In this age, a lot of people crave and want to get a glowing skin within a short period of time, which has led and still leading people to pursue products with harsh chemicals that end up damaging their skin and leave them to a fate of having to repair skin.
In getting a glowing skin you have to go through a process, gradually your skin starts adjusting to your daily skincare routine.
A major component— and signal— of healthy skin is a natural glow. But causes like lack of sleep, stress, age, and even what you eat can rob your complexion of its radiance. Transform skin that looks dull and tired to luminous and glowing with expert tips and skincare product picks from Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab scientists and dermatologist experts on how to make your skin glow naturally, no matter how much time you have: months, one or two weeks, overnight, or even minutes!
1. Cleanse regularly
Key to luminous skin: clearing your “canvas” by thoroughly removing debris like dirt, oil and pollution particles that can clog pores and cause dullness. Wash your face morning and night by massaging in a small dollop of face cleanser lightly with fingers in circular motions, working from the inside of the face out for full coverage, says GH Beauty Lab Senior Chemist Sabina Wizemann.
2. Exfoliate your skin
“One of the best ways to brighten skin and boost its glow both immediately and long term is by exfoliating,” Wizemann says.The process removes skin’s outer layer of dead cells so its surface is smoother and clearer and reflects light.
Apply either a physical exfoliant, like a face scrub, two to three times per week or a chemical exfoliation, such as a face peel once per week for sensitive or dry skin and three times maximum for other skin types.
3. Look for brightening skincare ingredients
In topical skincare treatments like serums and moisturizers, look on the packaging
for terms such as “brightening” and “skin tone-evening,” and ingredients like vitamin C, “an antioxidant that brightens skin by blocking an enzyme that produces pigment,” says GH Beauty Lab chemist Danusia Wnek.
4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
“Lack of hydration makes your complexion dull and even accentuates wrinkles,” says Jeanine Downie, M.D., a dermatologist at Image Dermatology in Montclair, New Jersey. “Apply a topical moisturizer morning and evening to replenish hydration.”
The best type to choose? “Our testing shows that face lotions and creams are generally more hydrating than oils, serums, and other formulas,” explains GH Beauty Lab Director Birnur Aral, Ph.D. “They’re emulsions (blends of oil and water components) that carry hydrating ingredients into skin’s top layers, helping it hold moisture.”
5. Eat antioxidant-rich food
Yes, what you eat can have an effect on your skin’s glow. Load up on bananas,grapes, berries and nuts like pecans and walnuts, which are rich in polyphenols such as ellagic acid and resveratrol. Preliminary research has linked this type of antioxidant combats free radicals to help protect skin cells from UV damage like hyperpigmentation. Aim to incorporate them into your diet daily in meals, like breakfasts, salads, or desserts, or alone as a snack.
6. Know when to call a dermatologist
To tackle stubborn skin hyperpigmentation issues such as large or numerous dark spots (from sun damage or other causes) and melasma for long-lasting clarity, visit a board-certified dermatologist, who can recommend the best options for you. These can include prescription topical products, in-office treatments like professional facial peels, microdermabrasion and lasers, or a combination of therapies, says Pearl E. Grimes, M.D., clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA in Los Angeles.
In my next article, I will discuss Home remedies to get a glowing skin.