Why Some Women "Glow" and How You Can Too

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You often hear of women whose skin seems to “glow.” It’s a kind of radiance that you see in some ladies and not so much in others. Here are some examples of how to get a soft glow to your skin without putting your finger in a light socket to get it.

Enter puberty: not that many people would want to do this again, but girls in puberty have an influx of hormones that causes their skin to look more radiant than at nearly any other time in their lives. The trade off on this is those same hormones can give you oily skin, acne and severe mood swings.

Get pregnant: we often hear about how a pregnant woman just “glows.” Well, it’s true. Those hormones that give pubescent girls their shine come back in force while you are pregnant. In the early stages of pregnancy many women look more beautiful than they will look at any other time in their lives. In addition, women tend to take better care of themselves during pregnancy, eating right and taking prenatal vitamins. Of course, the downside comes with all the pains of pregnancy. But at least in this case you get a really special bonus at the end.

Eat right: so, you want to have clear, beautiful skin that glows? Well, for many women it is just a matter of eating correctly. Ever wonder how Jennifer Lopez gets that gorgeous glow to her skin? Part of it is, of course, her amazing genetics. But Ms. Lopez is also rumored to follow The Perricone Prescription, a diet plan that includes lots of antioxidant foods and foods high in omega 3 acids, including plenty of wild Alaskan salmon. A daily diet of foods rich in these nutrients helps impart her gorgeous glow.

Exercise: another way to make your skin glow is to get plenty of exercise, particularly cardiovascular exercise that really gets the heart pumping. When you work the cardiopulmonary system, you cause the little blood vessels and capillaries near the surface of the skin to open up, which in turn gives you a healthy glow. Begin a regular exercise routine and before long your skin is reflecting the improvement all the time, not just immediately after your workout.

Get a facial: while getting a facial will only give you a temporary shine, the results are often worth it in a pinch. The many steps to a traditional facial, especially the facial massage, cause the small blood vessels of the face to temporarily dilate, giving you the look of healthy skin. Of course, if you are gearing up for a big event, it is best to get a series of facials, not just a single treatment right before the big day. This is because facials can also cause unexpected breakouts if your skin is not accustomed to them. The other danger is that you may relax yourself to sleep, and miss whatever it is you want to look great for.

Get an advanced exfoliating treatment: when we are young, our skin cells naturally shed very quickly, as we age that process can slow until it takes double or even triple the time it did in our youth. The negative aspect of this is that the scaly older cells on the top of our skin are hiding the plump, round cells beneath that look younger and reflect light better. A series of microdermabrasion or micropeel treatments can jump start that process and return the glow of youth to your skin. The downside here is that not everyone is a good candidate for every treatment; you will need to consult your esthetician to determine the procedure that is right for you.

Fall in love: yes, it’s true. There is a special glow to a woman in love. It’s not just emotion, it’s chemistry. Oxytocin, the hormone that gives teenage girls and expectant moms their glow, kicks in full throttle when you are falling in love, giving you a special bond with your partner and a beautiful glow to your skin. I can’t think of a better, all natural beauty treatment than that.



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