Is your skin looking a little dull and lackluster lately? Don’t fret, we’re here to help. Ahead, we share four of the best tips to achieve a radiant-looking complexion—plus, the products you’ll need to make it happen.
We all want skin that exudes radiance (think: a dewy, glowing complexion without the assistance of highlighter) but between seasonal transitions, daily stress, and a host of other factors completely out of our control, our skin can often appear dull and lackluster. That’s not even taking into account poor sleeping habits and lifestyle choices that can affect our skin’s appearance. And while adopting a proper skin care routine can help reverse some of these unwanted side effects, they won’t be a saving grace all on their own. To really pinpoint the cause of your ruddy skin appearance, you’ll have to dig deep and analyze the full picture. Lucky for you, there are some simple skin care steps and A+ lifestyle habits you can take on for your skin to appear more radiant, and we’re sharing them all, ahead! Brighten up the appearance of your complexion with these tips, and a few recommended products, for glowing skin.
The sun’s powerful UV rays are nothing to joke about. They can wreak serious havoc on your skin if you don’t take the necessary precautions to protect against them. And just what do we mean by “wreak havoc”? UV rays can cause everything from sunburns to fine lines and dark spots, so wearing SPF year-round is necessary to help to avoid sun damage.
Maintain your skin’s glow and keep it safe from UV damage by protecting it from the effects of the sun’s harmful rays with day creams and moisturizers formulated with SPF. One of our favorites? Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This lightweight formula is readily absorbed into the skin, leaving it feeling soft, nurtured, and smooth. Plus, it’s broad spectrum SPF protection provides a line of defense against damaging UVA and UVB rays.
Editor’s note: There’s currently no sunscreen on the market that can fully protect your skin against harmful UV rays. As such, be sure to apply Broad Spectrum SPF 15 or higher daily, and reapply at least every two hours AND take additional precautionary measures. This can include wearing protective clothing, seeking shake, and avoiding peak sun hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) when the rays are strongest.
When the temperatures drop, it’s likely you crank up the heat in not just your home, but in your shower as well. But did you know that your skin’s frequent exposure to excess heat can cause it to dry out? It’s true! Hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils, subsequently drying it out and causing a dull-looking complexion. The American Skin Association suggests turning down the heat and using lukewarm water in order to avoid the drying effects. As soon as you get out of the shower, gently pat yourself dry and apply a moisturizer to help keep skin hydrated.
Need a facial moisturizer rec? Try Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Antioxidant Super Moisturizer with goji berry and hyaluronic acid. This non-greasy, gel-based formula floods the skin with long-lasting hydration for softer, healthier-looking skin. It’s rich with antioxidants and vitamins c and e, and helps strengthen the skins moisture barrier to stop the cycle of dry skin. After one use, your skin will feel more hydrated and appear more youthful day after day.
If you’re anything like us, you often get so caught up in your skin care routine that you forget there are other factors that can contribute to a dull complexion. One of those very factors? Our diets. Believe it or not, it’s as important to focus on what you’re putting into your body as what you’re layering onto it. A well-rounded diet, rich in antioxidants, omega-3s, and other healthy fats—like those found in avocados and nuts—will not only help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, but can also have a positive effect on the appearance of your skin. With a little extra attentiveness and diligence, a more radiant, dewy complexion is just within arm’s reach!
Exfoliation—as long as your skin’s not too sensitive—is a great addition to your weekly skin care routine. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, by removing the top layer of dead skin cells, your skin can look brighter and more radiant. Depending on your preference and skin type, you can choose between gentle exfoliating scrubs to manually remove dead skin or chemically dissolve the build up with at-home products that use gentle acids.
For an exfoliating scrub, try Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Invigorating Daily Scrub with peppermint and jojoba beads. Formulated for normal skin types, this daily exfoliating formula deeply cleanses the skin, gently refines pores, and instantly energizes for a healthier look. Within one use, the skin is deeply cleansed and smoothed, and within one week, skin is softened, and looks healthy and revitalized. For best results, massage Clean+ Daily Invigorating Scrub on to damp face and rinse thoroughly.
Prefer a chemical exfoliator instead? Look for formulas with acids like glycolic or salicylic acid, which can help dissolve the buildup of dead skin on the skin’s surface without the harshness typically associated with rough grains or beads. Keep in mind, however, that chemical exfoliators and peels are not for everyone. Consider your skin type before selection a formula, and consult your dermatologist prior to use.
The Article was published on skincare.com