Last week I had the pleasure of visiting my friend (who is a talented esthetician). Our conversations always veer toward wellness and she told me the question most of her clients ask is, “How do I get my skin to glow?”
I was amazed because many of my patients and friends ask me the SAME thing.
Even though her work focuses on esthetics and my work focuses on wellness, we both had the same answer. A healthy glow starts from the INSIDE.
The reality is glowing skin is a sign of wellness. Of good health. And to get it, you need to invest in your wellness and health.
So here are four tips to glow, from the inside to the outside. Be sure to check out Tip 4, which includes my Glow Getter smoothie recipe. And my bonus tip includes my favorite products to help you glow from the outside.
1. Sweat. Every day.
A major component to glowing skin is circulation. Increasing blood flow nourishes skin cells and carries away waste products. It’s like cleaning your skin from the inside out.
The best way to increase your circulation is to sweat. Move your body. Run, walk, bike, hike. You can go to a class or do yoga. Do whatever it is you enjoy that makes you break a sweat.
Another great way to amp up your circulation is by using a sauna. Dry, wet, hot, or infrared. Any will do for this purpose. Plus saunas decrease stress (see Tip 3).
2. Sleep well.
You may be thinking, “Duh. Tell me something I don’t know.”
Except take a moment to evaluate your sleep. How much are you sleeping? What is the quality of your sleep? How do you feel when you wake up in the morning?
If you answered not enough, poor, or tired, you are not sleeping well.
Why does sleep matter? Collagen and hyaluronic acid are two natural skin glowing compounds in your body. Too little quality sleep leads to inflammation, which diminishes your natural collagen and hyaluronic acid.
If you are not sleeping well, try to get better sleep starting tonight. This could be as simple as forgoing your evening Netflix and going to bed an hour earlier. Or doing a bedtime meditation to help you better ease into restful sleep.
3. Stress less.
NEWS FLASH: How you feel inside impacts how you look outside.
In fact, there is an emerging field called psychodermatology that addresses the impact of emotions (including stress) as it relates to the skin.
When you experience stress, your body responds by releasing stress hormones (like cortisol). Cortisol negatively impacts circulation to the skin. And remember from Tip 1, we need circulation to nourish our skin cells and remove waste products.
How do you decrease stress? You either minimize the source of your stress or you minimize your RESPONSE to the stress.
Start with minimizing the source of your stress. Once you’ve minimized the source (or realized you cannot), try to improve your response to stress.
Scientifically proved methods to decrease your stress response include:
- Exercise (are you seeing a theme here?)
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
4. Support your body with nourishing and glow enhancing foods.
What you nourish your body with plays a crucial role in glowing from the inside out. Foods that make you retain fluid make you dull inside and out (think overly salted and processed foods). Foods full of natural color and nutrients will make you glow (think fruit, vegetables, nuts, and legumes).
Top glow enhancing foods include:
- Berries (lots of antioxidants and nutrients)
- Dark, leafy, greens (antioxidants, vitamin K, and iron)
- Carrots (vitamins A and C)
- Walnuts (vitamin B)
- Pomegranates (antioxidants)
Because I want you to glow from the inside out, I am sharing my Glow Getter Smoothie recipe. It includes ALL of the top glow enhancing foods and is perfect for breakfast or a snack. Plus, it’s super easy to make.
Glow Getter Smoothie (gf, sf, vegan)
2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 Golden Delicious apples, cored and sliced
1/2 cup carrot juice
1/2 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/4 cup raw walnuts, shelled
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed
1 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender. Blend for at least 60 seconds, perhaps longer depending on your blender. Add water if needed to reach desired consistency.
BONUS TIP: Self care to enhance your natural glow.
Once you get your glow from the inside (sweat, sleep, stress less, and supportive foods), you can enhance your glow with some tricks from the outside.
My favorite product for skin hydration is squalane oil (derived from olives). It is natural, simple, inexpensive, and feels heavenly on your skin. A true hydrator that leaves your skin immediately glowing (and not in a gross way). My favorite is from Indie Lee and I use it every day. I was first introduced to this gem from the lovely gals at Credo in San Francisco.
A little strategically applied highlighter can also help enhance your glow. Be sure to use a natural highlighter that will support your health. So many highlighters being sold are full of harmful ingredients that can leave your skin congested and inflamed.
My absolute favorite highlighter is from Danish makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis. Her highlighter (aptly named Radiance) is made from natural and skin soothing ingredients. A little popped on your cheek and brow bones leaves you with the perfect glow. I always stock up on Kjaer Weis from Citrine Natural Beauty Bar.
So there you have it. A better way to glow from the inside and out.
What are your tips to glowing from the inside out? Feel welcome to share in the comments section.
Sending you light until next time.
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