Dull skin is such a drag, so show your complexion a little TLC with a radiance-boosting daily routine. Your three-pronged plan of attack should address hydration, texture, and tone — all of which contribute to your skin’s natural radiance — plus a few makeup kit secret weapons. Remember: Healthy skin is glowing skin, and glowing skin is pretty darn irresistible.
When your skin is well-hydrated, it looks moist and reflects light more efficiently, creating the “dewy glow” that every girl covets. To score that gorgeous gleam for yourself, lock in moisture with products that contain humectants such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid. Smooth on a lotion or hydrating serum twice daily after cleansing and toning. Even acne-prone skin types benefit from regular hydration. Just stick with lightweight, oil-free moisturizing formulas.
The smoother your skin, the more evenly it reflects light, making your face brighter. Dead, damaged skin cells will drain the glow right out of you, making regular exfoliation a must for radiant skin. Trade in rough physical exfoliants such as scrubs — which exfoliate unevenly and can damage delicate skin — for a weekly at-home peel. Look for a product with glycolic acid to gently dissolve the top layers of skin, revealing the fresh new bright stuff beneath.
Uneven skin tone puts a major damper on your glow. Many mademoiselles deal with some discoloration issues at one point or another, whether caused by sun exposure, acne scarring or pregnancy. Serums and spot treatments containing kojic acid, licorice extract, mulberry or soy offer natural, more gentle skin brightening. OTC retinol products can also soften darker spots and patches. For seriously stubborn discoloration, make an appointment with your dermatologist. She can prescribe heavy-duty help such as retinoids.
There’s nothing like good clean living to brighten your skin tone. Your skin is your body’s largest organ — so no matter how much dough you shell out for expensive skin care treatments, your complexion will always reflect your overall health. A few simple upgrades to your daily diet can have a significant impact on your skin’s radiance. Stock up your plate with omega fatty acids (from salmon, nuts, and olive oil), vitamin C (berries and citrus) and zinc (seafood and legumes).
Sometimes the best advice is to fake until you make it. While you’re waiting to reap the rewards of your radiance-boosting skin care regimen, add a glow with a few key makeup products. Start with a layer of tinted moisturizer. Opt for a product with light-reflecting particles to brighten your skin, one that’s sheer enough to let your skin through for a natural look. The cream highlighter is your ace in the hole, ladies. Blended along the high planes of your face — think cheekbones, brows and the bridge of the nose — it helps your skin reflect loads of light.