Tired of looking tired? Done with being dull? (Skinned, that is.) Yeah, so am I. Unlike my fiance and every other man I know who follows no beauty regimen whatsoever yet somehow has flawless skin, I was not born with a perfect complexion. (Thank goodness for the softening effects of Instagram!) But the truth is, clear glowing skin can be achieved if you know what to do and you stick with it. Which for me means it better be simple ’cause ain’t nobody got time for that. So what’s a woman to do? I asked some well-qualified experts for their top tips on getting gorgeous glowing skin … no airbrushing required.
1. Water, water, water! (And a few other things.)
According to Kelly Boyer, chef, founder of Paleta organic home delivery and natural juice cleanse, the best path to glowing skin is from the inside out. “The least surprising thing is to include as much water in your diet as possible. This literally keeps you hydrated from the inside out. You can’t drink enough of it! Nuts and seeds are always a great choice. Sunflower seeds are loaded with vitamin E and eating a handful a day keeps your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun.”
She also recommends her own Paleta aloe power boost, part of the Get Glowing Beauty Detox program she recently launched and which I tried for two days. (You can read all about my experience here.) One more thing you can do: Paleta’s cold-pressed organic juice in Coco Colada. “This tropical drink is loaded with coconut, which has been eaten by tropical cultures for thousands of years to promote health and beauty. The result? Youthful looking, glowing skin with high levels of elasticity and moisture.” Who doesn’t want that?!
2. Moisturize like there is no tomorrow.
Emmy-nominated makeup artist Patty Bunch says it’s all about keeping skin hydrated with the right topical products that won’t clog your pores. And judging from her long list of clients–Halle Barry, Julie Bowen, Melissa McCartney, Lisa Kudrow–it works.”Make sure to moisturize day and night after thoroughly cleansing your skin. Don’t use an anti-aging eye cream during the day, only at night.”
Also, she says, “make sure you wear a foundation rich in skin repairing ingredients and sun protection. My favorite is Oxygenetix! It doesn’t clog pores and allows the skin to breathe. It also has SPF and is sweat proof.” FYI: Oxygenetix is my favorite, too. It’s the only foundation I use on TV and a lot of other TV and movie people use it, too.
3. Add lots of color to your diet.
Rosita Arvigo, world-renowned Mayan healing instructor and author of “Rainforest Remedies,” says all you have to do is simply take advantage of Mother Nature’s bounty to get rid of that dull complexion. “If you really want to have a lasting gorgeous glow to your skin you have to achieve it from the inside out. The way to do that is to eat your fruits and vegetables. The more color the fruit has, the better it is for your skin. You should also eat richly colored veggies like kale, collard greens, blue corn and black beans.”
Fruits like mango, papaya, oranges, pineapple, plums, peaches and blueberries are full of antioxidants, which delay the breakdown of tissue. Not only do these foods benefit your skin and overall health, but they taste so good it won’t feel like work at all.
4. Move that body. And give it a good scrub!
Celeb fitness trainer and author Ashley Borden has worked with everyone from Cindy Crawford and Reese Witherspoon to Ryan Gosling and her advice is pretty straightforward. “Cardiovascular activity–with a fresh face, no makeup!–absolutely helps to give skin a healthy glow through increased blood circulation,” she says. “Rebounding [trampoline], swimming, elliptical, and incline power walking are great options.” Another important tip: “Eating foods that have a higher water content are better for your body as well as your skin.” Do citrus and vegetables and “stay away from processed foods and excessive sugar.”
But glowing skin isn’t just for the face. “For the skin on the body I recommend a serious scrubbing mitt which helps with circulation to keep that glow and remove dead skin,” says Borden. “Kae has a mitt scrubber that I love. I use it with Moroccan black soap by Elma and Sana. I alternate it with Trader Joe’s lavender body salt scrub. Follow any exfoliation with a super thick moisturizer. I love the body butter by Kai. I also love a good pumice stone and body gel for keeping heels soft!”
5. Say yes to sugar. Wait… what???
Skincare guru Michelle De Leon of Embody Esthetics in Beverly Hills says a super easy way to get glowing skin is to add some sugar to your routine. But before you reach for that donut, she’s talking about sugar you put on your skin, not in your mouth.
“We all know eating sugar is horrible for your skin, but using sugar as a scrub is actually good for your skin, ” she says. “An easy scrub I make is with one cup white sugar (brown is OK, too, I just like white because it’s a fine grain), 1/2 cup cold-pressed olive oil and castor oil. It cleanses, balances your own oils and exfoliates gently.” She also highly recommends Le Mieux Bio Cell Rejuvenating Cream, which she says will leave you with a healthy, hydrated glow. Fabulous!