Facts Checked By Freewill Beauty Experts - Written by Nancy Agrahari (Journalist) on 21st Sep 2020
10 Easy Peasy Things To Follow For That Perfect Glowing Skin
Do you wonder why your skin doesn’t glow even after trying every healthy food item, DIY masks, or products?. Then there is something that you aren’t doing right. No matter when you start, you can quickly transform your skin to a glowing, luminous one with these 10 simple steps.
Dermatologists across the globe believe skincare starts with customization. Often, lack of a balanced diet, sleep, stress, or even age strips the skin’s natural glow leading to dull, lifeless skin.
Start with taking into account your skin’s character (acne-prone, oily, sensitive, dehydrated, or dry), hydration level, sun exposure, and reaction to your current skincare.
Then customize your skincare, keeping these factors into account. The most common way of recovering that lit glow from within look is by religiously using products that suit your skin. Stay away from harsh chemicals, parabens, sulfates, dyes, and fragrance.
Or follow this simple skincare routine for every skin tone out there. Whatever the challenge be, this routine can effortlessly transform your dull look to a luminous one!
A routine allows you to break down the dual concept of where your skin's glow lies and the problem that is stopping it from reaching the skin’s surface—followed by a clear routine to use ingredients to boost and target the glow.
Getting rid of the dirt, oil, makeup, or any other residue is the first step towards healthy skin. Cleansing is a crucial step for healthy-looking, fresh skin.
Think of it as a relaxing bubble bath that you give your skin after dealing with pollution, bacteria, and viruses throughout the day. Washing your face will give you a fresh look.
Regular facial cleansing also amps up the hydration, manages the skin's pH level, and gives you a dewy complexion.
How to cleanse your face
Cleanse your face twice a day, both in the morning and in the evening (or at night). Use a boosting foam or face wash for daily use, and choose a deeper cleansing, weekly. Also, try to avoid over-cleansing your face (twice a day is enough). Over-cleansing can result in drying up your skin, as it tends to wash away the essential oils and interfere with the skin’s natural pH.
Select the right ‘type’ of cleanser for your skin. According to Lela Lankerani, MD, Dermatology
“ If you have dry skin, avoid cleansers with high alcohol content. People with oily skin need a cleanser with a lower pH level. For sensitive skin, you’ll want a basic cleanser free from heavy fragrance and additives.”
For dry skin, look for cream-based cleansers, whereas oily skin should go for gel or foamy suds.
Our epidermis has an outermost layer called the stratum corneum. This outer layer consists of compact dead skin cells when left unshed, can give you dull, dehydrated, wrinkled skin.
An exfoliator gently removes all the dead skin cells for the clear, fresh-looking complexion. Dermatologist Dr. Davin Lim refers to exfoliators as a polish for your skin that removes the skin cells' dead layers to increase clarity.
An exfoliator gives you a better light reflex. Due to this, when the light hits your skin, you get that lit glow. Exfoliators usually come in chemical, physical, and enzymic forms.
For the long-term glow of the skin, use chemical exfoliators. Salicylic acid and Lactic acid are some of the best chemical exfoliators that help improve skin texture, remove dead skin cells, and reduce dark spots.
How to exfoliate gently
Apply either a face scrub twice a week or get your hands on an organic chemical exfoliator with (either salicylic acid, lactic acid, or glycolic acid). Use Salicylic Acid peeling solution once per week for sensitive skin and thrice per week by other skin types. You can also use Glycolic Acid peeling solution for collagen boost and a smoother, brighter complexion. Glycolic acid is proven to provide hydration. Thus it is the best-suited acid for dry skin.
After you have cleansed your face and gently exfoliated it, use a toner. The toner helps keep up the pH balance of the skin. They also contain soothing ingredients like rose-water, cucumber, and aloe vera, which reduces redness or irritation.
How to tone perfectly
On a cotton pad, gently add a few drops of toner and clean your face with it. Follow a smooth, gentle motion to apply it all over the face.
4. Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate
Lack of hydration can lead to dull, dry-looking skin.
Dermatologist Dr. Malvika Kohli quotes.
“Every skincare routine must have Vitamin C 20% serum, preferably with Hyaluronic acid and ferulic acid.”
For an instant glow, our skincare regimen has come up with ‘glotions.’ These are moisturizing serums with the maximum hydration! Hyaluronic acid rules in this category.
Think of Hyaluronic acid as a powerful humectant (water magnet) that locks moisture to your skin and makes aging signs vanish. HA is an extraordinarily versatile and hydrating ingredient that gives you a dewy, angelic glow.
How to keep your face hydrated:
For an instant, blinding glow, apply Hyaluronic acid serum the way you apply a highlighter above your cheekbones.
