4 Steps That Make Glowing Skin Simple

Achieving perfect glowing skin is something that many people dream of. Unfortunately, skin problems like spots, dryness, red patches, and excess oil can all stand in your way. However, figuring out exactly how you can combat these issues to work towards healthy smooth skin doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think, as there are 4 easy to follow steps which you can utilise to get that flawless dewy glow in no time at all. So, if you would like to find out more, then read on to uncover some of the best tips and tricks that you can make the most of today! AdobeStock_289202158.jpeg


A Healthy Diet Is Key 


One of the most important steps which you must address in order to achieve glowing skin is your diet. If you eat foods which are high in sugar, fat, salt and artificial ingredients like colours and preservatives, then you are laying the worst possible foundations for your skin to work from. The foods that you eat directly convert to the fuel that your body utilises for all tasks, including the regeneration and repair of your skin. Failing to provide your skin with the nutritious fuel that it needs to perform to its full potential means that you are almost certainly going to encounter issues such as spots and excess oil. Alternatively, consuming a nutritious diet that’s rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, complex carbohydrates and lean protein will give your body all of the vitamins and minerals it needs to regulate and stabilise, helping your skin to achieve a healthy balance. Eating healthily can be a struggle with the endless temptations that litter everyday life, but as soon as you begin to reap the benefits of your diet change you will soon realise that your hard work is worth it. 


Focus On Hydration


Another key feature of healthy, glowing skin is hydration. Though it may have become a cliché for those with perfect skin to recommend drinking water as a treatment for bad skin problems, there is a large amount of truth in the claim. Drinking at leat 8 cups of water each day will help your body to flush out the toxins and impurities that contribute to unhealthy skin, as well as providing the rest of your body (and mind) with a whole host of extra benefits. The human body is made up of over 70% water, so failing to keep this topped up can lead to many more harmful things than a case of dehydration. Drinking such a large amount of water can be tough for someone who has never formed such a habit, but using a reminder on your smartphone or hanging post notes around your home can help you to stay in check. It’s a good idea to invest in a plastic-free reusable water bottle that has a large capacity, as you can carry this with you at all times to ensure you have access to water on the go. 


Use Paraban Free Products 


In recent years, the issue of parabens has thrown the beauty industry a massive curveball. The preservatives and chemicals used in many skincare products are being researched at greater length, and this is uncovering certain issues that may influence your decision when buying. Ingredients such as SLS in moisturisers have actually been proven to dry out your skin, and the fact that these parabens often get washed away down the drain after use means that the harmful chemicals are now found in the sea. The same goes for micro plastics used in facial scrubs, as they leave debris on the surface of your skin that eventually makes its way into the local ecosystem harming aquatic life. Opting for natural, paraben free skin care products will enable you to stop contributing to such travesties whilst also reducing stress on your skin at the same time. There are many natural products which offer the properties you are seeking without the need for harsh chemicals, and these skin-loving ingredients will no doubt be more gentle too. Do a little research to uncover the best natural brands on the market, and order a few tester products to see just how easy it can be to achieve a healthy glow without the need for parabens. 


Visit A Skin Specialist 


If you have any particular issues that you feel are holding you back from achieving the healthy glowing skin you’re dreaming of, then perhaps now is the time to visit an experienced skin specialist to get a professional opinion. No matter what is troubling you, from discolouration and patchiness to wrinkles and other signs of age, there’s bound to be a treatment out there that can put an end to your woes. You may not wish to jump in at the deep end and get a full facelift, but a little support from a trusted skin expert can relieve you of the problems that feel you are experiencing. Always do your research before booking an appointment at a skin clinic by reading reviews left by previous customers, as a treatment gone wrong can cause your skin problems to intensify. Respected skin specialists should hold some kind of accreditation or qualification, so always ask to see this before going ahead with your appointment. An important feature of any kind of professional skin treatment is the aftercare process, so always take this information on board by listening to their advice. 


Following the 4 tried and tested steps detailed above will help you to achieve the perfect glowing skin that you’ve been dreaming of in no time at all. Whether you need to switch up your diet to eat more healthily, focus on drinking water regularly, explore natural paraben free products or book an appointment with a skin specialist, the benefits will become obvious far sooner than you may expect! There’s truly no point in wasting your hard earned money on enormously expensive ‘miracle’ creams when the top tips above can work even more successfully for a fraction of the cost.


Hip Hydration Bottle*


Like pretty much everyone I know, over the past few years I’ve made a real effort to reduce the amount of single use plastics, and although I take my shopping bag to Waitrose, and measure out my fruit and veg in reusable bags, I’ve got a terrible habit of picking up water bottles whilst I’m out and about. I’ve been on a hunt for a bottle which I can pop into my handbag, and I think I’ve found an absolute winner in the form of my new Hip Hydration Bottle which comes in the mot beautiful shade of blush pink.


