A global pandemic has made everyday life pretty dull, but that doesn’t mean you have to let that happen to your skin too. Today I’m sharing seven tips on how to get glowing skin at home.
The key to achieving a glowing complexion is of course, so much more than a skincare routine. I’m not a registered dietician or trainer, so I’m not going to dwell too much on some of these other tips I’ve listed. However, those are generally best practices and will definitely help with your quest to getting a glowing complexion.
For reference, I have normal to dry skin. I occasionally deal with hormonal breakouts and I try to avoid skincare products that are heavily fragranced because I have sensitive skin. I’ve linked some of my own go-to skincare products in this post if you are looking for product recommendations.
Here’s how to get glowing skin at home:
1. Establish and maintain a skincare routine that works for you
If you find yourself overwhelmed by skincare, then start with the essentials:
Cleanse: Even if you’re not wearing makeup everyday, a facial cleanser will remove dead skin cells, any oil, dirt and other pollutants. I like to use a gel cleanser at night and a cream cleanser in the morning. When I wear makeup, I’ll use this makeup remover cleansing balm.
Tone: Using a toner brings your skin back to its natural acidic state, removes any leftover dead skin after cleansing and prepares your skin to absorb oils and serums more effectively.
Moisturize: Simply put, applying moisturizer will prevent your skin from drying out again. It’s also key to holding in moisture. Lack of hydration will put you at risk of a dull and uneven complexion.
Once you’ve mastered those four things on a daily basis, you’ll want to incorporate exfoliating into your weekly routine (ideally, 2-3 times per week). Personally, I like to use this chemical exfoliator to avoid over-scrubbing (which happens with a physical exfoliator).
Then, when you feel like you have a good handle on a consistent routine, then you can start building on that routine with different treatments. When I talk about treatments, I’m mainly referring to brightening skincare and hydrating treatments.
Look for serums and moisturizers that have vitamin C as the star ingredient. Incorporating a vitamin C serum is one way to make your skin look fresh and glowy.
Another treatment I love using for a smooth and glowy complexion is this Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum. It’s a gentle, exfoliating overnight treatment that I have gradually incorporated into my skincare routine (1-2 times per week). You can check out a more in-depth review here.
For hydrating treatments, I like to use a serum with hyaluronic acid before I moisturize. I also LOVE hydrating sleeping masks. Anything that works while I sleep is *chef’s kiss* perfection.
2. Nourish your body
Achieving glowing skin at home is not just about following a consistent skincare routine. It’s also about treating your body with care as well. Eat fruits and vegetables every day. Stay away from process foods with lots of preservatives.
3. Drink more water
Aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
4. Take vitamins
Supplements will help boost your immune system, improve your digestion and reduce bloating and inflammation.
5. Shorten your shower time
I’m so guilty of taking long showers, but the experts are right – running hot water over your face and body for more than a few minutes will strip oil from your skin and leave it looking tired and dull. Try to minimize your skin’s exposure to hot water and dare I say it, consider turning back the temperature! Cooler shower temps help improve circulation.
6. Go makeup free
It’s a necessary detox for your skin. I really only wear makeup when I’m testing new products for the blog or when I have an important Zoom meeting. Emphasize important, because usually I try to only join via audio for all my meetings.
This pandemic has done a number of my sleep schedule. I’ve been taking CBD gummies at night to help keep anxiety at bay. Getting a full night’s sleep helps contribute to glowing skin. As I’m sure it’s no surprise, lack of sleep will result in dark circles, puffy eyes and generally a very unhappy mood.
I’ve linked some of my favorite skincare products below to shop!