We all want healthy glowing skin. Here are some of my top tips for a quick easy glow:
1. Exfoliation- getting rid of that top layer of dead skin cells reveals your radiant true skin. Light peels under 15% glycolic acid combined with lactic and polyhydroxys are effective and will also bind moisture to the skin. Enzymes using papaya and bromelain are also great for removing that inter-cellular glue and bringing fresh new skin cells to the surface without irritation, inflammation or any downtime. When you exfoliate lightly with passive exfoliants you create a glow.
2. Light reflective foundations – Smashbox and Chanel make a light reflective foundation as do many other makeup and skincare lines. A light reflective foundation with do just that and since they aren’t completely matte they give you the glow.
It’s not necessary to always wear powder over your foundation – in fact, for a great glow I recommend skipping powder if you have dry skin. If you have oily skin or an oily T-zone a little loose powder can be applied only where you need it with a fluffy makeup brush.
3. Buy or make your own facial spritzer – A nutrient rich facial spritzer will lock moisture into your skin and hydrated skin is healthy and glowing skin. Even oily skin can become dehydrated. You can spray your skin after you apply your foundation or after you apply moisturizer day and night. My favorites are Caudalie, Rose Spray I buy at Whole Foods, Evian and making my own with mineral water, a dash of chlorophyll and Lavender.
A few of my favorite Ingredients to look for in a hydrating facial spray:
Hyaluronic acid – holds 1000 times its’ weight in water
Lavender- calming, anti-inflammatory
Rose- calming, hydrating
Vitamins C and E- antioxidants that protect your skin
Grape seed Extract – antioxidant
4. Self tanners -
Self tanning lotions gives you a healthy glow that allows you to wear less makeup since it smooths out any uneven skin tones and imparts a warm glow – you can enhance the glow from a self tanner with a little blush and Bronzer. I find that when I self-tan I don’t wear as much makeup. There are many amazing self tanners that won’t make you break out – from my experience Jan Marini is the gold standard for facial tanning – I love the Jan Marini BioGlycolic self tanner, since it contains glycolic acid the tan goes on very smooth, Clarins and Beautisol are also very good and have never made me break out.
5. Hydrate from Within -
Since our skin is the largest organ of our body if we are dehydrated then our skin will reflect that. Even if our bodies are internally hydrated our skin can still look and feel dry and dehydrated because of seasonal, environmental and lifestyle factors but drinking the right amount of water can help insure we stay hydrated. What is the right amount of water? It varies and a good general rule to follow is to drink half your body weight in ounces every day. I always carry around a bottle from Lifefactory – it’s glass and I can refill it easily and add lemon, mint, cucumber, chlorophyll, etc. to make water more interesting and nutritious to drink. I also recommend drinking rooibos tea and green juices and smoothies for the reason that liquid nutrients are contained in these beverages in high concentrations. If you are drinking coffee and alcohol regularly then you need to drink more water. These are just a few quick tips to help you get glowing….Please share any additional tips that work great for you.by