You can weld a highlighting stick like nobody’s business and foundation your face into a glowing, smooth canvas in about five seconds flat, but what’s going on underneath?
It’s one thing to rely on makeup to give you radiance, but a great face gets that glow factor from within. Put down the shimmer powder, and try these tips instead.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate
“The skin’s ability to turn itself over slows down as we age,” says Washington-based dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi. “The first thing you need to do to keep a healthy glow is to exfoliate regularly.”
“The skin’s ability to turn itself over slows down as we age.”
As she explains, dead skin is one of the main factors in dulling your glow. “It just piles up on your skin surface and blocks the natural skin from shining through."
Get on The Vitamin C Train
Look for organic products containing Vitamin C, says NYC facialist Ildi Pekar.
“This helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation, leaving your skin looking even-toned, with the perfect amount of hydration and radiance.”
Here’s another reason why it’s so important to wear sunscreen every day: “Dead skin cells build up because your skin tries to protect itself in response to sun exposure,” Tanzi says.
“Combine regular exfoliation with everyday sun protection."
“Combine regular exfoliation with everyday sun protection for healthy, beaming skin.”
Pekar uses a Hungarian tapping method in all of her facials to boost glow. “It gives an all-natural lifting effect to drain out toxins and reduce puffiness in the skin,” she says. Try your own massage or facial yoga for an at-home effect.
The Right Diet
According to Tanzi, it’s not a matter of what you eat, it’s what you don’t eat.
“A nice, healthy glow means a diet low in sugar and high in vegetables and water.”
“A diet high in carbs and sugars is going to be inflammatory and will lead to your skin looking droopy and sullen,” she says. “A nice, healthy glow means a diet low in sugar and high in vegetables and water.”
An Easy DIY Facial
Pekar suggests making up your own mask at home to boost up radiance. “Take a handful of chopped parsley, two spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar and three spoonfuls of plain yogurt,” she says. “After mixing, spread it over your face and leave on for twenty minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.”