When it comes to achieving that gorgeous, sun-kissed glow, many of us grab our favorite bronzer or highlighter for a faux-shimmer. However, the key to true radiance starts with treating the skin with the right products and looking after yourself from within.
For a brighter complexion, we’re here to fill you in on our top tips for glowing skin that can be boosted with makeup.
One of the best and easiest ways to brighten skin and boost its glow is by exfoliating. This process buffs away the skin’s outer layer of dead cells for a smoother and clearer surface.
While there are many fab exfoliators on the market, we love the Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm Forte for normal to oily skin. This exfoliating lotion contains alpha-hydroxy acids in a unique base to tone and smooth rough or damaged skin for a clear façade.
To use, apply the formula in a thin layer to the skin once a day or as directed by your physician or dermatologist. You may experience a mild burning sensation, which is to be expected. However, if the burning is severe, stop use and speak with your physician.
2. Stay Hydrated
Here’s a reminder – water is perhaps the most important ingredient for healthy skin, keeping it glowing and beautiful. Drinking enough water keeps your cells hydrated from the inside, preventing any dullness or fatigue.
Keep on top of your water intake by drinking at least two liters of water a day to support all bodily functions.
Not a fan of plain water? Try adding flavoring or fruit. Not only will this taste delicious, but it will also give your skin a natural vitamin and antioxidant boost.
3. Have a Facial Massage
If your complexion looks dull or tired, or you’re suffering from the occasional breakout, this could signal that your circulation is poor and toxins are gathering in your skin’s cells.
Use a facial roller or gua sha to help promote circulation and lymphatic drainage, allowing the skin to naturally remove toxins and provide a more radiant appearance.
Facial massages also help treat sore and stressed-out areas on your face, deliver anti-aging benefits, and reduce under-eye congestion and puffiness. Plus, we can all agree that a facial massage feels great too.
4. Get your Beauty Sleep
Beauty sleep is real: while you snooze, your skin works to repair itself. If your skin suffers from dehydration, breakouts, or dullness, getting plenty of rest is essential so your complexion can revive and rejuvenate. To maximize the process, incorporate overnight beauty treatments into your routine to help you on your path to luminous skin.
The Skin Medica Lumivive Day Damage Defense Serum and Night Revitalize Repair Complex are the perfect duo to help revitalize your skin. This two-step system gives your skin the power to defend from the environment’s attack during the day and recover at night.
With complete atmospheric protection against blue light and pollution, expect to see improved radiance on your skin in as little as 14 days.
And if you do struggle from restless nights and getting enough shut-eye, look into a sleep remedy, like a pillow spray. Many sprays contain calming ingredients like lavender and chamomile to soothe anxiety and tension and help you drift off to la la land more easily.
5. Use Vitamin C
Any skin expert will recommend using a vitamin C serum or another type of product for radiant skin. A vitamin C serum is excellent for treating free radical damage, lightening dark spots, and evening out the skin tone.
We love the Murad Vita C Glycolic Brightening Serum for standout skin. Gold-stabilized vitamin C and glycolic acid dramatically improve the skin tone for a brighter, healthier-looking complexion.
The vitamin C present is a potent antioxidant that promotes glowing skin and can help treat visible skin damage like hyperpigmentation, dullness, and an uneven skin tone. Meanwhile, glycolic acid quickly resurfaces and removes dead, dulling surface cells, revealing luminous skin. Glycolic acid also clears the way for vitamin C to penetrate the skin most successfully.
This super-serum is formulated without fragrance and artificial colors and is ideal for all skin tones and types, from dry to oily.
6. Apply a Mask Regularly
While most of us might apply a facial mask for a special occasion or a spa night with the girls, if your skin is struggling with dullness, consider making it more regular.
Many masks have the compounding effect of hydrating and smoothing the skin leaving you with a stunning glow.
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