You can also use it as a makeup base for that lit-glow-from-within. For regular use, apply a few drops of Hyaluronic acid serum (preferably with Vitamin B5) on moist skin.
Right after your toner, before active serums, as it helps to increase absorption of treatment serums. You can also apply Hyaluronic acid serum before Niacinamide or Retinoids in your skincare routine. It gives an added advantage by absorbing well to the skin.
5. Skin lightening serums
Skin lightening ingredients such as Vitamin C, Niacinamide, and other antioxidants, when applied regularly, give brighter and smoother skin. The science behind such ingredients is its ability to provide a smooth complexion.
The glow comes when the light reflects on the skin’s surface. Dirt, dead skin cells, tan, dark spots, acne, oils are some of the many barriers that stop the light from reflecting.
It is time to discuss your skincare problems and introduce active ingredients in your skincare routine. Powerful active ingredients like azelaic and alpha-hydroxy acid smoothen the surface by dissolving dead skin cells.
Using them will show the younger cells beneath your skin and give you a vibrant glow.
Other effective antioxidants such as Vitamin C or L-ascorbic acid will protect, restore, and enhance skin texture. Use Vitamin C serums daily for glowing skin. Vitamin C is the most researched ingredient when it comes to skin brightening.
Niacinamide or Vitamin B3 derivative helps the skin to produce its ceramide. Think of it as a barrier that allows the stratum corneum to hold the water on the surface, and boost your immunity. Regular use of Niacinamide serum can give you a promising glow.
How to apply serums
Apply these ingredients twice a day for smoother, goddess glow skin. Always apply in the light to a thick consistency. Let your skin absorb the ingredients first and then go ahead with the rest.
Believe it or not, a moisturizer tremendously helps with boosting your skin barrier. It acts as a shield that protects the skin from the environmental damage while keeping all the good stuff inside.
Well, moisturized skin creates a smooth, plump outer layer that repairs the barrier of your skin and prevents water loss. Imagine winter and your skin before moisturization.
That is how dull and dry your skin feels when you don’t moisturize it. Look for well-structured moisturizers (gel, serums, or cream) that have both humectants to attract moisture and occlusives that seal and lock it.
How to moisturize your skin
Once you have applied all your treatment serums or active ingredients, only then apply the moisturizer.
Applying serums after the moisturizer will cut its effectiveness. You can look for creams that have SPF 50+ or apply sunscreen after moisturizing your skin.
7. Sunscreens are a must
Exposure to UV rays can lead to sunburn or erythema that can cause acne, dull skin, tan lines, or cancer. Sunscreen protects the skin from the harsh rays of the sun.
Applying sunscreen on the face blocks out all the UVA damage to your collagen levels, thus giving you a plump, bouncy skin. The ideal way to incorporate sunscreen into your routine is to apply it with a moisturizer.
Wear a broad spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen every day regardless of the season.
How to apply sunscreen for maximum protection
Opt for a sunscreen with Vitamin A, C, Hyaluronic acid as it encourages collagen production. For glowy skin and healthy skin, you need to protect it from the harsh rays too.
If you love your skin after flexing your muscles or dancing or yoga, you get it right. Exercise helps our body sweat out the toxins and improve blood circulation.
It gives you a subtle blush and glows. Do remember to cleanse your face or bathe post-workout to get rid of the dirt.
9. Healthy diet
As much as we believe active ingredients and products give you an impeccable glow, it won’t reap any benefit if you don’t follow a balanced diet. What you eat reflects on your skin.
If your diet consists of sugary components, then your skin is prone to acne or pimples. Drinking loads of water and adding items like tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, walnuts, avocados, berries, lemons, oranges, grapes, and cereal does wonders to the skin. Choose to eat fresh and healthy food and stay away from sugary items. A balanced diet will help replenish glowing skin.
10. Sleep well
You have to believe your elders when they say that a goodnight’s sleep will bring back happy skin. A good seven to eight hours of sleep helps your skin in cell turnover and exfoliation.
It is clinically proven that those who sleep well reduce 30% of aging signs than those who sleep less than the recommended duration.
So, if you wish to have happy, glowing skin, turn off the phone and get some rest. When your body is deprived of its beauty sleep, it gives you sad, puffy eyes. When you get enough sleep, it boosts collagen leading to younger-looking skin.
For glowing skin, alcohol and smoking should be avoided too. Smoking leads to dull, dry, patchy skin, and discolored nails. It also motors the natural aging process, making you look older. On the other hand, alcohol destroys Vitamin A from your body.
Vitamin A is essential for collagen formation. These habits rob the youthfulness of your skin.
A good skincare routine gives you a list-down of where your skin might need the push for that blinding, flawless glow from within.