There's no better feeling than going to put on makeup in the morning, looking in the mirror and thinking, "my skin is looking pretty clear today, I think I'll skip the foundation." Since no makeup-makeup is still so in (and there are no signs that it is going out of style anytime soon), having naturally glowing skin is more important than ever and anyone can achieve it!
1. Stay hydrated!
No matter what else you do, if you're not hydrated, your skin will show it.
2. Learn your skin type.
Before you can start treating your skin, it's important to know what kind of skin you have. Is it oily, dry, or a combination? Do some research or head to the dermatologist to get a definite answer. This way, you can make the most out of the products you use by picking lotions, washes, and masks out that specifically target your skin's biggest issues.
3. Try out toner.
Before you put on anything else (we are talking serum, moisturizer, or makeup), try applying a toner. This will allow serums and other products you put on your face to penetrate deeper so you're really getting all that goodness.
4. Get into serums and oils.
Massaging a serum or oil onto your face in the morning can help wake up your complexion and get the blood moving.
5. Up your face mask game.
Who doesn't love a good face mask selfie? Add masking to your skincare routine and lay one on every night as you do your homework or watch the newest episode of The Bachelor (some masks shouldn't be applied daily so make sure you look into recommended usage).
6. Embrace vitamin C.
Vitamin C isn't just a good vitamin to have in foods, it also does wonders for your skin. Apply a few drops to your face every morning for a brightening affect that will also even out your skin tone.
We recommend a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week because getting rid of dead skin cells will allow the skin underneath to shine. Try using a chemical exfoliate (it sounds scary, but it's actually very gentle on your skin because it doesn't involve scrubbing), as opposed to the physical exfoliants you're probably more comfortable with.
8. Eat up all the antioxidants you can.
OK, so we've gone over all of the things that you can do to your face to boost your glow, but there are some more steps to take that will work from the inside-out. Dermatologists suggest foods that are high in antioxidants to help your skin glow. Try grapes, berries, and nuts like pecans and walnuts. The antioxidants in these foods have been linked to protecting your skin against UV damage, so next time you're looking for a midday snack, make sure to grab those blueberries.
9. Hack your glow with highlighter.
Yes, achieving a natural glow is great, but there's also a way to get the look of it even on days when your skin is just not cooperating (we've all had those days). It's all about the highlighter! Get a color that is more on the natural side so the secret behind your glow is safe with you.
10. Get good sleep.
It's called beauty sleep for a reason! Enough sleep assists the skin in normal skin turnover and exfoliation. When you aren't getting enough sleep, your skin pays the price, so make sure to get at least seven hours a night.