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6 Secrets this Kardashian Uses for Flawless Skin

You know the Kardashians, right?

Of course you do.

No matter how you feel about the world’s most famous family…you’ve got to admit, those ladies have flawless skin.

The oldest Kardashian sister, Kourtney, has especially impressive skin, and her steps to achieving it are surprisingly accessible.

Keep reading to find out Kourt’s six secrets to keeping her skin looking flawless, glowing and healthy.

Other bee-related ways to get Kardashian skin…

…and better!

Mānuka honey isn’t the only ingredient we borrow from bees to enhance our health and glow.

You may have heard of royal jelly, but you may not know exactly what it is or the incredible benefits it offers to the skin.

Honey bees produce a substance which is fed to the Queen bee so she grows big and healthy, far more so than the worker bees.

This substance is called royal jelly. The superstar bee food is packed full of nutrients such as fatty acids, B vitamins, biotin and folic acid.

Fatty acids are incredibly beneficial for the skin, promoting moisture, plumpness and a smooth texture.

Another benefit of royal jelly is that it may just increase collagen production, which fortifies the skin.

Collagen keeps the skin strong, repaired and “filled out”. As we age, collagen production decreases, so it’s a good idea to give it a helpful nudge.

As well as keeping the skin smooth, soft, supple and glowing, royal jelly can also support the immune system and mental function.

If energy levels are lagging and you’re finding your vitality is down in the dumps, royal jelly is a natural way of getting the spring back in your step.

The easiest way to harness the power of royal jelly is to take it in capsule form.

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Kourtney Kardashian is known for her strict diet of whole, organic and anti-inflammatory foods. Kourt says “no thanks, no way” to dairy, carbs, sugars and processed foods.

She eats an entirely whole, organic and low-carb diet to support her overall mental and physical health.

This isn’t to say that you must completely overhaul your diet to match Kourtney’s.

After all, she does have the money and assistance to follow this strict plan. But, you can make some easy and affordable changes to help improve the look, feel and health of your skin.

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Start by cutting out or reducing sugary and processed foods and replacing them with whole foods and lots of fresh produce.

Foods high in processed sugar and carbs are well-known to cause inflammation in the body, which shows up on our skin.Sugar spikes the blood sugar and messes with hormones (especially insulin), which in turn can really upset oil production, resulting in acne.

Redness and breakouts can result from a regular diet of sugary, processed and carb-heavy foods.

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Stick to whole grain carbs such as oats and avoid carb-rich baked goods and fast foods

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If you can’t say goodbye to bread, choose whole grain sourdough

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Stay well away from sugary drinks and stick to water, coffee and tea (with no added sugar, of course)

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Eat lots of fresh veggies, oily fish, nuts, seeds, eggs and healthy oils for hydrated, plump skin

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Choose natural sweet foods to satisfy a sweet tooth, such as fresh fruits and manuka honey-spiked yogurt

Surely we don’t need to tell you that sun protection is absolutely not to be skipped when caring for the skin.

Well, Kourtney knows it too, and she has made sure to add SPF to her regular skin care routine.

After all, no matter how many measures you take to get beautiful skin, it will all be undone if you leave it to the dangers of our harsh sun.

By protecting your skin from the sun, you are not only reducing the risk of skin cancer, but you’re preserving your youth.

SPF helps to reduce dark spots, uneven skin tone, rough skin and premature wrinkles.

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Find an oil-free SPF to layer under your makeup every day

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Remember that the sun doesn’t retire in the Winter, even though it’s less intense. Don’t slack on your SPF routine during colder months, as you are just as susceptible to skin-damaging rays

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Ask the pharmacy to give you some testers for facial SPF products so you can find one which works best with your skin type if you have sensitive skin

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Wear a hat as often as you can. The only thing better than wearing an SPF sunscreen is to avoid sun exposure altogether

And of course, Kourtney exercises!

The Kardashians are known for their admirable figures, and it’s no secret that they work hard to get them.

