Have you ever looked at someone and thought they look like they’re glowing from within? Does it seem like certain people somehow always catch “good lighting” wherever they go? From a social media perspective, it’s likely there are filters in place, but in real life, the secret is likely that they’ve taken steps to maintain the appearance of radiant skin.
Healthy, clear skin is the key to looking and feeling great, whether you use face makeup or go au natural. Us humans strive to achieve a luminous complexion, free of dark spots, fine lines, and blemishes because it makes us look well-rested and ready to take on anything. Even if you don’t get eight hours of sleep a night or have recently slacked on your skincare routine, it doesn’t mean you can’t get that radiant face glow.
Check out our top 10 tips for glowing skin that are super simple to practice and can make a huge difference!
#1: Exfoliate the Skin
Gentle exfoliation sloughs away dead skin cells, which can immediately perk up your once dull skin. Pores clog more easily when you sweat, which makes summer a great time to jump start your exfoliation routine. However, it’s also important to practice shedding these undesirable skin cells during the dry months of winter to eliminate flaky skin altogether.
Exfoliation isn’t necessarily a daily staple; it depends on what your skin type needs. And, you don’t have to exfoliate your entire face if your t-zone is what needs the most attention. Use a gentle scrub with hydrating ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter, and massage it into your face before going through the rest of your regular cleansing routine. You’ll leave behind dull skin to make room for clearer pores and a brighter complexion.
#2: Apply a Face Mask
Plan a day of pampering and relaxation with a nourishing face mask. There are a variety of formulas to choose from, such as clay, charcoal, cream, and sheet masks, depending on what your skin needs. Masks that have ingredients like hyaluronic acid penetrate the skin with moisture, which leaves the face looking and feeling refreshed. Whether you have oily, combination, acne-prone, or sensitive skin, there are countless skin care products that are formulated to improve the overall texture and complexion of your particular skin type. With so many natural and raw ingredients at your fingertips, you can even make your own DIY superfoods facial to get glowing!
Throw on your comfiest sweats, put on relaxing music, and sit down with a good book or favorite show while you start glowing up. You also may want to consider an overnight mask with moisturizing ingredients that penetrate the skin and go to work as you’re sleeping. Self-care never felt so good.
#3: Hydrate Regularly
Cleansing the skin by exfoliating and using face masks are important steps to help achieve a glow and even skin tone, but your diet plays a big part in how your skin looks and feels as well. Staying properly hydrated by drinking several glasses of water daily is one of the best things you can do for your skin’s health.
When you’re well-hydrated, your skin appears plumper, less dull, and more refreshed. Drinking water regularly is a common health goal because of how much it helps the body function. Let it work from the inside out and reap all of the benefits that come from within. Not a fan of plain water? Jazz it up with slices of cucumber or fresh fruit for a more flavorful sip.
#4: Eat Colorfully
In addition to drinking more water, load up your plate with fruits, vegetables, and foods that are rich in antioxidants. They are full of nutrients and vitamins that are capable of fighting off free radicals, as well as improving the general health of your skin and body Take a look at your meals and think about how you can sneak in a few more servings of fruits or vegetables a day. It could mean adding squash to a soup or spinach to a smoothie. Any way you can add more color to your meals will help do wonders for your skin.
Unfortunately for some, alcohol is a major culprit in producing dry skin. While a glass of red wine here and there is perfectly fine (and often necessary!), overindulgence leads to habits that aren’t as healthy or balanced. Then again, live your life the way you want to!
#5: Don’t Skip Primer
Let your makeup enhance your glowing face. Our Everything Glow Primer helps sets the stage for flawless-looking skin. It serves as a thin barrier so makeup and other environmental elements don’t settle themselves into the tiny grooves of your skin, causing unwanted breakouts. This helps to keep your face cleaner for longer.
Primer preps the skin before applying makeup. It is lightweight and glides easily onto the skin. Allow a few minutes for it to absorb and then, you’ll be ready to continue with the rest of your makeup routine. For a natural dewy makeup look, skip the foundation and keep things minimal with just a bit of concealer and a light dusting of powder to set the face. Then, add your favorite shade of blush and lip color to complete the look.
#6: Find a Favorite Highlighter
One of the best tricks for glowing skin is highlighter. As the name suggests, it puts a spotlight, so to speak, on the areas of your face you want to shine brighter. Wondering how to use highlighter? Usually, these areas include the cheekbones and inner corners of the eyes. By placing highlighter in key places, it instantly brightens up the face and makes you look more alive. It also gives the illusion of more time spent in the sun even if it’s the dead of winter. Add subtle color to your skin with the magic workings of a highlighter.
Fortunately, highlighters come in various colors and formulas. Cream highlighters are moisturizing and work well if you want to add more intensity to specific areas of the face, down the neck, and even on the shoulders. A powder highlighter is more beneficial if you have an oily skin tone to dust along the forehead, chin, and nose for brightness, while also combating any excess oil.
#7: Use Sunscreen
Protect your skin every time you go outside by layering on sunscreen. Many face products include SPF in their formulas, but it’s always a good idea to add a layer of protection to prevent dark spots, lines, and wrinkles from forming on your face. There are sunscreens made specifically for the face that are lightweight and hydrating so you don’t feel like you’re left with greasy residue or a thick layer of cream underneath your makeup.
Face sunscreen should easily absorb into the skin and make the surface feel protected and refreshed. When the skin suffers from sun damage, it appears dry, tired, and dull. Make it your mission to be a regular sunscreen user and get in the habit of applying it often when you’re out and about.
#8: Add Color to the Cheeks
Glowing skin starts with clean, hydrated skin but to get those adorable rosy cheeks, makeup will take you through the finish line. A subtle hint of peach or pink to the cheeks can provide the natural glow you’ve been looking for. It defines your face without overwhelming your skin. Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend out.
The fun part about skincare and makeup is that you can play around and find what works best for you. Think about switching blush colors as your skin shade changes. During the summer when it may have a tanner tone, try a deeper color. Then, change to a softer hue come winter when there are not as many golden hues to work with to achieve that natural-looking glow.
#9: Give Yourself a Face Massage
Use your fingertips to stimulate the blood flow under your skin to instantly get a brighter glow and reduce inflammation. Plus, it’ll feel great! Do this in the morning as you apply facial moisturizer or serum and at night with a chilled jade roller for a spa-like experience. The goal is to maintain elasticity in the skin, which helps us stay looking young and perky!
Time to Glow Up
Good genetics may help with glowing skin, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t skincare that can help with the process, especially when environmental elements shake things up. To achieve glowing skin naturally, start with honoring what you eat and drink daily and think about how it makes you feel, how much energy you have, and how it affects your skin.
Keep the skin clean with regular washing, moisturizing, and toning, when needed. Apply makeup to highlight areas of the face that naturally receive light to brighten up your look. Finally, add in a few self-care steps like massages and masks and anything else that makes your skin feel good.
Achieving an enviable face glow doesn’t have to take a lot of time or effort. It’s more about creating a daily habit of taking care of your skin’s needs and learning how to showcase it best.