cause build up that leads to pimples and clogged pores. However, using an exfoliant regularly helps to prevent against this. Something to be aware of: if you have sensitive skin, avoid glycolic acid and other similar, strong acids. Try mandelic acid or green tea exfoliants before working your way up to stronger products.
What products make your face glow?
It's impossible to say which products will work for every individual, but generally there are some products that are proven to give you great results. Using an exfoliating cleanser is a great place to start, in order to remove dead skin and improve dullness. Serums, especially with vitamin C are also great for boosting your glow. If you have sensitive skin, vitamin C may be too strong for you. It depends on your skin needs. Skincare products that are essential for all skin types include moisturizer and sunscreen. These need to be in your skincare routine. Whether you have a heavy cream or a lightweight hyaluronic acid, moisturizing is extremely important. The same goes for sunscreen, especially if you are exfoliating or using acids. Without sun protection, you could be left with hyperpigmentation or worsened scarring and dark spots from blemishes. You can get sunscreen as a lotion, oil, serum, or spray, so even if you have oily skin, fine lines, or sensitive skin, there's something for you. Sun damage (caused from UVA and UVB rays) can occur even on days that you aren't fully in the sun, so it's important to be diligent. Plus, it helps to prevent wrinkles and sun spots!
How long does it take to get glowing skin?
Unfortunately, there's no definitive answer here. Like we mentioned, everyone's skin is different, and so is their timeline for achieving glowing skin. Patience is key, but if you're diligent with your skincare and diet, you should be able to see improvements very quickly. Also, don't forget to see your dermatologist so they can create a skincare regimen that is perfect for your personal concerns. Eat clean, stay hydrated, manage your stress, and you'll be glowing in no time. Trust us, we know this is easier said than done, but your body and skin will thank you!
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