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Unbelievably glowing skin isn’t just some fairy tale—it’s completely attainable with these 5 simple secrets. You’ll learn everything from the best type of moisturizer to use to how long you should wait between getting your makeup done and leaving the house (hint: it’s not as long as you think!). So, without further ado, let’s dive into the steps you need to take to get that naturally radiant look that’s bound to turn heads!
1) Drink Plenty of Water
The most important piece of advice is drinking plenty of water. This is going to help get rid of the toxins and waste, which causes the skin’s health to decline. It will also keep your body hydrated so you can avoid dehydration which can have negative effects on your skin’s health.
Phew, that was a lot! But I hope it helped!
2) Don’t Forget Your Lips
First and foremost, your lips need just as much TLC as the rest of your face. This means nightly application of lip balm with SPF and sunscreen, exfoliating once a week with an old toothbrush to remove dry skin (especially in the winter), and keeping hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. If you want more gloss, add some tinted lip balm or gloss over your favorite nude matte for an added boost. Other important tips include never going to bed without removing makeup, never sleeping in wet hair, and touching up before going out at night. The easiest way to touch up is with a powder like Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder that brightens under-eye circles while camouflaging wrinkles.
3) Add Sunscreen in the Morning
The most important step is sunscreen, and it should be put on every morning. Put it on after you wash your face, even if it’s not sunny. Make sure the sunscreen has a higher SPF than 30, too—like 50 or more. Be sure to use broad spectrum protection, as well. The sun can do a lot of damage that you can’t see right away, so having these precautions is important!
4) Moisturize at Night
The ideal time to moisturize is at night. That’s when skin undergoes its deepest cleansing and restoration process. The three most important ingredients for a good night cream are water, glycerin and urea. All three contribute the necessary water content, which hydrates the outer layer of skin. Glycerin gives off a soothing effect on sensitive areas like your eyelids or neck, and urea is an anti-bacterial agent that soothes skin irritation as well as stimulates new cell production, which eliminates wrinkles and fine lines over time.
5) Use Retinol at Night
It’s a little difficult, but skin cells regenerate and generate in the skin at night, so it’s best to apply the products that make your skin glow after you’ve washed off all of your makeup. Retinol is a product that promotes cell turnover by minimizing wrinkles and dark spots. It also stimulates collagen production which can help soften fine lines and may reduce scarring. In addition, retinol has antioxidant properties that help even out skin tone by protecting against harmful ultraviolet rays from both natural sources like sunlight and man-made sources like indoor tanning beds. Using it at night will allow for its full effects to be seen on your face before you need to head into work the next morning with beautifully radiant skin!