The most natural-looking glow comes from well-cared-for skin. Here’s how to get it.
Splash with Care
Here’s the cold, hard truth: Rinsing your face with icy water won’t tighten your pores. And using hot water, though it may feel good, can dehydrate skin. Lukewarm is best, and if you have redness, try cool — not cold — water, to help constrict blood vessels.
- Use a gentle soap. Unless you have exceptionally oily skin, this should do the trick for most people. Remember that you want to clean your skin, not completely strip it of all oils — if it feels tight and dry after washing, you’re using something too strong.
- Lather the soap around all the areas of your face. Make sure you get your forehead (especially along the hairline), cheeks, nose, upper lip, chin, and jawline.
- Rinse off by splashing water on your face. Using a washcloth or rag to roughly wipe your skin clean can irritate it more. Instead, bend your face over the sink, cup your hands together, and bring up small amounts of water to splash over your face. About 10 splashes should do it.
- Pat dry. Again, don’t roughly rub your skin dry with a towel. Instead, dry it with small, gentle pats or let it air dry.
- Always wash off your makeup at night. Even if you’re too tired to do the rest of the routine before you go to bed, at least make sure your makeup comes off your face. Not only does this prevent it from clogging up your pores and causing breakouts while you sleep, it also stops you from smearing bacteria on your pillow — where it can get into your skin night after night.
Figure Out Your Skin Type
Rinse your clean face with 10 splashes of lukewarm water, then pat it dry and wait 45 minutes.
If your face feels tight or looks ashy, you probably have dry skin.
If it’s shiny all over, it’s oily.
If just your forehead, nose, and chin — the T-zone — are shiny, you likely have combination skin.
And if your skin is easily irritated, that usually means it’s sensitive.
Give Products Time to Work
Changing your products every couple of weeks can also be counterproductive.
Finish the entire tube or bottle of a skincare potion before you decide how well it works.
You might, though, want to adjust your beauty regimen seasonally, swapping, say, the oil-free moisturizer you use in the summer for one that’s more emollient during the winter when frigid temperatures and indoor heating can rob your skin of moisture.
The exception: If your skin reacts with swelling, redness, or burning to a new product you’ve tried, stop using it immediately.
A Balanced Life Leads to Your Best Skin
- Work out. Cardio is what will give your skin that glow because it stimulates blood flow. It’s also healthy for your body and will make you stronger.
- Drink up. Aim to get 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. The water will clear your skin and make it glow because it makes it easier for your body to flush out toxins quickly.
- Eat a healthy diet. You are what you eat, and incorporating healthy food like vegetables, fruits, grains, and protein will help.
»Omega 3 Fatty Acids found in fish and walnuts is especially beneficial to your skin.
»Vitamin C will help existing pimples heal faster, so eating a few servings of things like citrus fruits will help.
»Try to consume less than 45g of sugar on a daily basis.
A toner removes excess oil and dirt from your skin that the soap missed, in addition to closing your pores. Not everyone needs to use a toner, but some people find it helpful.
- Put a few drops onto a cotton ball or pad. Swipe it lightly over your skin.
- Only use astringent if your skin is exceptionally oily. Astringent is a stronger type of toner that can be up to 60% alcohol. If your skin tends to be dry, using astringent could actually cause acne by driving your oil glands to overcompensate.
- Witch hazel is a natural alternative to buying synthetic toner/astringent.
Consider applying toner to only the areas of your skin that tend to break out. For instance, you might only use it on your nose or forehead.
Using lotion in the morning acts as a primer for your makeup, helping it “stick” to your face throughout the day. Moisturizing at night helps your skin repair itself and stave off wrinkles. Bottom line, it’s one of the best things you can do for glowing skin over the long term.
- Consider using a lighter moisturizer during the day. If you’re prone to breakouts, save the heavy cream moisturizer for nighttime and use a light or gel moisturizer during the day.
- Don’t forget your neck and décolletage. These areas can get super dry and irritated if you never moisturize them.
If your skin tends to be dry and flaky, a weekly exfoliation can clear out dead skin cells. Find an exfoliant that has a super fine grain, and don’t rub it roughly into your skin — use light pressure and gentle motions.
Protect your skin from the sun
Avoid leathery, tough skin by applying a light sunscreen every time you plan to be outside. The lack of sun damage will keep your skin dewy and supple for years to come. Remember, it only takes 15 minutes to get a sunburn, so be prepared.
- Stick to SPF 30 — anything higher doesn’t have much more benefit.
- Search the makeup aisle for spray-on sunscreens that are light and dry.
- Use a foundation or tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, so your face is already covered.
- Tea tree oil with 15% concentration works wonders for Acne-prone and blemished skin. Apply directly onto the acne areas and keep it overnite. This might cause some dryness but it’s totally harmless. In the morning, after washing your face with a neutral-ph face wash, apply a mild moisturizer and ta-da your skin will glow!
- Make sure you have a cleanser and moisturizer made for your skin type.
- Have patience – you should see improvements in about two weeks.
- If you have sensitive skin, try mixing small amounts of castor and body oils onto your troubled acne spots once a week after opening your pores with warm water and steam. This may sound counter productive, but it really helps.
- Change bed covers at least every 4 weeks (better every 2) bacteria stays on your pillow case and covers.
- Be sure to cut your nails as they can hold a lot of bacteria which you don’t see.
- Work out at least thrice a week even if its for 30 mins only. It improves skin glow.
- Never try to bleach the skin artificially; it causes dryness and rips off your skin of essential oils.
- Don’t use toothpaste or lemon juice to clear acne, it may dry out your skin and make it feel worse. If you do decide to use lemon juice as a chemical (acid) exfoliant, you can replace the lost oils afterwards with a moisturizer or olive oil.