Ahhh, glowing skin… you know exactly what I’m talking about, you can envision it in your head, or you may be envisioning J.Lo, maybe without so much bronzer. Either way, glowing skin is a sign of vitality and health and it seems to be something we all covet – so we figured we’d tell you exactly how to get it. But before you go getting all giddy, we have to warn you, it’s not a one step process. Actually, really beautiful, glowing skin is the result of really hard work, but wow is it ever worth it.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Before we get into products that will help boost the luminosity of your skin we need to chat about the most important element (see what we did there), yes, WATER. While you can use items to fake a good glow temporarily, truly glowing skin will never be achieved if the body isn’t properly hydrated. We know, that’s such a task, but it’s the honest truth. Skin is 64 percent water, so you can imagine if you aren’t staying hydrated the most obvious effects would be found there. Drinking the proper amount of water increases blood flow to the skin, aids in cellular turnover, supports collagen and elastin retention and creation – it pretty much allows your body to function, and without it skin starts to look dull, wrinkles and pores are more prominent, acne and skin lesions take longer to heal, sebum production changes… Case and point, drink water to keep your skin hydrated, plump and functioning as it should, or you may start to resemble a raisin.
GLOW INDUCING PRODUCTS
Now that we’ve covered the most important aspect, here are a few tried and true products in each category that will aid your skin in moisture retention, turnover, vitality and a little extra added effect. If you can add one product from each category you’ll likely have the most success, however, adding just one of these products overall will be very beneficial to your glow factor (and overall skin health).
EXFOLIATOR: JOSH ROSEBROOK
This exfoliator is simply the best on the market, with it's ability to access dead skin cells with its botanical enzyme properties and remove them with its finely crushed walnut shells. If that weren't enough, it has a bevy of skin nourishing and brightening ingredients. We swear by the effectiveness of this product and its ability to transform skin, exfoliating is simply one of the MUSTS for clear, glowing skin.
Previse's Nutrify Tonic is a fresh drink for your skin first thing each morning, absorbing deep in the dermis to help keep pores clean, hydrate the skin, plus fight free radicals and waterborne pollutants or additives. Its an incredible start to your day allowing products that follow to be more effective while giving a moisturized base.
SERUM: BORN SKINCARE
Used under your moisturizer or SPF, the Born Glow Serum penetrates into the deepest layers of the skin healing past damage caused by environmental pollutants and protecting from daily stresses and sun damage. It also moisturizes deep into the tissue with its high concentration of organic grape seed oil, giving a really gorgeous radiance and glow right from the start of your day.
MOISTURIZER: DN UNIK
Our absolute favorite face cream for all skin types, the DN UNIK Age Defying Day Cream, is packed with Hyaluronic Acid helping plump skin, retain hydration and delay the visible signs of skin aging while restoring radiance to the skin. It absorbs immediately and makes for a great makeup primer as well, seemingly adjusting to the users skin type.
MOISTURIZER: SHIVA ROSE
This stunning face cream marries Pearl Powder, which is luminous and rich in amino acids, with Rose extract. Together with Hyaluronic Acid hydration & fluid retention is at its prime, creating a radiant complexion. Perfect for those looking for a thicker face cream, yet still wearable during the day.
Hands down one of our favorites, this gently exfoliating mask is effective enough to remove dead, dull skin yet gentle enough to use right before makeup application to give you that celebrity red carpet glow. Hydrating, pore clearing and texture smoothing, use this multiple times a week to keep a vibrant luminosity.
The scent alone could make us weak in the knees, but this gentle beta-hydroxy mask infuses deep hydration and improves texture for a glowing complexion. 28 active ingredients nourish skin with active enzymes and replenishing nutrients, while honey and Hyaluronic acid plump and soften skin for a treat unlike anything we've ever seen. So easy to use, so easy to get results. If you're looking for gentle and supple hydrator, here you go!
TONER: LAUREL SKIN
This Limited Edition product (i.e.: won't be around much longer) is a dream in regards to repairing, plumping and hydrating skin. Sourced from a rare sweet honey varietal with robust collagen building Frankincense it helps skin absorb products better when used after cleansing, and brings hydration levels back to normal after applying makeup. The delicate mist is just so beautiful, perfect for those looking for a gentle added boost.
This has been a long time favorite due to its divine scent and ability to make our skin glow! Its as if it somehow has magic power to bring skin back to life by infusing skin with 200 actives and optimum hydration. If you're looking for a more intense burst of hydration and love a dewy complexion without any added oil, this is for you!
LUMINIZER: MAYA CHIA
This stuff is just so stunning - a glowing liquid luminizer that can be used to pat on skin as a highlighter or a small drop added to moisturizer or even foundation to give skin the most gorgeous glow. It comes in a golden hued shade (Golden Hour) or pink, pearlescent shade (Happy Hour) and we can't go a day without it. Whether to the store without makeup as a skin perfector or as the perfect accentuation on our cheek bones - it's multipurpose for the win (oh, and its full of nutrient-rich botanicals to improve skin as you wear!)
LUMINIZER: MODERN MINERALS
If we're talking about a traditional highlighter, this right here is the absolute best we've ever found. Cream to powder, the finish is soft and luminous without making you look like a disco ball - just the perfect "lit from within" look. Great for all skin types, ages and works well day or night.
OIL: MAYA CHIA
Everyone has a beauty oil these days, but not all are created equal. The Super Couple rises above and has received so much of our love because it is velvety, cushiony and imparts hydration and clarity immediately and over the long term. Use by thoroughly patting on skin as it transforms skin overnight or add a drop or two to your daily moisturizer or even foundation. Perfect for dry, sensitive, aging, postpartum or stressed skin.
OIL: VITALITY ELIXIR
If you’re not looking for heavy moisture or tend to have oily skin, Vitality Elixir is perfect for supporting a glowing complexion. Full of Omega-3 essential fatty acids and free-radical fighting antioxidants, skin will be protected, and rejuvenation will be boosted. Basically what we’re saying is this sumptuous elixir seamlessly and gently nourishes skin and illuminates it with youthful vitality.
*For the sake of this article, a little clarification: when we refer to serums we actually mean serums or quick absorbing treatments, and when we say oils we’re actually referring to products made of oils. I know many times those terms are interchangeable, so we wanted to make it clear.
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