#WellnessWednesday: How to Get that Summer Glow all Year Long

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Summer Glow by Carly

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[su_dropcap]H[/su_dropcap]Have you ever heard that saying, “You are what you eat”? Well, this couldn’t be more true when looking to get that healthy, dewy (not shiny!) summer glow all year long. The foods we put in our bodies can either make us feel worn down, our skin to be dry and washed out, or make us feel energized and our skin to be well-hydrated and vibrant! Which would you choose? In this post, we will be talking about four steps to getting that gorgeous summer glow all year long.

The foods we put in our bodies can either make us feel worn down, our skin to be dry and washed out, or make us feel energized and our skin to be well-hydrated and vibrant! Which would you choose? In this post, we will be talking about four steps to getting that gorgeous summer glow all year long.

Which would you choose? In this post, we will be talking about four steps to getting that gorgeous summer glow all year long.

[su_dropcap]G[/su_dropcap]Growing up, I always thought the more tan I was, the more pretty I was, which meant a lot of time out in the sun (without sunscreen… yikes!). I also had the unfortunate opportunity of battling acne for most of my tween, adolescent, and young adult years.

Needless to say, I was always craving a more smooth and brighter complexion, and I wanted to be able to go places without makeup on and feel confident in my skin. Is that too much for a girl to ask?

But with the time spent in the sun and the many medications I was on to help cure my acne, I was always hiding under layers of foundation, concealer, and powder.

[su_dropcap]A[/su_dropcap]About a year ago, I began to take a real hard look at my diet and what I was fueling my body with on a regular basis, as well as my lifestyle as a whole.

I began educating myself on how to better live a healthy lifestyle, and have since made several changes in my eating and daily habits that have made a huge (and unexpected) difference in my skin! And people actually notice.

Based on my own personal experience and a little help from the health experts, here are four steps to get that beautiful summer glow we all crave!

Drink more water. I know, I know. You are probably so tired of hearing this, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a crucial element to healthy skin! Your body is made up of about 60% water. That’s over half of your body composition, in water alone. Have you ever noticed when your skin is dry and almost chalky looking? That’s because you aren’t drinking enough water my friends! For tips on how to get more water throughout the day,

Have you ever noticed when your skin is dry and almost chalky looking? That’s because you aren’t drinking enough water my friends! For tips on how to get more water throughout the day, check out this post.

Get enough sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, it is recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Easier said than done, right? With so much to do in a given day, it can be hard to “turn it off” at night. And by turning it off, I mean your screens and your brain! Help yourself out by setting a calming nighttime routine and aiming to turn all screens off at least an hour before bedtime.

And by turning it off, I mean your screens and your brain! Help yourself out by setting a calming nighttime routine and aiming to turn all screens off at least an hour before bedtime.

Eat your fruits and veggies. I’m not trying to be your mama here, but there’s a good reason our mothers wanted us to eat our peas and broccoli! There are so many good-for-you nutrients found in fruits and vegetables that simply can’t be found in a multivitamin alone.

These specific antioxidant-rich foods have been known to promote healthy, glowing skin:

  • Carrots, apricots, squash and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
  • Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans, peas and lentils
  • Omega-3 rich foods, such as: salmon, mackerel (or other fatty fish), olive oil and chia seeds
  • Nuts

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Stress less and laugh more! Do you have a friend or family member who makes you laugh? You know, the deep belly laugh? Spend more time with him or her. I know when I’m busy and stressed, it’s important for me to take a look at my priorities and spend quality time with family and friends.

Other ways to stress less and laugh more: take a yoga class, have a spa day (it will totally be worth the few extra bucks!), set up a regular coffee or happy hour date with girlfriends, watch a funny movie or TV show and if all else fails, watch this video. You’re welcome.

Healthy Summer Glow

I know what you’re thinking. Drink more water, get eight hours of sleep, eat more produce and laugh more – sure, in a perfect world! I have found that making small changes here and there can add up to big results.

Start your day with a glass of water, try to go to bed 30 minutes earlier than you’re used to, reach for a handful of nuts instead of that bag of chips, and take one day a week to spend quality time with family and friends – unplugged.

These are all simple changes that will get you headed towards a healthier lifestyle and that gorgeous summer glow all year long!

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Which step do you struggle with the most? What small change are you going to make today to get you glowing, gorgeous skin? Answer below!

