I think that when we oggle at celebrities and beauty bloggers alike with fantastic skin, we often forget that skincare and a good beauty routine are only half of the battle towards a natural inner glow. I distinctly remember reading once that Kayla Itsines does not wear makeup, only moisturizer and mascara on a daily basis, and I was blown away. How does someone achieve such flawlessness every day of the week? To be completely fair, I will likely never reach a point where my skin is so healthy that I could go without makeup; I have had red splotches on my cheeks for my entire life and they do not seem to be in any hurry to disappear. On top of that, my skin dries out in the winter so that every January becomes a daily oscillation between moisturizing masks and flaky skin. However, I recently made a few lifestyle changes and surprisingly, my skin texture, color and glow have all simultaneously improved.
One of the big changes that I have implemented is that I have started adding oils to my foundation with amazing effects. My makeup can easily cake-up on my face and this small change has significantly improved the wear and texture of my foundation. If I am not adding oil (pure argan oil, to be exact) I add in my Tarte Radiance Drops to improve the moisture factor in my daily routine.
As you will have noticed, I am all about my hydration rituals. Masks and moisturizers are in my daily routine, and very necessary in this dry weather. Among my current favorites is this Origins gel moisturizer, which is great for my sensitive skin and smells like orange-heaven. I like to compliment it with the Thirsty Mud mask from Glamglow, which I will wear in the evenings while I take care of other daily tasks. Plus, it smells like coconut and vanilla if you are into vacation-scented products!
I have already made improvements over the last few years on hydration, but I recently had a co-worker (Hi Kelsey!) who convinced me to try adding lemon and/or other fruit to infuse into my water at work. This little difference has definitely increased my water intake, and I would be willing to bet that this, in combination with my other changes below, has really cleared up my skin.
I have read several times that dairy can cause breakouts and general skin congestion, but I didn’t give this much thought until recently. After cutting out milk from my daily routine, my forehead and chin have never been clearer. As much as I miss having regular lattes, my energy levels are up and my skin is loving it!
What have you been loving to achieve a natural glow? I am always looking for new things to try out! Leave me a comment with your top suggestions 🙂