Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and not feeling comfortable with your skin? Are you one of the many people looking for ways to give your complexion a natural boost without investing too much time or money? If so, this article is for you! A renowned naturopath has discovered two simple, yet effective tips that can help anyone achieve a more radiant complexion in just a few days. Read on to find out how she does it, including her insider tips on how to make positive lifestyle changes that bring lasting results.
What are the reasons behind this pale and pale complexion?
You may be wondering why my skin is dull? To regain the luminous aspect of your skin, it is essential to understand why your complexion has lost its radiance. Here are some responsible factors:
Dead skin cells.
Every day we shed millions of dead cells, which can accumulate and pile on top of each other like dust particles on a surface. This layer of dead skin can prevent the skin from reflecting light, giving your face an ashy look. With age, the skin’s ability to renew itself decreases, leading to increased accumulation of dead cells.
Pollution not only affects your lungs, but also your skin. Dirt and sulfur dioxide molecules in the air can create free radicals (unstable molecules that damage cells in your body). They can have a negative effect on your skin, damaging collagen and stimulating pigment production, which makes your complexion look tired and dull.
When you’re stressed, your fight or flight response kicks in, diverting blood flow from your face to other parts of your body, like your muscles, making your skin look less vibrant and dull.
If you don’t drink enough water or if the weather is particularly dry outside (for example, during a hot summer or a very cold winter), the amount of moisture below the skin’s surface may decrease. Leaving skin that looks deflated and dull, instead of plump and luminous.
Smoking, lack of exercise, and a diet consisting mostly of processed foods high in sugar, salt, and fats can have serious consequences on the radiance of your complexion.
Two practices to exercise every morning for radiant skin.
Activate lymphatic drainage:
A massage is an excellent way to activate the lymphatic drainage of the face. To achieve it:
- Start by washing your hands and applying a little oil or lotion to your fingers.
- Rub your palms together until warm.
- Start by placing your hands on either side of the neck, just below the earlobes, and gently massage in circular motions with your fingertips, working towards your chin.
- Continue to the middle of the neck, then move up to massage along the jawline.
- Gently massage in circles all around the jawline, working slowly from the chin to both ears.
- Go up to massage around and under both eyes, applying light pressure with your index fingers.
- To stimulate lymphatic drainage and promote circulation in this sensitive area, tap lightly with two fingertips rather than directly massaging into wrinkles or crow’s feet.
- Work along both eyebrows and temples using light kneading motions that work up each ear in a sweeping motion.
- Finish with light stroking strokes that cover all areas of the face, from forehead to chin, ending on the neck, where you started.
This helps promote relaxation after stimulating circulation. Always be sure to use light pressure when performing a facial massage, as too much pressure or deep massage techniques on facial muscles can cause wrinkles or sagging over time due to weakened ligaments and facial muscles that maintain the structure of the skin.
A breakfast rich in antioxidants.
Start the day off right with an antioxidant-rich breakfast that will energize you and help boost your circulation!
A great option is a fresh fruit smoothie loaded with antioxidants. Try using a combination of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and/or cherries. Not only are these fruits packed with powerful antioxidants like vitamin C and polyphenols, but they also contain fiber, which helps lower blood cholesterol levels, thereby improving circulation.
Oatmeal with fresh fruit is another great choice for breakfast. Oats are rich in soluble fiber which helps lower cholesterol levels and improve blood circulation. Add freshly cut apples or bananas to boost antioxidant benefits and add a touch of sweetness.
If you’re looking for something saltier, try an omelette filled with colorful vegetables like peppers, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes. It’s a great way to get your daily dose of vitamin E and other plant compounds that provide powerful protection against oxidative stress. Adding a little avocado will give you monounsaturated fats that can help reduce inflammation in the body and improve overall circulation.
Whatever breakfast meal you choose, make sure it includes foods rich in antioxidants that have been proven to have positive effects on our circulatory system!
Extra: Bet on natural facial masks.
Natural face masks are great for people who want to maintain fresh, healthy skin without resorting to potentially harsh chemicals. There is a whole range of natural ingredients that can be used to create a mask to suit every need, whether it’s brightening and refreshing or nourishing and revitalizing.
Whether you want to DIY your own mask or buy an off-the-shelf one, natural face masks are growing in popularity as we become aware of the long-term benefits they can offer our skin. Regular use of natural face masks can help ensure your face gets the nutrients it needs, while looking softer and smoother over time. Perfect for a moment of relaxation or an evening with friends!