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. The good news is that you can transform skin that looks dull and tired to luminous and glowing at home. Just follow these skin and makeup tips, home remedies, on how to make your face glow naturally, no matter how much time you have: months, a week, overnight, or even instantly!
1. Cleanse regularly (and fully!)
Key to radiant 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
2. Exfoliate your skin
“One of the best ways to brighten skin and boost its glow both immediately and long term is by exfoliating,” yet many skip it. “This 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 exfoliatior, such as a face peel, once per week for sensitive or dry skin and three times maximum for other skin types, is suggested.
3. Then, hydrate and protect
For more radiance, follow with a layer of moisturizer. When skin is moisturized, it also reflects light, making it instantly appear more glowing. And be sure to shield skin with broad-spectrum SPF 30+ facial sunscreen or day cream, as exfoliation makes it more prone to sun damage, including dark spots.
4. Moisturize skin regularly
Don't apply moisturizer just once in a while or when skin feels dry. "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."
5. For a fast fix, try a face mask
To get instant skin-plumping and glow-boosting benefits when skin feels lackluster or before a special event, smooth on a hydrating face mask and let it soak into skin.
6. Or make your own DIY mask
Whip up this homemade skincare face mask from Joanna Vargas, a celebrity facialist in New York City, to enhance skin's vibrance. "It's soothing and tightens pores," she says. "If you want extra exfoliation, add two tablespoons of almond power and scrub the formula onto the skin before leaving it on as a mask— your skin will be glowing!"
• 1/2 cup yogurt
• 1/2 cup mashed strawberry
• 1/4 cup honey
Mix all ingredients together together in a bowl. Apply to face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for five minutes, then rinse. You can make your own mask with natural ingredients as well.
7. Give your face a massage
A massage is good for more than relaxing your muscles. "Every day, I massage my face as I wash it — the motion increases circulation and gives skin a natural vibrance," says Mona Gohara, M.D., a dermatologist at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. "Do a few upward and downward strokes on each cheek to see an effect.”
8. Eat antioxidant-rich foods
Yes, what you eat can have an effect on your skin's glow. Load up on 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 to helping 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.
9. Hydrate from the inside out
And don't forget good old H2O. “Proper hydration is directly related to skin cell regeneration,” key to a glow, London says. Aim for eight to 10 cups per day of unsweetened drinks like water (including sparkling or fruit- infused), tea and coffee.
12. 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 longlasting clarity, visit a boardcertified dermatologist, who can recommend the best options for you. These can include prescription topical products, in-office medical skincare 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.
“For sun damage, like dark spots and pigmentation from acne scars, lasers such as broadband light and intense pulsed light are very effective,” Dr. Price says. “Procedures like microneedling, an intensive form of exfoliation, as well as a series of chemical peels, work best for melasma.”
Source by : APRIL FRANZINO Beauty Director