Exercise improves the appearance and structure of the skin by delivering oxygen to the cells through the blood.

Sweating also helps the complexion as it gives the skin a chance to have a good clear-out of toxins, as long as you hydrate enough during and after!

You don’t have to have a Kardashian-grade bank account to reap the skin-enhancing benefits of exercise.

Here are some tips for affordable and time-friendly ways to add more activity to your life…

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Get out for a walk at a brisk pace as often as you can, even during lunch breaks or before work if you can spare 20 minutes

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Give at-home workouts a try if the gym isn’t for you. YouTube workouts are fun, free and get the blood flowing to the skin

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Join a gym (if you haven’t already) and try out a few group classes for added support and variety

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Don’t exercise with makeup on…or give your face a thorough wash directly afterward if you do

Yup, you guessed it!

Kourt uses Mānuka honey as part of her skincare routine. In fact, it’s one of the key features.

You don’t need to purchase a whole new skincare line to reap the benefits of nature’s best elixir, you can simply go straight to the source.

Why?

Because pure Mānuka honey has the perfect concoction of properties for young, soft, hydrated and clean skin.

The higher the UMF grade, the better the Mānuka honey is to apply directly to the skin.

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Here’s how topical Mānuka honey can help your skin reach that coveted Kardashian glow…

It’s anti-bacterial:

Mānuka honey contains bug-killing ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide. By reducing bugs and bacteria on the skin, acne has a far better chance at healing and staying away.

Basically, Mānuka honey helps to keep the skin clean, clear and less inhabited by pimple-loving bacteria.

Topical acne treatments can be harsh and drying, so Mānuka honey is a gentle alternative for when your skin needs a softer touch.

It moisturizes:

Mānuka honey is a humectant, which means it draws moisture to the skin and helps it to remain locked in tight.

When your skin is properly hydrated and moisturized, it appears elastic and plump as opposed to slack and dull.

It cleanses without drying:

The antibacterial properties of Mānuka honey help to clean the skin, and the tacky consistency helps to remove dead skin.

If you add a slightly rough texture to the honey (such as oats), you can create a gentle cleanser/exfoliant which replaces moisture as it cleanses.

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Use Mānuka honey as a cleansing, moisturizing mask by smoothing it over clean skin and leaving for at least 12 minutes before washing off

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Combine Mānuka honey and avocado for a super-hydrating, softening mask

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Use Mānuka honey as a cleanser by mixing with water and rubbing over the skin to gently remove dead skin after removing makeup

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Dab it onto active blemishes and patches of acne to help cleanse the area without drying

When applied gently and left to sink in, Mānuka honey draws hydration to the skin around the eyes, helping to fill out lines and wrinkles.

Kourtney uses a Mānuka honey oil, but you can use Mānuka honey itself.

Manuka honey is said to help the body to increase the amount of collagen produced, which we know is the key to plumper, more youthful skin, especially around the eyes.

Double-up on the Mānuka honey affect by applying it topically as well as adding it to your diet.

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Combine Mānuka honey with a facial oil such as rosehip or argan and press it around the eyes before bed

Combine this with a topical and edible dose of Mānuka honey and you’ll have skin to rival any Kardashian.

It’s always great when a celebrity has an attainable skincare routine we can adjust into our own lives.

Kourtney Kardashian follows a lifestyle of fresh, whole foods, working out, and a healthy dose of Mānuka honey inside and out.

You can give your skin a glow-enhancing overhaul by reducing your intake of sugary and processed foods, wearing an SPF, getting active, eating avos and using Mānuka honey as a staple in your skincare regime.

Add a daily capsule of royal jelly, get enough sleep, drink lots of water, limit alcohol and you have the perfect recipe for enviable skin.

 

NOTE: Of course, if you are having specific skin issues, get yourself to the doctor or skin specialist. Sometimes, there are underlying medical issues which cause our skin to go against us despite our best efforts.