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The Skin Commandments: 6 Rules for More Radiant-Looking Skin

Let's be honest, who doesn't want more radiant-looking skin? When your skin looks dull, chances are good that it's due to a low-grade inflammation on the cellular level. The result is altered blood circulation and decreased energy production—the outward result being a loss of radiance. Classic signs of aging manifest as this inflammation affects the skin, including wrinkles, sagging skin, discoloration, enlarged pores and the aforementioned lack of radiance. We long for the radiant complexion of our youth and try (unsuccessfully) to achieve this with a variety of cosmetics or potions that offer "hope (and not much else) in a jar." But rest easy, folks, because it isn't all bad news. We know that after only three days on the anti-inflammatory diet, our skin looks significantly healthier, more radiant and less wrinkled; and we know that topical anti-inflammatories (many of them from food-sourced antioxidants) provide many visible benefits.

Rule #1: Change Your Diet

Follow the anti-inflammatory diet to create visible radiance and glow from the inside out:
  • High-quality protein, like that found in fish, shellfish, poultry and tofu
  • Low-glycemic carbohydrates including colorful fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and legumes
  • Healthy fats, such as those found in cold water fish (especially wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, sardines, herring, anchovies), nuts, seeds and extra virgin olive oil
  • 6-8 glasses of pure spring water per day
  • Antioxidant-rich beverages such as green tea

Rule #2: Skip the Sugar

Avoid sugary, starchy foods and beverages, which can rob your skin of its radiance and youthful contours.

Rule #3: Get Your Beauty Sleep

Cellular repair takes place while we sleep, resulting in smoother, more radiant-looking skin. When we're sleep-deprived, our skin takes on a pasty, puffy and more wrinkled appearance. Skin's permeability also increases during sleep, so this in turn can increase the benefits of topical antioxidants–giving new meaning to the term "beauty sleep." Avoid any activities that have bright lights shining in your face (such as watching TV or working on the computer) at least an hour before going to sleep, as these bright lights suppress the secretion of melatonin—a natural sleep inducer. The cold, hard truth? Nothing is worse for your complexion than sleep deprivation. And as an added hit, it can also cause you to crave sugary, starchy foods (need we remind you about Rule #2?).

Rule #4: Hit the Gym

If you want beautiful skin, sometimes you have to work for the gym, outside, whichever form of exercise you choose. Studies have indicated that exercise benefits the skin in much the same way it improves bone and muscle quality. Without regular activity, bones can become fragile and muscles atrophy. Still not convinced? Try this on for size. When the skin of athletes is examined under a microscope, the impact of their high fitness levels is clearly apparent. Not only is skin thicker, but it also has more (and healthier) collagen—the fibers that give skin its strength and flexibility. And when it comes to environmental toxins, forget about 'em; working up a good sweat can help cleanse the skin, while also increasing circulation to the face (promoting a glowing complexion).

Rule #5: Proper Skin Cleansing

Cleansing twice daily—in the morning and before bedtime—will keep the skin fresh and comfortable; but remember to use warm (not hot) water. The very best way to cleanse the skin is in the shower, as this will ensure that all of the cleanser is thoroughly rinsed from the skin. Just massage your cleanser onto damp skin in gentle, circular motions, rinse thoroughly and then pat your face dry. Simple, right? If you have dull skin with large pores and puffiness, choose a cleanser with alpha lipoic acid (ALA) and DMAE (like our Nutritive Cleanser). These nutrients will not just help skin feel thoroughly refreshed and clean, but they'll also reveal a brighter, smoother-looking surface, contributing to a more radiant-looking complexion. Cleansing skin thoroughly is the ideal way to begin an effective anti-aging skincare regimen. By eliminating surface debris, dead skin cells and makeup, skin both feels younger and looks positively glowing. Treat your skin to cleansers that are non-drying and gentle, yet possess the ability to thoroughly cleanse, thereby properly preparing the skin for treatment and moisturizing.

Rule #6: Choose the Right Topicals

We're big fans of alpha lipoic acid (ALA)—what's often referred to as "the universal antioxidant" or the "metabolic antioxidant." ALA is unique as an antioxidant because it is both fat and water-soluble, meaning that it's able to protect all portions of the cell. Its anti-inflammatory effects can help reduce redness and blotchiness, resulting in a more even-looking skin tone. ALA will shrink the visible appearance of pores and impart a healthy-looking radiance to the skin. A skin treatment formulated with ALA—such as our High Potency Face Firming Activator—is excellent at helping to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But when it comes to our skin's radiance, this is where ALA really shines (pun intended). Its ability to impact blood flow to the skin can help transform your complexion from dull, pasty and pale, to vibrant-looking and glowing. Don't hide all that radiance under a heavy layer of makeup. Instead, try our No Foundation Foundation Serum—an original, lightweight formula that provides the benefits of a traditional foundation, but without its heavy matte finish. It's formulated with proprietary antioxidants that deliver superior anti-aging benefits to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin discoloration and loss of firmness while resulting in a flawless dewy finish. An added bonus? It also contains a non-irritating, non-chemical sunscreen that helps protect skin from the age-accelerating rays of the sun. Incorporating these secrets into your daily routine will improve your skin and keep it radiant-looking and beautiful from the inside out for many years to come.