Glowing, sun-kissed skin is a hallmark of beauty. From the Disney Princesses to every 90’s supermodel, a common denominator is their angelic glow. Whether your skin is tan, luminously pale, or rich cocoa, healthy skin year round is pipedream to many. To maintain clear, balanced skin you have to walk the tightrope between greasy and dry, and it’s easier said than done. But with some effort and a thorough understanding of how your largest organ (yes, your skin!) functions, you can foster a ceaseless radiance that elevates your aesthetic.
Ways to Get That Healthy Skin Glow
Learn Your Skin Type
Your skin is unique. Not a single person in the world shares your freckles, coloring, or genotype. And yet, rather than celebrating our individuality, we spend our time coveting that which we don’t have. This achieves nothing. Instead of grumbling about your skin, try to become an expert in skincare. What this gives you is control.
Typically, there are four predominant skin types:
- Dry skin – Typically, people who don’t produce enough sebum fall in this category. The lack of moisture is apparent.
- Combination skin – This skin type typically results in an oily t-zone with dryer areas around the cheek and forehead, making this skin combination rare.
- Oily skin – This skin type is caused by an overproduction of sebum that leaves residual oils on the outer layer.
- Normal skin– Eudermic, or well-balanced skin, is a type that isn’t prone to dryness, redness, or irritation.
Visit a dermatologist and undergo an examination to identify your skin type. This understanding will be an asset in your pursuit of a gorgeous glow, as you can use products tailored specifically for you.
A Little Makeup Goes a Long Way
While there are preventative actions you can take, there are simply days when your skin decides to embrace its inner rebellious teenager. Luckily, a bit of makeup can cover up blemishes and reinstate your normal glow.
In the world of skincare, subtlety is bold. While dewy skin might shine in magazines, it’s likely to leave you greasy after a long day. Oil on your skin is entirely natural but you can take steps to mitigate the excess. Invest in blotting sheets to absorb moisture or a face powder for oily skin. This will cover your t-zone, leaving your skin with a gorgeous matte finish.
A surefire way to help clear your skin is by keeping hydrated. If this doesn’t come naturally then invest in a product that will help you stay on top of your hydration. Incorporate it into your daily routine. Drink a full glass of water the minute you wake up and right before you go to bed.
Regularly washing your face is an essential ingredient for clear skin. And one of the biggest things you want to avoid is sleeping with your makeup on. Mascara and foundation that isn’t washed off can become a breeding ground for bacteria. This can cause a reaction from your skin, resulting in blemishes, irritation, and redness.
A good thing to remember is that you also have to clean your makeup brushes. While you may wash your face regularly, your brushes can accumulate bacteria that you pass onto your skin every time you apply makeup.
3 Step Skin Care Routine
Beyond a basic wash, most dermatologists suggest a 3-step skin routine for daily maintenance. The products you use for this routine need to be specific to your skin type. If not, you can cause more harm than good.
- Exfoliate – A light scrub will clear pores and remove dead skin cells. This adds to the glow. Try to avoid toxicity by using a natural konjac sponge for your face and body.
- Tone – Using a toner is highly recommended for oily skin. It’s an additional cleanse that can help rebalance and clean out your pores.
- Moisturize – An oil-free moisturizer, when used daily, can stop wrinkles in their tracks and improve the softness of your skin.
Beyond the basics, make sure that any additional parts of your routine are handled gently with toxin-free products.
Get Your Glow On
Yes, there’s work involved in maintaining or rebalancing your skin. And even more, if you want to keep that beautiful glow. But instead of regarding it as an annoyance, add it into your daily routine and skincare will become second-nature.