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16 Easy Ways To Make Your Skin Naturally Glow

16 Easy Ways To Make Your Skin Naturally Glow

Our skin is the first thing a new person notices about us and is something we share intimately with loved ones. Everyone wants smooth, glowing skin, but it’s not always that easy. Despite their best efforts, some people are left with problem areas.

Many factors decide the appearance of your skin, including:

  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Diet
  • Hormones
  • Stress
  • Hygiene

Common skin problems include dry or oily skin and skin which is prone to blemishes. These problems can often be resolved with healthy lifestyle choices, and even some fun activities like daily scrubs.

If you suffer from a more serious problem, however, like stubborn rashes or painful irritation, it may be wise to have professionals take a look at it. Simple techniques like these won’t treat serious conditions.

1. Yoga

Did you know that just by breathing, our bodies are removing harmful toxins which may otherwise end up in our skin, causing blemishes and other problems? Yoga is a healthy and low-impact way to improve flexibility, physical health, as well as our breath control. The deep, focused, healing breaths taken during yoga workouts is just what your skin needs to stay clear.

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2. Take the Stairs!

Just as yoga helps control and maximize the detoxifying power of breathing, cardio workouts are a triple-whammy of positive benefits for the skin. Cardio exercise gets your heart pumping, which improves circulation and breathing rate. Cardio workouts are also shown to reduce stress.

Remember to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth during any cardio work to get the most out of it. Take the stairs, park at the end of the lot when grocery shopping, and always be on the lookout for opportunities to get your heart pumping.

3. Prepare for the Elements

The local weather can have a serious impact on the health of your skin. For instance, people who live in arid, dry places suffer from cracked, itchy skin, while people in humid places have issues with sweat and oil. Compensate accordingly by using proper skin regiments based on your local weather, and seasonal changes. This means moisturizing when it’s dry, and deep cleansing when it’s humid.

The sun can also pose a serious threat to your skin! Always apply SPF 30 or greater when you intend to have some fun in the sun. Even a couple hours of exposure can be damaging without protection.

4. Exfoliation

By now, the word exfoliation should be synonymous with healthy skin. But why does it work? Exfoliation is the use of a gentle solution with an abrasive element, like using a pumice stone or soap with small, granular additives like rock sugar. This helps tear away dead skin, open pores, and improve circulation in the area, far better than using soap alone.

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5. Followed by a Natural Clean

Once your skin has been exfoliated, it is perfectly primed to be cleaned with a natural, gentle soap that will moisturize and nourish. Avoid soaps with sodium lauryl sulfate (or SLS), parabens, “fragrance”, and other toxic additives.

6 Stay Seasonal

As mentioned earlier, depending on where you live, you could face different skin challenges. If you experience seasons, you know that winter is more dry, while summer is more humid and hot. Both seasons require a different skin regiment, so be sure to update yours every 6 months.

7. Cucumbers Really Work!

We’ve all seen pictures of women at the salon wearing cucumber slices on their eyes, but does it work? In short, yes! Cool cucumbers have a number of properties which compress puffy under eyes, improve circulation, and better our appearance.

8. Don’t Use Expired Product!

As tempting as it may be to stretch your mascara or foundation past its expiration date, doing do could damage your skin! As we use makeup, bacteria from our faces is transferred back into the container, and over time leads to dangerous levels of harmful bacteria in your product. If makeup ever starts to smell bad, or if it’s losing its original consistency, it’s time to throw it out.

9. Always Remove Makeup Before Bed

We sweat while we sleep, and excrete natural oils. Makeup left over from the night before gets caught in our pores, mixing with sweat and skin oils to create a nasty concoction. Always remove your makeup before bed to avoid waking up with blemishes or worse.

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10. Limit Junk

Fatty foods and foods filled with sugar are known to alter our hormones. This can result in oily or dull skin, as well as blemishes. In moderation, fat and sugar can be part of a healthy diet, but for your overall health, always limit junk foods. Doing so will give your skin a chance to reach its full potential.

11. Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

Our skin is the body’s largest organ and requires plenty of rich nourishment from our food to maintain a healthy glow. Fruits and vegetables are ideal, especially those with the vitamin B complex, vitamin E, as well as zinc and sulfur.

12. Getting Enough Water

It is critical to a healthy lifestyle and glowing skin that you remain hydrated. Water helps carry toxins and sodium out of the body, and the average person needs to consume about 100 ounces per day. Consuming doesn’t necessarily mean drinking, though, as we get over a fifth of our water from food.

To achieve more vibrant skin, replace the sugary drinks in your diet with water or unsweetened tea. When your urine is clear or light yellow, you’ll know you’re getting enough water.

13. Reduce Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol can be a fun way to relieve stress, but it puts more stress on your skin and immune system than its helping. Alcohol is full of toxins that are bad for the skin and dehydrates you to boot. Reduce your alcohol consumption to see better skin results.

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14. Don’t “Pop” Pimples!

When you wake up to a new blemish, your first instinct may be to pinch it, but resist the urge! Breaking open blemishes can cause infections, make the blemish worse, and ultimately result in scarring. It’s always better to let the blemish resolve itself.

15. Pull Your Hair Back as You Sleep

No matter how freshly-showered, your hair is a source of oil and debris that when pressed against your face at night can lead to blemishes and redness. If you have long hair, be sure to tie it back before bedtime. This will keep the oils from your hair away from your face, with the added bonus of keeping your hair untangled.

16. Keep Pillows and Pillowcases Clean

Just like hair is oily, so can your pillows and pillowcases pick up oil and debris from your face and hair while you sleep. It’s important to regularly clean your pillowcases (at least once a week), as you spend up to 8 hours in bed a day, and that’s plenty of opportunity for cross contamination. Don’t waste time with a before-bed regiment of exfoliation and deep cleansing, only to put your face on a dirty pillow at night!

That’s It!

Think you can follow these simple rules to achieve healthy, vibrant, glowing skin? We have faith that you can! By adding these steps into your daily routine, you’ll find that better skin is easier to keep than you ever imagined.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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