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If you're anything like me, and every other woman on the planet, you probably wear makeup. The funny thing is, you also wish you didn't have to wear makeup! For many, cosmetic products serve as a cure and a culprit. Covering up leads to clogging up your pores and a never-ending cycle of not so clear skin. I love the barely there makeup look. I especially love long lashes and a bold lip. So this is by no means a piece to encourage a ban on the cosmetic industry. But, it is important to know what role your health plays on your skin. Living a healthy and active lifestyle will lead to toned muscles and improved cardio vascular health, but it will also lead to healthy beautiful skin.

Achieving the no makeup glow starts with what you eat, how you treat your skin and how you treat your body as a whole. I love a good list, so here are 3 easy tips to incorporate into your day for an amazing complexion you will want to show off with or without enhancers!

Water 

Let’s start with the most obvious. Your body is made up of 70% water, so staying hydrated may be one of the easiest things you can do to stay healthy and look great. Water aids in weightless and digestive health, but it also helps maintaining beautiful skin. Staying super hydrated enables the detoxification process to work its magic. Water cleanses out the impurities in your body and rids your skin of all the unwanted bacteria. Maintaining a diet rich in fiber and hydration will help your liver and digestive system work to at its best. The tricky thing is figuring out how to drink enough water through day and balancing beverage choices. I start my day with a cup a coffee. Coffee has its own health benefits when consumed properly, but it does dehydrate the body. So add a cup of water with every cup of coffee or tea. This will balance things out and also serves as a great way to minimize the stains that dark caffeinated beverages can leave on your teeth. Setting alarms to remind you to chug a bottle of water is another great tool or mixing up your own detox water. Adding lemons, limes or any acidic fruit to water can improve the taste for all my non-water lovers, and it will also add some essential nutrients and positive cleansing benefits!

Exercise

We all know that physical activity releases those feel good vibes called endorphins, and most skin issues are brought on by unwanted stress. Stress and anxiety plagues millions of individuals daily and can lead to breakouts, rashes and various skin issues. Finding a stress management tool is essential to living a balanced life and will definitely improve the quality of your skin. Regular exercise will reduce stress levels but also helps you sweat out unwanted impurities. If you have access to a sauna or steam room, add a little heated relaxation after your workouts. Both the dry or moist heat will open up your pores and help increase circulation.  

Skin Care 

At the end of the day, everyone’s skin is very different. What works for one person may not work for another. Sometimes, genetics or individual allergies play a large role, so customizing your routine is important for achieving personal skin goals.

No matter what your skin type is one thing is true – you have to wash your face! For those who enjoy wearing makeup daily, you especially have to wash your makeup off at night. And for the bold and the beautiful, it’s best to wash your face before a work out as well. Leaving on all those toxins while you sleep or sweat can lead to clogged pores and more blemishes. So find products and a routine that works for you and stick to it! Three things I love for all skin types are:

  • DIY Honey Mask – this is great for balancing the PH levels in the skin and revealing your bright and clear complexion. Just mix apple cider vinegar, honey, and olive oil in equal parts (one tablespoon each) and apply to cleansed face. Leave on for 5-10 min and rinse. This can be done once a week, but be sure to spot test in case you have any food allergies.
  • Facials – even if you cannot afford monthly microdermabrasion or special skincare services, make sure to exfoliate, tone, and moisturize. Making a Sunday night routine where you actually remember to follow your skin care routine and give your face a little extra TLC is a great way to relax and reveal that natural beauty.
  • Yoga – what, yoga? Yes, yoga is skincare too! Yoga postures help improve circulation, which you now know helps improve clarity and softness of the skin. Yoga is also very relaxing and definitely helps reduce stress. Additionally, many acne sufferers benefit for from the cooling breathing exercises incorporated into many asanas.
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