The Face of a Thousand Suns: How to Get Radiant Skin

radiant-skinA complexion that is smooth will reflect enough light to fuel a thousand suns. By the age of 20, the skin cells on our face turnover starts to slow- meaning more dead skin pile up. By the time we are in our 30s or 40s, the skin turnover rate almost increases by twice! If dead skin piles up to large amounts, the light that reflects off of our skin will accumulate and skin will look dull. How do we fight this in our quest to be the face of a thousand suns?

Exfoliate. Remove that dead skin with something that penetrates a little deeper. Exfoliate once a week (more or less depending on your skin type) to remove the slough that hangs on your skin. If you have acne-prone skin, double combat it with an exfoliator that contains salicylic acid to help clear pores. If you have dry or sensitive skin try a lactic acid peel. This type of exfoliator won’t penetrate the skin as deeply as other methods, so your sensitive skin won’t be vulnerable to irritation.

Moisturize with ceramides. The natural enzymes in your skin cannot be rid of dead skin cells if your skin is flaky and dry. Ceramides not only moisturize, but they reinforce that moisture barrier that exists on your ski
Get a dose of Vitamin C. For brighter looking skin, Vitamin C works to fade sun spots in addition to brightening it’s overall complexion-slaying some serious double whammies. You can get your fix in delicious foods such as kiwis, broccoli, berries, tomatoes, pears and papayas.

Cut the Vices – stray away from caffeine, booze and excess sugar. Booze and caffeine work to rob your skin of the most essential ingredient- water. Sugar works to tear down the elastin and collagen in your skin that act as the major foundation. Be sure to substitute a sugar craving with a delicious fruit.

Balance the pH levels in your skin. You don’t have to be a scientist to understand what this will do to your skin. The pH levels in our skin help that sheeny face shatter through the dullness. Drinking more water and eating more vibrantly colored vegetables can help aid in balancing your body’s pH levels. In addition, using a toner daily will help level the playing field for your skin.

More sleep a day will keep the dermatologist away. “Skin cells turn over while you sleep, and getting rest makes a big difference,” dermatologist Amy Wechsler claims. More cell turnover means a brighter complexion. Be sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep in order to reap the literally beautiful rewards.