Get Glow­ing!

We all want ra­di­ant skin – here’s how to get it

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - BY LAU­REN BALSAMO PHO­TOG­RA­PHY ANNE MENKE

GO GREEN

‘I tell my clients to eat half an av­o­cado ev­ery day, whether it’s on top of a salad or in a smoothie,’ says celeb fa­cial­ist Joanna Var­gas. The fruit sup­plies skin with healthy fats and phy­tonu­tri­ents that hydrate from the in­side out.

GET SWEATY

A good car­dio ses­sion can make skin come to life: it speeds up your heart rate and ups blood flow to the brain. That’s re­flected in the face. Cue that lit-from-within look that lasts long af­ter your work­out.

HIT THE HAY EAR­LIER

Lis­ten up, night owls: skin’s restora­tive pow­ers kick in when you snooze, specif­i­cally be­tween 10pm and 2am, says sleep spe­cial­ist Michael Breus. If you’re up at that time, you’re miss­ing out on ben­e­fits such as cell turnover and col­la­gen build­ing.

HAVE MORE SEX

After­glow is real, peo­ple! Get­ting busy im­proves cir­cu­la­tion and keeps the stress hormones in check. Or­gasms also spike lev­els of DHEA, a hor­mone that’s been linked to health­ier skin.

EM­BRACE BAC­TE­RIA

Stud­ies show that gut health is es­sen­tial for glow­ing skin. ‘It’s where we make the nu­tri­ents that con­trib­ute to col­la­gen for­ma­tion, as well as en­zymes that detox­ify,’ says Carla Oates, founder of Aus­tralian skin­care com­pany The Beauty Chef. A daily pro­bi­otic can keep your gut bal­anced and di­ges­tion op­ti­mal.

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