What is glowing skin?
Have you ever been complimented on how great your skin looks? Don’t you just feel so amazing after? If you ever wanted it, but don’t know how, don’t worry we have you covered. Here we will talk about what glowing skin is, and how to achieve it. It’s a lot simpler than you think, and it doesn’t rely on some magic cream or mystic youth elixir.
So what is glowing skin? Glowing skin can be characterised as moist, not dull and flaky, having small pores, even complexion and free of pimples and other blemishes. To help your skin shine you will need a good daily skin care routine and have the right Nutrition for skin health.
As with any beauty regime, consistency over time is key, below are the steps and product types that can be used to get that glow.
Our skin regenerates every 27 days  so when we have dull skin it is often because the newer and more vibrant skin is being hidden behind the dead cells on top. This is why exfoliating two to three times a week is essential, as it removes the dead cells and exposes the newer ones. There are two ways to exfoliate your skin:
- Chemical – this is actually gentler on your skin than physical, as we tend to over exfoliate with the physical one and it can damage the skin. Alpha-Hydroxy Acid exfoliators dissolve away dirt and impurities gently.
- Physical – made up of small grains that literally rubs out the dead cells, though effective you have to be careful not to over scrub!.
Our relationship with the sun is a strange one, we need it stay alive and it gives our body the chance to make essential vitamin D, but too much exposure can lead to skin damage. In fact sun damage over a long period of time can cause more wrinkles, create age spots and sometimes cancer. This is why applying sunscreen to your face daily is key. Be sure to choose one that reads ‘noncomedogenic’ or ‘nonacnegenic’ as these don’t block the pores, which can cause acne.
Drinking water is essential for healthier looking skin, it keeps our cells hydrated giving the appearance of fuller and firmer skin. When we are dehydrated it makes the skin look dull and highlights our wrinkles and fine lines even more. Try to drink between 2 to 3 litres of water daily, which can include herbal teas.
Hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate which is naturally occurring in our skin. It helps the skin by holding on to moisture and gives the appearance of fuller plumper skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
A form of vitamin A, retinoid helps your new skin cells generate more quickly and replaces the older ones. This increases the collagen in the skin, which makes the skin more elastic and gives a smoother appearance. 
Vitamin C is known for the ability to brighten the skin, and topical application helps reduce dark circles, pigmentation and other blemishes.
We should clean our skin at least once a day, as it removes excess oils, dirt and other pollutants which can cause blocked pores and pimples. Use a natural make up remover such as olive oil and wash with a gentle soap. Rinse off with luke warm or cold water and pat dry your face.
This may sound obvious but failing to moisturize the skin can leave it looking dry and flaky. Be sure to moisturize twice daily in the morning and the evening after washing your face.
Baobab Face Mask
At Plant Burst we love natural face masks and our Organic Baobab powder makes the perfect ingredient. Baobab fruit nutrition has high levels of vitamin C which is vital for skin protection, packed with antioxidants which reduces free radical damage and helps reduce premature ageing. Try this super hydrating Plant Burst face mask:
2 tsp of Plant Burst Baobab Powder
1.5 tsp of turmeric powder
2 tbsp. of oats
2 tsp melted coconut oil
2 tbsp. coconut yogurt
Mix all ingredients well in a bowl and apply evenly to your skin and let it dry for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with Luke-warm water and pat dry skin with a towel. Repeat 3 times weekly and watch your skin look and feel younger.
Beauty from within (Nutrition)
Our skin is often a reflection of our diet and lifestyle, which is why it is essential you eat a healthy diet to support and nourish your skin. Consuming foods high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and polyphenols give your skin all the nutrients to shine and give you the glow.
Below is a list of key nutrients which play a key role in skin health and a list of foods which contain them.
Omega 3 are essential fatty acids, essential means the body cannot produce it, and so we need to find these nutrients in our food. Omega 3 fatty acids form part of the cell membrane and keeps our skin moist, supple and more elastic.
Found in – Chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts. 1 ground tablespoon of ground flax is all you need for your RDA.
Daily sun exposure and pollution can cause free radical damage to our skin, and quicken the ageing process. A diet rich in antioxidants help fight and slow down the ageing process.
Found in – organic baobab powder, berries, and cacao. Consuming 7-10 portions of fruit and vegetables will give us a vast array of antioxidants.
Vitamin C is vital for collagen production, collagen is what keeps our skin firm and elastic.
Found in – Organic Baobab powder, bell peppers, and berries – two tablespoons of baobab gives you nearly 60% of your RDI.
Vitamin E works with vitamin C in collagen production and helps reduce damage from UV rays
Found in – almonds, sunflower seeds, and avocados
Our upper and lower layers of our skin are made up of vitamin A. It helps lessen sun damage, and help reduces itchy, dry and bumpy skin.
Found in – carrots, dark leafy vegetables, and sweet potatoes
Foods to avoid
As much as our skin absorbs the nutrients we eat, it also absorbs the toxins and other nasties from our food. So we should try to heavily reduce or eliminate the following:
Alcohol – alcohol is a diuretic, which means it increases the amount of water expelled by the body, so this dehydrates the skin.
Processed foods and sugars – these foods can cause gut issues as they feed the bad bacteria in the gut. If we have an unbalanced gut it can lead to acne.
Oily foods – consuming fried foods can cause inflammation in the skin, which leads to oily skin which can cause acne.
Smoking – though not a food, smoking dry’s and ages the skin. As the oxygen in our skin cells are replaced with carbon monoxide and nicotine.
Glowing skin is the holy grail of all beauty, making simple daily changes to our morning and evening routine along with a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and exercise we can create the environment for our skin to shine.