When you think too hard about it, “glowing” skin doesn’t necessarily sound like a good thing — it could be something that results from Simpsons-level exposure to radiation.
But recipients of this compliment are generally being told their complexion is even-toned, hydrated and soft, not dry and flaky and with few if any blemishes or discolorations. Well-tended skin also has elements that can subtly reflect light in a way duller skin doesn’t.
How do you get there? It’s simply treating your skin the way it should be with regular cleansing, hydration and a healthy lifestyle with good nutrition, exercise and sleep.
Here are some ways you can do that:
Find products with skin-brightening agents
They’re often labeled as “skin-brightening” or for evening skin tone and contain ingredients like vitamin C, retinol, kojic acid, vitamin B3 (niacinamide) and azelaic acid, which inhibit hyperpigmentation and promote cell turnover.
Cleanse early and often
This is the foundation of good skin care and should be done twice daily with a product suited to your skin type so it doesn’t exacerbate any drying, acne or other conditions you could be prone to.
Exfoliate with care
This is the quickest way to speed up the natural process of cell turnover at the skin’s surface but can lead to blotchiness, inflammation, thinner skin and other problems. Those with sensitive skin should do it once per week at the most with a very gentle product, while those with oily or combination skin can try up to twice, or thrice, weekly.
Hydration from within and on the skin’s surface is essential for “glow,” but newer types of moisturizers called “glotions” include a hint of tint to ramp up your radiance and can be worn under foundation as an all-over highlighter or to spot highlight.
Facial masks for quick fixes
Give your skin an extra boost of TLC before a big event — or whenever it’s looking “meh” — with a store-bought mask or a DIY version to infuse it with hydration and extra “glow.” Consider citrus fruits and oils, papaya, goat milk and aloe vera for homemade versions.