Brides have it. So do pregnant woman and anyone just back from vacation. We’re talking about glowing skin. But how do you get that lit from within, dewy look every single day? It comes down to using the right products and skincare routine.
Everyone wants radiant skin, and while makeup can help create a glowing look, the best way to achieve it is to work on getting healthy, clear, beautiful skin. Good skin should be the goal of any skincare routine. Glowing skin that is soft, radiant and smooth looking can be achieved with the right combination of perseverance, patience and products. Here’s a look at how to get your glow on.
1. Drink Up
There are two ways to deliver moisture to the skin- topically, and internally. This should be a given for everyone but drinking plenty of water is key to good skin, as well as overall health. After all, skin is the largest organ in the body. Try for 8-10 glasses a day and add a squeeze of citrus if you find plain water boring.
We recommend: buy a refillable water bottle and sip from it all day long. Add slices of cucumber or citrus to add some flavor.
2. Protect Yourself From The Sun
You’ve heard it 8,000 times but we’ll say it again. The best way to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun is by applying sunscreen daily. Blocking damaging UV rays will help keep wrinkles and sunspots at bay, keeping skin looking clear and radiant. The easiest way to remember this is to choose a daily moisturizer with a high SPF. Don’t forget to protect your eyes as well. Apply an eye cream with an SPF and slip on a pair of sunglasses to prevent squinting.
We recommend: Buy a daytime moisturizer with an SPF so you don’t have to think about sun protection. Look for one that won’t leave skin looking chalky, such as Aveeno Positively Radiant Sheer Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30. Or try a tinted moisturizer such as NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30.
3. Get Your Vitamin C
In the winter time, you know how important it is to load up on vitamin C to keep colds at bay. Your skin also needs this vitamin. Vitamin C helps to brighten skin and keep hyperpigmentation under control. One of the best ways to get your daily dose is with a Vitamin C serum. Apply by patting the serum onto the face in the morning before moisturizing.
We recommend: Formulyst’s Active Serum – Vitamin B, C, E, Ferulic + Niacinamide contains a cocktail of skin healthy antioxidants and vitamins to help protect skin and keep it looking bright and healthy. The potent blend helps fight free radical damage and tackles hyperpigmentation.
Getting rid of old, dry skin cells is one of the best and quickest ways to reveal glowing skin, as dead skin cells can clog pores and make skin look dull. As we age, skin cell turnover also slows down which means a pile up of dead skin cells can leave the face looking anything but vibrant.
There are two ways to exfoliate the skin- mechanical and chemical exfoliations. A mechanical exfoliation uses a gritty scrub to physically slough off dead skin cells. They work, but can be too harsh for the skin and people have a tendency to get carried away and over scrub. A chemical exfoliant uses glycolic or lactic acids to dissolve dead cells, and is more gentle on the skin as it doesn’t involve scrubbing.
We recommend: Formulyst’s AHA Foaming Cleanser gives skin a deep clean and leaves it looking smoother without irritating it. It’s enriched with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) to leave skin squeaky clean and smoother, as the AHAs dissolves dead surface cells and unclog pores.
Glowing skin is bright and clear, with even tone and texture. One of the best ways to get this is with a retinol. Derived from vitamin A, retinol (and retinoids) boost skin cell turnover to reveal fresher looking skin. It also helps to boost collagen production and tackle dark spots. Get your dose of retinol in your night cream, and start slowly as they can be irritating to the skin.
We recommend: Formulyst’s Anti-Aging Night Cream contains the gold-standard of wrinkle fighters – retinol—to help tackle fine lines, crow’s feet as well as dark spots. The night cream contains a high dose of retinol but won’t irritate skin thanks to ultra-soothing and hydrating safflower seed oil and jojoba.
6. Moisturize Your Skin
Dry, flaky skin will never have that tell-tale glow. To keep skin looking smooth, soft and silky, make sure to moisturize twice a day, in the morning and evening. Looking for hydration boosting ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000 times its weight in water, as well as ceramides. Ceramides are naturally occurring lipids (or fats) found in the upper layers of the skin, and help reinforce the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Another way to add a layer of moisture is by adding a hydrating serum to your daily routine.
We recommend: Formulyst’s Super HA Cream is loaded with hydrating hyaluronic acid. This lightweight, oil-free formula locks in moisture and leaves skin looking smooth and dewy.
7. Get Your Five A Day
You are what you eat- and beauty starts from within. Everything we consume has an effect on our bodies, and alcohol, caffeine, and sugar can dehydrate the skin and break down collagen and elastin over time. Make sure to fill your plate with good-for-you foods such as fruits and vegetables to give your skin a healthy looking glow. Vitamin C, which is found in citrus fruits as well as some vegetables, helps promote collagen production. Anti-oxidant beta-carotene, found in orange foods such as carrots and sweet potatoes, helps skin health while the lutein in broccoli protects your skin from oxidative damage.
We recommend: fill your plate with a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.
8. Adopt A Skincare Routine
While incorporating one or two specific products can make a huge difference to the appearance of the skin, the best way to achieve healthy, glowing skin is to create a skincare routine- and stick to it. A good skincare routine should not only treat skin issues but prevent them. A good skincare routine should cover all the basics, from cleansing and moisturizing to treating any issues such as dryness, acne or anti-aging concerns.
We recommend: One way to take the guesswork out of choosing the right products is to purchase an entire system, such as Advanced Dermatology. The skincare system includes a cleanser, serum, anti-wrinkle treatment, moisturizer, day cream and eye cream- in other words, everything you need for glowing, beautiful, healthy skin.
9. Make Up Your Face Like A Pro
One of the quickest ways to give a skin a glowing look is with the right makeup. While makeup doesn’t necessarily treat skin, an application of the right product gives the face a little boost while you work on your complexion. Swap out heavy foundation for a tinted moisturizer, or add a few drops of foundation to your regular moisturizer for sheer, dewy coverage. Apply a spritz of hydrating mist for instant glow, or use a liquid highlighter to give skin luminosity.
We Recommend: Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir does a little bit of everything, from helping to set makeup to giving skin a radiant glow. It’s packed with natural ingredients such as grape oil, rosemary and rose oil. CoverFx Custom drops are highly pigmented, so a drop or two in your daily moisturizer turns it into a tinted shade that’s perfect for a glowing, sun-kissed look.
10. The Magic Touch
A good face massage goes a long way. Whether you’re having a professional do it or trying it DIY with a few drops of oil, the benefits of a facial massage are multifold. A facial massage helps to lift and sculpt muscles, and boosts blood and oxygen circulation to improve the complexion. Facial massage may also help with any puffiness, and also help release any tension.
We recommend: When you can’t treat yourself to a facial, add a few drops of a face oil such as Superfood Face Oil by Elemis to your hands and gently massage the face in a circular motion.
11. Eat Your Fish
Fatty, coldwater fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for maintaining skin health. Omega-3 fatty acids help keep skin supple and moisturized.
We recommend: Fish is all around good for your heart, brain and skin so try to eat a fatty fish at least two times a week. And yes, sushi counts.
Microneedling is a procedure where tiny needles puncture the skin to trigger the healing process. While the skin heals, the body creates collagen and elastin, which leads to smoother, firming looking skin. A dermatologist or aesthetician can perform this, or you can do it at home with a dermarollers- although you won’t be able to go as deep as a pro.
We recommend: To try microneedling at home, use a microneedler such as The Ora, which is covered with 1,080 medical-grade, 0.5 millimeter stainless steel needles.