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 and all year long.
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 tricky to achieve but the right skin care products can help. 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. a little cardio can leave your cheeks naturally flushed with a sweat-induced glow. the endorphin boost is a bonus.
How Can I Get a Flawless Glowing Complexion?
Perfect, glowing skin is a big (and frankly) unattainable goal and it’s normal for blemishes, wrinkles, fine lines and other skin imperfections to find their way onto your face. It’s a normal part of having skin and aging, however, that doesn’t mean a glowing complexion isn’t impossible.
Instead, shift your focus on a healthy-looking, glowing complexion that can be achieved with a combination of the right skin care products and makeup routines. This means using brightening face serums and treatments to target uneven, dull skin tones in tandem with glow-boosting complexion products to conceal imperfections and enhance your skin’s natural luminosity.
6 Tips for Getting Glowing Skin With Skin Care
Check out these six tips to help you achieve glowing skin year-round with your skin care regimen.
1. Use an Exfoliating Cleanser
Exfoliating your skin to improve texture and to remove dead skin cells from the surface is incredibly important when looking to achieve glowing skin because it ensures that new, vibrant skin cells are visible. Try L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 3.5% Glycolic Acid Cleanser, which gently washes away impurities while resurfacing the skin with the added chemical exfoliants of glycolic acid and salicylic acid. These exfoliants gently buff away flaky skin and improve skin texture and tone while boosting radiance.
2. Try Glycolic Acid
As stated previously, routine exfoliation is key when you want a natural glow and thankfully that’s where alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), like glycolic acid and salicylic acid shine. Glycolic acid exfoliates dead skin cells to target uneven skin tone, dark spots and fine lines. If you prefer a regular cleanser but still want exfoliating properties, look for glycolic acid in a serum or toner to reap the benefits.
Add 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 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 addition to your 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 L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Micro Hyaluronic Acid + Ceramides Line-Plumping Water Cream.
This lightweight moisturizer applies like a watery gel while packing skin with hydration without a greasy look. The added hyaluronic acid and ceramides are highly moisturizing ingredients that soften skin and keep nourishment locked in for a long-lasting radiance. At night, grab L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Skin Care Cell Renewal Midnight Cream, Antioxidants, a rich night cream that improves the skin barrier and boosts radiance for 24 hours of continuous moisture.
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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 L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which works to replenish the skin with moisture for a plump, youthful appearance with reduced wrinkles over time.
On the under-eye area, use an eye serum, like L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid + 1% Caffeine Eye Serum, which contains caffeine to depuff under-eye bags and a metal triple-ball applicator to melt the hydrating formula into the skin.
5. Target Dark Spots with Niacinamide
A major skin concern that may be keeping you from your glowy skin are dark spots. That’s where the hero ingredient niacinamide comes in to help fade the appearance of dark spots from too much sun exposure or the occasional pimple that you kept picking at.
Pick up a niacinamide serum like L’Oréal Paris Bright Reveal 12% [Niacinamide + Amino Sulfonic + Ferulic Acid] Dark Spot Serum for a concentrated formula of soothing niacinamide and exfoliating ingredients to target dark spots that are inhibiting your glowing complexion. This serum resurfaces skin for a brighter more luminous complexion without irritation.
6. Never Skip SPF
Burned skin is hardly flawless or glowy. To ensure that your complexion is always protected from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, always finish your daily skin care routine with a broad-spectrum SPF, like L’Oréal Paris Bright Reveal Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Daily UV Lotion. This ultra-lightweight formula provides an invisible, non-greasy layer that helps shield skin from stressors that cause premature signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots.
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4 Tips for Getting Glowing Skin With Makeup
Sometimes glowing skin needs a little help from equally glowy makeup products. That’s where dewy formulations, liquid foundations, and shimmery highlighters come in. Ahead, discover how the right makeup can influence your glowing skin.
7. Opt for a Luminous Foundation
One of the easiest ways to make your skin look glowing is by opting for a luminous foundation over one with a matte finish. Try L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Makeup 4-in-1 Tinted Face Balm Foundation, it’s a lightweight, creamy tinted balm with a radiant finish and skin-firming benefits. The hydrating formula provides medium, buildable coverage and instantly covers imperfections.
If you have mature skin and want a glowing base product with light, natural coverage and SPF, use L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation with SPF 50. 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.
8. Apply a Glowy Highlighter
Regardless of your skin type, a liquid highlighter like L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer is a universal favorite for its lightweight texture and glowing pigment with multiple uses. 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 no-makeup makeup trend or you can layer it with your foundation to get coverage and glow.
9. Incorporate a Glowy Blush Into Your RoutineWhen 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, complement your luminous complexion with a creamy or satin blush like L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil, which offers bold pigment with a natural, glowy finish.
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10. 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 L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Water Mist, Vitamin E, a hydrating bronzing mist, that won’t make your skin look orange or leave behind a sticky residue. Spritz the mist onto a 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 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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