No matter your skin type, it’s safe to say that having a glowing, radiant complexion is a goal that most of us share. After all, it’s tough to beat the youthful appearance of luminous skin, but achieving a glow isn’t always easy, especially if you’re battling dry skin or an uneven skin tone. Thankfully, there are a few tweaks you can make to your skin care routine and makeup looks to illuminate your complexion with minimal effort.
Ahead, we’re sharing the best tips to help you achieve the glowing skin of your dreams this new year.
How Can I Make My Face Glow Naturally?
Naturally, glowing skin is a combination of many different factors. Being well-hydrated and well-rested helps, and so does the right skin care regimen with routine exfoliation and moisturization.
Those with oily skin know of the unintentional glow (and borderline greasy look) that’s brought on by their overactive oil glands. While this may make you want to forgo moisturizer, all skin types need hydration and skipping it can lead to a dull, lackluster skin tone. If you have dry skin, naturally glowing skin can be a bit tricky to achieve but the right skin care products are key. Look for moisturizers with hydrating ingredients, like ceramides and hyaluronic acid, and face serums and treatments with brightening ingredients like vitamin C and glycolic acid.
Another way to get a natural glow is with a little exercise. All you need is a little cardio and your cheeks will be naturally flushed with a sweat-induced glow. Think of the endorphin boost as an added bonus.
How Can I Get a Flawless Glowing Complexion?
Perfect, glowing skin is a big and frankly, unattainable ask and that is totally okay. Instead, shift your focus on a flawless-looking, glowing complexion that can be achieved with a combination of the right skin care and makeup routines. This means using brightening face serums and treatments to target uneven, dull skin tone in tandem with glow-boosting complexion products to conceal imperfections and enhance your skin’s natural luminosity.
How Can I Get Glowing Skin in 7 Days?
To achieve glowing skin quickly, incorporate a chemical exfoliant into your skin care routine and add a glowy foundation to your makeup routine. Along with both of those things, add a brightening serum to your routine, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 12% Pure Vitamin C + E + Salicylic Acid Serum. With 12 percent pure vitamin C, the formula targets uneven skin tone and instantly increases radiance while minimizing the look of pores.
How Can I Get Perfect Glowing Skin?
Check out these nine tips to help you achieve glowing skin.
1. Use an Exfoliating Cleanser
Exfoliating your skin to improve texture and remove surface level dead skin cells is incredibly important when looking to achieve radiant skin because it ensures that new, vibrant skin cells are visible. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser is a great exfoliating scrub for glowing skin because it uses micro pearls and glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and improve skin texture and tone while boosting radiance.
2. Try Glycolic Acid
Routine exfoliation is key when you want a natural glow and there’s no better ingredient for that than an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), like glycolic acid. Glycolic acid exfoliates dead skin cells to target uneven skin tone, dark spots and fine lines. To get the benefits of glycolic acid, add a resurfacing serum, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum, to your nightly skin care routine. Use it two to three times a week and slowly build up use as your skin can tolerate it.
If you want something with glycolic acid that’s suitable for daily use, try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 5 Percent Glycolic Acid Peeling Toner, an exfoliating toner that reveals glowing, smoother, brighter skin with continued use. Skin clarity and smoothness are key elements to glowing skin, so consider this serum or toner as the perfect additions to your nighttime glowing skin care routine.
3. Always Hydrate Your Skin
It should go without saying that hydrating the skin is of utmost importance when trying to achieve luminous, vibrant skin. Moisturizing helps to remedy skin care concerns like dullness, dry patches and dehydration, common woes that most skin types deal with.
For daytime, try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30. This moisturizer with SPF brightens, hydrates and protects the skin from sun damage, which is crucial when the goal is a pristine, glowing complexion. At night, grab the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Skin Care Cell Renewal Midnight Cream, Antioxidants, a rich night cream that improves the skin barrier and boosts radiance.
4. Reach for a Hyaluronic Acid Serum
If you’re looking to create glowing skin with your skin care routine, consider using a face serum that’s packed with hyaluronic acid. Remember, hydrated skin has a healthy glow to it. Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which works to replump the skin and reduce wrinkles over time.
On the under-eye area, use an eye serum, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid + 1% Caffeine Eye Serum, which contains caffeine to depuff the under-eyes and a metal triple-ball applicator to melt the hydrating formula into the skin.
5. Never Skip SPF
Burned skin is hardly flawless, glowing skin. To ensure that your complexion is always protected from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, always top off your morning skin care routine with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Invisible UV Fluid. This ultra-lightweight sunscreen is formulated with UVA and UVB filters to provide broad-spectrum protection from sun rays that cause aging and burning. Plus, it has an invisible, non-greasy texture that won’t leave a white cast.
6. Opt for a Luminous Foundation
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to make your skin look glowing is by opting for a luminous foundation over one with a matte finish. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup 4-in-1 Tinted Face Balm Foundation is a lightweight, creamy tinted balm with a radiant finish and skin firming benefits. The hydrating formula provides medium, buildable coverage and instantly covers imperfections.
Editor’s tip: If you have mature skin and want a glowing base product with light, natural coverage and SPF, the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation with SPF 50 is perfect for you. It has a glow-boosting formula that contains vitamin B3 so it doesn’t settle into fine lines and a hydrating serum for a radiant, youthful-looking finish.
7. Incorporate a Glowy Blush Into Your Routine
When your skin care and makeup routines work overtime to help boost your complexion’s natural glow, you can’t dull your shine with matte blush. Instead, add to your gorgeous, luminous complexion with a dewy cheek tint, like the L’Oréal Paris Glow Paradise Lip and Cheek Tint. Use your fingers to melt the product into your skin and don’t forget to apply some to your lips for an effortless, monochrome makeup look.
8. Apply the Right Highlighter
A powder formula versus a liquid can be a good option for those with oily skin that are looking to apply highlighter in specific areas of the face. Dust the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glow Nude Highlighter Palette with a fluffy brush onto your cheekbones, brow bones and down the bridge of your nose for an instantly radiant look.
If you have dry skin, try another illuminating variety of highlighter that can create a gorgeous no makeup, makeup look, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer. This highlighting lotion provides effortless, natural-looking luminosity and it’s a multi-use product that suits all skin types. You can wear it by itself if you really want to embrace the skinimalism trend or you can layer it with your foundation to get coverage and glow.
9. Try Self-Tanner
For many of us, adding a bit of bronze color to the skin gives immediate confidence and a much appreciated radiance boost. To achieve a bronzed complexion sans UV rays, reach for a self-tanner, like the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Water Mist, Vitamin E, a hydrating bronzing mist, free of orange tones and unwanted sticky texture. Spritz the mist onto cotton round and swipe it over your face and neck. Avoid washing your face for six to eight hours to ensure your tan develops evenly.
To ensure your face matches your body, follow up with the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Water Mousse. Simply apply the mousse to clean, exfoliated skin and wait four to eight hours for the tan to develop before washing it off.
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