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Get Your Glow On

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I just read a bunch of "red carpet" ready secrets of the stars during award season, and it struck me that those of us in constant search of the Fountain of Youth are tantalized by the idea of facials, scrubs and lasers that instantly take years off your face and restore youth, and dewy freshness in the matter of one visit to the skin guru du jour.

But even if you lived in LA or NY where all of the sought after facialists congregate, the cost is prohibitive, and the idea of all-out effort for one night of glam is wasteful.  Plus, any short-term skin fix can be beat by investing in the long game of skin health.  Skin is our largest organ and needs to be fed, rested, hydrated and nourished daily to achieve the best results in the short and long term. 

These 10 tips for getting your glow on have far-reaching benefits for your overall health, and give you an instant pay-off. We recommend just surrendering to living this way forever, but just one week of our plan with some skin feeding green smoothies, extra sleep and a few treatments made from anti-inflammatory ingredients can make a visible difference in glow, tone and texture.

Drink 8 glasses (64oz) of water a day

Water Glass

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Drink an Antioxitini every day a.k.a. Green Smoothie

Combating tired, dull skin is as simple as upping your fruits-and-veggies intake. Studies show eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables makes you more attractive. There's no real downside to a produce-heavy diet, so this is just one more reason of many to eat more servings of fruits and vegetables and it’s easy to get a higher total by drinking smoothies.

Find Great Green Smoothie Recipes Here

Dry Brush Your Body.

In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. It’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for promoting healthy skin.

Dry Brushing

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Try A Homemade Facial

There a plenty of options, but Papaya is known as a strong exfoliating agent, Egg White helps in toning the skin and Honey helps in moisturizing the skin. To make this refreshing mask, you need a half of ripe papaya, skinned and seeded. Mix together thoroughly and apply it to your face (avoid eyes and lips). Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off with warm water.

Take or Eat Your Omegas

When possible, try to get omega-3 fatty acids from foods rather than supplements. Fish high in DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids include anchovies, bluefish, herring, mackerel, salmon (wild has more omega-3s than farmed), sardines, sturgeon, lake trout, and tuna. Many experts recommend eating these fish two to three times a week. 

Exercise to a Full Sweat

Sweating is actually your body's way of helping to keep your skin clean. By sweating out accumulated toxins, your skin stays cleaner and, over time, it will appear to look healthier than ever.

Full Sweat

Breathe

Stress dries out the skin and can cause break­outs, so focus on deep breathing.

Steam

A steam will loosen debris in your skin, unclog your pores and give your face a deep cleaning. You’ll have healthier, softer and more glowing skin.

Laugh   

When you laugh, your facial muscles and your abdominal muscles get worked. Most people ignore the facial muscles when they work out and stretch, but laughter is a fun, simple way to improve blood flow in the face. Having improved blood flow and movement in the face will add a healthy-looking radiance to the skin in your face, which will improve the tone of your skin.

Get Some Sleep

Sleep allows the skin to restore its natural balance and increases the   effectiveness of certain skin care ingredients, potentially providing more benefit to your skin. When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin will show it.

 

 

 

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