Makeup has a long standing association with the concept of beauty, right from the times of ancient civilizations such as those in Egypt, Greece and the Indus. Trends, however, like the waters of a river flowing are ever changing and if recent shifts are any indication, women across the world are setting aside age-old notions of beauty in order to embrace themselves as they are. While some might still even try to make use of cosmetics to achieve the “natural” look, there’s no makeup product really that can replicate pure, organic beauty.

Being in important positions of considerable responsibility, from being a mother, a housewife, an artist, a CEO, an entrepreneur, a professor, defence personnel, to being in just about any and every occupation possible, women these days rarely are able to find extra time on their hands to even put on any makeup. One, however, does feel the need to look their very best at all times though. If you’re looking to learn as to how to look beautiful and to find that all-natural gorgeous glow on your face, we’ve made a list of certain habits that you could develop, if you haven’t already, in your drive towards being beautiful, makeup or not.

Eat Right
 

Eat Right

The phrase ‘You are what you eat!’ just couldn’t be repeated oft enough. Ensuring that your body gets all the nutrients it needs, and inadequate quantities are the very foundation of hav* healthy and glowing skin. Opt for a wholesome, nutritious diet that includes foods rich in protein (such as beans, legumes, soy products, dairy products, especially yoghurt and cheese, and meat products), vitamins A, C, and E (carrots, sweet potatoes and greens like kale and spinach are rich in Vitamin-A, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin-C, and foods like almonds, spinach and bell peppers are rich in Vitamin-E), and Omega-3 fatty acids (such as cold-water fatty fish, nuts like walnuts and seeds like flaxseed and chia seeds).

Most of the skin related issues are the result of not hav* a proper and adequate diet, unhealthy and irregular eating habits and not exercising enough to make sure that your body gets the benefits of all it consumes. Follow a proper diet and stay away, as much as possible, from junk food and you’ll soon notice the improvement in your skin’s health and texture. With the kind of glow, you’ll be seeing on your face, it would be really hard to miss, we think. And don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking ample amounts of water and juices either. Not only does water help flush out toxins from your body, and especially your skin, but it also helps replenish skin tissue, improves skin elasticity and reduces inflammation, giving you healthy, youthful-looking and glowing skin. If how to look beautiful is the principal question on your mind, go on, snack and sip right!

Get Enough Sleep
 

Get Enough Sleep

Apart from the fact that sleep provides your mind and body with some rest (and takes you on a joyride to dreamland), getting adequate sleep is extremely essential to the health of your skin as well. Although the story of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ might be quite a bit of an exaggeration, the idea of beauty sleep is certainly no myth. While you are asleep, your body produces a number of different hormones and balances them (the human growth hormone, responsible for keeping your skin looking youthful and radiant, in the first three hours, the hormone melatonin, which acts as an antioxidant, in the next couple of hours, and in the next three hours during the REM stage, the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, get decreased considerably).

As for how to look beautiful, ensuring that your body gets at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is crucial to maintaining the health of your skin. Not only does your body balance its hormonal levels better when you’re sleeping, but it also balances your body’s hydration levels to act as a natural moisturiser for your skin by perspiring more. Not sleeping for an adequate amount of time every day also causes your blood vessels to dilate to a certain extent, resulting in dark circles and puffy eyes (definitely not something you’d want to deal with). The reduction in stress caused by getting sufficient sleep also helps maintain the integrity of the protein collagen in your body, important for keeping the elasticity of your skin intact. So make sure you keep your phone aside in the night (you can read the rest of the article in the morning if it is already past your bedtime), get inside those comfy blankets for your all-important beauty sleep and wake up to fresh, glowing skin in the morning!

Skincare
 

Skincare

Adopting the right skincare routine can make a world of difference to the health of your skin. Cleansing, Toning, Moisturising and Exfoliation (CTME) are the very essentials of any skincare routine, no matter your skin type. Ideally, one ought to wash their face no more or less than twice in the day, one time before going to bed, since it helps clear away all the dirt, oil, bacteria or any residual makeup tinges that your face might have accumulated over the span of the entire day, and once after waking up in the morning, since that helps cleanse the oil that builds up on your face overnight. Toning, on the other hand, aids in this process by removing any remaining dirt or dead skin cells from your face, while also helping to maintain its pH balance.

 Moisturising is another important step in your skincare routine since it helps keep your skin well-hydrated by locking in all the moisture in the outmost layers of your skin. Even for people with oily skin, moisturising is essential since the skin cells underneath all that oil need adequate hydration and nourishment as well. Try to opt for toners and moisturisers that have active ingredients such as Vitamin-E or hydroxy acids that catalyse your skin’s journey to good health and glow. Exfoliation is the process of scrubbing off all the dirt and dead skin cells from your skin, so as to leave you with breathable, fresh-looking and glowing skin. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly as well, if you’re wondering about how to look beautiful without makeup as well, one tip would be to never go to bed with your makeup on. Use the CTME routine to ensure that your skin can breathe well through the night, so that it wakes up all fresh, gorgeous and glowing.

Stay happy, stay poised
 

Stay happy, stay poised

All of the tips and tricks mentioned above won’t really matter if you’re taking enormous amounts of stress, aren’t maintaining proper hygiene or grooming yourself well. Staying happy and stress-free is just about the most straightforward, yet often also the most difficult to achieve, way to look and be beautiful. Maintaining proper hygiene, both facial and otherwise, and grooming yourself (taking care of your tresses and facial hair) can help you go a long way in your path towards achieving that flawlessly natural appearance. So stay spruced and light up the world around you with a smile! Instead of worrying so much about how to look beautiful, go ahead and ‘BeBeautiful’!