If your skin is slightly ravaged from winter (think: dry and dull), then helping to repair it is probably high on your to-do list now that warmer weather is coming. "Glowing" skin is practically the official beauty buzzword of spring/summer, but that means far more than just a golden tan. I spoke to a fitness and lifestyle expert to find out natural ways to get glowing skin for spring, and her advice is far better for your skin than baking in the sun.
It's so easy to get in a routine and stick to it, but it's actually beneficial to switch up your skincare seasonally, because your skin needs different things at different times of year. For example, winter can leave your skin looking dry, dehydrated, and just all around lackluster — but that doesn't mean you have to run to the tanning booth to brighten yourself up, or even that you have to buy expensive creams and products to help repair your skin. According to certified Raw Food Nutritionist and founder of Philosophie, Sophie Jaffe (aka @PhilosophieMama), there are plenty of natural ways to get glowing skin — and given that some of her clients include George Clooney, Stacy Keibler, and Gerard Butler, I think you're going to want to listen to her advice.
If you want to get your skin spring-ready, here are five tips to get glowing skin naturally.
1. It Starts From Within
According to Jaffe, if you want to clear up your skin from blemishes, up your consumption of cruciferous vegetables, spirulina, mangoes, and avocados. The combination will help fight acne, moisturize, build collagen, and improve your complexion. Not a fan of fruits and veggies? No worries, you can consume them in a smoothie. "Try eating fruits and vegetables in ways that are not only familiar, but enjoyable as well. Smoothies are an incredibly easy way to fill your body with antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and most of all, deliciousness!" says Jaffe.
2. Use A Revitalizing Spray
Chrysalis Water; $18; chrysalisnaturaltherapeutics.com
Keep your skin dewy and hydrated with a spray. "I typically spray Chrysalis Water on my face after a bath or shower to use it as a revitalizing toner and then several times throughout the day," says Jaffe.
3. Don't Be Afraid Of Face Oils
Chrysalis Healing Face Oil; $18; chrysalisnaturaltherapeutics.com
Jaffe advises using a face oil, particularly one with essential plant seed oils like rosehips, to help reduce redness and irritation.
4. Get More Sleep
What you put on your face is just as important as the lifestyle choices you make, and that includes getting enough rest each night. "If I can’t get a full eight hours at night, I do my best to squeeze in a power nap during the afternoon," says Jaffe.
5. When In Doubt, Use Coconut Oil
Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil; $8; amazon.com
Even the pros agree — coconut oil is magic. "It can soothe and rehydrate dry skin, it smells amazing, and can literally be applied all over. Your hair, face, arms and legs — it’s like whole body nourishment," says Jaffe.
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