I’ve coveted Hip’s water bottles for a few years, as their slimline shape feels like it would be perfect for slipping into my handbag, and honestly, I’m a little in love. The bottle holds 650ml of liquid, which keeps me going all day long, and it doesn’t feel anywhere nearly as bulky as a regular water bottle. In the morning, I fill it with distilled water from the fridge, and I don’t need to both with single use bottles, no matter how busy the day becomes.


I’m absolutely in love with the rubber snake print which covers the bottom half of the bottom. Not only does it look super fun, but it’s grippy to – so if I’ve got it on the desk beside me, I’m not worried about it falling over. It’s available in a rainbow of colours too – so if you’re headed out on a summer picnic or road trip – it would be perfect to get everyone their own colour, and just stack them up.

Hip Hydration Bottles at priced at £16.99 from Home Store and More

AHC Essential – Real Eye Cream for Face*


I’m not quite sure where I read it, but years ago, I remember seeing an article all about Jennifer Lopez’s skincare secrets. It included all the normal gems – drink water, get eight hours of sleep, but what stood out was her admission that rather than keeping pricey eye creams around her eyes, she used them as her face cream instead. Quite rightly, she pointed out that the formulas are full of more potent ingredients which benefit the whole face, so she just used it everywhere. Obviously I don’t have the bank balance of J.Lo, so I usually just look longingly at my eye cream tubs thinking back to the article, but when AHC sent over their Real Eye Cream for Face, it pretty much felt like my prayers had been answered.


I’ve not tried any of the AHC’s products before, but their Korean roots and seriously scientific formulas had me intrigued. In a stroke of good timing, I was just about at the bottom of my current day cream, so within 24 hours of it hitting the doormat, I was able to get testing. For reference, I’ve got dry skin which tends towards the sensitive side, so I need to be picky when it comes to creams, as I like to feel hydrated and dewy all day long.


AHC Essential Real Eye Cream for Face feels like it was pretty much made for me – it feels light and cooling on the skin, and the formula contains ‘ultra-fine micro emulsion technology’ which enables the effective delivery of ingredients deep into the skin, optimising their efficacy. AHC have designed the moisturiser to be as effective whether you use it as an eye cream or as a general day cream, and as you might be able to guess, I’ve fallen in love with it as an all-over hydrator.


Silky soft, and fast absorbing, AHC have designed the formula to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while supporting collagen production which naturally firms and plumps the under eyes for a youthful-looking finish. It’s the perfect base for summer makeup – and it keeps skin looking plump and dewy, and feeling fresh all day long.

AHC Essential Real Eye Cream for Face is priced at £26 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

JML Finishing Touch Flawless Folding Mirror @ Home Store & More*


Whenever I check into a hotel, and see their swish illuminated magnifying mirrors in the bathroom, I always vow to treat myself to something similar. Getting to finish my makeup off with the help of clear lighting and a gorgeous space to enjoy always feels like a real treat, so when Home Store and More sent over the JML Finishing Touch Flawless Folding Mirror, it was pretty much perfect timing!


As you might be able to guess from the name, the JML mirror folds flat, and, with the help of a few double a batteries, illuminates on two sides, letting me choose from regular or magnified reflections. There’s also a bit of room to store jewellery – perfect if you’re planning on enjoying a last minute vacation this summer.


Unlike a lot of portable mirrors I’ve tried, the lights on this one are bright white – perfect for makeup application (is there anything worse than realising you’re orange once you’re outside?!) and I love the fact I don’t need to deal with wires or chargers. Once I’m finished, I just turn the light off, and pop it into my dressing table drawer.

The JML Finishing Touch Flawless Folding Mirror is priced at £19.99 and is available here.

D’Alchemy Essential Body Balm*


When it comes to summer skincare, I always have a bit of a dilemma – I want to keep skin soft and hydrated, but many balms and creams feel too rich or heavy to use when the temperature creeps up. When I got my paws on D’Alchemy’s Essential Body Balm, I felt like all my prayers had been answered – a delicious smelling, lightweight formula which skinks easily into skin, leaving it nourished and beautifully scented.


Packaged in the brand’s signature chic, black bottles, the Essential Body Balm is perfect to applying post-shower. It’s got a light, lotion-y formula, which sinks easily. The balm includes great for skin ingredients including verbena, witch hazel and orange blossom, it’s enriched with precious plant oils and butters, protects the skin against environmental pollution and UV radiation. Thanks to the inclusion of a mixture of essential oils which include mandarin, grapefruit and orange, as well as extracts of guarana, acerola, cranberry, salvia, pine and rosemary, the balm smells absolutely heavenly. It’s a light not-quite-fruity fragrance which feels perfect for summer, and I’m completed addicted to slathering it on morning and night, and my skin is absolutely loving it!

D’Alchemy Essential Body Balm is priced at £58.60 and is available here

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