Beauty Files- Antioxidants, Mud Masks & Coconut Oil? The Essential Guide To Glowing Skin

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Nothing looks quite as gorgeous as glowing, clear skin. From eating antioxidant-rich foods to using the correct beauty products, walking out of the house with a fresh bare face confidently is absolutely possible when you focus on yourself from the inside out. While we all suffer from bad skin days from time to time, maintaining a (mostly) healthy diet, reducing stress and following a skin regimen religiously will guarantee a flawless complexion.

According to Dr. Lawrence E. Gibson, a dermatologist at the Mayo C0linic, antioxidant-rich foods seem to have a protective effect for the skin. Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, tomatoes, spinach, leafy green vegetables, blueberries, peas, beans, nuts and lentils as well as salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish are not only an essential part of a glowing skin diet, but also do double duty, promoting good overall healthy. On the flip side, research suggests that a diet high in processed or refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats promotes premature skin aging. Choosing low-fat or fat-free dairy products and opting for whole-grain breads and pasta are the best realistic options to leading a well rounded diet.

Victoria’s Secret angel and one half of Australia’s hottest couple -her hubby is Orlando Bloom- recently told Yahoo! UK that she attributes her blemish-free complexion to a daily dose of coconut oil. "I will not go a day without coconut oil. I personally take four tablespoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea.”

One of the most important factors for clear, radiant skin is what your mother told you over and over again growing up. Drink more water. Whether you choose to to keep a water bottle close at hand or sip on spearmint tea, keeping hydrated is imperative. Plastic water bottles can however leach out chemicals which can lead to hormone imbalance. Swap out regular bottles with a stainless steel reusable one like Camelbak’s Better Bottle, that is BPA free, gorgeous and best of all, green.

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While there are many high end beauty products on the market such as Boscia’s legendary hydrating black gel and cult favorite, Philosophy's mini peel pads, some of our favorite skin perfecting secrets are available at a fraction of the cost at drugstores and supermarkets.

Dead Sea mud has long been noted for it’s cosmetic and medicinal values, which has been shown to provide relief for psoriasis and eczema. Slathering on the mud in large portions has also been shown to provide effective relief from Arthritis, joint and muscle aches or stress tension. Highly enriched with 26 minerals essential to skin health and function, Dead Sea mud allows skin to stay naturally hydrated and moisturized while increasing oxygen flow to skin cells, pulling out toxins, unclogging pores and purifying skin. You need not book a trip to the holy land just yet though. Israeli cosmetics company Ahava’s entire range of beauty products are made of the miracle mud. One of their best selling products is the chamomile infused face mask that leaves skin with a dewy fresh glow.

Seeing as cucumbers and our skin share the same level of hydrogen, its no surprise that they were used as the base for Yes To Cucumbers daily gel cleanser. Cucumbers as you might already know have a unique cooling effect, whether sliced and placed over tired eyes or pureed and spread over the face for a natural insta-mask.

Before most companies tapped into the “natural” way of creating beauty products St. Ives was creating paraben-free lotions and scrubs with the help of plants and fruits like apricot. Aloe, Jojoba, green tea, coconut, walnut, vitamin E, citrus, cucumber and shea butter are the basis for all of their products. The green tea scrub has been one of their latest additions, which evens out discolorations and redness almost instantly while miraculously keeping blemishes and acne at bay.

Feeling a bit more spendy? A we mentioned earlier, Boscia’s black hydration gel has been a huge hit for sometime now. Especially popular at major retailers like Sephora and HSN, it has been flying off shelves by the hundreds. A lightweight gel that disappears leaving no sticky residue, this is one product that literally does what it’s title suggests. After applying at night, users found their skin super hydrated and soft the next day with no oily discharge. It was called “nothing short of spectacular” by a devoted fan on Makeup Alley, and even appeared on Sephora’s Hot Now blog back in January.

Philosophy’s mini peel pads were given an impressive 4.3 out of 5 stars by 387 Sephora customers who gushed about the product’s convenient exfoliating prowess. With it’s gentle lemon-like scent, the formula is even effective on sensitive skin, leaving it brighter and clearer within the first two weeks of use.

For those who suffer from acne or zits a more aggressive product is Ole Henriksen’s night gel. Containing a good deal of glycolic acid, it delivers tighter pores, reduces acne/scarring and evens out oily skin beautifully. Since it does have such a strong concentrated complex of Alpha Hydroxy Acids, it is generally not recommended for those with normal to dry skin as it zaps excess moisture that causes acne. Despite most users complaining about it’s relatively steep price, almost every single one vowed to keep buying the gel, since it’s skin clearing benefits outweighed the $45 tag. skinAhava dead sea essentials chamomile mud mask $15.49
St. Ives naturally clear green tea scrub $4.49
Yes To Cucumbers soothing daily gel cleanser $9.99

oleBoscia revitalizing black hydration gel $38
Philosophy the microdelivery mini peel pads $35
Ole Henriksen invigorating night gel $45