No one wants to have dull skin, so it’s good news that keeping it glowing and radiant doesn’t take a lot of work; in fact it’s only three steps!
The three things that are important to a naturally glowing complexion are hydration, texture and toning. Add in a couple tricks from your makeup bag, and you’ll have the radiant skin you’ve been longing for. Read on for a more in depth look at the three steps:
Hydration means that there is plenty of moisture in your skin. When it’s hydrated, it reflects light better, and it creates that look of radiance that we all covet so.
First of all – drink plenty of water! The best way to moisturize is from the inside. Then, lock that moisture in with hydrating lotions or serums; they contain humectants, like glycerin or hyaluronic acid.
Worried about acne? No reason to skip hydration; just stick with oil-free, non-comedogenic lotions.
Remember what we said above about reflecting light? Well, smoother skin reflects light more evenly, adding to that glow.
Millions of skin cells die every day, and they build up on the surface, ruining your smooth skin and dulling your glow. Exfoliating is the key to removing the dulling dead cells. But avoid super harsh scrubs; they can do a poor job and even damage skin.
Instead, stick with a once-a-week facial peel. Use a product that lists glycolic acid in the ingredients; it will lightly lift away the top layer of the skin, leaving you with a fresh, glowing face.
Having uneven skin tone also dulls the radiant glow of your face.
Many women have some sort of facial discoloration, often from dark spots caused by pregnancy, acne scarring, aging, or sun exposure. There are treatments and serums available that can help to even out dark spots; look for those that contain kojic acid, licorice extract, mulberry or soy for gentle skin lightening. For darker patches, you can use retinol products that are available over the counter.
If you have discoloration that won’t go away, you should consult with your dermatologist. She can help you out by prescribing treatments that contain a stronger formula of retinoids.