12 Habits of Women With Radiant Skin
You’ve seen her before. The girl with that radian skin who just oozes confidence whatever she does, makeup or no makeup. You’ve probably wondered how you achieve those results, especially after you’ve tried everything. What does she do that you are not? I’m spilling the secrets below on the habits of women with radiant skin and how you can achieve it too!
Want radiant skin? Here’s how:
- She cleanses her skin (and brushes) properly. Doing all the ‘right’ things and still not seeing results? It could come down to that your makeup brushes are dirty and you aren’t properly cleaning them – or your skin. “Brush hairs and sponges are porous, so they hold onto oils, debris, and bacteria,” says makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci. As for your face? Make sure you are rubbing the cleanser in a circular motion for two minutes to really remove makeup build up.
- She uses organic skincare. The government has not updated it’s regulations for what products go into your products (read: companies in the US can and do use ingredients that are banned in Europe), and these are impacting your internal health as your skin seeps up whatever you put on it, as well as how the skin on your face reacts. Organic is the way to go, but finding companies to trust can be hard. I personally live and swear by Madara Skincare which is everything you want it to be: clean and natural ingredients, organic, and minimal products in order to see maximum results.
- She hydrates all day, every day. Glowing skin starts from within, which means making sure you have regular bowel movements and drink enough water to help this process. Build up of undigested food can cause excess toxins in the gut which impacts your skin and causes acne, dullness and puffiness. H20 also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and hydrates that delicate skin on your face.
- She eats the right foods. Skincare isn’t just about the products you use, it’s how to you treat your body from within and this means having foods high in fiber such as beans, legumes, broccoli, caufloerw, brussels sprouts, and meals full of color. Having a rainbow of colors on your plate will give your body a variety of vitamins and minerals which all have a direct response on the radiance of your skin.
- She shows up with gratitude every day. Being happy for what you have is one of the quickest ways to reduce stress, which has a direct impact on your skin. Stress increases cortisol and when your body goes into fight or flight mode, your skin takes a direct hit. Keep it simple and write down 5 things you are grateful for everyday and watch your skin get better.
- She exercises. Clean and radiant skin is a mix of all things going into your body and sweat and toxins coming out of it. Get your body moving at least 5x a week to see a more youthful look. Find something you love and then make it a habit (this will not only help your skin look great, but your body and mind will thank you too).
- She uses sunscreen every day. Rain or shine, UV rays still penetrate your skin and can cause permanent damage. Save the surgeries and lasers later, by adding SPF30 and above. Remember, use a dime size amount for your face and don’t forget to reapply halfway through the day.
- She gets 8 hours of sleep. You already know sleep is important for your productivity, but did you know that getting six hours or less can actually give you a puffier, more wrinkled looking face? Your body restores itself overnight, so get off your phone at least 30 minutes before bed, close the curtains or use an eye mask, and hit the pillows for a good eight hours. Sleeping enough also helps to reduce cravings the next day, and you know your cravings are rarely the foods that will make you have radiant skin.
- She washes her pillowcases regularly. According to Dr. David E. Bank, director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, “Acne mechanica is any type of acne that is the result of material or objects touching your face. When your pillowcase isn’t laundered or changed regularly, a build-up of dirt and oil from the environment as well as your skin and hair touching the pillow is transferred back to your skin. This can clog pores and cause blemishes.” Wash your pillowcases every two weeks, ideally using organic detergent.
- She uses minimal, but high quality products. Your skin has a hard time adjusting to using too many products (especially if they are all from different brands). Not seeing results? Remove an item or two and stick with that for three months, which is the time it takes to see a change. You need a great face wash, morning moisturiser, evening moisturiser, sunscreen, and mask. Outside of that, you can start to add products, but stick to the basics and get quality products first and foremost.
- She does masks once a week. Don’t have time? Double time a mask while meal prepping on Sundays, meditating, or even working at your computer. “Face masks are occlusive—they blanket the skin and drive products in deeply. Masks can deliver higher concentrations of active ingredients to plump, hydrate, and balance the skin,” says Dr. Deirde Hooper, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology.
- She has a routine she follows with skincare. The most important factor in having radiant and glowing skin is to use your products with consistency, the same as you eat healthy and go to the gym to see physical results. Make your skincare work for you by finding products you love, such as Madara Cosmetics, and then set aside 5-10 minutes each night to pamper yourself to get that radiant skin.
I feel for you fellow sister. Having bad skin can ruin your condolence in no time and I’ve personally been through it all from Proactiv, to Accutane, Spirolactin, to wearing no makeup and everything in between. I hope you loved learning about my secrets that you can start with TODAY to see clearer, more radiant skin!
I’d love to know: what skincare tips do you swear by?