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Carly Ferguson is the blogger behind FitLiving and a healthy living advocate whose mission is to educate others on what it means to pursue “FitLiving” – healthy living through exercise, nutrition, mental health and relational accountability. Learn more on her blog!

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  • fitlivingblog

    Clean food is definitely the number one reason I notice a difference!

  • fitlivingblog

    I try to cook at least a few vegetarian meals a week and I have to say, I often look forward to these the most!

  • fitlivingblog

    I LOVE sparkling water. Add a squeeze of lime or orange and… wow!

  • fitlivingblog

    4 hours is rough! I need at least 7 hours to feel fully functioning!

  • fitlivingblog

    I agree! I will fall asleep sometimes and then wake myself up much later than I was anticipating, so I try to just get to bed earlier.

  • fitlivingblog

    Tea counts, but if it has caffeine it is also a diuretic, so it’s important to be drinking water, too!

  • fitlivingblog

    Sunscreen is a must! My tinted moisturizer has sunscreen in it and I always lather up when I’m going to be in the sun for extended periods of time.

  • fitlivingblog

    Thanks, Heather! I have been most successful when I make one small change at a time until it becomes a habit.

  • fitlivingblog

    Small changes = big results!

  • fitlivingblog

    Thanks, Liz! I always take my makeup off at night and try to makeup free on the weekends.

  • fitlivingblog

    Join the club! I always keep a water on hand and add natural flavors to my water to jazz it up a bit!

  • fitlivingblog

    Yay! Thank you so much for the encouragement. Glad you liked the post!

  • fitlivingblog

    Thanks, kara!

  • fitlivingblog

    It is so hard! It’s a struggle for me too, so I make sure I always have a water bottle on hand and play around with fun, natural flavors to add to my water! Also, fun straws make it more enticing 🙂

  • I have a hard time staying hydrated and eating more veggies. Great post!

  • Diana

    I really do need to get back on track with drinking enough water! http://www.littlemissfangirly.blogspot.com

  • Ah! Girlfriend! You’re way off on that water intake. You’re only drinking 2 cups at 16 oz and we as humans need to be drinking 60oz ish! If active then double it (that’s why I drink 100+ a day). This probably explains your headaches! Please drink more ? get a marked 32oz cup and fill it up 4 times a day!

  • Ahh I need to drink more water throughout the day. I drink about 16oz of water a day and I know you’re suppose to drink 32oz. It’s so hard sometimes.

  • Great tips! Yes to all – especially the water 🙂

  • I love reading Carly’s blog and was excited to see her here! Great tips for that summer glow!

  • Very nice! <3 I've been doing most of the above, just need to up my water game. I've been so dehydrated lately!

  • Liz

    Awesome tips! Water and veggies are always my go tos when my skin starts acting weird.. but I also try to always take off my makeup, and I take a hair/skin/nails vitamin 🙂

  • Riya Kalsi

    I am doing a 8 day cleanse and this really helps. Yes, water n veggies are big for me and they sure do help. Small changes do make a huge difference. I blog @ denimsanddresses.com

  • Water and getting enough fruits & veggies are challenge areas for me. I seem to ebb and flow when it comes to water intake. I have to remind myself that it’s just little changes at a time and that those little changes lead to habits and lifestyle choices. Great post, Carly!

  • Ali @ Home & Plate

    These tips are so important the older you get. As I approach my late 40s I am following these tips more and more. And I am a big big believer in sunscreen keeps you looking younger.

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  • I always feel so much better when I drink more water, but I have such an addiction to tea 🙂 I force myself to drink a glass of water for every glass of tea I drink. Sleep is also huge! Something I need to remember since I wake up at 4 when the clock turns 11pm!

  • Chelsea

    I definitely need to work on getting more sleep…I think we all do! Sometimes I am so exhausted that I fall asleep at 8 but usually I don’t go to bed until 11-11:30 and get up at 5:30. I can see how it affects my skin

  • Sara

    I am really good at most these except sleeping! I am the worst sleeper ever! I am lucky if I get 4 hours ugh!!

  • PunkyMoms

    Yes! Drinking water is probably the thing I am most guilty of not doing enough of. I keep sparkling water here for that reason. Especially when the winter comes it is so important to keep hydrated.

  • Veronica Pototska

    So true! There are so many amazing vegetarian recipes, vegetables can be really tasty!

  • It’s so true! Eating good, clean food makes a big difference in how you feel! Although my diet at the moment is completely out of whack. Oops!