Plastered across every magazine are beautiful men and women. Perfectly toned bodies, shiny and flowing hair, an outfit that looks like it was made for them, and glowing skin. It’s really the glowing skin that catches the eye. It looks fake, and with how advanced Photoshop is these days, maybe it is. But it doesn’t have to be. Anyone can have radiant skin. It just takes a little work and a few good tips:
- Toner: There’s a lot of confusion as to the purpose of a toner. It almost seems like the beauty industry just brought out another product so they would have one more thing to sell. This is not the case. Toners both even the skin tone and help products to bond to your skin. The reason for this is that products like moisturizer act faster and attach to the skin more easily with a dewy surface. For those with clogged pores and oily skin, a toner is a must.
- Highlighter: This little product is magical, especially at night. Just apply it to the areas that sun will naturally hit, like the cupids bow and cheek bones, and you’ll have a natural glow all evening.
- Avoid touching: Your hands move from one surface to the next throughout the day. Door handles, car handles, stair rails, elevator buttons. It really is disgusting if you think about it. Your fingers are covered in germs. So why would you want to transfer those germs to your face? This might be a tricky one because touching our face, whether out of anger and frustration or happiness and excitement, is natural. But do your best!
- Exfoliate: This seems to be the cure-all for pretty much any skincare problem. But the truth is, it works. exfoliation is especially helpful in bringing out skin glow because of how it helps your skin be more agreeable to makeup, applying makeup is easier and your skin absorbs makeup more readily.
- Water: It is so easy and it works. Water prevents blemishes and inflammation by cleaning out toxins, it helps to bring oxygen and nutrients to the skins cells, and it prevents premature aging by preventing dehydration. And the glowing effect that water can bring to your skin comes from the fact that it plumps wrinkles due to the hyaluronic acid pulling in and holding water. Try and drink at least eight glasses a day to really get the full effect.
- Diet: If you have a bad diet, none of this other stuff really matters. What you eat is the building block for your skin. If it doesn’t have the right nutrients to regenerate, it won’t. The best vitamin to concentrate on for glowing skin is vitamin C, or ascorbic acid. It prevents the signs of aging skin, increases collagen production, helps the skin protect itself from harmful sun rays and enhances the complexion and skin brightness. The best sources of vitamin C are sweet potatoes, blackcurrants, papaya, broccoli, lemon, guava, grapes, kiwi, and Indian goose berries.
- Sunscreen: It’s painful to hear but 90% of wrinkles are from sun exposure and it’s just easier to prevent skin damage than to reverse it. So the best solution is to just always wear sunscreen, especially on your face. Your skin will continue to naturally glow year after year, whereas sun exposure has an extreme dulling effect. And this isn’t just for the summer months. Sun rays are still strong in the winter and reflect off buildings and sidewalks. So make sure to get a moisturizer with some built-in sun protection.
- Makeup brushes: A lot of women don’t know this, but it is a game changer for complexion: wash your makeup brushes. And do it at least once every three weeks. Dirt and bacteria build up on brushes and can be a major cause of breakouts. Grab a cup, put a little facial cleanser in, mix with warm water, swish the brushes around in it, rinse, pat dry and lay out to air dry.
- Serum: You don’t need much of it, due to its concentration, but a little every day will go a long way. Find a serum with pentapeptides, which boost collagen, and antioxidants, which defend against stress and free radicals. The serum goes deep into pores and creates an all-over glow.
- Phone: There are some scary statistics going around showing that cell phones are covered in more germs than a public toilet. Gross! To avoid getting these germs all over your jawline and cheek, causing breakouts, use an antibacterial wipe on your screen throughout the day.
- Skin regimen: Order is key, arguably more so than the actual products you use. After cleansing your skin, use the thinner, more active ingredient-filled products first and end with the heavier products.
- Retinol: Decades of clinical data support the use of retinol. It boosts collagen production and encourages skin cell turnover, as well as being an anti-inflammatory. These three effects combined leave users with constantly glowing skin.
- Sleep: There’s a reason it’s called beauty sleep. Sleep increases circulation so you don’t look washed out and pale, and it rejuvenates the skin. If you get as much as your body needs, and follow a few other health guidelines, you’ll wake up each morning with your skin glowing.
Achieving constant skin glow isn’t impossible or even difficult. It just takes a little thought and planning. Drink more water, eat right, use your products correctly and you will start to see significant changes in your complexion. For more information on getting your skincare regimen right, contact us.