It's true what they say: "Glowing skin is always in." But as much as we might want to have totally radiant skin, sometimes it can be hard to get glowing skin — and keep it. That's because, although we can create a beautiful glow with makeup, the best glow comes from within. And I know what you oily ladies are thinking: Um, no. I definitely don't need any more "glow" coming from within. I have plenty of "glow" for myself and the rest of the world for that matter! But the same ways that dry and normal-skinned ladies achieve a glow can also work to help balance oily skin so that it looks illuminated instead of greasy.
Besides being superficially attractive, radiance is a sign of being in good health. So really, the best part about the steps toward having glowing skin is that these steps will also lead toward a healthier lifestyle. Talk about two birds, right? And don't worry, it's not all about eating veggies that you hate, and rubbing sand on your skin. There are delicious recipes you can master, and fun DIY scrubs you can slather. So if you're ready to achieve radiant skin for good, and improve your health while you're at it, here are seven things you can do to put your most beautifully glowing skin forward.
1. Stay Hydrated
It's pretty crazy how many benefits there are to staying hydrated. One of them is keeping skin looking fresh and radiant. This is because it helps wash away toxins, transport nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells, and plump up the skin making it appear more youthful. Basically a win-win-win, right?
If dead skin cells are just hanging out on your face, they're not reflecting light. It's important to slough off these dead skin cells in order to get rid of any dullness. While physical exfoliants are fine, try a chemical one like a glycolic acid wash or peel. An exfoliating wash should be used two or three times a week to brighten skin. If you do opt for a peel, just make sure to not overdo it lest your skin be left irritated and red. Once a week should be plenty.
3. Proper Skincare
To keep skin bright and glowing, it's all about protecting it from damage. Make sure to wear SPF whenever you might be going outside, and apply moisturizer as soon as you step out of the shower. And don't be afraid to branch out and add a toner and serum to your routine. A toner will help keep the pH in your skin balanced, while a targeted serum can help reduce dullness and add radiance. By keeping a regular and proper skincare routine, you can help your skin hold on to that youthful glow longer.
4. Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for having glowing skin. Especially make sure to incorporate foods that have omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. These groups will help respectively keep skin supple and smooth, and fight free radical damage.
The post-workout glow is a real thing! Proper exercise helps improve circulation which means more oxygen and nutrients are pumped to skin cells. And healthier skin cells means better-looking skin. Try to schedule your workout for the morning so you have all day to show off your resulting glow.
6. Get Enough Sleep
Lack of sleep is certainly something that can make skin appear sallow and dull. To help skin hold on to its natural glow, make sure to get at least seven hours of sleep each night. If you can, though, eight or nine is ideal. After all, it's called "beauty rest" for a reason.
7. Fake It
There are quite a few products on the market to help you achieve totally glowing skin. The first is illuminating primers. These can be smoothed all over the face, and can be worn alone or under foundation. The second is a foundation with a radiant finish. These will provide a subtle glow on their own. You can also choose a cream or powder highlighter to apply to the high points of your face (cheekbones, down the nose, center of forehead, and/or chin). And finally, you can really pack on the glow with shimmering bronzers, blushes, and/or finishing powders. Of course any of these products can be worn alone to achieve a subtle glow, but they can also be combined for a totally radiant complexion.