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It's not only important to keep your skin in good shape for health reasons -- it's also an essential element of beauty. The most obvious way to make your face appear younger-looking and more alive is by covering up your flaws with makeup. But there are plenty of other ways to achieve that lively looking glow without using artificial solutions like makeup. Try a few methods to find out which one works best for you.

Drink plenty of water. Water is necessary for hydrating all your organs including your largest one -- your skin. The Mayo Clinic recommends eight 8-oz. glasses per day.

Hydrate your skin with moisturizer, especially after a hot bath or shower. Keep your time in the shower to a minimum, as the steam can actually dry your skin out, causing wrinkles.

Get plenty of rest. According to researchers in Stockholm, Sweden, beauty sleep is real. Those who get more sleep look more attractive. Keep your face looking alive by sleeping for 8 hours every night.

Apply a couple drops of extra virgin olive oil to your face each night before going to bed. Rub the oil around until it absorbs into your skin. The natural fats in the oil will hydrate your skin without making it greasy. Ideally, your face will look more youthful and glowing the more you practice this habit.

Mash a banana or two, and then add a dash of milk to the mixture. Stir the ingredients until they create a paste. Apply the paste to your face, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water for an instant glowing effect.

Create a mixture of egg whites and honey, using more honey for oily skin or more egg whites for dry skin. Apply the mixture to your face, and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water.

Eat foods that are rich in vitamins like nuts, fruits and vegetables. Foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids are also good for the skin, which will give you a more lively looking face.

Wear sunscreen every time you go outside in the sun, even if it's only to run errands. Make sure to apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher to get the desired effect. Avoiding excessive exposure to direct sunlight will keep your skin looking youthful and vibrant, instead of wrinkled and worn down.

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Thomas McNish

Thomas McNish has been writing since 2005, contributing to and other online publications. He is working toward his Associate of Science in computer information technology from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla.