10 ways to get glowing skin
A youthful glow is one of the most sought after looks for skin at the moment and the beauty world is embracing this trend with a bounty of offerings which can help you achieve skin that looks lit from within. We share some of the products that make sure your skin looks and feels decidedly dewy. While a complexion that glows can often be linked to a healthy diet and ample exercise, it can also be the effect of some clever skincare and cosmetics. Study up on our top 10 tips to getting your glow on.
1. Use a toner
Ensuring your skin is hydrated is a non-negotiable part of glowing skin and this can come in the form of a hydrating toner which adds a new level of moisture to the skin and is best applied to skin that is freshly cleansed. Spritz onto your skin before you apply your serum and then lotion or moisturiser. Your skin will love the dewy finish a toner like this will give your complexion not to mention the hydration benefits.
bh loves: Dermalogica Age Smart Antioxidant HydraMist, $81 and Murad Resurgence Hydrating Toner, $58
2. Strengthen your protective barrier
A nourishing face mask is another step which will aid in your skin feeling nourished and plump. Adding one to your routine as a weekly pampering experience will not only feel like heaven and allow you to take some time for yourself, but your skin will reap the rewards of this luxurious addition to your skincare regime.
bh loves: Skinsmiths Overnight Glow, $58 and Glow Lab Brightening Face Mask, $5
3. Use vitamin C in your regime
Vitamin C is a wonder ingredient when it comes to brightening the skin and promoting luminosity to the skin. For this reason, you will see a slew of serums and treatment products on offer, especially at this time of the year as the cooler months are the ideal time to tackle pigmentation and dullness in the skin.
bh loves: Trilogy Vitamin C Booster Treatment, $44.99 and Clinique Fresh Pressed 7-Day System with Pure Vitamin C, $60
4. Look for glycolic peels
A skincare product which offers a thorough exfoliation is ideal for sloughing off dead skin cells and revealing a clearer complexion. While the word peel can sound intimidating, at-home peels contain a lower level of active ingredients making them a gentler version to try on the couch versus a treatment in a salon.
bh loves: Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Retexturising Pads, $85 and Murad Environmental Shield Rapid Resurfacing Peel, $89
5. Consider a cleansing tool
Not just a gimmick, cleansing tools are an amazing addition because they will work to remove a higher level of dirt and grime not to mention buff away dead skin cells with ease. Team one of these with a gel or foam cleanser and allow the oscillating brush to work its magic – it’s a great way to bring the spa to your home and you will be pleasantly surprised at how your skin glows post-cleanse.
bh loves: Clarisonic Smart Profile, $368 and Skin Physics Dermasonic + Cleansing and Anti-Ageing Device, $99
6. Exfoliate regularly
It’s easy for our skin to become overloaded with dry, sluggish skin cells that don’t like to budge and for this reason; exfoliating your skin is an essential. You can either pop into your local spa to have a microdermabrasion treatment which gives a very thorough exfoliation, or try an at-home version which although it’s more gentle, will still have your skin feeling like a baby’s afterwards. Tip – apply to your face while you are in the shower to allow the warm water to help open your pores at the same time.
bh loves: Essano Superfoods Cinnamon Revitalising Exfoliator, $16 and Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective White Skin Brightening Exfoliator, $54
Something skin experts will keep saying until they are blue in the face – sunscreen is an absolute essential for keeping your skin in peak condition. Protecting your face from the harsh elements, while very tricky with the ozone layer depletion over Australasia, will keep dullness at bay. Arm yourself with an SPF that you can team with your morning moisturiser and remember that even a cloudy day can cause damage.
bh loves: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Fluid SPF50, $22 and Dermalogica PowerBright TRx Pure Light SPF50, $118
8. Seek out supplements
Collagen supplements have gained momentum lately thanks to their ability to help rebuild the structure of your skin from the inside out. Collagen can come in a range of forms including bovine, marine or plant-based. Adding a supplement into a healthy diet can help to strengthen the building blocks of your skin which in turn allows for a healthier, fresher looking upper layer.
bh loves: Dose & Co Collagen Creamer, $54.90 and Go Healthy Go Beautiful Skin Collagen Support, $51.99
A heavy hitter in anti-ageing, retinol (a derivative of vitamin A), is an amazing addition thanks to its anti-ageing qualities but also the texture and tone of your skin overall. Retinol is an ingredient that your skin needs to get used to, so you will often need to build up usage or slowly increase the strength of the formula to avoid sensitivity.
bh loves: Environ Focus Care Youth + Concentrated Retinol Serum 1, $125 and Ultraceuticals Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum, $158
And of course where would be we without the makeup products which help to achieve a glowing complexion. These gems, applied to your skin after your skincare will further help to give you that extra pop of radiance.
bh loves: Osmosis Highlighting Quad, $95, MAC Prep & Prime Gold Lite Fix Spray, $45, L’Oreal Paris Wake Up and Glow Melon Berry Highlighting Drops, $30.99, Tailor Skincare Glow Pot in Astra, $29, Stila Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Colour, $65 and lilah b. Glisten + Glow Skin Illuminator, $103
What glow getting products do you swear by?