No amount of makeup can compete with the confidence a healthy and naturally glowing skin can bring. While there are treatments and procedures one can undergo to achieve a radiant complexion, nothing beats going au naturel.
Check out these practical skincare tips, which are all backed by science and experts swear by, on how to get that glowing skin naturally.
It Ain't Called 'Beauty Sleep' For Nothing
A lot of people underestimate the power of sleep on health, particularly on skin health. As part of its rest and rejuvenation process, sleep replenishes the body with collagen and elastin, the skin's connective tissue responsible for firmness, tone, and elasticity, Dr. Ava Shamban, dermatologist and founder of Ava MD Skincare, explains.
Insufficient sleep triggers a surge in inflammatory cells in the body, leading to breakdown of collagen and hyaluronic acid, which give the skin a natural glow and clarity.
Say Cheers To Flawless Skin
Other than the sweet rosy color it gives the cheeks with every sip, research reveals other skin benefits one can get from red wine.
A 2015 study published in the journal Dermatology and Therapy have made the amazing discovery that the resveratrol found in red wine (in combination with benzoyl peroxide, a topical acne medication) amazingly gets rid of Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), which is a type of pesky pimple-causing bacteria.
Resveratrol, a potent antioxidant and polyphenol, has long been lauded for its boons on heart health. But recently, more experts are recognizing its positive effects on skincare too, including preventing wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging of the skin.
Hot Shower Is Bad For Your Skin
There's no arguing that a hot, steamy shower or a soak in the tub can be super soothing, especially after a long day at work. While it's the best stress-buster and nasal relief one can get for free, experts say it can actually be bad for the skin.
According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), frequent exposure to hot water can inflame the skin and cause redness, itching, and peeling as if it's sunburnt. It can also strip the skin of its innate moisture balance, which is key to a naturally glowing skin.
Clean Your Smartphone Real Good
A research published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology discovered that smartphones carry higher levels of disgusting germs and bacteria than a public toilet. Yes, we're talking about the same smartphones, whether Android or iPhone, that people can't let go of and put near their faces when answering a call.
Because it's impossible to scrub smartphones clean without ruining them, the best thing that one can do is to wipe it down with an antibacterial wipe every now and then during the day to lessen the risks of getting in contact with potential skin-irritating contaminants.