Regardless of skin type, one common goal we all have is a bright complexion. For some of us, we need to work a little bit harder than others to have the bright, vibrant complexion we desire. Oily skin can leave your complexion looking dull, while dry skin can leave it looking flaky and less than desirable as well.
All is not lost and there are proven ways you can brighten your skin safely and effectively. We have put together 7 proven tips to brighten your complexion which take into account all aspects of our lives that have an effect on our skin. While you can’t change your genetics, you can change skincare and lifestyle habits providing you with the complexion you seek.
Brighten Your Complexion Today
While it can be healthy for our bodies in moderation, alcohol is a diuretic and can dehydrate and dull your skin. Additionally, alcohol increases the blood flow in the skin’s surface creating a flushed appearance. Continuous drinking can over time become permanent. To eliminate this from happening to you, maintain small amounts of alcohol consumption to keep your skin looking healthy.
Your Skin is What You Eat
The second tip in brightening your complexion is watching what you eat. While many people believe the food they eat directly affects their complexion, this is only a partial truth. The food you eat affects the health of your skin. The result of how healthy your skin determines the look of your complexion.
To improve the health of your skin eat more foods high in essential fatty acids, such as fish – especially salmon, walnuts and flax seed. Essential fatty acids are crucial to healthy skin because they help boost collagen and help with cell formation, deep under the skin’s surface. This aids in counteracting or slowing down your skin’s ageing. You can think of it as feeding or nourishing your skin from within. Here are some more healthy skin foods and 5 vitamins for healthy skin.
Out With the Old, In With the New
Regardless of the advertisements and celebrity endorsements, you cannot moisturize dead skin. It does not matter how great a moisturizer is, dead skin is dead and no amount of moisturizer with brighten your complexion. Flaky dead skin will not go away by applying moisturizer or even changing your moisturizer, it must be removed. The best way to remove the dead skin from your face is to exfoliate your skin.
There are many benefits to exfoliating your skin as well as a number of different methods. You can use a washcloth daily for gentle exfoliation, you can use an exfoliating treatment such as the Skindulgence Facelift or go deeper with microdermabrasion. By exfoliating on a regular basis you are consistently removing the dead skin cells, promoting new cellular growth and thus helping to brighten your complexion.
Have Your Glass of Sunshine
Drinking a glass of orange juice every morning is great for vitamin C it provides your body and the immune boosting powers it entails. Not only is the antioxidant vitamin C great for helping you keep colds away, but it is also a very powerful anti-ageing agent. Increasing your vitamin C intake is a great way to anti-age and brighten your skin.
There are quite a few skin care product lines that have complete Vitamin C sets priced from high end all the way to budget. One of our client’s favourites is The Body Shop’s Vitamin C line, specifically their Vitamin C Facial Radiance Capsules which are little individual daily capsules that you break open and apply to your skin after washing, but before moisturizing.
Increased Skin Moisture
Washing your face daily is essential and for most people, it is recommended to wash their face twice a day. First thing in the morning and just before bed is the opportune times to clean your face. For women, washing your face gets rid of makeup, but for men and women who don’t wear makeup, it gets rid of the oils and dirt that have built up on your skin’s surface. These oils and dirt can clog pores and leave you with bogged down the skin.
Washing your skin reduces the natural oils on the surface of your skin and will need to be hydrated after cleansing. To ensure your skin is clean but not damaged, use of a high-quality pH-balanced cleanser, such as the Skindulgence Cleanser, deep cleans your skin while at the same time being gentle enough for daily use and all skin types. Then once complete, follow up with the Skindulgence Moisturizer to ensure the essential vitamins and minerals are absorbed back into your skin.
Properly moisturizing your skin twice daily will reduce the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
Use a Weekly Brightening Face Mask
The end of your week should be more than just preparation for the start of the next. One great habit to indulge in that is more a necessity than a luxury to brighten your completion is the use of a weekly brightening mask. Products such as the Skindulgence BioCell Mask have been developed specifically for brightening your complexion. The herbs and botanicals contained in the cellulose mask delivers antioxidants, nutrients and vitamins directly to your skin, leaving it replenished, rejuvenated and bright.
In addition to how your skin feels great, you can relax, unwind and rest while your face is getting the “spa” treatment.
Brighten with Makeup
Last but not least on our list of tips to brighten your complexion, is mineral makeup is a good choice for those looking for healthy, brighter complexion. Some of the liquid or cream foundations are so heavy and don’t give your skin the ability to shine through. If you’re following the tips above and your complexion is naturally getting brighter, don’t bring down your skin with heavy makeup.