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The Road to Healthy, Glowing Skin

There are several ways to create healthy-looking skin with cosmetics (foundations, tinted moisturizers, bronzers, primers, BB creams, to name a few), but I would be remiss If I didn’t write about how to create healthy skin the right way.

We’ll definitely touch on the above-mentioned cosmetics in future posts, but today I want to chat about what truly makes your skin glow, and that is taking excellent care of yourself. All the tinted moisturizer in the world won’t create the luminous look of a face whose body is happy and healthy. Here are 6 daily tips that I swear by for creating healthy, glowing skin.

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  • Drink Green Smoothies 1 of 6
    Drink Green Smoothies
    Just like the rest of your body, your skin thrives on vitamins and minerals. Green smoothies are a simple and fast way to get your daily recommendation of vitamins such as Vitamins A and C, and drinking one every morning will get your skin glowing in no time. Two of my favorites are the Glowing Green Smoothie and our personal family favorite, the Whoorlie.
  • Consistent Exercise 2 of 6
    Consistent Exercise
    I know, I know. Between careers and meetings and parenting and playdates and errand-running, it's hard to find the time to exercise, right? WRONG. See that half-asleep mug above? Notice the time? And the dot on AM? Yep, folks, this is what time I get up to exercise. Do I want to wake up at 5:45 a.m.? Not really. Do I feel like a million bucks after I'm finished working out at 7 a.m.? Yep, pretty much. I can honestly say that I've never finished a workout and thought, "gee, I wish I hadn't done THAT this morning." Bottom line - if you take good care of your body, your skin will reflect it. Regular exercise, folks. Just do it.
  • Take Biotin 3 of 6
    Take Biotin
    Biotin is a great supplement for healthy skin, hair, and nails. Looking to grow your hair at a faster rate? Get thee some Biotin STAT. (Um, I'm also not a physician, so I probably shouldn't be saying things like "STAT," and of course, check with your doctor before starting any supplement.) Also, if supplements aren't your thing, you can eat biotin-rich foods, such as cauliflower, salmon, carrots, bananas, soy flour, cereals, and yeast.
  • Drink Water 4 of 6
    Drink Water
    Water, water, water. Although drinking water alone won't improve the skin's appearance, it's a much better alternative than most other drinking options. Stop drinking soda, people. It's horrible for you. (Stepping off soap box.)
  • Wear Sunscreen 5 of 6
    Wear Sunscreen
    37-year-old Sarah James would like to tell 15-year-old Sarah James to lay off the baby oil and pool time. Alas, what's done is done, but I never leave the house now without SPF 30 sunscreen all over my face, neck and hands. (The Olay sunscreen pictured above is great for sensitive skin types. It's my go-to daily sunscreen.)
  • Eat Fruits and vegetables 6 of 6
    Eat Fruits and vegetables
    Probably stating the obvious here, but the skin is your largest organ, and if you are regularly sustaining it with soda and potato chips, it might not look optimal. Steer clear of processed foods, and fill your diet with fruit, vegetables, and lean protein. (Although, I'm certainly a fan of everything in moderation. Don't deprive yourself of a treat now and again!)

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